Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #85

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #85

Twelve players have worn #85 for the Cowboys. This includes six wide receivers, a defensive lineman, a linebacker, and four tight ends.

Note: This list does not include Mike Jefferson, who was on the practice squad in 2007. He is currently wearing #85.

Chris Brazzell, WR, Angelo State, 1999-00

Statistics: Brazzell caught seven passes for 126 yards with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a reserve receiver who saw a little bit of action in two seasons in Dallas.

Darrin Chiaverini, WR, Colorado, 2001

Statistics: Chiaverini caught 10 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He had been a part-time starter in Cleveland in 1999 and played in every game for Dallas in 2001. His career ended after one season in Atlanta in 2002.

Fred Cornwell, TE, Southern California, 1984-85

Statistics: Cornwell caught 8 passes for 100 yards and 2 TDs

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Cornwell was primarily a blocking tight end who backed Doug Cosbie for two seasons.

Gene Cronin, LB, Pacific, 1960

Statistics: Cronin recorded one interception with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys acquired Cronin from Detroit in the 1960 expansion draft, but he was injured for much of the 1960 season.

Steve Folsom, TE, Utah, 1987-90

Statistics: Folsom caught 37 passes for 349 yards and 4 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was mostly a backup, but he saw quite a bit of action in 1988 when Doug Cosbie was injured.

Tim Hendrix, TE, Tennessee, 1987

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in three replacement games in 1987.

Intangibles: n/a

Dennis McKinnon, WR, Florida State, 1990

Statistics: McKinnon caught 14 passes for 172 yards and 1 TD with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: McKinnon was a speedster known for his punt returning in Chicago (three career touchdowns). He joined the Cowboys for a season in 1990 in a backup role.

Ernie Mills, WR, Florida, 1998-99

Statistics: Mills caught 58 passes for 804 yards and 4 TDs with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Mills came to Dallas with Chan Gailey in 1998 and was a pretty good slot receiver. He suffered through several injuries in both seasons in Dallas and was out of football after 1999.

Jeff Robinson, TE, Idaho, 2002-05

Statistics: Robinson caught four passes for 10 yards and four touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Robinson was signed to be a long-snapper, but he also played tight end in goalline situations.

Darnay Scott, WR, San Diego State, 2002

Statistics: Scott caught 22 passes for 218 yards and one touchdown with Dallas.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Scott averaged more than 55 receptions per year in seven seasons with Cincinnati, but he was not as productive with Dallas.

Tody Smith, DL, Southern California, 1971-72

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Smith is the brother of Baltimore lineman Bubba Smith. Dallas used a first-round pick on Tody in 1971, but he held out in training camp and spent half of his first season on the taxi squad. After his second season in 1972, he was traded to Houston.

Kevin Williams, WR, Miami, Fla., 1993-96

Statistics: Williams caught 98 passes for 1268 yards and 5 TDs. He also averaged 9.9 yards per punt return, averaged 23.7 yards per kickoff return, and scored four touchdowns off of returns during his career in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Williams was initially drafted in 1993 to replace Kelvin Martin as the slot receiver and primary punt returner, and he filled both roles very well. In 1995, he became a starter when Alvin Harper defected to Tampa Bay. Williams struggled to some extent during the 1995 season, but he helped to spark the team in the final game of the season by catching nine passes for 203 yards, representing nearly a third of his total receiving yards in 1995. He left via free agency in 1997 and finished his career by playing with Arizona, Buffalo, and San Francisco.

Poll

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

Greatest #85

  • Kevin Williams (92%, 127 Votes)
  • Jeff Robinson (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Darnay Scott (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Chris Brazzell (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Steve Folsom (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Tim Hendrix (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Ernie Mills (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Tody Smith (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Gene Cronin (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fred Cornwell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Darrin Chiaverini (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Dennis McKinnon (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 138

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My Vote: Williams

Kevin Williams, Dallas CowboysThis is not a great list from which to choose. Williams had some memorable plays, and he was important to the Cowboys’ championship run in 1995. None of the others really had that much impact (maybe Robinson, but only as a deep-snapper), so I had to go with Williams.


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