Recap: Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers, 1-50

The series on the Greatest Players by Their Jersey Numbers began on March 11. In just under four months, here is a summary of this series:

* Total Players Reviewed (Jerseys 1-50): 366
* Total Votes: 6952
* Jersey Number Receiving the Most Votes: 21 (241 votes)
* Player Receiving the Highest Number of Individual Votes: Deion Sanders (231 votes)
* Jersey Number Receiving the Fewest Votes: 49 (41 votes)

As far as the players who have received the most votes per jersey number, here are a few stats:

Eras

No specific era of Cowboys’ history has dominated this series, as each decade is well-represented. In several instances, a player may be categorized under either of a couple of decades (e.g., Tony Dorsett played in the 70s and 80s), but here is a general breakdown:

1960s: 9 players
1970s: 8 players
1980s: 11 players
1990s: 11 players
2000s: 11 players

Positions

Since we’ve covered numbers 1-50, the number of positions represented thus far are obviously limited. Here is a summary of the positions represented thus far:

Defensive Backs: 19
Quarterbacks: 10
Punters/Kickers: 9
Running Backs: 9
Wide Receivers: 1
Linebackers: 1
Tight Ends: 1

Current Players

A total of six current players have been voted as greatest players by their jersey numbers, including the following:

#1 Mat McBriar, P
#6 Nick Folk, K
#9 Tony Romo, QB
#25 Pat Watkins, S
#31 Roy Williams, S
#42 Anthony Henry, CB

Finally, here is the complete update:

#

Total

Votes

Players Name Pos. Years
1 209 5 Mat McBriar (60%) P 2004-present
2 86 3 Lin Elliott (65%) K 1992-1993
3 111 5 Billy Cundiff (29%) K 2002-2005
4 109 6 Mike Saxon (76%) P 1985-1992
5 85 2 Clint Stoerner (80%) QB 2000-2002
6 112 3 Nick Folk (93%) K 2007-present
7 195 6 Steve Beuerlein (69%) QB 1991-1992
8 139 2 Troy Aikman (91%) QB 1989-2000
9 177 4 Tony Romo (98%) QB 2003-present
10 107 8 Ron Widby (76%) P 1968-1971
11 224 9 Danny White (96%) QB/P 1976-1988
12 189 2 Roger Staubach (96%) QB 1969-1979
13 133 2 Jerry Rhome (86%) QB 1965-1968
14 174 5 Craig Morton (74%) QB 1965-1974
15 141 4 Toni Fritsch (77%) K 1971-1973, 1975
16 140 4 Vinny Testaverde (65%) QB 2004
17 198 5 Don Meredith (88%) QB 1960-1968
18 134 7 Chris Boniol (64%) K 1994-1996
19 175 8 Lance Rentzel (37%) WR 1967-1970
20 190 11 Mel Renfro (88%) DB 1964-1977
21 241 10 Deion Sanders (96%) DB 1995-1999
22 222 7 Emmitt Smith (91%) RB 1990-2002
23 75 12 Robert Williams (36%) DB 1987-1993
24 104 10 Everson Walls (82%) DB 1981-1989
25 77 15 Pat Watkins (36%) DB 2006-present
26 179 10 Kevin Smith (31%) DB 1992-1999
27 159 12 Ron Fellows (39%) DB 1981-1986
28 210 5 Darren Woodson (100%) DB 1992-2003
29 195 10 Kenneth Gant (62%) DB 1990-1994
30 108 10 Dan Reeves (79%) RB 1965-1972
31 174 12 Roy Williams (65%) S 2002-present
32 154 10 Walt Garrison (65%) RB 1966-1974
33 176 11 Tony Dorsett (95%) RB 1977-1987
34 178 10 Herschel Walker (56%) RB 1986-89, 1996-97
35 150 12 Calvin Hill (90%) RB 1969-1974
36 70 9 Vince Albritton (43%) S 1984-1991
37 103 9 James Washington (93%) S 1990-1994
38 71 7 Sam Baker (46%) P/K 1962-1963
39 60 6 Lousaka Polite (53%) RB 2004-2006
40 177 6 Bill Bates (99%) S 1983-1997
41 204 8 Charlie Waters (78%) DB 1970-78, 1980-81
42 120 13 Anthony Henry (66%) CB 2005-present
43 130 5 Cliff Harris (77%) S 1970-1979
44 115 7 Robert Newhouse (95%) FB 1972-1983
45 60 8 Manny Hendrix (57%) DB 1986-1991
46 109 9 Mark Washington (68%) CB 1970-1978
47 106 6 Dexter Clinkscale (68%) S 1980-1985
48 87 3 Daryl Johnston (99%) FB 1989-1999
49 41 2 Brett Pierce (54%) TE 2004-2005
*49 n/a 1 Tom Landry Coach 1960-1988
50 69 11 D.D. Lewis (78%) LB 1968, 1970-81

*Honorary #49

Thanks to a suggestion by Fred Goodwin, I agree we should include Tom Landry in this poll somewhere. I chose not to remove Brett Pierce as the greatest #49, but by this post we are also going to include Landry. The only coach the Cowboys had for 29 years wore #49 as a member of the New York Giants.

Tom Landry

  • Fred Goodwin

    I was just kidding about including Landry, but that’s a very nice tribute to do so!

  • The fact that Brett Pierce made this list but Bob Hayes and Don Perkins didn’t was just too much. The only drawback– Landry was a Giant…