Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #83

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #83

Fourteen players have worn #83 for the Cowboys. This includes eight wide receivers, two kickers, and four tight ends.

Mike Clark, K, Texas A&M, 1968-71, 1973

Statistics: Clark made 69 field goals out of 119 attempts.

Accolades: None with the Cowboys. He made the Pro Bowl with the Steelers.

Longevity: Clark played five seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: He made some clutch kicks during his career in Dallas, but he was also very erratic. Making 58% of his field goal attempt did not endear him to Cowboy fans.

Hayward Clay, TE, Texas A&M, 1998-99

Statistics: Clay caught one pass for 27 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than one full season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Clay saw some action towards the end of the 1998 season. He was on the roster in 1999 but never played.

Harold Deters, K, North Carolina State, 1967

Statistics: Deters made one of four field goal attempts with Dallas.

Accolades: None, other than being part of the infamous Kicking Karavan in 1967.

Longevity: He played in three games with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Deters filled in for Danny Villanueva in 1967 but tanked by making just 25% of his four field goal attempts.

Doug Donley, WR, Ohio State, 1981-84

Statistics: Donley caught 55 passes for 898 yards and 4 TDs

Accolades:None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Donley was at one point the fastest receiver on the Cowboys, and he opened the 1984 season as the starter. However, injuries slowed him down, and he lost his job to Mike Renfro. The 1984 season was Donley’s last.

Jim Doran, WR, Iowa State, 1960-61

Statistics: Doran caught 44 passes for 707 yards and 5 TDs with Dallas.

Accolades: He was the team’s first Pro Bowl player.

Longevity: Doran played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Doran was a standout defensive end in Detroit who converted to offense. After nine seasons with the Lions, he was left unprotected in the 1960 expansion draft, and Dallas picked him up. He was a star in the team’s first game ever, catching touchdown passes of 75 and 54 yards.

Lee Folkins, TE, Washington, 1962-64

Statistics: Folkins caught 75 passes for 984 yards and 10 TDs.

Accolades: He was named to the Pro Bowl once as a Cowboy.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas acquired Folkins in 1962 in a trade with Green Bay. He started for two seasons but lost his starting job in 1964. Dallas traded him to Pittsburgh in 1965.

Terry Glenn, WR, Ohio State, 2003-07

Statistics: Glenn caught 208 passes for 3337 yards and 20 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played five seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Glenn resurrected his career in Dallas when he joined the club in 2003. In 2005 and 2006, he was a 1,000-yard receiver. However, he missed most of the 2007 season due to injury, and he was cut during preseason in 2008. He is not likely to return.

Leon Gonzalez, WR, Bethune-Cookman, 1985

Statistics: Gonzalez averaged 3.9 yards on 15 punt returns for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Nicknamed “Speedy,” he was a fast player who made the team in 1985 primarily as a punt returner. He suffered a foot injury towards the end of the 1985 season, which was his last in Dallas.

Kelvin Martin, WR, Boston College, 1987-92, 1996

Statistics: Martin caught 237 passes for 3083 yards and 9 TDs with the Cowboys. He also returned three punts for touchdowns in his career.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played a total of seven seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: “K-Mart” had some solid seasons early in his career, and he transitioned into a great slot receiver for the 1992 squad that won the Super Bowl. He caught the game-clinching touchdown after Alvin Harper’s 70-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter. Martin left for Seattle via free agency in 1993, but he returned in 1996.

Wane McGarity, WR, Texas, 1999-01

Statistics: McGarity averaged 11.8 yards per punt return with the Cowboys and had two punt returns for touchdowns in 2000.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than three full seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: McGarity looked as if he were developing into a solid slot receiver, but the team released him after three games in 2001. He spent the rest of the season with New Orleans, but 2001 was his last year in the NFL.

Joey Mickey, TE, Oklahoma, 1993

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Mickey was a backup tight end who seldom saw action.

Anthony Miller, WR, Tennessee, 1997

Statistics: Miller caught 46 passes for 645 yards and 4 TDs with Dallas.

Accolades: None with Dallas. He made five Pro Bowls with San Diego and Denver.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Miller was one of many disappointments in 1997. He was brought in to complement Michael Irvin, but he had lost speed and playmaking ability by the time he arrived in Dallas.

Golden Richards, WR, Hawaii, 1973-78

Statistics: Richard caught 90 passes for 1650 yards and 16 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played six seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Richards had some huge plays in Dallas as both a receiver and a punt returner. After catching 26 passes for 467 yards in 1974, though, his numbers steadily declined. He was often injured, and after losing his starting job to Tony Hill in 1978, he was sent to Chicago.

Kendell Watkins, TE, Mississippi State, 1995

Statistics: Watkins caught one pass for eight yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Watkins was a blocking tight end on the 1995 championship squad.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #83.

Greatest #83

  • Terry Glenn (41%, 54 Votes)
  • Golden Richards (33%, 44 Votes)
  • Kelvin Martin (23%, 31 Votes)
  • Mike Clark (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Doug Donley (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Wane McGarity (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Anthony Miller (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Joey Mickey (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Leon Gonzalez (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Lee Folkins (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jim Doran (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Harold Deters (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Hayward Clay (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Kendell Watkins (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 133

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My Vote: Glenn

According to a poll that I ran about a month ago, Glenn ranks among such receivers as Tony Hill and Frank Clarke. When healthy, he was a great playmaker who never lost a step.

Here is a great highlight clip put together by Carl of The Blue and Silver:

There were several other high quality players, including Pro Bowlers like Doran and Folkins and role players such as Richards and Martin. My vote for Glenn is based largely on productivity.

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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.outsidethebeltway.com James Joyner

    Glenn was my first instinct but I ultimately went for Golden Richards. The Cowboys won precisely zero playoff games with Glenn on board whereas they won three conference championships and a Super Bowl during Richards’ era.

  • Fred Goodwin

    I went with Martin. I wasn’t really jazzed about any of the candidates.

  • http://www.knowyourdallascowboys.com kickholder

    There are good arguments for five players on this list, and I nearly went with Martin. Maybe Glenn won my vote because of my recent post about him, but I will remember him as a productive member of teams that were rebuilding while he was on the roster. James, you make a good point about Richards, but I could not overlook the fact that his productivity declined steadily during those years when Dallas was a championship contender.

    Thanks for the comments, as always.

  • Tim Truemper

    I voted for Martin. Very close between he and Glenn. I was swayed to Martin because of the clutch plays he made as the slot receiver and the length of service. Sure do miss Terry being with Dallas.

    Interesting how this group had four relatively smaller receivers with 3 known for their speed: Glenn, Donley, Richards, and of course, not so fast K. Martin.

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