Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #62

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #62

Eleven players have worn #62 for the Cowboys. This includes ten offensive linemen and a kicker.

Brian Baldinger, OL, Duke, 1982-84,1986-87

Brian Baldringer, Dallas CowboysStatistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: Baldinger started at every offensive line position with the Cowboys, but he was injured frequently. He is now a commentator for Fox.

Bob Brotzki, T, Syracuse, 1988

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: Brotzki was signed midway through the 1988 season after he was released by the Colts. He did not play again following that season.

Andy Cvercko, G, Northwestern, 1961-62

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Cvercko played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas acquired Cvercko from Green Bay prior to the 1961 season, and he started much of the season. Two years later, he was off to Cleveland.

Leon Donohue, G, Cal. State San Jose, 1965-67

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Donohue played three seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Donohue started at right guard in 1966 and 1967. He retired in 1968 due to knee problems.

John Fitzgerald, C, Boston College, 1971-80

John Fitzgerald, Dallas CowboysStatistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Fitzgerald played ten seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: He took over as the starting center for Dave Manders, and he played in Super Bowl X, XII, and XIII. He was known as having a great sense of humor and was a hard worker. He had to retire after the 1980 season due to injuries.

Al Johnson, C, Wisconsin, 2003-05

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Johnson was a second round pick in 2003 who developed into the starting center by 2004. He battled for the starting job with Andre Gurode, and the latter finally won the position for good in 2006. Johnson started last year for Arizona.

Tom Myslinski, G/C, Tennessee, 1999

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas was Myslinki’s seventh team in eight seasons when he joined the Cowboys in 1999. He started a couple of games in relief but was gone after one year.

Paul Oswald, G, Kansas, 1988

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than a full season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Oswald saw action in one game for the Cowboys before he was released in 1988.

Craig Page, C, Georgia Tech, 2000

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than a full season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Page played in a couple of games in 2000.

Lance Poimboeuf, K, Southwest Louisiana, 1963

Statistics: He is credited for having dressed for one game in 1963, but he has no stats.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in one game for Dallas.

Intangibles: Poimboeuf was Sam Baker’s backup in 1963.

Mike Zentic, C, Oklahoma State, 1987

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Replacement player.

Intangibles: He was the starting center during the scab games of 1987.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #62.

Greatest #62

  • John Fitzgerald (93%, 91 Votes)
  • Brian Baldinger (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Al Johnson (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Craig Page (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Lance Poimboeuf (0%, 0 Votes)
  • James Parrish (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Paul Oswald (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tom Myslinski (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Leon Donohue (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Andy Cvercko (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bob Brotzki (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mike Zentic (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 98

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My Vote: Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald, Dallas CowboysFitzgerald was a quality center for the good part of a decade, and he deserves this due to his longevity. It was thanks to Fitzgerald’s ability to deep snap that the Cowboys were able to install the shotgun in 1975.

Of the others, Baldinger is pretty well-known as an announcer but was never a regular starter for the Cowboys. And though Johnson started for the Cowboys, he was not worth a second round pick that the Cowboys used to get him in 2003. The person who deserves more mention than either Baldringer or Johnson is Donahue, who started both of the championship games in 1966 and 1967.

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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.
  • http://www.cowboycards.com cowboycards

    This one was a no brainer. There is NO one on this list that comes close to Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was the center piece of a Dominant offensive line for more than a decade. Plus his ability to long snap for the shotgun was unprecedented. I do NOT recall him EVER putting one over Roger or Danny’s head.. perhaps he did, but I do not remember it. The same can not be said for the current centers..

  • Fred Goodwin

    Fitz was part of the OL dubbed “Four Irishmen and a Scott” (referring to Herb Scott).

    I love Baldy on TV, but this number clearly belongs to Fitz.

  • melonball

    Who’s the joker who picks the most obscure player every time? Must be an Iggles fan. Only an Iggles fan would be a big enough loser to peruse a totally obscure- er, less well known (sorry, Kickholder)- Boys fan site in a lame attempt to mock us.

  • http://www.knowyourdallascowboys.com kickholder

    I strive for obscurity, melonball. Thanks!

    The twelve votes for Buzz Sawyer over Troy Aikman suggested to me that we indeed had enemies on the site. I would think that these folks had something better to do with their time.

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