Last night, the Philadelphia Eagles selected wide receiver DeVonta Smith with the No. 10 overall pick. The Alabama alum who wore the No. 6 jersey will sport it once again, this time professionally.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 1, 2021
LUCKY NUMBER SIX
Luck struck DeVonta Smith not once but twice.
Last week, the NFL loosened restrictions on jersey numbers. Single-digit numbers, previously worn by quarterbacks, kickers, and punters, were expanded to other positions. Among them, wide receivers became eligible for numbers 1-49 and 80-89.
Finishing a successful collegiate career wearing No. 6, the Heisman Trophy winner hoped to carry that number into the NFL.
However, the No. 6 jersey for the Philadelphia Eagles was occupied by wide receiver Khalil Tate. Though Smith would have resorted to No. 3, he acquired the No. 6 jersey from his new teammate, tackling his second roadblock.
Smith will now become the first wide receiver to wear No. 6 in a regular-season game.