Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #36

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #36

Nine players have worn #36, including two defensive backs, six running backs, and a tight end/kicker.

Vince Albritton, S, Washington, 1984-91

Statistics: Albritton had one interception and three sacks during his career. He recorded a career-high 111 tackles in 1989, he only year as a starter.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Albritton played eight season for the Cowboys, mostly on special teams.

Intangibles:He was mostly a special teams player during his career. He won the starting job at strong safety during the dismal 1989 season, but he suffered through some injuries after that and was never again a full-time starter.

Darian Barnes, FB, Hampton, 2004

Statistics: Barnes caught ten passes for 59 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He lasted one season in Dallas, starting ten games.

Intangibles: Barnes was a serviceable blocking back and not a bad pass receiver. He most recently played for the Jets.

Dick Bielski, TE/K, Maryland, 1960-61

Statistics: Bielski caught 30 passes for 415 yards with the Cowboys. He also made six of nine field goal attempts.

Accolades: He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1961.

Longevity: He lasted two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas picked up Bielski in the 1960 expansion draft from the Philadelphia Eagles. He had a fine year in 1961, catching 26 passes for 377 yards. Dallas traded him to Baltimore the following season, however.

Larry Brinson, RB, Florida, 1977-79

Statistics: Brinson rushed for 172 yards with three touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Brinson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent. He was originally released during training camp in 1978 but came back to the team later in the season. An injured derailed his 1979 season, and he finished his career with Seattle in 1980.

Quincy Butler, CB, TCU, 2006

Statistics: Butler had no statistics of note.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He has seen action in one game with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Butler has been a practice squad player for two seasons. He is still on the roster, but maybe not for long.

Dominique Ross, RB, Valdosta State, 1995-96

Statistics: Ross dressed for a few games but never recorded a statistic.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was on the roster for two seasons.

Intangibles: Ross was mostly a practice squad player who dressed for a total of three games during a two-year period.

Tarik Smith, RB, California, 1998-99

Statistics: Smith recorded no statistics.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was on the Cowboys’ roster for two seasons but never appeared in a game.

Intangibles: Not much to note, except that he was named to the Oak Park (Cal.) Hall of Fame in 2003.

Tony Taylor, RB, Northwestern Louisiana, 2001

Statistics: Taylor had one career attempt for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He saw action in one game for the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Not much to note.

Joe Williams, RB, Wyoming, 1971

Statistics: He rushed for 67 yards with one touchdown for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: After spending a season on the taxi squad in 1970, Williams saw limited action in 1971. He finished his career after playing a season with New Orleans.


Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #36

  • Vince Albritton (45%, 37 Votes)
  • Dick Bielski (38%, 31 Votes)
  • Quincy Butler (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Larry Brinson (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Darian Barnes (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Tony Taylor (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Dominique Ross (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tarik Smith (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Joe Williams (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 82

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

My Vote: Bielski

Dick BielskiTalk about limited choices. Bielski is the only Pro Bowler on this list, which earned him my vote. He also had multiple duties, serving as a kicker in addition to his job as tight end.

Of the others, Albritton deserves some recognition for his longevity, but he really never did much to stand out. The others were either spot players or barely played at all.

  • Tim Truemper

    How about making Felix Jones wear # 36?! Might help boost this #’s dismal Cowboy History.

  • Good call, Tim…although we have a few numbers coming up that aren’t any better. Quite a few who were practice squad players who got to dress for a game or two.

    Then again, I made up the rules that call for me to include these players, so I can hardly complain!

  • Fred Goodwin

    I voted for Albritton but after reading your explanation, I would change to Bielski.

  • I had actually found a picture of Albritton with the thought that I would probably vote for him. That was before I realized that Bielski had been a Pro Bowler. I remember that Albritton played quite a bit during the 4-0 days of the 1980s, and he was also not a bad special teams player. He just never really stood out as anything else.

    Just a side note: Bielski’s replacement, Lee Folkins, had more catches, yards, and touchdowns in 1962 (39 rec., 536 yds.) than Bielski had in 1961 (26 rec., 377 yds.). Folkins did not make the Pro Bowl until 1963, though, when he had stats much closer to Bielski’s 1961 numbers (31 rec., 407 yds.).

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  • melonball

    Bielski must have been an outstanding blocker, then, I’m thinking, to make the Pro Bowl with those numbers.

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  • Anonymous

    Vince albritton was great!!!!!!  I can still picture him running down the field with that old school neck roll.  Awesome!!!