Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #65

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #65

Seven players have worn #65 for the Cowboys. This includes six offensive linemen and one defensive lineman.

Andre Gurode, C, Colorado, 2002-present

Andre GurodeStatistics: n/a

Accolades: Gurode has been named to two consecutive Pro Bowls.

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

Intangibles: Gurode turned out to be one of the best draft picks of this decade. A second-round selection in 2002, he began his career starting at right guard (with moderate results), but he made the transition to center, where he has become a Pro Bowler.

Kurt Petersen, G, Missouri, 1980-85

Kurt PetersenStatistics: n/a

Accolades: He received second-team All-Pro by the Newspaper Enterprise Association in 1982.

Longevity: He played six seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Petersen took over at right guard in 1981 when Tom Rafferty became the starting center in 1981. He was solid during a career shortened by injury.

Ray Schoenke, T, Southern Methodist, 1963-64

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Schoenke played two years in Dallas but enjoyed a much longer career with the Washington Redskins.

Tony Slaton, G, Southern Cal., 1990

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Slaton played in Los Angeles for five years before earning a spot in the starting lineup. After starting during the 1989 season for the Rams, though, he signed with Dallas, where he was mostly a backup.

Dave Stalls, DE, Northern Colorado, 1977-79

Statistics: His official stats are not available, but he was a pass-rush specialist who recorded a number of sacks.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Stalls worked hard in the weight room, and after serving as a backup in 1977 and 1978, he earned a starting job at left tackle in 1979. That lasted until the Cowboys acquired John Dutton and moved Larry Cole back to left tackle. Dallas traded Stalls to Tampa Bay the following year.

Ron Stone, G, Boston College, 1993-95

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None with Dallas. He later became a Pro Bowler with the Giants and 49ers.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Stone was a backup in 1994 and 1995 before joining the Giants, where he became a longtime starter. He was a player Dallas wished it had back by 1997.

John Wilbur, T, Stanford, 1966-69

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Wilbur was another player who converted from defensive line to offensive line. He was known for fighting other Cowboys during training camp, and he was traded to the Rams in 1970.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #65.

Greatest #65

  • Andre Gurode (98%, 120 Votes)
  • Kurt Petersen (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Dave Stalls (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Ray Schoenke (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tony Slaton (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ron Stone (0%, 0 Votes)
  • John Wilbur (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 123

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My Vote: Gurode

Andre GurodeThe only real contenders on this list are Gurode and Petersen, and I think Gurode is a better (and especially more durable) player than Petersen was. Gurode could improve his deep-snapping, but overall, he is becoming an excellent center.

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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.
  • Tim Truemper

    I think Gurode could become one of our better lineman in Cowboy history. A little factoid on John Wilbur–he later played for the Redskins and was kind of “mouthy” in a bad way about Dallas and Ton Landry.

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

    Gurode is quickly becoming one of the games best centers.. just needs to improve his shotgun snap..

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