Friday, April 23, 2010

Dez Bryant will be rockin the # 88 jersey......HELL YEA!!!

How high are the Dallas Cowboys' expectations for first-round draft choice Dez Bryant?
The Cowboys are handing him the No. 88 jersey, which was worn by Cowboys receiving legends Drew Pearson and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. In fact, the team already had Bryant No. 88 jerseys for sale on the team's website Friday morning.

"I guess in [owner] Jerry [Jones]' eyes, it says a lot about him -- that he can handle the pressure of wearing the double-8s," said Pearson, a member of the 1970s All-Decade team. "Most of the time, you say, what's in a number? In this case, there's a lot of history and production.
"For Jerry to anoint him with that number, it indicates that Jerry sees a lot of potential."
The Cowboys selected Bryant, the Oklahoma State standout, with the 24th pick of the first round Thursday night.
Pearson wore No. 88 from 1973 to 1983. The number was vacant until Irvin wore it from 1988 to 1999. Wide receiver Antonio Bryant and tight ends Jackie Harris and Brett Pierce have worn the number briefly since Irvin retired. Overall, 10 Cowboys players have worn No. 88.
Antonio Bryant brought some attention to the 88, but for the wrong reason. He was best known for throwing his No. 88 jersey into the face of then-coach Bill Parcells during an offseason workout.

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