Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #77

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #77

Thirteen players have worn #77 for the Cowboys. This includes six offensive linemen and seven defensive linemen.

Byron Bradfute, T, Southern Mississippi, 1960-61

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Bradfute made the team as a rookie in 1960, and he became the team’s starting right tackle. However, he was injured in 1961 and never played again.

Clyde Brock, DT, Utah State, 1962-63

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Brock was a backup on both defense and offense, and he saw quite a bit of action in 1963 filling in for an injured George Andrie. He was traded in 1964 to San Francisco.

Steve Cisowski, T, Santa Clara, 1987

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in the three strike games in 1987.

Intangibles: n/a

Jim Colvin, DT, Houston, 1964-66

Statistics: He recovered five fumbles for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas acquired Colvin from Baltimore in 1964, and he started all three seasons he was with the team. However, he was injured in 1966 and was traded to the Giants after that season.

Ron East, DT, Montana State, 1967-70

Statistics: East recorded five fumble recoveries for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: East made the team as a free agent in 1967, and he served as a backup to Bob Lilly and Jethro Pugh for four years. He later played for San Diego, the World Football League, and finally the Cleveland Browns.

Bill Gregory, DL, Wisconsin, 1971-77

Statistics: Gregory recorded several tackles as a backup defensive lineman.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played seven seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Gregory backed up the likes of Jethro Pugh, Bob Lilly, and Larry Cole. He was later traded to Seattle.

Jim Jeffcoat, DE, Arizona State, 1983-94

Statistics: Jeffcoat recorded 94.5 sacks and 690 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played twelve seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Jeffcoat was one of the few quality picks that the Cowboys made during the 1980s, at least prior to arrival of Jimmy Johnson. Jeffcoat had more than 10 sacks five times during his career, which was a long one. He lost his starting job with the arrival of Charles Haley in 1992, but Jeffcoat was still great in the rotation. He finished his career by playing three seasons with Buffalo.

Pat McQuistan, OT, Weber St., 2006-present

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He enters his third season with the team in 2008.

Intangibles: McQuistan is one of the scariest-looking players the Cowboys have ever had, and he might just get a few chances to play this year. Until now, he has been a backup.

Solomon Page, G/T, West Virginia, 1999-02

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys acquired Page in the second round of the 1999 draft, and though he was a starter for several years, he was generally the weak link on the line. He played one season in San Diego before his career ended.

Steve Scifres, OL, Wyoming, 1997

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a third-round bust in the 1997 draft. He played one season in Carolina before embarking on an Arena Football League career.

Larry Stephens, DE, Texas, 1963-67

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played five seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Stephens was primarily a backup but filled in at every position on the defensive line.

Bruce Thornton, DL, Illinois, 1979-81

Statistics: Thornton recorded one interception with the Cowboys. He also had six sacks (unofficially) as a rookie in 1979.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Thornton is not related to the Bruce Thornton who played cornerback for Dallas in 2004-05. However, the Bruce Thornton who played defensive line is the father of Kalen Thornton, who played linebacker for the Cowboys in 2004. Got it? I didnt’ at first. Bruce Thornton saw quite a bit of action early in his career, due in large part to Too Tall Jones’ one-year hiatus to box.

Torrin Tucker, T, Southern Mississippi, 2003-05

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Tucker was one of several players who got a shot to start at right tackle during the 2000s. He also filled in for an injured Flozell Adams at left tackle in 2005, but he was largely ineffective and did not play after that season.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #77.

Greatest #77

  • Jim Jeffcoat (94%, 108 Votes)
  • Torrin Tucker (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Bill Gregory (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Byron Bradfute (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Larry Stephens (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Pat McQuistan (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Bruce Thornton (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Steve Scifres (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Solomon Page (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Clyde Brock (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Steve Cisowski (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ron East (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jim Colvin (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 115

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My Vote: Jeffcoat

Jim JeffcoatIt may surprise some that Jeffcoat never made a Pro Bowl. However, he had to compete with the likes of Richard Dent, Leonard Marshall, Dan Hampton, Dexter Manley, Charles Mann, and Reggie White, each of whom played on teams that were more successful than Dallas during Jeffcoat’s best years. He is clearly the best player on this list of Cowboys who wore #77, though, given that most of the others were primarily backups.

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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.

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