Kayvon Thibodeaux pays big for Graham Ganos No. 5

First-round pick Kayvon Thibodeaux will wear the number 5 with the New York Giants, the same number he wore as a unanimous All-American before being the University of Oregon’s fifth overall pick last month.

It only cost him $50,000 to get it from veteran kicker Graham Gano.

The positive for Thibodeaux is that the money goes to charity. The two agreed to donate it to Puppies Behind Bars, which provides service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders, and explosives detection dogs for law enforcement. Gano comes from a military family; his father served in the US Navy for 30 years.

“I feel like the money that Kayvon donated could have the greatest impact there and help most of the people who are giving that money,” Gano told the Giants’ website. “The whole idea behind the number five being special to me and special to Kayvon was to help five people get the five dogs and change five people’s lives for the better.

“That was the whole goal behind it. I’m really excited about it.”

Thibodeaux joked at his introductory press conference that it would take a lot of zeros to get Gano’s number. After all, former Giants safety Jabrill Peppers couldn’t pry the number 5 away from Gano, who says he wears that number because he has five children (Bryson, Ryder, Kayden, Riley, and Brynlee) who range in age from 10 to 2 years old are old.

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“It’s funny, you just know, this is real now, we’re talking real numbers,” Thibodeaux said, laughing. “If you tell someone 250, I don’t know what 250 means. You forget all the zeros after it. Things are much different now.

“But yeah, he’s a great guy and obviously we’re going to develop a relationship and I’m going to be able to really get into it and we’re going to talk about it.”

It’s something they apparently talked about shortly after drafting.

Gano, 35, is rewearing the number 9 he wore with the Carolina Panthers. His wife Brittany also wore the number when she was a star softball player in the state of Florida.

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