Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #75

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #75

Nine players have worn #75 for the Cowboys. This includes five defensive linemen and four offensive linemen.

Jon Carter, DT, Pittsburgh, 1989

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Carter was one of several defensive linemen who saw action in 1989. He was out of the league after that season.

Tony Casillas, DT, Oklahoma, 1991-93, 1996-97

Statistics: Casillas recorded 10.5 sacks and 203 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played a total of five years in Dallas on two tours of duty.

Intangibles: Casillas was a bit of a bust in Atlanta, after being selected in the first round of the 1986 draft by the Falcons. He arrived in Dallas after missing nearly half of the 1990 season, but he was an important part of the first two Super Bowl teams of the 1990s. He left after the 1993 season but returned in 1996.

Marc Colombo, OT, Boston College, 2006-

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: Columbo was a bust as a first-round pick in Chicago, but he has been a solid right tackle with the Cowboys. This may be his final season with the Cowboys, depending on free agency.

Bob Fry, T, Kentucky, 1960-64

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played five seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys acquired Fry in the 1960 expansion draft, and he started at both right and left tackle for the Cowboys.

Brandon Noble, DT, Penn State, 1999-02

Statistics: Noble recorded 7.5 sacks and 101 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Noble became a starter with Dallas during the bad 5-11 seasons earlier this decade. He was gone as Bill Parcells arrived.

Phil Pozderac, T, Notre Dame, 1982-87

Statistics: He is actually taller than Ed Jones.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Pozderac played six season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He developed into a starter but is probably best remembered for false start penalties in 1986. He quit football in 1987.

Jethro Pugh, DT, Elizabeth City, 1965-78

Statistics: He led the team in sacks for five consecutive years, and he recovered a total of 14 fumbles during his career.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played 14 seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Pugh played in the shadows of Bob Lilly and Randy White, but he was an excellent player in his own right. One Dallas sportswriter said that Pugh was the greatest defensive lineman in history who was never selected to the Pro Bowl.

Marcellus Wiley, DE, Columbia, 2004

Statistics: Wiley recorded three sacks and 31 tackles with Dallas.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Wiley recorded a couple of double-digit sack seasons with the Chargers, but he did not accomplish much in Dallas.

Ryan Young, T, Kansas State, 2003

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Young was one of the former Jets signed by Bill Parcells in 2003. However, injuries slowed Young quite a bit, and he was gone from football after one season in Dallas.


Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #75.

Greatest #75

  • Jethro Pugh (78%, 84 Votes)
  • Tony Casillas (17%, 18 Votes)
  • Marc Colombo (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Brandon Noble (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Marcellus Wiley (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jon Carter (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bob Fry (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Phil Pozderac (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ryan Young (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 108

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My Vote: Pugh

Jethro PughThis number presented an interesting mix of players. We have first-round busts in Marc Columbo and Tony Casillas, who came to Dallas and became very good role players. We have fairly big free agent signees in Marcellus Wiley and Ryan Young, neither of whom did much in Dallas. And you have Jethro Pugh, who came from tiny Elizabeth City State College and went on to play in five Super Bowls for the Cowboys. He may not have been named to a Pro Bowl, but he’s the best #75 the Cowboys have ever had.

  • Jethro gets my vote also. As a member of the original Doomsday defense and a main cog in a dline that dominated the league for more than a decade. You simply cannot ignore Jethro Pugh, he was truly a great player and often over shadowed by the other great players on this team!

  • Tim Truemper

    Jethro Pugh actually helped make Bob Lilly a better player. He was excellent against the run and allowed Lily to be more of a penetrator (even in the assignment oriented flex defense). In some interviews in the past, many offensive lineman mentioned that Jethro Pugh was one of the toughest players they ever had to block.

  • Moonwater68

    My vote is for J. Pugh.  Wow, I remember him making plays when it mattered most…  Payoffs!