Lamb wants to be included in that fraternity.
"Be a Hall of Famer," Lamb said to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram regarding his career goals. "Have as much of an impact or more that Michael (Irvin) had on the game and on America's Team. 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."
The Cowboys handed Lamb the coveted No. 88 jersey, made famous by Drew Pearson and handed down to Michael Irvin, who went on to have a Hall of Fame career himself. If Lamb can win three Super Bowls, record 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns in 12 seasons (Irvin's stats), he'll surely take those accolades.
"That is a legendary number for the legendary America's team," Lamb 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."
After Irvin donned the No. 88, the next Pro Bowl receiver to wear the jersey was Dez Bryant, who wore it all eight seasons he was in Dallas. Bryant had three 1,000-yard seasons in a career where he recorded 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns.
The No. 88 is a tradition carried on in Dallas that results in excellence, one Irvin himself believes Lamb is ready for.
"In order to get this number you must be what we call a 'true bred,'" Irvin said. "That means born, bleed and bred right here with the Dallas Cowboys. Drew Pearson was that. Michael Irvin was that. Dez Bryant was that and now CeeDee Lamb is that. And I love this kid.
"I ain't talking about 'I like this kid.' I love this kid."