Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #70

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #70

Nine players have worn #70 for the Cowboys. This includes seven offensive linemen and two defensive linemen.

Javier Collins, DT/T, Northwestern, 2002-03

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys signed Collins in 2001 as a free agent, and he started several games in 2002. However, he seldom saw action in 2003 with Dallas and moved on to Cleveland in 2004.

Leonard Davis, G, Texas, 2007-

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: He made the Pro Bowl in 2007.

Longevity: He will enter his second season with Dallas in 2008.

Intangibles: Davis appeared to be a bust in Arizona, but he has found new life in Dallas. He made the Pro Bowl as a guard in 2007.

Dale Hellestrae, OL, Southern Methodist, 1990-00

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played 11 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Hellestrae is easily the most recognizable deep-snapper in team history.

Bob McCreary, T, Wake Forest, 1961

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys signed McCreary as a free agent in 1961, and he saw action as a backup. He was released following his only season as a pro.

Dale Memmelaar, G, Wyoming, 1962-63

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys picked up Memmelaar off of waivers in 1962, and he became a starter for two seasons before being released.

Howard Richards, G/T, Missouri, 1981-86

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played six seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Of 46 first-round picks in team history, only two have been offensive linemen. One was Robert Shaw in 1979. The other was Howard Richards. Richards saw quite a bit of action early in his career as a replacement starter and as a messenger guard. However, he lost his shot to become a full-time starter to Phil Pozderac in 1984. After that, injuries took their toll on Richards, who was gone from the Cowboys by 1987.

Bill Sandeman, DT, Pacific, 1966

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Sandeman was signed as a free agent in 1965, but an injury caused him to miss the entire season. He dressed for several games in 1966 but was mostly a backup. He later played several seasons with Atlanta.

Bob White, OL, Rhode Island, 1987-89

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: White is something of an anomaly. He was originally signed as a replacement player in 1987, and he was one of the few players that Dallas kept on the roster after the strike ended. He remained on the roster and even survived the firing of Tom Landry and the hiring of Jimmy Johnson. However, after playing in about half of the games in 1989, he was gone from the league.

Rayfield Wright, T/TE, Fort Valley State, 1967-79

Statistics: As a tight end, Wright caught two career passes.

Accolades: He was named to six Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro teams. He is a member of the Ring of Honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Longevity: He played 13 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Wright was a defensive lineman in college who tried to convert to tight end early in his career. He converted to offensive line full time in 1970, and he became one of the best tackles in league history.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #70.

Greatest #70

  • Rayfield Wright (93%, 114 Votes)
  • Bob White (4%, 5 Votes)
  • Leonard Davis (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Howard Richards (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Dale Hellestrae (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Dale Memmelear (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bob McCreary (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bill Sandeman (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sam Wilder (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Javier Collins (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 123

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My Vote: Wright

Rayfield WrightThere is simply no question about this one. Of all of the great lineman in team history, Wright ranks right next to Larry Allen as one of the two best. His selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 was far past due but richly deserved. A website known as American Rhetoric has a transcript of his Hall of Fame speech along with a video of his speech. Here is an audio version of it:

A few younger fans may go with Davis, but Leonard needs to repeat his 2007 performance many times over before he can match Wright. Hellestrae is a memorable player in team history largely because we never had to worry about bad snaps on punt or field goals for nearly a decade.

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

    This was a no brainer. I think the Rayfield is one of example of just how great a coach Tom Landry was. Rayfield was not one, two but 3 Cowboy players that now reside in the Pro Football Hall of Fame that Landry moved them from one posistion to another, seeing the potential at the new position.. I don’t have to tell you who the other 2 players were because if you reading this, your a HUGE cowboy fan and you already know…

  • Tim Truemper

    Interesting bit of trivia–

    I’m going to say Bob Lilly from DE to DT and Mel Renfro from RB to DB (though he actually played some DB in college).

  • ? in Ada

    was there ever a #70 whose name was tim?

  • http://www.knowyourdallascowboys.com Matt Cordon

    Not that I’m aware of, ? in Ada. There may have been a player who worn this number during preseason, but as for any players on an active roster, I don’t think so.

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