Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #27
Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series
Twelve players have worn #27, including eight defensive backs and four running backs.
Courtney Brown, S, Cal Poly, 2007-
Statistics: Brown recorded one fumble recovery in 2007.
Longevity: Brown will enter his second season in 2008.
Intangibles: A seventh-round pick last year, Brown played in eight games for the Cowboys in 2007. He will need to show more next season if he is going to remain here long-term.
Mario Edwards, CB, Florida State, 2000-03
Statistics: Edwards recorded four interceptions with the Cowboys.
Longevity: Edwards played four seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: He was part of the 2000 draft, when the Cowboys took three cornerbacks. Edwards lasted longer than Dwayne Goodrich and Kareem Larrimore, starting 47 games in four seasons. He left via free agency in 2004 but played only one season with Tampa Bay.
Thomas Everett, S, Baylor, 1992-93
Statistics: Everett had four interceptions with the Cowboys.
Accolades: He made the Pro Bowl in 1993.
Longevity: After Dallas acquired him from Pittsburgh, Everett played two seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: Everett was a very important part of the Cowboys’ title years in 1992 and 1993. He was also one of the first big losses when free agency began after the 1993 season.
Ron Fellows, CB, Missouri, 1981-86
Statistics: Fellows recorded 17 interceptions with Dallas. He also averaged 6.8 yards per punt return and 20.2 yards per kickoff return.
Longevity: Fellows played six seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: He was a member of Thurman’s Thieves who started 43 games opposite Everson Walls at corner. Prior to taking over as starter, he was one of the best nickel corners in the league.
Mike Gaechter, S, Oregon, 1962-69
Statistics: Gaechter recorded 21 interceptions during his time in Dallas.
Longevity: Gaechter played eight seasons with Dallas.
Intangibles: A free agent speedster from Oregon, Gaechter started his career at corner. However, he moved to safety in 1963, where he remained for the rest of his career. His final game was the 1969 Playoff Bowl vs. Los Angeles, during which he ruptured his Achilles’ tendon, ending his career.
Eddie George, RB, Ohio State, 2004
Statistics: George rushed for 432 yards with Dallas.
Accolades: None with the Cowboys.
Longevity: George lasted one season in Dallas before retiring.
Intangibles: Dallas signed George in 2004, hoping he had something left in the tank while Julius Jones was still developing. As it turns out, George showed little of his former self, and he finished the season with a 3.3 per-carry average.
Tommy Haynes, S, Southern California, 1987
Statistics: Haynes had three interceptions in 1987 as a replacement player.
Accolades: (Replacement player)
Longevity: (Replacement player)
Intangibles: He never played in the NFL other than the three strike games in 1987.
Keylon Kincade, RB, Southern Methodist, 2006
Statistics: Kincade had four carries for nine yards with Dallas.
Longevity: Kincade played in one game for Dallas.
Intangibles: His long appearance came in a blowout win vs. Arizona in 2006.
Signor Mobley, S, Washington State, 1997-99
Statistics: Mobley played in 44 games with Dallas.
Longevity: Mobley lasted three seasons with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: He was mostly a special teams player for the Cowboys.
Curvin Richards, RB, Pittsburgh, 1991-92
Statistics: Richards rushed for 180 yards with the Cowboys.
Longevity: Richards lasted two seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: He is best remembered for being cut on the eve of the playoffs in 1992 after fumbling twice in the season finale vs. Chicago. He played one year in Detroit before he was out of the league.
Bill Thomas, RB, Boston College, 1972
Statistics: Thomas returned two kickoffs for 50 yards.
Longevity: Thomas played in seven games with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: Thomas was a first-round pick in 1972 who was a complete bust. He injured his shoulder in training camp and did not join the team until midway through his rookie season. Dallas sent him to Houston in 1973.
Greg Tremble, S, Georgia, 1995
Statistics: Tremble played in seven games with Dallas.
Longevity: Tremble lasted less than half of the 1995 season.
Intangibles: He was mostly a special teams player before being released in mid-October in 1995.
Here are the results of the poll for this number:
- Ron Fellows (38%, 70 Votes)
- Thomas Everett (36%, 65 Votes)
- Eddie George (11%, 20 Votes)
- Mike Gaechter (9%, 16 Votes)
- Courtney Brown (2%, 4 Votes)
- Greg Tremble (2%, 3 Votes)
- Mario Edwards (1%, 2 Votes)
- Signor Mobley (1%, 2 Votes)
- Keylon Kincade (1%, 1 Votes)
- Curvin Richards (0%, 0 Votes)
- Bill Thomas (0%, 0 Votes)
- Tommy Haynes (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 183
If you still want to vote, please make a comment below.
My Vote: Everett
Everett was a major part of two Super Bowl teams, which is why he gets my vote. He is the only one on this list to earn a spot on the Pro Bowl. Though Brock Marion filled in well for Everett after Everett left for Tampa Bay, Dallas missed his playmaking ability.
This was another tough one. Gaetcher contributed to the team for most of the decade of the 1960s, as did Fellows for the first half of the 1980s. Neither, however, accomplished quite as much as Everett even though he spent much less time on the team.