When you select a player's jersey to wear, you're honoring that player, but you're also sending a message to the world about yourself. When you elect to don #6, you're telling the world that you appreciate passion, energy, and a can-do attitude. You're saying that you aren't afraid of embarassement, pain, or hefty emergency room bills. You're saying that you don't wait around for things to happen; you make your own destiny.
Or, at least, that you wish you could do those things.