William Jackson III is prepared to perform in DeAngelo Hall's old number

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William Jackson is ready to perform in D-Hall's old number originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

While wearing No. 23 for the Burgundy and Gold from 2009 to 2017, DeAngelo Hall picked off 23 passes, scored six defensive touchdowns and overall was quite a nuisance for opposing offenses. 

Since then, other Washington defensive backs, such as Quinton Dunbar and Ronald Darby, have donned the same digits as Hall. However, no one's really come close to replicating D-Hall's production when sporting D-Hall's old number.

After coming over from Cincinnati, new Washington corner William Jackson III will be the next to attempt to do so.

During Jackson's recent interview on the Washington Football Talk podcast, he was informed about the history behind 23 and how it'll be up to him to rep it properly, most notably by generating a lot of turnovers.

He didn't sound too stressed about the challenge, though.

"That's what I plan on doing anyway," he said.

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As Jackson demonstrated in other parts of the podcast, he's certainly not short on confidence. He's also not short on skill, either, and that combination gives him a seriously strong chance at doing right by Hall and exceeding the large expectations that are already facing him. 

Jackson, however, didn't choose 23 because of who once wore it for the franchise. Instead, he fancies it as a perfect way to tie in his days at the University of Houston (where he lined up in No. 2) and his own last name.

"I just look at it as my college number with the three at the end, the Roman numeral three," he said. "It'll look cool."

It definitely does so far, at least when it comes to the Photoshops. And it'll only look cooler when he's shutting down some of the sport's top wideouts, like Ron Rivera believes he can