Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #13
Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series
Only two players in team history have worn number 13, including a backup quarterback who later served as a coach and an idiot kicker.
Jerry Rhome, QB, Tulsa, 1965-68
Statistics: In four seasons with Dallas, Rhome threw for a total of 496 and one touchdown.
Longevity: Rhome was the Cowboys’ third-string quarterback behind Don Meredith and Craig Morton for four years. He later played for Cleveland, Houston, and Los Angeles.
Intangibles: Rhome is better known as a coach than as a player. He was hired by Tom Landry in 1989 before Jerry Jones fired the legendary coach, and Jimmy Johnson kept Rhome on the staff during the 1989 season. He has served as an assistant with nine different franchises.
Mike Vanderjagt, K, West Virginia, 2006
Statistics: Vanderjagt made 13 of 18 field goals in 10 games during the 2006 season.
Accolades: None with Dallas.
Longevity: Vanderjagt was perhaps the least liked kicker in team history and lasted only 10 games in the 2006 season.
Intangibles: Vanderjagt missed much of the 2006 preseason, and when he returned in the final preseason game, he missed two field goals, either of which would have given Dallas a perfect preseason record. He later had a crucial kick blocked at Washington and then missed two field goal attempts against his former team, the Indianapolis Colts. Following that game, during which fans booed the kicker, Dallas released him. We knew him just long enough to spell his name correctly.
Here are the results of the poll for this number:
- Jerry Rhome (86%, 122 Votes)
- Mike Vanderjagt (14%, 20 Votes)
Total Voters: 142
If you still want to vote, please make a comment below.
My Vote: Rhome
Tom Landry thought highly enough of Rhome to hire him to coach Troy Aikman, so I think highly enough to say he was better as a member of the Cowboys than Vanderjagt. For an interesting comparison, take a look at their respective websites. Rhome focuses on his coaching and training. Vanderjagt‘s strangely still shows him in a Dallas Cowboys’ uniform.