Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #60

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #60

Twelve players have worn #60 for the Cowboys. This includes three linebackers, six offensive linemen, and three defensive linemen.

Jackie Burkett, LB, Auburn, 1968-69

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Burkett played several seasons in Baltimore along with one in New Orleans before joining the Cowboys. He was a backup for two seasons in Dallas.

Lee Roy Caffey, LB, Texas A&M, 1971

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Caffey was an all-pro with the Packers during the height of the Green Bay dynasty in the 1960s. He was a backup for his one year in Dallas.

Buzz Guy, G, Duke, 1960

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Guy was a backup with the Giants before the Cowboys acquired him in the 1960 expansion draft. He lasted one year before playing in the American Football League.

Dean Hamel, DT, Tulsa, 1989-90

Statistics: Hamel recorded 4.5 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Hamel was the subject of a rare trade between the Cowboys and Redskins, and he started at defensive tackle for two seasons with the Cowboys.

Joe Bob Isbell, G, Houston, 1962-65

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Isbell played four seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: He was one of Tom Landry’s early messenger guards.

Derek Kennard, G, Nevada-Reno, 1994-96

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Dallas signed Kennard in 1994 to play right guard. He retired during training camp in 1995 but returned midway through the season. When center Ray Donaldson was injured on Thanksgiving Day, Kennard became the team’s new center. He started throughout the playoffs, including Super Bowl XXX.

Gene Killian, G, Tennessee, 1974

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Killian was a late-round pick in 1974. He was a backup guard for one season in the pros.

Steve Kiner, LB, Tennessee, 1970

Statistics: Kiner had one interception with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Kiner was best known as Duane Thomas’ roommate in 1970. Kiner was traded to New England in 1971 and became a starter there.

John Nix, DT, Southern Miss, 2001-02

Statistics: Nix had 17 tackles and four assists with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Nix was a seventh-round pick in 2001 who never broke into the starting lineup. He was gone after two seasons.

Ben Noll, G, Pennsylvania, 2004-05

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in parts of two seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Noll made the team as a free agent, but he spent most of his two seasons in Dallas on the inactive list.

Tom Randall, G, Iowa State, 1978

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Randall was originally signed as a defensive lineman but was converted to offensive ine. He was a backup during the 1978 season.

Don Smerek, DL, Nevada-Reno, 1981-87

Statistics: Smerek recorded 14.5 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Smerek played seven seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: He originally made the team as a free agent in 1980 but was injured that season. In fact, injuries told the story of Smerek, as he was hurt numerous times during his career (including an incident where he was reportedly shot in the chest). He was a capable backup but never managed to work his way into the starting lineup regularly.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #60.

Greatest #60

  • Derek Kennard (60%, 46 Votes)
  • Don Smerek (25%, 19 Votes)
  • Lee Roy Caffey (10%, 8 Votes)
  • Marcus Smith (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Buzz Guy (1%, 1 Votes)
  • John Nix (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Steve Kiner (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Tom Randall (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ben Noll (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gene Killian (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Joe Bob Isbell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Dean Hamel (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jackie Burkett (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Chris Brymer (1%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 77

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My Vote: Kennard

Derek KennardThis was another none-of-the-above tough one. My initial thought was to go with Don Smerek due to longevity, but he really never did anything that stood out. Kennard was a starter for an entire season in 1994, and his play at center in replacing Donaldson in 1995 was a huge help to the Cowboys in their last Super Bowl run. In my book (and, um, on my blog, I suppose) that gives Kennard an edge over Smerek. Very few of the others were starters (Hamel is really the only other one), and none did much to stand out during their short tenures in Dallas.

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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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