Oregon football player Tyrell Crosby will play the final game of his collegiate career with a new number.
Crosby, a senior offensive lineman from Henderson, Nevada, has decided to switch from his usual No. 73 jersey to No. 58 for this weekend’s game against Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, near his hometown.
The decision to switch to No. 58 comes as a tribute to the 58 victims who tragically lost their lives when a gunman perched up in the Mandalay Bay unloaded a hell fire of bullets onto an unsuspecting crowd of country music concertgoers.
“This is so much more than a game to me,” he said in a statement released on the school’s official website. “I take a lot of pride in being from Vegas — especially being a football player from Vegas.”
It’s an incredible tribute from a local guy who will get to finish out an impressive college career so close to home.
This season, Crosby was named a First-Team All-Pac 12 member, Morris Trophy (Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Year) winner, team offensive line MVP and received an invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Kickoff between the Ducks and Boise State on Saturday afternoon is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The Broncos enter the game as 7.5-point favorites.