Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series
Five players have worn #28, including four running backs and a defensive back.
Note: This list does not include first-round pick Felix Jones, who has been assigned #28.
Alvin Blount, RB, Maryland, 1987
Statistics: Blount rushed for 125 yards and 3 TDs with the Cowboys.
Accolades: (Replacement player).
Longevity: (Replacement player).
Intangibles: Blount was a 9th round pick in 1987 but only appeared in two replacement games that season.
Norm Granger, RB, Iowa, 1984
Statistics: Granger had limited statistics during a short career in Dallas.
Longevity: Granger dressed for 15 games in 1984 but seldom played.
Intangibles: Granger later appeared as a replacement player with the Atlanta Falcons in 1987.
Curtis Stewart, RB, Auburn, 1989
Longevity: Stewart played in two games for Dallas in 1989.
Intangibles: He saw some action on special teams but was gone very quickly.
Tyson Thompson, RB, San Jose State, 2005-07
Statistics: Thompson averaged 24.7 per kickoff return and rushed for a total of 266 yards.
Longevity: Thompson lasted three seasons in Dallas but has not been resigned for 2008.
Intangibles: He was something of a Cinderella story by virtue of making the team three straight years. He was not a bad kick returner but had difficulty in 2007 after returning from an injury suffered in 2006.
Darren Woodson, S, Arizona State, 1992-03
Statistics: Woodson is the franchise’s all-time leading tackler, with 803. He also had 23 career interceptions.
Accolades: Woodson was named to five Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro three times.
Longevity: He played 12 seasons as a pro, all in Dallas.
Intangibles: Woodson combined several attributes that made him an all-time great. He was a sure tackler who could also play in coverage. A leader-by-example, he was very much an integral part of the dynasty of the 1990s.
Here are the results of the poll for this number:
- Darren Woodson (99%, 235 Votes)
- Tyson Thompson (1%, 2 Votes)
- Norm Granger (0%, 1 Votes)
- Alvin Blount (0%, 0 Votes)
- Curtis Stewart (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 238
If you still want to vote, please make a comment below.
My Vote: Woodson
This one clearly isn’t a contest. Woodson rivals Cliff Harris as the greatest safety in team history. A former college linebacker with enough speed to cover, Woodson was in many ways a prototype for the modern strong safety.