Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #34

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #34

Ten players have worn #34, including six running backs and four defensive backs.

Tommie Agee, FB, Auburn, 1990-94

Statistics: Agee rushed for 304 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Agee played five seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: He was primarily a special teams player and a backup fullback. His real value was in the locker room, where players nicknamed him “The Reverend” thanks to his positive influence.

Deon Anderson, FB, Connecticut, 2007-

Statistics: Anderson caught six passes as a rookie in 2007.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He will enter his second season in 2008.

Intangibles: He showed promise as a pass-receiving fullback in 2007, but an injury cut his season short. Expect good things from him.

Fred Doelling, S, Pennsylvania, 1960

Statistics: Doelling started a few games at safety for the expansion Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played only one NFL season.

Intangibles: He was a free agent signee but did not last long.

Merrill Douglas, RB, Utah, 1961

Statistics: He rushed for 24 yards for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one year in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was signed as a backup from the Chicago Bears. After one year, he moved on to Philadelphia.

Cornell Green, DB, Utah State, 1962-74

Statistics: Green recorded 34 interceptions during his career, tied for fifth in team history.

Accolades: He made the Pro Bowl five times and was named All Pro three times.

Longevity: He played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with Dallas.

Intangibles: Green developed into one of the best corners in the NFL by the late 1960s. Later in his career, he moved to strong safety and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl at that position.

Monty Hunter, S, Salem, 1982

Statistics: He recorded one sack for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas took a gamble on this player from tiny Salem College in West Virginia. He showed very little.

Tim Lester, FB, Eastern Kentucky, 1999

Statistics: He caught two passes for nine yards.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in five games with Dallas.

Intangibles: Lester was a starter with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He signed with the Cowboys in 1999 to help ease the burden of Daryl Johnston’s loss, but he was not a factor.

Jamar Martin, FB, Ohio State, 2002-03

Statistics: Martin rushed for seven yards and caught two passes for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: After being drafted in 2002, he saw his only action for the Cowboys in 2003.

Intangibles: He was subpar as a blocking fullback, which was his primary role with the Cowboys. He later played with the Dolphins and the Jets.

Aaron Mitchell, CB, Nevada-Las Vegas, 1979-80

Statistics: Mitchell recorded four interceptions with the Cowboys, including three in 1980.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Mitchell was a hard-hitting corner out of UNLV and showed some promise. However, his coverage skills were inferior, and he left for Tampa Bay in 1981.

Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia, 1986-89, 1996-97

Statistics: Walker rushed for 3491 and scored 27 touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: He was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Cowboys.

Longevity: He played in parts of a total of six seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Walker is best known as the centerpiece of the trade that allowed Dallas to draft the players who won three Super Bowls in the early 1990s. He was, to be sure, a great player, displaying great speed and hands for such a big back. However, teams had a difficult time developing an offense around him, and he never quite excelled as many thought he would. When he returned to Dallas in 1996, he played a very important role as a kickoff returner. He also filled in at fullback when Daryl Johnston was injured in 1997.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #34

  • Herschel Walker (57%, 119 Votes)
  • Cornell Green (42%, 89 Votes)
  • Deon Anderson (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Fred Doelling (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Aaron Mitchell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jamar Martin (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tim Lester (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Monty Hunter (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Merrill Douglas (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tommie Agee (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 210

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

My Vote: Green

Cornell GreenAlthough Walker is better known, Green was a mainstay for many years and was an important part of some great Cowboys teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He contributed more to the franchise than anyone else on this list.

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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.
  • Fred Goodwin

    I went with Green. Herschel was certainly good while he was here, but Green had more of an impact, for much longer, than Herschel did.

  • http://www.knowyourdallascowboys.com kickholder

    Thanks, Fred. Green is before my time, and I am well aware of Herschel’s impact on the team in 1986-1988, but it is pretty clear to me that Green should be more widely remembered than he is.

    I did not know until I started studying this that Tommie Agee lasted as long as he did.

  • Tim Truemper

    Cornell Green should be in the Ring of Honor. He was a basketball player in college that Dallas discovered and made a DB. Like Mel Renfro, he made the Pro Bowl as a Safety and as a Corner. Landry felt that Green’s ability at Strong Safety was important in the Flex Defense insofar in stopping the run. I’m old enough to remember Cornell as a big fan favorite.

  • http://gunny93.blogspot.com/ GUNNY HARTMAN

    This is tough, but I have to be the dissenting opinion.

    Walker was instrumental in our rise to supremacy in the 90s and then had a return stint with the Cowboys, returning kicks.

    Granted, much of what he did for the franchise came in being traded, but without Walker and what we got for him, do we win 3 Superbowls in 4 years?

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  • Rantonioa21

    Cornell was the better player.

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