It has been one week since the Dallas Cowboys drafted CeeDee Lamb. Cowboys fans everywhere have been imagining what the team’s offense is going to look like in 2020 and beyond with Lamb joining Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. If you close your eyes you almost really can see Dallas dropping 40 points a game (hopefully!).
When you close your eyes, what exactly do you see from Lamb? Obviously you see him scoring touchdowns on every possession, but how exactly do you see him? More specifically, what jersey number is he wearing?
Jersey numbers are always a topic of fascination and the entire draft class has been assigned theirs, well almost the the entire group. We are still missing CeeDee Lamb.
It looks like CeeDee Lamb is going to wear number 88 with the Dallas Cowboys
There are only a few wide receiver numbers currently available on the Cowboys roster but obviously Lamb cannot wear the number that he wore at Oklahoma (2). Some players adjust to the NFL game and in Lamb’s case would maybe wear 12 or 82 (numbers that receivers are eligible to wear) but obviously those are sacred in Cowboys franchise history.
In the immediate aftermath of being drafted, Lamb said that he would be wearing number 10. Shortly after that, though, Cowboys owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones said that he wanted Lamb to wear number 88 in honor of his (Jerry’s) late teammate at the University of Arkansas, Jerry Lamb, who wore number 88 with the Razorbacks.
Whatever went into it all, however we got here, it appears that CeeDee officially has a number. It looks like CeeDee Lamb is going to wear number 88 with the Dallas Cowboys.
Obviously the number 88 is of extreme significance in Dallas Cowboys history. Drew Pearson and Michael Irvin wore it on teams that won Super Bowls. If voters would properly honor Pearson it would belong to two Pro Football Hall of Famers. The number has an elite history.
That doesn’t even take into account that Dez Bryant wore number 88 during his nine-year career with the Cowboys. Bryant is, of course, the franchise’s all-time leader in receiving touchdowns so his spot in franchise history is of elite status as well. Again, the number is significant.
Expectations are certainly high for CeeDee Lamb’s career with the Cowboys and for what the team can do during the early part of it. Whatever ultimately happens it appears that he will be carrying the weight of many great receivers that came before him on his chest and on his back.
There is a new 88 in town.
Update: 3:20pm ET
If you were wondering how the most recent 88 feels about it, now we know.