Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #33
Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series
Eleven players have worn #33, including three defensive backs, a kicker, five running backs, a linebacker, and a linebacker/fullback.
Gene Babb, LB/RB, Austin College, 1960-61
Statistics: Babb rushed for 115 yards with the Cowboys.
Longevity: Babb played two seasons with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: Babb came out of semi-retirement to play for the upstart Cowboys in 1960 and 1961. He moved to linebacker from fullback in 1961 and was traded to Houston after the 1961 season.
Jason Bell, CB, UCLA, 2001
Statistics: Bell recorded a couple of tackles with Dallas, but little else.
Longevity: Bell played one season in Dallas.
Intangibles: Bell left Dallas after one year to join the expansion Houston Texans in 2002.
Eric Brown, DB, Savannah State, 1989
Longevity: He played one season in Dallas and saw action in only one game.
Intangibles: The free agent barely played with the Cowboys.
Tony Dorsett, RB, Pittsburgh, 1977-87
Statistics: Dorsett rushed for a then-record 12,036 yards and 72 touchdowns with the Cowboys.
Accolades: 4-time Pro Bowler, All-Pro, Ring of Honor, Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Longevity: He played 11 seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: Dorsett still ranks as probably the most dangerous back in team history. Few backs in NFL history used his speed so effectively as Dorsett, who continued to make big plays throughout the majority of his career.
Wendell Hayes, RB, Humboldt State, 1963
Statistics: Hayes returned two kickoffs for the Cowboys.
Longevity: He lasted two games with team.
Intangibles: Injuries caused Hayes to miss nearly all of the 1963 season with Dallas. He was traded in 1964 to Denver. He ended up playing with the Broncos and Chiefs for nearly a decade.
Nate Jones, CB, Rutgers, 2004-
Statistics: Jones recorded 65 tackles with the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: Jones was a special teams player throughout his career. He recently signed with the Miami Dolphins.
Mac Percival, K, Texas Tech, 1974
Statistics: Percival made two of eight field goals with the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played part of one season with Dallas.
Intangibles: Percival was originally discovered by the Cowboys in 1967 but was traded to Chicago, where he played for seven years. He returned to Dallas to fill in for an injured Toni Fritsch, but after making just 25% of his field goals, Dallas brought in Efren Herrera.
Cyril Pinder, RB, Illinois, 1973
Statistics: Pinder rushed for 15 yards with the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played in five games with Dallas.
Intangibles: Pinder finished his pro career in the World Football League.
Timmy Smith, RB, Texas Tech, 1990
Statistics: Smith rushed for six yards with the Cowboys.
Accolades: The one-time Super Bowl hero did nothing with Dallas.
Longevity: One game.
Intangibles: He is well-known as a one-hit wonder after rushing for 204 yards in Super Bowl XXII with Washington. He barely made a blip on the radar with the Cowboys.
Duane Thomas, RB, West Texas State, 1970-71
Statistics: Thomas rushed for 1596 yards and 16 touchdowns with the Cowboys.
Accolades: Nothing official.
Longevity: He played two seasons with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: Bob Lilly compared Thomas to the great Jim Brown, and many believe that Dallas would have won more than two Super Bowls in the 1970s had he stayed with the team. But the enigmatic Thomas was not long for the either the Cowboys or the NFL.
Russell Wayt, LB, Rice, 1965
Statistics: Nothing worth noting.
Longevity: He played in less than a full season with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: The eighth-round pick in 1965 was released after serving as a backup for his time in Dallas.
Here are the results of the poll for this number:
- Tony Dorsett (94%, 204 Votes)
- Duane Thomas (3%, 7 Votes)
- Nate Jones (1%, 2 Votes)
- Cyril Pinder (0%, 1 Votes)
- Russell Wayt (0%, 1 Votes)
- Jason Bell (0%, 1 Votes)
- Wendell Hayes (0%, 0 Votes)
- Mac Percival (0%, 0 Votes)
- Eric Brown (0%, 0 Votes)
- Timmy Smith (0%, 0 Votes)
- Gene Babb (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 216
If you still want to vote, please make a comment below.
My Vote: Dorsett
For a few cases in point, take a look at this:
Thomas’ story is fascinating, and without him Dallas may not have won Super Bowl VI, but he cannot compare. The others on this list were role players at best.