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BREAKING: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Switching to #9 Jersey in 2021

After much speculation it's finally happened; will be changing jersey numbers to #9 this season. While this was Smith's college number and special to him for legitimate reasons, it's sure to create uproar among Dallas who consider that number to belong solely to former .

Nobody was worn #9 since Romo's in 2017. While the Cowboys don't officially retire jersey numbers, some like 's #12, 's #8, and 's #22 have never been worn by another Dallas player since those legends moved on.

While any player being given Romo's number would illicit a strong response, it will be especially tough for Jaylon Smith as one of the most maligned players currently on the roster. Smith's declining performance the last two years, along with a seeming lack of self-awareness with his celebrations and public remarks, have severely hurt his popularity with .

The idea of Smith switching to #9 was first floated months ago when the NFL changed the rules for allowed jersey numbers based on position. Linebackers were currently only allowed to wear numbers 40-59 or 90-99 under the previous rule.

But with the new rule effective this year, changes are happening throughout the NFL. We already know that rookie LB is keeping his #11 from Penn State in his first year with Dallas.

For Jaylon Smith, this change is only going to increase the scrutiny and negative reactions from Cowboys fans. Let's hope that the jersey change comes with a change in his play, otherwise it's going to be a miserable year for everyone involved.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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