Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #58

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #58

Nine players, all linebackers, have worn #58 for the Cowboys.

Joe Bowden, LB, Oklahoma, 2000

Statistics: Bowden recorded 16 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys signed Bowden from Tennessee following the 1999 season. He had been a starter with the Oilers/Titans, but he was limited mostly to special teams play with the Cowboys.

Dixon Edwards, LB, Michigan State, 1991-95

Dixon EdwardsStatistics: Edwards recorded 216 tackles, 30 assists, and 2.5 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played five seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Edwards was one of the speed linebackers of the 1990s Cowboys. He did not receive the recognition that other players received, but the Cowboys continued to try to replace him after he left via free agency following the 1995 season.

Jeff Grau, LS, UCLA, 2002

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Grau was a draft choice of the Redskins in 2002, joining the Cowboys after his release by Washington. He played special teams and was gone after one year.

Mike Hegman, LB, Tennessee State, 1976-87

Mike HegmanStatistics: He officially recorded 15.5 sacks and seven interceptions.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played 12 seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Hegman was unspectacular but steady for many seasons. He seldom made mistakes. He became a starter when Dallas released Hollywood Henderson in 1979, and he remained there until a broken leg in 1987 ended his season and career.

Nate Hemsley, LB, Syracuse, 1997-99

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Hemsley was on the team for three seasons, but he often did not appear on the active roster. He started a few games with Carolina later in his career.

Jeff Hurd, LB, Kansas State, 1987

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: Hurd was originally signed as a replacement player but also got to see action when he was resigned later in the 1987 season, his only as a pro.

Louis Mackey, LB, Akron, 2001-02

Statistics: He had three tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Mackey made the team in 2001 but seldom made the active roster. He played more on special teams in 2002, which was his final NFL season.

Calvin Peterson, LB, UCLA, 1974-75

Statistics: Peterson recorded one interception with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: After playing special teams with the Cowboys in 1975, he was picked up by Tampa Bay in the 1976 expansion draft.

Scott Shanle, LB, Nebraska, 2004-05

Scott ShanleStatistics: Shanle recorded 54 tackles and 20 assists with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas signed Shanle from St. Louis, and he was a good special teams player and backup linebacker with the Cowboys for two seasons. New Orleans signed him as a free agent in 2006, and he has been a starter with the Saints for two years.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #58.

Greatest #58

  • Mike Hegman (60%, 73 Votes)
  • Dixon Edwards (36%, 44 Votes)
  • Jeff Grau (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Nate Hemsley (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jeff Hurd (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Scott Shanle (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Joe Bowden (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Louis Mackey (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Calvin Peterson (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 122

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My Vote: Hegman

Mike HegmanHegman is the answer to a few trivia questions that may be of interest. First, he was the only member of the draft class of 1975 who did not make the team as a rookie but who made the team the following year (outlasting everyone else in that draft class other than Randy White). Second, he was the player who scored a touchdown in a fumble recovery in Super Bowl XIII after he and Hollywood Henderson hit Terry Bradshaw. Some mistakenly think that Henderson was the one who scored. And third, he was a college teammate of Ed “Too Tall” Jones at Tennessee State.

Edwards was much like Hegman– unspectacular but solid. However, Edwards did not play nearly as long as Hegman, so it would be tough to say Edwards deserves this. The others on this list were mostly backups.

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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.

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