Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #10

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #10

Eight players have worn jersey number 10, including three quarterbacks, four punters, and a kicker.

Jon Baker, K, Arizona State, 1995

Statistics: Baker filled in as a kickoff specialist with the Cowboys in 1995. He kicked off 16 times with a 64.9 average per kickoff.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Three games. He later played for Kansas City for a couple of games in 1999.

Intangibles: Baker kicked off during the first three games of the 1995 season.

Barry Cantrell, P, Fordham, 2000

Statistics: In two games during the 2000 season, Cantrell averaged 36.7 yards on 10 punts.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Two games.

Intangibles: None.

Duane Carrell, P, Florida State, 1974

Statistics: In seven games during the 1974 season, Carrell averaged 39.8 yards on 40 punts.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Carrell played during the second half of the regular season games in 1974.

Intangibles: Carrell took over the punting duties from Marv Bateman in 1974. Carrell later kicked for the Rams, Jets, and Cardinals

Reggie Collier, QB, Southern Mississippi, 1986

Statistics: In two games with Dallas during the long losing streak in 1986, Collier completed eight of 15 passes for 96 yards. He also rushed six times for 53 yards.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Collier was Steve Pelleur’s backup in 1986 after Danny White went down with an injury in week 9.

Intangibles: Collier was an athletic quarterback but did not get to show very much in 1986. He played for Pittsburgh in 1987, seeing limited playing time.

Filip Filipovic, P, South Dakota, 2002

Statistics: In nine games in 2002, Filipovic averaged 40.6 yards per punt.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Filipovic took over punting duties for Micah Knorr in 2002. He was brought to training camp in subsequent seasons but never played in the regular season again.

Intangibles: Filipovic had perhaps the most unusual name in team history, but he was otherwise forgettable.

Tommy Hodson, QB, Louisiana State, 1994

Statistics: Hodson never played in a regular season game for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Hodson was on the Cowboys’ roster for one game in 1994. With injuries to Troy Aikman and Rodney Peete, the Cowboys were forced to start Jason Garrett at quarterback. Hodson served as a backup for that one game.

Intangibles: Hodson started 12 games for New England between 1990 and 1992. He was barely a member of the Cowboys, though.

Scott Secules, QB, Virginia, 1988

Statistics: Secules never played a down with the Cowboys during the regular season.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Secules was a 6th round pick of the Cowboys in 1988. He was the team’s third string quarterback that year before moving on to Miami.

Intangibles: He was a backup quarterback on a bad football team in 1988.

Ron Widby, P, Tennessee, 1968-71

Statistics: In four seasons with Dallas, Widby averaged 41.8 per kick. He holds the team record for the longest punt, kicking one 84 yards in 1968.

Accolades: One Pro Bowl appearance and named All-Pro three times.

Longevity: Widby lasted four seasons, after which he was traded to the Packers.

Intangibles: A standout in basketball at the University of Tennessee, Widby played for the New Orleans Buccaneers of the American Basketball Association (ABA) before joining the Cowboys in 1968.

Here’s a note of interest: Widby wore #12 in 1968, making him the last player to wear the number prior to Roger Staubach.


Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #10

  • Ron Widby (76%, 90 Votes)
  • Scott Secules (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Reggie Collier (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Jon Baker (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Filip Filipovic (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Barry Cantrell (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Duane Carrell (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Tommy Hodson (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 119

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My Vote: Widby

Ron WidbyWidby should win this one easily. He was an All Pro punter on two Super Bowl teams for the Cowboys, and he stands out due to his experience as a standout basketball players. The others on this list simply did not do much.

  • I voted for Widby, his name was the only familiar one on the list. I am super familiar with players who appear on cardboard and not so much for players who do not. Widby doesn’t appear on any main stream football sets like Topps but he was in the 1972 Sunoco Stamps set and he was on the Team Sheets sets issued by the team in 1971, niether of which are true cardboard football cards but collectible non the less.

  • Fred Goodwin

    I also voted for Widby — in terms of familiarity, it is true that most of the others are somewhat forgettable, but it s/b noted that Collier was the Cowboys’ first black QB, coming fifteen years before Quincy Carter.

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  • hillbillyvol

    I remember well the night Ron Widby scored 50 points against LSU and the announcer stated that an LSU freshman was AVERAGING almost that much per game! He was the coaches son, Pete Maravich. And that, is the rest of the story! Ron had a 70 yard punt against Alabama in the driving rain in Knoxville in a game that the Tide won 11-10. One of the greatest games in NCAA history. Ron did his job, but Wright was wide.

  • haleigh

    i voted for Widby because he is my Grand daddy