The AFC features five players who wear No. 24, including three corners, which has caused some confusion with autograph seekers and photographers leading up to Sunday's all-star game.
They all posed for photos together after Friday's practice.
So will real No. 24 please stand up?
"They're all the real No. 24s on their own team," Mathews said. "On the Chargers, I'm the real No. 24."
Mathews wore No. 21 at Fresno State, but changed to 24 when he arrived at San Diego.
"(LaDainian Tomlinson) was No. 21, so I had to change my number," he said. "I'm sure he wouldn't have minded if I wore it, though. But that's L.T.'s number. I wanted to make my own brand."
Numbers often become a part of a player's brand or identity, especially for superstars in their respective sports. Michael Jordan is 23, even though he also wore 45. Jerry Rice's No. 80 San Francisco 49ers jersey is a classic.
Besides serving as a player's brand, numbers often carry a story behind it and can represent something they've carried since childhood, the number of a player they admired or simply a special number. Or it could mean nothing at all.
"I wouldn't say it's my lucky number, but it's working for me."
Bailey, on the other hand, is making his 11th Pro Bowl and has worn 24 since joining the NFL 13 years ago. He wore No. 4 at Georgia. Bailey acknowledges having so many 24s may create some confusion with fans, but not with the coaches or players.
"We all know each other and we're all going to represent the number real well," he said.
At Friday's practice on the grounds of the players' hotel at the Ko Olina Resort, Revis played the left side while Bailey was on the right.
Revis said there are some similarities between the 24s.
"All of us are great at we do and that's play great football," he said.
While some are selective about their numbers, Owens was willing to take whatever he could get after playing his collegiate ball as No. 33 at Maine.
"I noticed all the 24s out here, but for me, it wasn't even the number I selected at Jacksonville. It was given to me," he said. "I was a guy who came out undrafted and so when you come out undrafted, you better take any number they give you."
"It (21) is definitely the hottest number out there and a lot of guys are representing it well," Peterson said. "I obviously wanted to follow that trend as well."
But it came at a cost, which Peterson wouldn't disclose. He purchased the number because another Cardinal already had it.
Safety Hamza Abdullah wore No. 21 before Peterson. Abdullah is now 23, but apparently still has his old number in his heart. He still tweets from (at)HamzaAbdullah21.
"But there's an elder statesman 21 and that would be me," he said.
"I was leaving Oakland behind and moving on to another chapter of my life so I wanted to change it and 21 was there, so I took it," he said. "(In the end), it's all about the names on the jersey. That's what counts."
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