Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #84

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #84

Nine players have worn #84 for the Cowboys. This includes six tight ends and three wide receivers.

Rich Borresen, TE, Northwestern, 1987

Statistics: Borresen had one kickoff return for five yards with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: n/a

Doug Cosbie, TE, Santa Clara, 1979-88

Statistics: Cosbie caught 300 passes for 3728 yards and 30 TDs with the Cowboys. He ranks ninth in franchise history in receptions.

Accolades: Cosbie was named to three Pro Bowls.

Longevity: He played ten seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Cosbie made people forget about Billy Joe DuPree, and before Novacek and Witten came along, Cosbie had a good argument for being the best tight end in team history. He caught the touchdown pass that gave Dallas a 27-21 lead in the 1981 NFC Championship Game.

Patrick Crayton, WR, NW Okla State, 2004-present

Statistics: Crayton has caugth 120 receptions for 1716 yards and 14 TDs

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He enters his fifth season in 2008.

Intangibles: Crayton was quite a find in the seventh round of the 2004 draft. He converted from college quarterback to receiver and became a solid second receiver in 2007. However, a huge drop and a mix-up in route-running cost the Cowboys in their playoff loss to the Giants last season.

Jean Fugett, TE, Amherst, 1972-75

Statistics: Fugett caught 58 passes for 810 yards and 7 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas. He made the Pro Bowl with Washington.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: A few weeks ago, posted this video showing Fugett giving interviews before Super Bowl X. He was mostly a backup for Billy Joe DuPree in Dallas before signing with Washington in 1976.

Joey Galloway, WR, Ohio State, 2000-03

Statistics: Galloway caught 151 passes for 2341 yards and 12 TDs.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas made the worst trade in franchise history when it gave up two first-round picks in 2000 to acquire Galloway. He was injured for all but one quarter of the 2000 season, and though he showed occasional flashes over the next three years, he was never worth what Dallas gave up to get him. He revitalized his career when he left for Tampa Bay.

Keith Jennings, TE, Clemson, 1989

Statistics: Jennings caught six passes for 47 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a backup in Dallas but went on to become a starter with the Bears.

Pettis Norman, TE, J.C. Smith, 1962-70

Statistics: Norman caught 124 passes for 1672 yards and 14 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played nine seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Norman was not a great receiver, but he was one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL. He was part of the trade with San Diego that sent Lance Alworth to Dallas.

Jay Novacek, TE, Wyoming, 1990-95

Statistics: Novacek caught 339 passes for 3576 yards and 22 TDs with Dallas.

Accolades: He made five Pro Bowls and one All Pro team with the Cowboys.

Longevity: He played six seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas acquired Novacek via Plan B free agency in 1990, and he become one of the most important pieces of the Super Bowl teams of the 1990s. It is no coincidence that Troy Aikman’s effectiveness dropped significantly after the 1995 season when injuries forced Novacek to retire. His 339 career receptions rank eight on the team’s all-time list.

Gary Wisener, WR, Baylor, 1960

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Wisener was a wide receiver with Dallas. He converted to defensive back in 1961 with the Oilers, but that was his last season in pro football.


Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #85.

Greatest #84

  • Jay Novacek (90%, 200 Votes)
  • Doug Cosbie (6%, 14 Votes)
  • Patrick Crayton (3%, 6 Votes)
  • Jean Fugett (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Rich Borresen (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Joey Galloway (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Keith Jennings (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Pettis Norman (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gary Wisener (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 222

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My Vote: Novacek

Jay Novacek

Although I very recently acknowledged that Jason Witten is the greatest tight end in team history, Novacek is the best of this group. He was Troy Aikman’s security blanket, and until Witten came alone, Dallas spent years trying to replace Novacek.

Here is a video clip of the former decathlete:

Cosbie was pretty close to Novacek in terms of his skills. Norman was more of a blocker, so he does not tend to get the credit he deserves for what he brought to the field during the 1960s. Crayton has some making-up to do this year.

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  • Stu

    I agree with your vote but wanted to add that although I did not meet any of the other 84’s I did have a chance to meet Pettis Norman. I was a 10 year old kid who had travelled with my Dad nearly 10 hours to watch the Cowboys play the Giants at the Cotton Bowl. Following the game we hung out near the player exit and Pettis, his wife and daughter walked and talked with us for several minutes. What a gentleman !