Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #47

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #47

Six players have worn #47, including five defensive backs and a receiver.

Dextor Clinkscale, S, South Carolina State, 1980-85

Statistics: Clinkscale recorded nine interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played six seasons with the Cowboys, though missed the entire 1981 season due to injury.

Intangibles: Clinkscale was part of “Thurman’s Thieves.” He spent three years as a starter with the Cowboys before being traded to the Colts.

Clayton Holmes, CB, Carson-Newman, 1992-95

Statistics: Holmes had one career interception with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas, having missed the 1993 season due to injury.

Intangibles: Holmes’ story is about as sad as it gets for a former athlete. Here is a story from ESPN that captures Holmes’ tale better than any other.

Pete Hunter, CB, Virginia Union, 2002-05

Statistics: Hunter recorded three interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He is known for having gone from insurance salesman to starting cornerback when the Seahawks signed him in 2006 just in time for the playoffs. Seattle’s opponent: Dallas.

Ryan McNeil, CB, Miami, Fla., 2000

Statistics: McNeil recorded two interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Dallas signed McNeil in 2000 to make up for the loss of Deion Sanders (as well as Kevin Smith, who retired before the season started). He recorded eight interceptions with the Chargers one season after leaving Dallas, providing more evidence that Dallas simply had bad luck in 2000-2002.

Dick Moegle, S, Rice, 1961

Statistics: Moegle had two interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He ended a good career with one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Cowboycards has a good piece on Moegle, who was a standout running back at Rice and a Pro Bowler with the 49ers.

Chuck Scott, WR, Vanderbilt, 1987

Statistics: Scott caught one pass with the Cowboys.

Accolades: Replacement player.

Longevity: He played two replacement games with Dallas.

Intangibles: Scott was a second round pick of the Rams in 1985. He saw his only “real” action in 1986 before playing the two replacement games with Dallas.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #47

  • Dextor Clinkscale (69%, 83 Votes)
  • Clayton Holmes (12%, 15 Votes)
  • Pete Hunter (7%, 9 Votes)
  • Ryan McNeil (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Dick Moegle (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Chuck Scott (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 121

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My Vote: Clinkscale

Dextor ClinkscaleThe good about Clinkscale: Tom Landry called him one of the smartest players he ever coached. The bad: in 1998, Clinkscale was charged with sexual assault, apparently with an 18-year old male. Fair to say this gives me pause, but I think he is the best player on this list.

Moegle earned an honorable mention MOP Award, but he only played one season and did not do a great deal with the Cowboys. Hunter was only a part-time starter, and McNeil did more with other franchises than he did with Dallas.

  • Thanks for the pub kick!
    My vote went for Dickey Maegle just because. I love the vintage players. Dickey was a two way player, something out of the norm today but Dickey did it on a regular basis his first two years in the league, of course that was with the niners and not the Cowboys.

  • Fred Goodwin

    I went with Clinkscale — I’m afraid Maegle was a bit before my time, so I have no memory of him.

  • Anonymous

    Dexter Clinckscale by a mile don’t know who Maegle is

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  • SagaciousTeacher

    I had the privilege of knowing Dextor in college at South Carolina State University…and I will always think that he is “simply the best….better than all the rest.”