Nonetheless, this upcoming season, the previous Notre Dame star will change his quantity to former quarterback Tony Romo’s outdated No. 9 jersey, and he must pay huge cash as a way to try this.
The Cowboys introduced on Tuesday that Smith will make the quantity change and it’ll come at a mid-six-figure price, ESPN reported citing a number of sources. So as to make the transfer, Smith had to purchase out the present stock of No. 54 jerseys and t-shirts, which had been the principles put into place by the NFL.
If Smith waited one other yr and altered his quantity in 2022, it wouldn’t have price him any cash.
“It is about worth over price,” Smith stated by way of ESPN.com. “Undoubtedly a blessing having the ability to play for the Dallas Cowboys, so figuring out the phrases the proper manner. Actually, I am simply grateful to be within the No. 9 and have a chance to show this factor round this yr. We’re all right here targeted. We’re locked in, and we all know what we have to accomplish.”’
ESPN reported that Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones allowed Smith to make the quantity change, and the linebacker truly reached out to Romo himself and talked to him concerning the choice to modify his jersey.
“In the beginning, it is a blessing and an honor to have the ability to keep on the 9 legacy,” Smith stated by way of ESPN. “Tony Romo did a tremendous job of simply being elite and placing collectively nice success for the Cowboys franchise. As you understand, new gamers coming in, at all times getting a chance to generally keep on [the] legacy. That is the chance that the Jones household granted me with sporting No. 9, so it is undoubtedly a blessing.
“It has been part of my life. I have been sporting No. 9 since I used to be 9 years outdated, by means of pee wee, center college, highschool, faculty, All-American video games, you identify it. No. 9 is part of me. It is actually only a blessing to have the ability to proceed the legacy.”