Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #25

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #25

Fifteen players have worn #25, including ten defensive backs, three running backs, and two receivers.

Scott Case, S, Oklahoma, 1995

Statistics: Case had 14 tackles as a member of the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: After an 11-year career with Atlanta, Case earned a Super Bowl ring in 1995 in his final season as a pro.

Intangibles: Case backed up Brock Marion in 1995, playing in nickel and dime situations. He did not do anything spectacular that year, but he was often around the ball.

Rod Hill, CB, Kentucky State, 1982-83

Statistics: Hill averaged 8.0 yards per punt return and 17.4 yards per kick return for the Cowboys. He also had two interceptions.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Hill lasted two seasons with Dallas. He later played with the Bills, Lions, and Raiders.

Intangibles: Hill was one of Gil Brandt’s biggest mistakes. Brandt took Hill with the 25th pick in the first round, thinking that the speedster from Kentucky State was a playmaker. However, aside from a couple of big punt returns, he showed very little, other than a cocky attitude. He was gone by the 1984 season.

Jermaine Jones, CB, Northwestern State, (LA), 2002

Statistics: None.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Jones dressed for one game for the Cowboys in 2002. He dressed for a total of three NFL games.

Intangibles: No idea here. He was a fifth-round pick of the Jets in 1999 but had taken three years off before making an appearance in a Cowboy uniform.

Aaron Kyle, CB, Wyoming, 1976-79

Statistics: Kyle had six interceptions as a Cowboy.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: After being a first round pick in 1976, Kyle earned a starting job when Mel Renfro finally started showing signs of aging. After suffering through an injury-plagued 1979 season, Kyle was traded to Denver.

Intangibles: Kyle had a great game in Super Bowl XII, recording an interception and recovering a fumble. He might be better remembered, though, for missing a tackle of John Stallworth in Super Bowl XIII.

Derrick Lassic, RB, Alabama, 1993

Statistics: Lassic rushed for 269 yards and 3 TDs in a short career.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Lassic was the back who briefly replaced Emmitt Smith in the lineup while Smith held out at the start of the 1993 season. That was the only season that he played, however, after suffering a knee injury before the 1994 season.

Intangibles:Lassic was drafted to give Smith a backup, but he was never expected to be a full-time player. His injury shortened his time in Dallas, so he is best remembered for starting the first two games of 1993.

Obert Logan, S, Trinity Tex., 1965-66

Statistics: Logan had five interceptions for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Logan played two seasons in Dallas before being picked up by New Orleans in the 1967 expansion draft.

Intangibles: Known as “Little O,” Logan was a part-time starter as a rookie in 1965 and for two seasons split time with Mike Gaetcher. Logan made several big plays for Dallas during his short time with the team.

Ray Mathews, WR, Clemson, 1960

Statistics: Mathews caught three passes for the Cowboys in 1960.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: Mathews was at the end of a long career with Dallas selected him in the 1960 expansion draft. He retired after that season.

Intangibles: He was an all-purpose back with the Steelers who was at the end of his road when he joined the expansion Cowboys.

Tommy McDonald, WR, Oklahoma, 1964

Statistics: McDonald caught 46 passes for 612 yards and 2 TDs for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, based largely on his accomplishments with Philadelphia.

Longevity: Dallas acquired McDonald in 1964, bu the only lasted one season.

Intangibles: The Cowboys thought they had found a playmaker when they traded for the former All Pro from the Eagles. His one year in Dallas was a disappointment, and he was traded to the Rams in 1965. He reverted to his old form and earned a Pro Bowl berth with Los Angles. He retired after the 1967 season.

Dick Nolan, S, Maryland, 1962

Statistics: Nolan played in 11 games for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: Nolan came to Dallas after several seasons with the Giants. He lasted just one season.

Intangibles: Nolan is best remembered as a longtime assistant with Dallas and as the coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He also had the distinction of coaching under both Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson. The father of current San Francisco coach Mike Nolan, Dick Nolan died in 2007.

Jerry Norton, S, Southern Methodist, 1962

Statistics: Norton had two interceptions for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: Norton was a defensive back and punter for the Eagles and Cardinals before joining Dallas in 1962. He lasted just one season before moving on to Green Bay to become the Packers’ punter.

Intangibles:Norton had 35 career interceptions and was a solid punter, but he did not accomplish very much with the Cowboys.

Jemeel Powell, CB, California, 2003

Statistics: Powell played in three games for Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Three games.

Intangibles: Not much to say here.

Les Shy, RB, Cal. St. Long Beach, 1966-69

Statistics: Shy rushed for a total of 523 yards and 3 TDs for Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Shy was a 12th round pick for the Cowboys. He lasted four seasons before playing one final year with the Giants.

Intangibles: Shy played in the shadows of Don Perkins, Dan Reeves, and Calvin Hill. He was more of an all-purpose player.

Junior Tautalatasi, RB, Washington State, 1989

Statistics: Tautalatasi caught 17 passes for 157 yards and rushed for 15 yards for Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Tautalatasi lasted one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He showed some promise with the Eagles earlier in his career, but he did not have many opportunities on a bad Dallas team.

Bruce Thornton, CB, Georgia, 2004-05

Statistics: Thornton played in one game with the Cowboys, returning two kickoffs for 43 yards.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: A fourth-round pick in 2004, Thornton suffered an ACL tear which caused him to miss all but one game that season. He was later signed by San Francisco and started 11 games for the 49ers in 2005. He has not played in the league since then.

Intangibles: Thornton is one of several busts from the 2004 draft.

Pat Watkins, S, Florida St., 2006-

Statistics: Watkins has four interceptions for the Cowboys. He also recorded a touchdown on a blocked field goal return in 2007.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Watkins will enter his third season in 2008.

Intangibles: Watkins is much taller (6’4″) than the typical free safety. He started nine games as a rookie, but he is often out of position and struggles in coverage. He is still a project, but if he does not show further development in 2008, he may be gone.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #25

  • Aaron Kyle (38%, 35 Votes)
  • Pat Watkins (34%, 32 Votes)
  • Scott Case (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Rod Hill (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Dick Nolan (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Tommy McDonald (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Derrick Lassic (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Les Shy (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Junior Tautalatasi (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jerry Norton (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Obert Logan (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jermaine Jones (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jemeel Powell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ray Mathews (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bruce Thornton (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 93

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If you still want to vote, please make a comment below.

My Vote: Kyle

Aaron KyleThis is another of the “none of the above” categories, but I think that Kyle is the best of these players. He was a starter on two Super Bowl teams and made a few memorable plays. He didn’t turn out to be a great player for being a number one pick, but that was due as much to injury as it was to talent.

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Article by Matt Cordon

Blogging impatiently about the Cowboys since 2006. Being a fan since 1977 hasn't required quite as much patience.

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