Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said goodbye to his #9 jersey when he was traded to the Denver Broncos, and it was up for grabs again until the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith with the 34th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Smith was one of the best linebackers in college football last season, but he was drafted too low in the first round to suit some experts. To them, he was only the sixth-best linebacker in the draft, and he was selected about three slots too early. But, perhaps some of those critics are missing something about Smith: he’s not just a tremendous defensive talent. His decision to wear the #9 jersey is significant as well.
The Dallas Cowboys are now the team of Jaylon Smith. Just look at the way Jerry Jones tried to get everyone to look at the Cowboys new first round linebacker. It was like a political campaign when the candidate tries to get you to look at their new running mate before they announce them as their pick. (Now, the question you need to ask yourself is why did Jerry Jones need to do that? Did he want to divert everyone’s attention from the fact that he is just as responsible for the Cowboys’ death as Tony Romo is? Or maybe he was trying to divert everyone’s attention from the fact that he broke the Cowboys’ spirit for the last two years? Or maybe he was trying to divert everyone’
In a move that surprised very few fans, the Dallas Cowboys officially announced the release of quarterback Tony Romo on Thursday. After 13 years with the team, the Cowboys called it quits with Romo in order to make room for rookie linebacker Jaylon Smith. Now, a lot of people are wondering if the Cowboys will have more success on defense than they did on offense with Smith at the helm. The answer to that is yes, and no.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jaylon Smith changes his back number from 54 to 9, which of course was worn by Tony Romo, the franchise’s all-time leader in passing and touchdowns. But while Romo himself seems to be okay with the change, Cowboys fans on social media are furious: Some say the number should be removed. But here’s the thing. The Cowboys aren’t exactly crunching the numbers. Of course, some are protected and not allowed to wear them. And where was all this when Smith was wearing number 54? You know, the song worn by two Cowboys legends who both won Super Bowls and and received the Super Bowl MVP award?
Dallas Cowboys midfielder Jaylon Smith trades #54 for #9, and Tony Romo agrees
This season, the NFL changed its numbering policy so that halfbacks can now wear the numbers 1-59 and 90-99. Smith wore No. 9 for three seasons at Notre Dame, where he was a two-time All-American and Butkus Award winner. Because he wasn’t allowed to wear that number when he was drafted in the second round by the Cowboys in 2016, Smith chose the number 54, simply because those two numbers form a nine. Now that he has the chance to wear his college number, Smith is making that change, and it’s going to cost him. Since NFL rules state that any player who changes jerseys this season is required to buy back the current stock of his old jerseys and shirts, the move would cost Smith about six thousand dollars. Smith also reportedly reached out to Romo, who wore No. 9 from 2003 to 2016, before changing his number, and the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback is apparently fine with that. But there are plenty of Cowboys fans who think otherwise.
Cowboys fans are angry
#Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith changes his jersey number from #54 to #9, per @toddarcher. Smith will pay about six thousand dollars to buy back the current stock of number 54 jerseys. Smith, who wore No. 9 at Notre Dame, contacted Tony Romo before making his decision official pic.twitter.com/bCTkzEkbE6 – NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) May 25, 2021 When the news broke that Smith was changing jerseys, Cowboys fans were quick to address it on Twitter. While some liked the change, like Romo, most of the tweets we came across were from Dallas fans expressing their displeasure. The lack of respect for Toni Romo is insane. Dallas should be ashamed of itself. They gave this pathetic, awful player the number of our best player of the last 25 years. https://t.co/5to47rPyMR – Corey Hise (@thecoreyhise) May 25, 2021 Jerry Jones is overwhelmed by the events. Why are we letting Jaylon Smith wear number 9? ! Tony Romo does not deserve this lack of respect. @dallascowboys – Micah (@allineedis_1mic) May 25, 2021 Jaylon Smith moves to number 9. It makes me sick that this song will be retired after Tony Romo. – Matty (@ML3WasTrash) May 25, 2021 Believe us, there are many other examples, many of which go on the theme of the last one and say that #9 Romo should be retired. But then again, the Cowboys don’t officially enter the numbers. Yes, it’s true that no one has seen Troy Aikman’s No. 8, Roger Staubach’s No. 12, Emmitt Smith’s No. 22 or Bob Lilly’s No. 74 has worn since these Hall of Fame players last wore them. But they’ve already had many player numbers added to their Ring of Honor, including Smiths number 54, which is worn by two Cowboys legends.
What was the reaction when Smith wore number 54, the number of two Super Bowl MVPs?
Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Jaylon Smith cheers after beating the Cincinnati Bengals in December 2020 | Andy Lyons/Getty Images As previously mentioned, when Smith was drafted by the Cowboys in 2016, he chose number 54 because the numbers added up to a nine. Where was the reaction then? Finally, No. 54 was worn by two legendary Dallas defenders, Chuck Howley and Randy White, both of whom had already been inducted into the Dallas Cowboys’ honor roll by the time Smith arrived. And no offense to Romo, who was a solid quarterback but only won two playoff games, but these are guys who have won Super Bowls and Super Bowl MVP trophies. Howley, who played for the Cowboys from 1961 to 1973, was a six-time Pro Bowl, six-time All-Pro and MVP of Super Bowl 5, which Dallas incidentally lost to the Baltimore Colts. But he got his ring a year later when the Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl 6. White, who played both defensive end and linebacker, was a nine-time Pro Bowler, nine-time All-Pro and was MVP when the Cowboys won Super Bowl 12 against the Denver Broncos. And he’s not only a member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor, but also the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But Cowboys fans want to freak out because Smith is now wearing Romo’s number? Come on. statistics provided by Pro Football Reference COMPARED TO: C.D. Lamb talks about continuing the legacy of the Dallas Cowboys’ No. 88 team
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