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Panthers first-round pick Jaycee Horn shares he will wear No. 8 to honor Kobe Bryant

South Carolina defensive back Jaycee Horn.
South Carolina defensive back Jaycee Horn.(South Carolina Athletics)
Published: May. 9, 2021 at 3:30 PM EDT
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(Charlotte Observer) -Jaycee Horn has settled on his jersey number with the Carolina Panthers.

Horn announced on social media Saturday night that he will be wearing No. 8 for the Panthers. As part of a new league rule that allows for wider jersey number flexibility, cornerbacks are now able to wear single-digit jerseys.

He is wearing the number to honor Kobe Bryant, who wore both 8 and 24 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The day after being drafted eighth overall by the Panthers, Horn shared that he had not yet decided on a number and was not sure what the available options were. He had first said he didn’t think he wanted a single-digit but his brother was swaying him in the other direction.