The incongruity of the "linebacker's" number did not entirely escape Ms Meyer's discerning eye. Dr Poletti is probably correct in noting that the "linebacker" is really a tackle. The most interesting comment, however, comes from the artist himself. Just weeks before Joseph Hirsch died on Sept 21, 1981, he happened to see Linebacker at the Kennedy Galleries, New York, paused in front of it, and after examining it noted that the painting was really not a linebacker at all. How the painting came to be titled Linebacker is not known.