DeVonta Smith Intends to Wear No. 6 in The NFL
The NFL approved a rule change this offseason that will expand the jersey number options for certain positions. Veterans in the NFL will have to make a significant financial commitment in order to change their number. Players will have to not only buy out the existing uniforms, but buy them out at retail price.
Wide receivers can now wear 1 to 49 and 80 to 89. DeVonta Smith says he will wear No. 6 in the NFL and is that isn’t available, he’ll chose No. 3.
Smith carved out one of the greatest careers for a wide receiver in the history of college football, if not the greatest. In a recent podcast with FS1's Shannon Sharpe, Smith stated he believes he is best in Alabama history.
"I consider myself the best WR to come through Alabama," Smith said.
As a freshman, Smith caught the 41-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime to give Alabama the 26–23 victory over Georgia in the national championship. Earlier that season, Smith scored the game-winning touchdown against Mississippi State.
He was the third Alabama player ever to win the Heisman trophy and the first WR since 1991 to win the illustrious award. Smith also collected the Biletnikoff, Paul Hornung, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards, and earned SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. He was the first wide receiver ever to be named AP College Football Player of the Year.
Smith leaves college football as Alabama's all-time leader in receptions, the SEC's all-time leader in receiving yards and his 46 touchdown catches are the most by a Power 5 wide receiver in FBS history.
The Heisman trophy winner will hear his named called on day one of the NFL draft, Thursday, April 29th.