Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #64

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #64

Eight players have worn #64 for the Cowboys. This includes seven offensive linemen and one defensive lineman.

Jim Arneson, C/G, Arizona, 1973-74

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a backup offensive lineman and a special teams player.

Jorge Diaz, G, Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2000

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas

Intangibles: The Cowboys signed Diaz before the 2000 season, but he dressed for only nine games that year.

Bob Grottkau, G, Oregon, 1961

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Grottkau played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas acquired him via trade with Detroit prior to 1961, which was his final season in the NFL.

Halvor Hagen, C/G, Weber State, 1969-70

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Hegen began his career as a defensive lineman, but he moved to offensive line in 1970. He was later traded to New England.

Mitch Johnson, G, UCLA, 1965

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Johnson was a 17th round pick in 1965. He was traded to Washington in 1966.

Tom Rafferty, G/C, Penn State, 1976-89

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played 14 seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Very few players lasted as long as Rafferty, who began his career at guard before taking over at center in 1981 due to Robert Shaw’s injury. Rafferty never missed a game during his long career.

Jim Ray Smith, G/T, Baylor, 1963-64

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None with Dallas. He was a five-time Pro Bowler with the Cleveland Browns.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas acquired Smith in 1963 after he was coming off of another Pro Bowl season. He suffered a few injuries and retired after two seasons.

Daleroy Stewart, DT, Southern Miss, 2003-04

Statistics: Stewart recorded 1.5 sacks and 12 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than two full seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas selected Stewart in the sixth round of the 2002 draft. He finally saw action in 2003 as a backup, but he was released early in the 2004 season.

Poll

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

Greatest #64

  • Tom Rafferty (96%, 145 Votes)
  • Jim Ray Smith (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Daleroy Stewart (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Jorge Diaz (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Mitch Johnson (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jim Arneson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bob Grottkau (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Halvor Hagen (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 151

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My Vote: Rafferty

Tom RaffertyRafferty was constant presence on the Dallas line for many years. He started his career playing guard in front of Roger Staubach, and he ended it playing center in front of Troy Aikman. Few lineman receive credit for individual plays, but he and Herb Scott made the key blocks on Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard touchdown run against Minnesota in 1982. I’ll show the video later.

As it turns out, though, Rafferty used to be a #72, as shown in this card from Penn State–

Tom Rafferty, Penn State

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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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