Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #48
Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series
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.
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:
- Daryl Johnston (99%, 127 Votes)
- Terry Witherspoon (1%, 1 Votes)
- Alex Green (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 128
My Vote: Moose
Johnston 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.