Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #67

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #67

Twelve players have worn #67 for the Cowboys. This includes three defensive linemen and nine offensive linemen.

Joe Berger, G, Michigan Tech, 2007-present

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Dallas acquired Berger in 2006, but he has only seen action in one game.

Intangibles: He may not make the squad this season.

Pat Donovan, T, Stanford, 1975-83

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: Donovan made four Pro Bowls in consecutive years, from 1979 to 1982.

Longevity: Donovan played nine seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: A defensive player in college, Donovan saw action at both left and right tackle before taking over the left tackle job in 1977. He held the position until 1983, when he retired.

John Houser, C/G, Redlands, 1960-61

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys claimed Houser off of waivers in 1960, and he started at center that season. A year later, he played mostly at guard. He was injured in 1962 but later played for the Cardinals.

Jake Kupp, G, Washington, 1964-65

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a backup at guard before being traded to Washington after the 1965 season.

George Lilja, C, Michigan, 1987

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None

Longevity: He played part of one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Lilja played in a few games during the strike-shortened season of 1987. At one time, he was a starter with the Browns.

Russell Maryland, DT, Miami, Fla., 1991-95

Statistics: Maryland recorded 14.5 sacks and 191 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: He made one Pro Bowl.

Longevity: He played five seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Maryland was a quick defensive tackle who fit perfectly with the Cowboys’ speed defenses of the early 1990s. He was a vital part of all three championships before leaving for Oakland via free agency in 1996.

Everett McIver, G, Elizabeth City State, 1998-99

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys signed McIver to take over for Nate Newton in 1998. McIver was injured during his first season in Dallas, and he was gone from football after starting 14 games in 1999.

Joe Shearin, C, Texas, 1987

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in one game for the Cowboys, a 24-13 loss to the Cardinals.

Intangibles: n/a

Sean Smith, DT, Grambling, 1989

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: Smith played for three teams in 1989, including Dallas. He dressed for only two games.

Broderick Thompson, G, Kansas, 1985

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played only one season in Dallas but enjoyed a long career after leaving the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Thompson played for five USFL franchises. Dallas was his first stop in the NFL, and he later became a starter with the San Diego Chargers.

Pat Toomay, DE, Vanderbilt, 1970-74

Statistics: Toomay’s unofficial sack and tackle totals are unavailable. He recorded one interception with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played five seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Toomay belongs in the “author” category along with Pete Gent. This specific author category includes those who brought slightly more by way of the pen than by their play on the field. Toomay was a backup to George Andrie and Larry Cole being traded to Buffalo in 1975. He wrote The Crunch, a book about his time with the Cowboys.

Gary Walker, OL, Boston University, 1987

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was a replacement player in 1987.

Intangibles: n/a

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #67.

Greatest #67

  • Pat Donovan (52%, 43 Votes)
  • Russell Maryland (44%, 36 Votes)
  • Pat Toomay (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jake Kupp (1%, 1 Votes)
  • George Lilja (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Joe Berger (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Broderick Thompson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sean Smith (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Joe Shearin (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Everett McIver (0%, 0 Votes)
  • John Houser (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gary Walker (1%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 82

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My Vote: Donovan

Pat DonovanDonovan wasn’t the dominating left tackle that Erik Williams was at times, but Donovan was very solid nevertheless. Nobody else on this list has the accolades or the longevity to match Donovan, who started in two Super Bowls. Maryland comes close, but he left at the height of his prime. Toomay was a well-known backup who did not contribute nearly as much as Donovan.

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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.
  • robert

    What, no mention of what Everett McIver is really famous for?

  • http://www.knowyourdallascowboys.com kickholder

    I guess I should mention the haircut incident with Michael Irvin. Take a look at this if anyone doesn’t know.

  • Fred Goodwin

    I’m not surprised Maryland is doing so well with current fans, but I’m glad to see some love for yet another member of the “Four Irishmen and a Scott” offensive line!

  • Tim Truemper

    Donovan was part of a really good unit–like Fred mentioned!

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