Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #46

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #46

Nine players have worn #46, including five running backs, three defensive backs, a linebacker.

Craig Baynham, RB, Georgia Tech, 1967-69

Statistics: Baynham rushed for 442 yards and six touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Baynham was the winner of the MOP Award for 1968. Here is a blurb about him, as reported in that post:

Baynham’s biggest moment came in the 1967 conference playoff game against the Browns when he filled in for the injured Walt Garrison. He scored 3 touchdowns in the 52-14 win. In 1968 he subbed for Garrison gaining 438 yards on the ground and grabbed 29 passes for 380 yards. He led the team in kickoff returns in 68 with 590 yards. He didn’t get much playing time behind a healthy Hill and Garrison in 69 and was traded to Chicago in 1970 and finished his career with St. Louis the next year. Nicknamed “John One Dozen” because he always signed footballs “Craig Baynham – John 1:12?, he became a pastor in later years.

Erik Bickerstaff, RB, Wisconsin, 2003-05

Statistics: Bickerstaff rushed for 56 yards with one touchdown in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was on the roster for three seasons, but much of that was spent on the practice squad. He played in four games, all during the 2003 season.

Intangibles: Bickerstaff was something of a fan favorite during the preseason. He rarely had the opportunity in regular season action, though.

Ricky Blake, RB, Alabama A&M, 1991

Statistics: Blake rushed for 80 yards with one touchdown.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played part of one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: In 1991, Blake played in the World League, the Canadian Football League, and the Dallas Cowboys. His career highlight was a 30-yard touchdown run against Cincinnati.

Jon Condo, LB, Maryland, 2005

Statistics: Condo did not record any notable statistics with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He saw action in three games in 2005.

Intangibles: Nothing worth noting.

Joe Fishback, S, Carson-Newman, 1993-94

Statistics: Fishback did not record any notable statistics with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Fishback was primarily as special teams player.

Todd Fowler, FB, Stephen F. Austin, 1985-88

Statistics: Fowler caught 17 passes for 113 yards in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Fowler was a 1,000-yard rusher in the USFL, but he did not accomplish much in the NFL.

Oliver Hoyte, FB, NC State, 2006-07

Statistics: Hoyte caught three passes for 12 yards.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas but will not return in 2008.

Intangibles: Hoyte was a converted linebacker who eventually started several games at fullback. He was generally and adequate blocker but could do very little else.

Roland Solomon, S, Utah, 1980

Statistics: Solomon had one punt return for eight yards in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played part of one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: He made the roster in 1980 as a free agent but was released during the season. He also played for Buffalo and Denver.

Mark Washington, CB, Morgan State, 1970-78

Statistics: Washington recorded 13 interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played nine seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Washington was a part-time starter who is probably (and very unfortunately) remembered for being the corner who was torched by Lynn Swann in Super Bowl X. The evidence clearly shows that none of those plays were really Washington’s fault; they were instead just incredible plays by Swann. Washington spent three more seasons in Dallas after that game before moving on to New England for one final season.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #46

  • Mark Washington (68%, 83 Votes)
  • Craig Baynham (16%, 19 Votes)
  • Oliver Hoyte (9%, 11 Votes)
  • Todd Fowler (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Erik Bickerstaff (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Roland Solomon (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Ricky Blake (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jon Condo (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Joe Fishback (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 122

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My Vote: Washington

Mark WashingtonMost of the players on this list were either role players or special teams players. Washington was a quality player in Dallas who has the unfortunate label of the victim of SB X. In fact, ESPN named Washington as one of its Super Victims. The others: Max Lane of the Patriots (Super Bowl XXXI vs. Green Bay) and Don McNeal of the Dolphins (Super Bowl XVII vs. Washington).

Mark Washington, Lynn Swann

  • Tim Truemper

    Hi I know some of my old school musing may get old…. Anyway, about Craig Baynham. I believe that he actually replaced Dan Reeves and not Walt Garrison for both the 1967 playoff game with Cleveland and for most of the 1968 season (when Dan Reeves had a career altering knee injury). Walt was a backup for Don Perkins and became a starter in 1969 following Perkins premature retirement.

  • Tim,
    its info like that that intrigues me the most.
    Good stuff.. 🙂

    I voted Maegle.. just because.

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