Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #37

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #37

Nine players have worn #37, including five defensive backs and four running backs.

Phil Clark, DB, Northwestern, 1967-69

Statistics: Clark recorded three interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Clark showed promise during the late 1960s. However, after a disappointing 1969 season, along with the signing of several new defensive backs in 1970, he became expendable. He was traded that year to Chicago.

Perry Lee Dunn, RB, Mississippi, 1964-65

Statistics: Dunn rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dunn was a converted college quarterback who saw some action in 1964 and 1965. However, he left for Atlanta after the Cowboys acquired Walt Garrison.

Jim Jensen, RB, Iowa, 1976

Statistics: He averaged 24.1 yards per kickoff return with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Not to be confused with the Miami Dolphins’ Jim Jensen, who played during the 1980s, the Jensen who played for Dallas had few opportunities to shine. Prior to the 1977 season, he was traded to Denver.

Dennis Morgan, RB, Western Illinois, 1974

Statistics: Morgan averaged 15.1 yards per punt return and 23.5 yards per kickoff return for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Known as “Strawberry” due to his red hair, Morgan tied an NFL record when he returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown against the Cardinals. He was traded to Philadelphia the following season.

Ike Thomas, CB, Bishop, 1971

Statistics: Thomas averaged 42.1 yards per kickoff return on seven returns.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Thomas had only seven kickoff returns for Dallas, but two of them went for touchdowns– quite an amazing feat. He was not a good defensive back, however, and was traded to the Packers in 1972.

Lee Vaughn, DB, Wyoming, 1997

Statistics: He did not record a stat with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was on the practice squad for one season.

Intangibles: Nothing to mention here.

James Washington, S, UCLA, 1990-94

Statistics: Washington recorded 14 interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: If there were a co-MVP of Super Bowl XXVIII, he would be it.

Longevity: He played five seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Washington’s performance in SB XXVIII is legendary. He caused one fumble, returned another for a touchdown, and recorded a key interception that led to the game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter. Originally signed as a Plan B free agent from the Rams, Washington started 58 games at both strong and free safety.

Gerald White, FB, Michigan, 1987

Statistics: White caught five passes for 46 yards for the Cowboys.

Accolades: Replacement player.

Longevity: Replacement player.

Intangibles: Replacement player.

Tyrone Williams, CB, Nebraska, 2004

Statistics: Williams recorded one sack and seven tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in part of one season with Dallas.

Intangibles: Williams was a starter for the Packers for several years and signed with Dallas in 2004. He was injured that season after playing in three games, and he never played again.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #37

  • James Washington (93%, 108 Votes)
  • Lee Vaughn (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Phil Clark (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Ike Thomas (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Jim Jensen (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Perry Lee Dunn (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Dennis Morgan (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gerald White (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tyrone Williams (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 116

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

My Vote: Washington

James WashingtonReally no contest here. Washington was a quality starter throughout most of the glory days of the early 1990s. His performance in SB XXVIII was more important than was Larry Brown’s in SB XXX, given that Washington made the plays that turned the game around, while Brown was mostly in the right place at the right time on his two famous interceptions.

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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.

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