Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb Says His NFL Goal Is to 'Be a Hall of Famer'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2020

Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb runs through drills during Pro Day for NFL football scouts and coaches in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
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When Dallas Cowboys rookie wideout CeeDee Lamb listed the goals he wants to accomplish in his NFL career to Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Be a Hall of Famer" came first. 

But wearing the gold jacket wasn't his only priority.

"Have as much of an impact or more that Michael [Irvin] had on the game and on America's Team" he said. "I want to be on a team that makes unbelievable memories together. I feel like that is what we are going to do here. I can't wait."

Lamb comes to Dallas with major expectations. He's been granted the number 88, worn by former Cowboys receivers Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin and Dez Bryant. It's a responsibility and honor he doesn't take lightly. 

"That is a legendary number for the legendary America's team," he said. "For me to go out there and represent the great legends that have worn that number is a huge presentable moment. I can't wait to live it out for the first time. I want to continue the legacy of 88. The 88 club is something big in Dallas. I want to live up to it."

Lamb said he reached out to Irvin a couple of days after he was drafted by the Cowboys to pick his brain:

'I wanted to get on the phone with him. If a guy is legendary in your position and you have the accessibility of talking to him, I figured why not? He is a legend. I respect all legends and guys who have put in the hard work and the blood sweat and tears. Guys that are passionate about the game. I respect guys like that. Mike was definitely one of those guys.

"For me to talk to him and hear him out gave me an edge and to just go out and play aggressive and like I know how to play. I will be fine."

Lamb was more than fine at Oklahoma, registering 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns last season with the Sooners. It was his second straight year with over 1,100 receiving yards and double-digit scores. 

He somewhat surprisingly fell to the No. 17 pick in this year's NFL draft, where the Cowboys scooped him up. Now, expectations are high for the talented young receiver. 

Hall of Fame high, at least in Lamb's eyes.