Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #66
Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series
Eleven players have worn #66 for the Cowboys. This includes four defensive linemen and seven offensive linemen.
George Andrie, DE, Marquette, 1962-72
Statistics: Unofficially, he is credited with 97 career sacks, including 18.5 in 1966 alone, and had one career interception.
Accolades: Five Pro Bowls and one first-team All Pro selection.
Longevity: Andrie played eleven seasons with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: The former sixth-round pick scored a touchdown during the Ice Bowl on a fumble return and also picked off a pass against San Francisco in the 1970 NFC Championship Game. He was a great big-game player.
Jesse Baker, DE, Jacksonville State, 1986
Statistics: Baker recorded one sack for the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played in only three games with Dallas.
Intangibles: The Cowboys picked up Baker after he had played several seasons with Houston. After Dallas released him, he returned to the Oilers.
Ben Fricke, G/C, Houston, 1999-01
Longevity: He played three seasons with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: Dallas signed Fricke as a free agent in 1999, and he eventually started a few games at center. However, he never played a full season and was gone after three years.
Kevin Gogan, T, Washington, 1987-93
Accolades: None with Dallas, though he was named to the Pro Bowl three times.
Longevity: He played seven seasons with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: At 6’7″, 317 pounds, Gogan was a giant for his era. He started at both guard and tackle until 1994, when he signed with the Raiders. He was named to the Pro Bowl as a Raider and 49er and also played for Miami and San Diego.
Ed Husmann, DT, Nebraska, 1960
Accolades: None with Dallas. He later made the Pro Bowl in the AFL with the Houston Oilers.
Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.
Intangibles:Husmann played five seasons with the Chicago Cardinals before Dallas picked him up in the expansion draft in 1960. He later played five more seasons with Houston.
Tony Hutson, G, N.E. Oklahoma State, 1996-99
Longevity: He played three seasons with Dallas.
Intangibles: Hutson started a handful of games in the late 1990s, but he was not an especially memorable player.
Tank Johnson, DT, Washington, 2007-
Statistics: Johnson recorded two sacks and nine tackles in 2007.
Longevity: Johnson will begin his second second in Dallas in 2008.
Intangibles: He was a controversial free agent pickup in 2007 who appears to have turned his life around. He may very well start at nose tackle in 2008.
Burton Lawless, G, Florida, 1975-79
Longevity: He played five seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: Lawless was the only member of the Dirty Dozen of the 1975 draft to earn a starting job as a rookie, but he lost that job to Herb Scott in 1976. He served as a messenger guard for most of the remainder of the decade before being traded to Detroit in 1980.
Jeremy McKinney, G/T, Iowa, 2002
Longevity: He played less than a full season with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: McKinney started a couple of games in 2002 but was injured and released by November.
Chris Schultz, T, Arizona, 1983, 1985
Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: Schultz was a defensive lineman whom the Cowboys tried to convert to offensive line. He played sparingly in 1983 and was injured in 1984. He bulked up by 1985 and became a starter, but his knees were so bad that he called it a career after that season.
Norm Wells, G, Northwestern, 1980
Longevity: Wells played one season in Dallas.
Intangibles: Wells was yet another former college defensive lineman who converted to offense. He was injured as a rookie, however, and seldom played.
Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #66.
- George Andrie (64%, 66 Votes)
- Kevin Gogan (27%, 28 Votes)
- Tank Johnson (6%, 6 Votes)
- Norm Wells (2%, 2 Votes)
- Ben Fricke (1%, 1 Votes)
- Ed Husmann (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jesse Baker (0%, 0 Votes)
- Burton Lawless (0%, 0 Votes)
- Jeremy McKinney (0%, 0 Votes)
- Chris Schultz (0%, 0 Votes)
- Tony Hutson (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 103
My Vote: Andrie
Andrie was a mainstay with the Doomsday Defense for more than a decade. Most older fans remember him well, but he does not get the credit he deserves when the subject of great defensive ends comes up. He made one more Pro Bowl than Harvey Martin and two more than Too Tall Jones, and frankly Andrie had more big-game plays than either did, even though Harvey was a Super Bowl MVP. I’m wouldn’t argue that he’s the greatest defensive end in history, but he needs to be mentioned in the same category as those two.
Lawless and Gogan were only part-time starters, and Johnson has only been around for half of a season. The others were mostly backups.
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Here are two shots of Andrie chasing Bart Starr in the Ice Bowl and then returning Starr’s fumble for a touchdown.