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Mike Vick Picks #8 Tribute to Steve Young

4/28/2014 6:08 AM PDT

Michael Vick Number Chosen -- Vick Picks #8 in Tribute to Steve Young

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Mike Vick has finally selected his new jersey number -- #8 -- and sources connected to the NY Jets quarterback tell TMZ Sports it's all because of Steve Young

As we previously reported, Vick decided NOT to go after #7 -- the number he's rocked since high school -- because Geno Smith wore it last year and he didn't want to start a controversy behind the scenes.

Vick posted on his Instagram this morning -- saying, "I want to see everybody in there MV8 jerseys this year. I appreciate all the fans that helped. Fresh me! #JetsNation #GangGreen #V8."

Our sources tell us ... Young was a HUGE factor in the number selection because Vick has always looked up to Steve ... "He's one of Mike's favorite players of all time. Also, he's a lefty, too."  

Steve Young won a Super Bowl with the 49ers. Now, Vick is hoping his number will give him the boost he needs to win one with the Jets. Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!


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