Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #24
Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series
Ten players have worn #24, including three running backs, six defensive backs, and a receiver.
Marion Barber, RB, Minnesota, 2005-
Statistics: Barber has rushed for 2,167 yards and 29 touchdowns with the Cowboys.
Accolades: He earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2007.
Longevity: Barber has earned the starting running back job, and the team is currently trying to tie him up with a long-term contract.
Intangibles: He has quickly became a fan favorite thanks to his hard running style and nose for the end zone.
Alois Blackwell, RB, Houston, 1978-79
Statistics: Blackwell rushed for a total of 37 yards with the Cowboys.
Longevity: Blackwell lasted two seasons with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: Blackwell was unable to overcome injuries during his short career.
Larry Brown, CB, Texas Christian, 1991-95, 1998
Statistics: Brown had 13 regular season interceptions with the Cowboys. His biggest plays, however, came during the playoffs.
Accolades: MVP of Super Bowl XXX.
Longevity: A 12-round draft pick in 1991, Brown played five years with Dallas before leaving for Oakland via free agency. His Raider career was short-lived, as was his attempted comeback with Dallas in 1998.
Intangibles: Brown was one of the great draft picks in team history, starting 74 games during his career. He was a starting corner in each of the three Super Bowls during the 1990s and recorded three interceptions in Super Bowl play (including the two most famous in Super Bowl XXX).
Tony Dixon, S, Alabama, 2001-04
Statistics: Dixon started 14 games and recorded one career interception with the Cowboys.
Longevity: A second-round pick in 2001, Dixon lasted four years in Dallas.
Intangibles: Dixon was selected in the same draft as Quincy Carter. Dallas apparently wanted out of him what the eventually got with Roy Williams, but Dixon never showed the talent to justify taking him so high in that draft.
Roger Harper, S, Ohio State, 1996
Statistics: Harper recorded two interceptions with Dallas.
Longevity: Harper played in 14 games with the Cowboys in 1996.
Intangibles: A former second round pick of the Falcons, Harper was an addition that did not quite make up for the losses that the Cowboys experienced on defense between 1995 and 1996.
Dennis Homan, WR, Alabama, 1968-70
Statistics: Homan caught 23 passes for 437 yards for the Cowboys.
Accolades: None (unless you count the MOP Award)
Longevity: Homan played three seasons with Dallas before finishing his NFL career with Kansas City. He also played in the WFL.
Intangibles: Homan played in the shadows of Bob Hayes and Lance Rentzel in Dallas. His 19.0-yards-per-catch average was rather impressive, though.
Jim Mooty, CB, Arkansas, 1960
Statistics: Mooty averaged 17.5 yards per kickoff return and 4.6 yards per punt return for the Cowboys.
Longevity: Mooty played in seven games for the Cowboys in 1960.
Intangibles: A free agent from Arkansas, Mooty saw a little bit of action as a returner during the inaugural 1960 Dallas season.
J.D. Smith, RB, North Carolina A&T, 1965-66
Statistics: Smith rushed for 302 yards and 3 TDs for the Cowobys.
Accolades: None with Dallas.
Longevity: Smith came to Dallas after a long career with Chicago and San Francisco. He only lasted two years with Dallas, however.
Intangibles: Smith was a good player for the 49ers, but his role with Dallas was primarily as a backup.
Omar Stoutmire, S, Fresno State, 1997-98
Statistics: Stoutmire had two interceptions and three sacks as a member of the Cowboys.
Accolades: None with Dallas.
Longevity: A seventh round pick in 1998, Stoutmire lasted two seasons. He has since had a long career with the Giants, Jets, Redskins, and Saints.
Intangibles: Stoutmire started 12 games as a second year player in 1998, even though the Cowboys had George Teague on the roster. He was gone the next year, however.
Everson Walls, CB, Grambling, 1981-89
Statistics: Walls had 44 interceptions with the Cowboys, the second most in team history.
Accolades: Four Pro Bowls. One time All-Pro.
Longevity: After joining the Cowboys as a free agent in 1981, Walls spent nine years with the club. He was arguably the team’s best defensive player during the 1980s.
Intangibles: Walls is a native of Dallas and grew up close to the Cowboys’ practice facility. A Grambling graduate, Walls made the Cowboys’ roster and proceeded to record 11 interceptions. As the defensive cast around him deteriorated in talent, Walls remained one of the top defenders in the league. He earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Giants in 1990.
Here are the results of the poll for this number:
- Everson Walls (83%, 101 Votes)
- Marion Barber (10%, 12 Votes)
- Larry Brown (7%, 8 Votes)
- Roger Harper (1%, 1 Votes)
- Omar Stoutmire (1%, 1 Votes)
- Tony Dixon (0%, 0 Votes)
- Alois Blackwell (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jim Mooty (0%, 0 Votes)
- J.D. Smith (0%, 0 Votes)
- Dennis Homan (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 122
If you still want to vote, please make a comment below.
My Vote: Walls
I fully realize how popular Marion Barber is, and he may turn out to be a great running back, but this one has to go to Walls. He was the last true great Cowboys defenders developed during the Landry era, and he gave the team nine very good years. Consider this: Walls recorded 44 interceptions with Dallas in 117 games. By comparison, Mel Renfro recorded 52 picks in 174 games, while Charlie Waters recorded 41 in 160 games.
As for Barber, check back in a year or two.