Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #57

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #57

Thirteen players, including 11 linebackers and two centers, have worn #57 for the Cowboys.

Kevin Burnett, LB, Tennessee, 2005-

Kevin BurnettStatistics: Burnett has 87 solo tackles, 22 assists, one interception, and two sacks.

Accolades: None so far.

Longevity: He will enter his fourth season in 2008.

Intangibles: A second-round pick in 2005, Burnett has improved each season he has been on the team. Depending on a variety of circumstances, he may very well move into a starting role this year.

Ron Burton, LB, North Carolina, 1987-89

Statistics: Burton recorded two sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than three full seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Burton was originally a free agent pickup who developed into a part-time starter. However, when Jimmy Johnson arrived in 1989, his days were numbered. He finished his career playing with Phoenix and the L.A. Raiders.

Alan Campos, LB, Louisville, 1996

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season with Dallas.

Intangibles: Campos was a special teams player in 1996, his only season in the league.

Quentin Coryatt, LB, Texas A&M, 1999

Statistics: Coryatt recorded one tackle with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four games with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Dallas signed Coryatt in 1999 to team up with former teammate Kevin Smith. However, he suffered through some injuries and was released in the middle of the season.

Kyle Davis, C, Oklahoma, 1975

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Davis was part of the Dirty Dozen draft of 1975. He saw some action deep-snapping in 1975 but was injured in 1976. He was out of football until 1978, when he played for San Francisco.

Mike Keller, LB, Michigan, 1972

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a special teams player in 1972 but suffered an injury prior the 1973 season and never played again.

Angelo King, LB, South Carolina State, 1981-83

Statistics: King recovered two fumbles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons for Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a special teams player for three seasons before being traded to Detroit, where he was a part-time starter.

Vinson Smith, LB, East Carolina, 1990-92, 1997

Vinson SmithStatistics: Smith recorded 177 solo tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played a total of four seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Smith developed into a starter in 1991 and 1992. However, with the emergence of Dixon Edwards, he was traded to Chicago prior to the 1993 season. He remained there until 1997 when he returned to Dallas as a free agent. He started a few games in 1997 before moving on again to play for the Saints.

Russ Swan, LB, Virginia, 1987

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was a replacement player in 1987, his only in the league.

Intangibles: After starting all three scrub games, the Cowboys brought Swan back to play in two more games towards the end of the 1987 season.

Jimmie Turner, LB, Presbyterian, 1984

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than one full season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: He was mostly a special teams player during his short career in Dallas.

Louie Walker, LB, Colorado State, 1974

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Walker was cut during training camp in 1974 but returned to play the final eight games, mostly on special teams.

Malcolm Walker, C, Rice, 1966-69

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Walker developed into the starting center in 1968 while Dave Manders was recovering from an injury. However, Walker was injured the following year and was traded for Herb Adderley prior to the 1970 season.

Barron Wortham, LB, Texas-El Paso, 2000

Barron WorthamStatistics: Wortham recorded 55 tackles for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Wortham was signed from the defending AFC Champion Tennessee Titans in 2000. Dallas expected him to shore up the linebacking corps, and he started several games during a bad season.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #57.

Greatest #57

  • Kevin Burnett (60%, 67 Votes)
  • Vinson Smith (31%, 34 Votes)
  • Alan Campos (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Malcolm Walker (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Kyle Davis (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Angelo King (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Ron Burton (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Barron Wortham (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Mike Keller (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Quentin Coryatt (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Russ Swan (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jimmie Turner (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Louie Walker (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 111

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My Vote: Burnett

Kevin BurnettThis is not an especially strong list, and two of the players (Vinson Smith and Barron Wortham) started more games than Burnett has. However, Burnett has had to back up the likes of DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis, and my pick here is one of confidence that Burnett will get his chance. If nothing else, Burnett has one of the better-looking player websites, and he has become a guest blogger for the Dallas Morning News. His career highlight thus far was the interception return for a touchdown against Indianapolis in 2006 (as show in the picture).

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Article by Matt Cordon

Blogging impatiently about the Cowboys since 2006. Being a fan since 1977 hasn't required quite as much patience.
  • Fred Goodwin

    I went with Vinson Smith.

    I actually met the guy while vacationing in Puerto Rico (he was playing for Chicago at the time) but I recognized him.

    Although huge and obviously an athlete, he didn’t make a big deal about it and he was really a pretty straight-up guy.

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  • http://google george franklin

    Vinson Smith, outstanding athlete, and also cared about the Cowboys! Vinson was upset about leaving the team, not about money or Dixon, but he cared about everyone on the team. Everyone knew him as the “V-Man” and his ability to establish cooperative friendships among his teammates. You speak about a straight-up person, but you have no idea! You have to understand, why he was special, and make no mistakes he played in the NFL for the time that he did, not because he asked to, but he made others better around him. You get to know others, simply because you loved them as family.

  • melonball

    Burnett might have more potential than Vinson Smith, but I had to go with Vinson based on actual production. He started for a Super Bowl team. But Burnett is off to a good start so far this season.

  • Me

    Kyle Davis snapped the ball that became the original and famous Hail Mary Pass in 1975 championship win over the Vikings….im just saying….

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