Jerry Jones gave Dez Bryant the number 88 when he drafted him. It is the same number worn by Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and should-be Hall of Famer (and recent Ring of Honor inductee) Drew Pearson. To old Cowboy fans like me, it is a pretty special number in Cowboys lore.
On April 23, 2010, ESPN.com quoted Jones giving his reason for giving Dez the hallowed 88:
“I think that Dez has a chance to make the kind of impact of people that have worn this jersey before,” Jones said during the press conference to introduce the 24th overall pick. “Personally, I think it has a nice synergy for our fans.”
With off-the-field troubles beginning at a North Dallas mall, where Dez was nabbed for wearing his pants below his butt, and culminating with Dez boxing his own momma’s ears back, and with disappointing production, especially in crunch time, Bryant had everyone wondering if Jones hadn’t made a colossal mistake. One of the old 88s, ’70s standout and current Cowboys commentator Drew Pearson chi...