Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #32
Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series
Eight players have worn #32, including four defensive backs and four running backs.
Tom Franckhauser, CB, Purdue, 1960-61
Statistics: Franckhauser had four interceptions with the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: He holds the distinction as the first member of the Dallas Cowboys to touch a football in a regular season game, returning the opening kickoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1960.
Walt Garrison, RB, Oklahoma State, 1966-74
Statistics: Garrison rushed for 3886 yards and 30 touchdowns with the Cowboys.
Accolades: He made the Pro Bowl once (1972).
Longevity: He lasted nine seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: One of the great characters in team history. He was one of the toughest players ever to wear a Cowboy jersey.
Alonzo Highsmith, FB, Miami, Fla., 1990-91
Statistics: He rushed for 48 yards for the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played for Dallas in 1990 and part of 1991 before being traded to Tampa Bay.
Intangibles: We have a bit of a theme for running backs wearing #32: Famous College Backs Turned Busts and Signed by Dallas as Free Agents. Highsmith is Exhibit #1.
Tyrone Hughes, CB, Nebraska, 1998
Statistics: Hughes averaged 9.3 yards per punt return and 24.7 yards per kickoff return during a short Dallas career.
Accolades: None with Dallas.
Longevity: He played in four games for Dallas in 1998.
Intangibles: He was signed late during the 1998 season as a punt returner. That was his last season as a pro.
Tim Jackson, S, Nebraska, 1989
Longevity: He only saw action in one pro game.
Intangibles: The former Dallas Skyline star had few opportunities in Dallas.
ReShard Lee, RB, Middle Tennessee State, 2004
Statistics: Lee averaged 23.5 yards per kickoff return with the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: Lee made the team as a free agent in 2004 and was not a bad returner. He later played with Green Bay and Oakland.
Anthony Thomas, RB, Michigan, 2005
Statistics: Thomas rushed for 80 yards with the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played in only six games for the Cowboys before being released.
Intangibles: Exhibit #2 of Famous College Backs Turned Busts and Signed by Dallas as Free Agents. He was a two-time 1,000-yard rusher for Chicago, but he never quite reached expectations. As a Cowboy, he did very little.
Blair Thomas, RB, Penn State, 1994
Statistics: Thomas rushed for 70 yards with the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played in two regular season games with Dallas, along with two playoff games.
Intangibles: Exhibit #3 of Famous College Backs Turned Busts and Signed by Dallas as Free Agents. Thomas was brought in when Emmitt Smith suffered a hamstring injury near the end of the 1994 season. Thomas showed very little.
Dennis Thurman, DB, Southern California, 1978-85
Statistics: Thurman had 36 interceptions as a Cowboy.
Accolades: His 36 picks rank fourth in team history. His four career touchdowns on interception returns is tied for the most in club history.
Longevity: He played eight seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: The famous “Thurman’s Thieves” were named after Thurman, who was a part-time starter during the early 1980s. Few defensive backs in team history have had a nose for the ball quite like Thurman, who now coaches with the Baltimore Ravens.
Michael Wiley, RB, Ohio State, 2000-02
Statistics: He rushed for 503 yards with the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played three seasons for Dallas.
Intangibles: Wiley was the third-down back during three forgettable seasons with Dallas (2000 to 2002).
Here are the results of the poll for this number:
- Walt Garrison (65%, 114 Votes)
- Dennis Thurman (35%, 62 Votes)
- Tom Franckhauser (0%, 0 Votes)
- Blair Thomas (0%, 0 Votes)
- Anthony Thomas (0%, 0 Votes)
- ReShard Lee (0%, 0 Votes)
- Tim Jackson (0%, 0 Votes)
- Tyrone Hughes (0%, 0 Votes)
- Alonzo Highsmith (0%, 0 Votes)
- Michael Wiley (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 176
If you still want to vote, please make a comment below.
My Vote: Garrison
As much as I want to vote for Thurman here, I’ve got to give this to Garrison. The former rodeo star and Skoal pitchman is an icon in team history, ranking up there with Bill Bates. He was also a very good running back, ranking sixth in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in team history.