CeeDee Lamb to put on prestigious No. 88 for Cowboys, previously worn by Dez Bryant and Michael Irvin

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Being a first-round decide already comes with a large amount of stress. Whenever you add that not solely are you a first-rounder of the Dallas Cowboys, however are additionally donning a quantity most acknowledged with greatness at your place, you are kicking within the nitrous to these expectations. That does not appear to hassle Dallas’ first choice on the 2020 draft in CeeDee Lamb because the receiver might be following the same path to numerous Cowboys greats and put on No. 88.

After all, that is a particularly prestigious quantity within the franchise’s historical past as three former No. 88s (Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin and Dez Bryant) are at present within the high 5 of the membership’s all-time receiving yards checklist.

Lamb wore No. 2 throughout his days at Oklahoma and expressed publicly that he’d be excited about sporting No. 10 within the NFL, however proprietor Jerry Jones appears to have persuaded him to select up the mantel to not solely observe in that custom, however to additionally honor certainly one of Jones’ previous teammates at Arkansas in Jerry Lamb, who wore No. 88 and lately handed away.

“I stated in honor of my nice good friend who simply handed this yr that we will have his namesake come on right here and put on previous quantity 88. Similar to Michael and Dez and people guys,” Jones stated final weekend. “And we have got us a large receiver. And let me inform you one factor, if he is received the competes and coronary heart of that Jerry Lamb, he’ll be unhealthy to the bone.”

Pearson was first to place the No. 88 on a pedestal with the Cowboys, spending his total ten-year NFL profession in Dallas. Over that point, he was named to 3 Professional Bowls and led the league in receiving in 1977. He was later named to the NFL’s All-Decade workforce for the 1970’s and was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2011.

After Pearson put down the quantity, Michael Irvin picked it up and despatched it into legendary standing as he loved a Corridor of Fame profession with Dallas, profitable three Tremendous Bowls and ending his profession because the workforce’s main receiver with 11,904 yards.

Upon being chosen within the first spherical within the 2010 draft, Dez Bryant took the baton and had his personal stellar profession sporting No. 88 for Dallas. For a four-year stretch between 2011-2014, Bryant was some of the feared receivers in the complete NFL, averaging round 1,215 yards receiving for a season to go alongside 84 receptions and simply over 12 touchdowns. He is additionally the membership’s all-time chief in touchdowns with 73. Talking of Bryant, who has been flirting with the concept about coming again to play with the Cowboys, this quantity task might be a sign that Dallas is transferring on.

As for Lamb, he involves Dallas with super expertise, tallying 62 receptions for the Sooners in 2019 for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. Alongside Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, not solely will he have an opportunity to start out residing as much as that No. 88 title, however might kind one of many deadliest receiving trios within the league.

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