Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #63

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #63

Eleven players have worn #63 for the Cowboys. This includes nine offensive linemen and two defensive linemen.

Lester Brinkley, DL, Mississippi, 1990

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a backup defensive end.

Larry Cole, DL, Hawaii, 1968-80

Larry ColeStatistics: Cole recorded four interceptions and three defensive touchdowns during his career. He had quite a few sacks, though official statistics are not available from his era.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played 13 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Cole once held the record for most career playoff games at 26, broken one year later by D.D. Lewis. He was a 16th round pick in 1968 who transitioned from a starting defensive end to a backup defensive tackle, and even as a backup, he continued to make big plays.

Gennaro DiNapoli, C, Virginia Tech, 2003

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys acquired DiNapoli in 2003 to replace an injured Al Johnson at center. However, Matt Lehr emerged as the starter, and DiNapoli was gone after one season.

Mike Falls, G, Minnesota, 1960-61

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas acquired Falls when he was released by Green Bay prior to the 1960 season. He played two years in Dallas, starting several games. He later became an Episcopal chaplain.

John Flannery, G, Syracuse, 1996-97

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys signed Flannery in 1996 as a backup, but he was injured that season. In 1997, he started a few games in relief, but that was his last season in Dallas. He ended his career after playing one more year in St. Louis.

John Gesek, G, Cal. St. – Sacramento, 1990-93

John GesekStatistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Gesek played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Gesek started at right guard for the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVII, then filled in for an injured Mark Stepnoski at center in Super Bowl XXVIII the following year. He left via free agency the following year, though the Cowboys were able to upgrade a bit by drafting Larry Allen.

Aaron Gibson, T, Wisconsin, 2001-02

Statistics: n/a (other than his weight).

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Gibson was known for being the first 400-pound football player. However, he seldom dressed for the Cowboys (two games, to be exact), and was gone after two seasons.

Mike Kiselak, C/G, Maryland, 1998

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Kiselak was a 31-year-old rookie in 1998 after spending several years in the Canadian Football League. He took over as the starter for Clay Shiver, and actually represented an upgrade. However, the Cowboys reacquired Mark Stepnoski in 1999, and Kiselak was soon gone from pro football.

Kyle Kosier, G, Arizona St, 2006-

Kyle KosierStatistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He will enter his third season in Dallas in 2008.

Intangibles: Kosier has been a solid player at right guard in the past two seasons. Though certainly not the most dominant guard the team has ever had, he has been steady.

Joe Shields, OL, Portland State, 1987

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Shields played in one game for the Cowboys.

Intangibles: He was a replacement player in 1987.

Glen Titensor, G, Brigham Young, 1981-86, 1988

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played a total of seven seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Titensor was converted from defensive line and became a starter by 1984. He was a solid though not a spectacular player with the Cowboys.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #63.

Greatest #63

  • Larry Cole (86%, 118 Votes)
  • John Gesek (7%, 10 Votes)
  • Kyle Kosier (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Glen Titensor (1%, 2 Votes)
  • John Flannery (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Mike Kiselak (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Gennaro DiNapoli (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Mike Falls (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Aaron Gibson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Joe Shields (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Lester Brinkley (1%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 137

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My Vote: Cole

Larry ColeThere are quite a few solid contributors on this list, but Cole contributed the most for the longest period of time. He played in five Super Bowls and started in two. He began his career when Don Meredith was still quarterback, and he ended his career when Danny White was quarterback. He made perhaps the best play of his career in 1979 when he tackled John Riggins late in the game, allowing the Cowboys to get the ball back when they trailed Washington 34-28. I’ll show the video shortly.

Kosier, Titensor, and Gesek are or were good starters, but not great players. None have given as much to the franchise as Cole, who deserves this one.

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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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