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Jerricho Cotchery Was Born With Six Fingers

Posted by Mike on September 23, 2008

That’s right, Brett Favre’s new favorite receiver Jerricho Cotchery was born with six fingers in his left-hand according to ESPN. Cotchery is going to be featured on a segment on ESPN’s E:60 tonight in which they discuss the path that Cotchery took to the NFL. The Jets receiver no longer has the sixth finger, and gave it to his parents for its biblical reference. Why didn’t he keep it ? I don’t know. But just think at all the advantages he could of had: better receiving skills, easier to give the shocker, and he could wear two pinkie rings on the same hand. More from ESPN:

From birth, New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery always had a purpose. He was born with a sixth finger on his left hand, what his mother calls a gift from God that she believes showed a plan for his life.

“God’s purpose for Jerricho was to play football,” Katie Cotchery said. “I can think back when he was a little baby, and we were always wondering why he would always look at his hands. He would always do his hands like that and look at them.”

Cotchery, whose extra finger eventually was removed, was given his name by his parents for its biblical reference. The story of Jericho, as told in the book of Joshua, is a story of triumph in which after seven days the Israelites blew trumpets and shouted outside the walls of Jericho. The power of God, as written in the Bible, was with the Israelites, and the walls of Jericho fell.

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