Irvin teaches Bryant about Cowboys’ history

Dez Bryant is the latest to have the honor of wearing No. 88 for the Cowboys. (James D. Smith / Associated Press)

The Cowboys do not retire jersey numbers. Some numbers, of course, are taken out of circulation. So do not expect to see many Cowboys players wearing No. 12, No. 8, No. 22, etc.

One honored number that’s in use is No. 88 — first made famous by WR Drew Pearson. That number has been worn proudly (by Michael Irvin) and not so proudly (by Antonio Bryant). Now it has been bequeathed to rookie WR Dez Bryant. And Irvin met with Bryant to make sure he realized the enormous responsibility of wearing No. 88 (via the Dallas Morning News).

“The responsibility of wearing Drew Pearson’s number,” Irvin said. “A lot of people have worn that Cowboys helmet before him and the honor it is to wear a Cowboys uniform. He plays for everybody that has played before him and for everybody that is going to play after him.

“I just wanted to give him a sense of the enormity of it all. And I think he understands that. And he remains humble, and that’s a good sign.”

Wow, it’s surprising there was no coronation ceremony with flowing robes, chrism and pointy hats to make this thing official. Of course, that might have been excessive.

Other news making its way Around the Web on Sunday:

  • Eagles QB Michael Vick told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he’s content with his backup role. That’s good, since the Eagles likely didn’t extend Kevin Kolb‘s contract to have him sit the bench. Plus, after watching the way the Eagles treated longtime QB Donovan McNabb, you’d be well-advised to fall in line.
  • Browns president Mike Holmgren told reporters that QB Colt McCoy won’t play during his rookie season. But coach Eric Mangini softened that stance, telling the Cleveland Plain Dealer that you should “never say never, and never say always.” Mangini did admit there was a remote chance for McCoy to play, but the coach reiterated the best players will play.
  • Jaguars LB Kirk Morrison told the Florida Times-Union that he’s looking for that winning feeling with his new team, saying it was tough playing for the Raiders. “Being on a losing football team after a while, people say it doesn’t get to you, but at times it does,” Morrison said Saturday. The Jaguars have won 14 games the past two seasons and haven’t reached the playoffs since 2007. But again, compared to the Raiders, the Jaguars are the 1960s Packers.
  • Where will the Vikings look if Brett Favre‘s troublesome ankle forces him to retire? Charley Waters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press believes Marc Bulger would be the best option at quarterback. Give Bulger some time to throw and a competent running game, and Waters certainly could have a point.
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