Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #14
Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series
Five players have worn #14, including some well-known quarterbacks.
Note: Although Miles Austin wore #14 during the 2006 season, I have included him as #19 because that is his current number.
Gary Hogeboom, QB, Central Michigan, 1980-85
Statistics: Hogeboom threw for 3,550 yards with 13 TD and 23 Int. in six seasons with Dallas.
Accolades: None with the Cowboys.
Longevity: Hogeboom was a backup for most of his tenure in Dallas. The big exception was during the first part of the 1984 season, when Tom Landry started Hogeboom over Danny White.
Intangibles: Hogeboom very nearly brought the Cowboys back from behind in the 1982 NFC Championship Game, but his short tenure as the starter was a bit of a disaster. The Cowboys started the season 4-3 en route to a 9-7 finish that kept the team out of the playoffs for the first time since 1974. Hogeboom returned to the backup role before moving on to play for Indianapolis and Phoenix later in his career.
Brad Johnson, QB, Florida State, 2007
Statistics: Johnson threw for 79 yards in 2007.
Accolades: None with Dallas.
Longevity: Johnson was signed in 2007 to back up Tony Romo.
Intangibles: Johnson seldom played during the 2007 season, except as a kick holder. He is much better known for his years of service with Minnesota, Washington, and Tampa Bay. With Dallas, he simply has not done much.
Eddie LeBaron, QB, Pacific, 1960-63
Statistics: In four seasons with Dallas, LeBaron threw for 5331 yards and 45 touchdowns.
Accolades: LeBaron was named to the Pro Bowl in 1962, even though he only started five games that year.
Longevity: LeBaron came to the Cowboys after spending seven seasons with Washington. Prior to joining the Dallas franchise, he had planned to retire to practice law. He lasted four seasons, starting at total of 26 games.
Intangibles: LeBaron is also often remembered fondly as the first starting QB in team history, though he suffered a great deal of punishment as the Cowboys tried to put together a team.
Paul McDonald, QB, Southern California, 1986-87
Statistics: McDonald never threw a pass for Dallas.
Accolades: None with Dallas.
Longevity: McDonald came to the Cowboys after spending several seasons with Cleveland. However, he never played a down for the Dallas, serving instead as a backup.
Intangibles: McDonald was better known for taking over Brian Sipe’s job in Cleveland in 1984. The Browns went 5-11 that year, and McDonald lost his job to Bernie Kosar in 1985. McDonald threw for 3,472 yards in 1984 but never attempted another pass as a pro, either with the Browns or with the Cowboys.
Craig Morton, QB, California, 1965-74
Statistics: In ten seasons with Dallas, Morton threw for 10,279 yards and 80 TDs. He started a total of 47 games for Dallas.
Accolades: None with Dallas. He was the starter for the Cowboys in Super Bowl V.
Longevity: In the modern NFL, a player like Morton would not have stayed with the same club as long as Morton did with the Cowboys. He was drafted in the first round of the 1965 draft but spent four years backing up Don Meredith. Morton became starter in 1969 and led Dallas to an NFC title in 1970. He lost his starting job in 1971 but took over again in 1972 when Roger Staubach became injured during preseason. Two games into the 1974 season, Dallas traded Morton to the Giants.
Intangibles: Most thought that Morton had a better arm than Staubach when the two played together in the early 1970s, though Staubach went on to become a more prolific passer. The Cowboys experienced success with Morton, though the team could not get over the championship hump until Staubach became the full-time starter. Morton played for the Giants and Broncos and even played against the Cowboys in Super Bowl XII.
Here are the results of the poll for this number:
- Craig Morton (74%, 150 Votes)
- Eddie LeBaron (17%, 34 Votes)
- Brad Johnson (6%, 13 Votes)
- Gary Hogeboom (3%, 6 Votes)
- Paul McDonald (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 203
If you still want to vote, please make a comment below.
My Vote: Morton
Although I understand an argument for Eddie LeBaron, Morton played several more seasons with Dallas and accomplished more than LeBaron did. Only three quarterbacks have led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl, and Morton was the first to do so.