Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #48

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #48

I’d say we have an easy one today. Three players have worn #48, including two running backs and a cornerback.

Alex Green, CB, Indiana, 1987

Statistics: Green recorded one interception with the Cowboys.

Accolades: Replacement player.

Longevity: Replacement player.

Intangibles: He started all three replacement games in 1987.

Terry Witherspoon, FB, Clemson, 2001

Statistics: Witherspoon caught one pass for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in three games during the 2001 season.

Intangibles: Witherspoon was a two-year starter with Clemson, but he did little with the Cowboys.

Daryl Johnston, FB, Syracuse, 1989-99

Statistics: Johnston caught 294 passes for 2227 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had a total of 753 rushing yards.

Accolades: Two-time Pro Bowler.

Longevity: He played 11 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Johnston was the perfect complement to Emmitt Smith in the early 1990s. A fearless blocker, he would take on linebacker and lineman with reckless abandon, giving Smith just enough room sometimes to break off a long run. Dallas has never quite replaced Johnston at the fullback position.


Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #48

  • Daryl Johnston (99%, 127 Votes)
  • Terry Witherspoon (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Alex Green (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 128

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My Vote: Moose

Daryl JohnstonJohnston is one of several of the 1990s-era Cowboys who should make the Ring of Honor but who probably won’t. He wasn’t merely a character– the “Moose” calls did, to be sure, become cliche after a while– but was mostly just a damn good football player. Hard to believe the well-spoken analyst on Fox right now is the same guy, but we should always remember him as one of the greats in franchise history.

  • retlaw2003

    Are u serious??? There shud b no question on this one…

  • no question here;


  • Tim Truemper

    We’ve had a great run on FB’s with the recent # postings–Walt Garrison, Don Perkins, Robert Newhouse.

    Johnston I believe set a prototype for the current FB mode–blocker and pass catcher. While not exactly nimble as a rusher, I still enjoyed those dive plays when they would surprise the defense. Should be Ring of Honor person!

  • Fred Goodwin

    The Moose is loose!

    Too bad those multiple lead blocks led to neck injuries which shortened his career, but he was great while we had him.

    And you’re right — sadly, he’ll never make the HOF, but there’s a chance he might make the ROH.

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  • Grifter

    There should be NOTHING keeping moose out of the ring of honor. Look at it this way….Emmit is getting in it because he broke that record……but who was the one throwing a lot of those lead blocks for him to do it?


    who was it that was the consumate team player without the massive, overinflated ego?


    Who was it that took hits for Aikman many times over?


    So……if Jerry reads this and was thinking about NOT putting Moose in teh Ring……better check your thinking. Daryl was a big reason and part of the Cowboys success that helped make you rich so you could come tear up my city building your new ego driven monstrosity.

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