Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #5

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #5

Only two Cowboys have worn the number 5, including a punter and a quarterback.

2012 Update: The list now also includes quarterback Brooks Bollinger.

John Warren, P, Tennessee, 1983-84

Statistics: Warren had 60 punts in two seasons with Dallas and averaged 39.2 punts per game.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Although Danny White remained the team’s primary punter in 1983 and 1984, the Cowboys also had Warren and Jim Miller. White relinquished his punting duties for good in 1985 when the team signed Mike Saxon.

Intangibles: I doubt that many people remember Warren. After White was injured in the 1982 NFC Championship Game and had nobody to replace him (other than Rafael Septien), I recall discussion that it was too dangerous for him to be the team’s only punter. However, I only vaguely remember Warren.

Clint Stoerner, QB, Arkansas, 2000-02

Statistics: Stoerner appeared in six games and had two starts in three seasons with Dallas. He completed 29 of 54 passes for 367 yards with 4 TDs and 5 Ints.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Stoerner was a backup for most of his three seasons in Dallas. He later played in the Arena Football League.

Intangibles: For a few years, Stoerner was an underdog and fan favorite, similar to Kevin Sweeney and Tony Romo (and with results much more like Sweeney’s). He led the Cowboys to a 17-3 win over Arizona in 2001 and led the Cowboys to a 24-7 halftime advantage over the Giants during the following week. However, four Stoerner interceptions helped New York tie the game, and the Giants won in overtime. Stoerner never started another game for Dallas or any other NFL team.


Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #5

  • Clint Stoerner (80%, 75 Votes)
  • John Warren (20%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 94

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My Vote: Stoerner

Clint StoernerNot much of a choice here, given the competition between a backup punter and a backup quarterback. At the very least, Stoerner led Dallas to a win as a starting quarterback, which is just enough for the great prestige of this award.



2012 Update

Brooks Bollinger, QB, Wisconsin, 2008

Bollinger played in two games for the Cowboys during a disappointing 2008 season.

Dan Bailey, K, Oklahoma State, 2011-present

Bailey won the job as the team’s placekicker for the 2011 season, and he had a solid season by making 32 of 37 attempts.

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  • I voted for Stoerner for no other reason than I remember him. Stoerner was a low rent version of Tony Romo. I don’t remember John Warren (Punter) a all. I do remember Danny getting injured one year and the Cowboys scrambling to find a punter but I am not sure this was the Punter they found. I think I lost all capacity to remember football facts just after “the Catch” leading all the way up to the 1989 draft!

  • I believe that the first player to wear a single-digit number was Efren Herrera in 1974. I can only imagine what the reason for this was (perhaps double digit numbers look better on television?). Until the 1980s, very few players wore single-digit numbers, which is why we have so few entries for these early posts.

  • Fred Goodwin

    I don’t have a solid cite for this, but I believe the NFL increased its roster limit from 40 to 45 players sometime around ’73 or ’74 — that may have something to do with why single-digit uniform numbers were not used prior to that time.

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