After Jerry Jones basically strong-armed him into taking jersey No. 88 with the Dallas Cowboys, however earlier than he lastly accepted the duty, rookie vast receiver CeeDee Lamb picked up the telephone.
As a result of it’s solely proper, he dialed the Corridor-of-Famer greatest related to the legendary digits. Lamb quickly heard Michael Irvin’s voice — and blessing — on the opposite line.
“We talked concerning the custom and the respect I had for him and that quantity,” Lamb defined Thursday, through Professional Soccer Speak. “Not about any stress, however how a lot of an edge he’s giving me by sporting that quantity. Regardless of the place I look, once I see myself, I’m going to see 88. It’s going to all the time remind me of who wore it earlier than me.”
Lamb confirmed, as he did in his post-draft ruckus, that he initially selected No. 10 till Jones nudged him to imagine No. 88, partly to comply with within the footsteps of Irvin, Dez Bryant and Drew Pearson, and partly to honor Jones’ late pal Jerry Lamb (no relation), who handed away final December.
“Similar to Michael [Irvin] and Dez [Bryant] and people guys, and we’ve obtained us a large receiver,” Jones stated throughout his Day 1 convention name, through Running a blog the Boys. “And let me inform you one factor: if he’s obtained the competitiveness and coronary heart of that Jerry Lamb, he’ll be unhealthy to the bone.”
Lamb relented, appeasing his boss and changing into solely the 12th participant in franchise historical past to don the twin eights and the primary since Bryant, who equally gave a stamp of approval.
“Type of going extra in-depth with the state of affairs, simply type of understanding the custom and the way a lot that quantity means to this group, after which how a lot of a basis that quantity holds itself – the nice legends earlier than me and what they’ve achieved with that quantity, it’s type of like, why not hold the custom going, ?” Lamb stated, per PFT. “Clearly, they didn’t retire the quantity for a motive. So, simply attempting to maintain the legacy of 88 entering into Dallas.”
The highest prospect out there on the Cowboys’ massive board, chosen No. 17 general, Lamb — who’s drawn professional comparisons starting from DeAndre Hopkins to Jerry Rice — was a three-year contributor for the Oklahoma Sooners, totaling 173 catches for 3,292 yards and 32 touchdowns. He broke out as a real junior in 2019, ending with 1,327 yards and 14 scores on 62 grabs.
Jones now-famously turned down three commerce affords to remain put and safe Lamb, including the previous consensus All-American to a loaded offense captained by Dak Prescott and that includes Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and Michael Gallup.
Lamb confidently (if idealistically) said after he was drafted that, given the glut of expertise, Dallas can common 40 factors per sport in 2020.
“Oh yeah, that’s undoubtedly achievable,” he stated.
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