By Datti Jinkiri
Clinton native and Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers will be wearing number three again. The Rams’ official Twitter account announced the change.
The NFL recently approved of a rule change which will allow running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, defensive backs, and linebackers to wear single-digit numbers. Running backs were previously restricted to numbers 20-49.
Akers wore number three while at Clinton High School and Florida State University. In a storied four-year career with the Arrows, he led the team to a Class 6A State Championship and tallied over 13,000 all-purpose yards and 149 total touchdowns.
Akers then transitioned to a three-year career in Tallahassee, where he rushed for 2,874 rushing yards (sixth in school history), scored 27 rushing touchdowns (seventh in school history), and had 11 100-yard rushing games (sixth in school history).
He was picked by the Rams in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and he wore number 23 during his rookie season in Southern California. He led the Rams in the regular season with 625 rushing yards and added two rushing touchdowns. Akers also averaged 11.2 yards per catch and added a touchdown reception.
Akers ran for a career-high 171 yards in a nationally televised win over the New England Patriots. He then added 131 yards and a touchdown in the Rams’ Wild Card Playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks. He scored touchdowns in both of the Rams’ playoff games last season.