Former Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Allen Hurns is the newest member of the Dallas Cowboys, and he’s already made a decision on a new number.
After spending the last four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars as No. 88, Hurns will don No. 17 with the Cowboys.
He detailed his reasoning in a Monday interview on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ show, per SportsDay:
“The Douglas shooting that was in Florida, 17 people lost their lives, so I chose that number,” said Hurns.
“That 88, there wasn’t a doubt, I wasn’t trying to get that or anything like that. That’s all Dez.”
Hurns was born in Miami, went to high school in Miami Carol City and played college ball at Miami. Hurns’ emotional decision paints a larger picture, bigger than football, and a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting just last month.
In four seasons, Hurns has put up 2,669 yards receiving and 21 touchdowns. In 2015, Hurns had his best season to date, registering over 1,000 yards through the air, 10 touchdowns and 16.1 yards per reception over 15 games. In his last two seasons in Miami, Hurns didn’t play in more than 11 games and had less than 500 yards receiving in each year. We’ll see if he can add a spark to a Dallas Cowboys team in desperate need of another offensive weapon.