Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #89

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #89

Fifteen players have worn #89 for the Cowboys, including twelve tight ends and three wide receivers.

Rob Awalt, TE, San Diego State, 1990-91

Statistics: Awalt caught 90 passes for 190 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys acquired Awalt in 1990 as part of a trade and expected him to start. However, it was another former Cardinal– Jay Novacek– who became the starter. Awalt moved on to Buffalo in 1992 and played two seasons there.

Kelly Blackwell, TE, Texas Christian, 1993

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Blackwell was brought in to be a blocking tight end, but he was released midway through the 1993 season.

Thornton Chandler, TE, Alabama, 1986-89

Statistics: Chandler caught 29 passes for 268 yards and 4 TDs.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Chandler was Doug Cosbie’s primary backup for two years. He served primarily as a blocker.

Tony Curtis, TE, Portland State, 2007-

Statistics: Curtis has caught three passes for 18 yards and three touchdowns.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Curtis enters his third season with Dallas in 2008.

Intangibles: Curtis came on strong in the 2007 preseason and saw some action in 2007. Each of his receptions during the 2007 season were touchdowns.

Donnie Davis, WR, Southern, 1962

Statistics: Davis caught two passes for 31 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys released him in 1962, and he remained out of football for eight seasons. However, he was signed by Houston in 1970 and played one season there.

Mike Ditka, TE, Pittsburgh, 1969-72

Statistics: Ditka caught 72 passes for 924 yards and five TDs with Dallas.

Accolades: None with the Cowboys. He made five Pro Bowls and was inducted to the Hall of Fame, mostly due to his play with Chicago.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ditka was a bruising tight end who joined the Cowboys in 1969 and split time with Pettis Norman. He was solid though not spectacular with the Cowboys and retired after the 1972 season. He joined the coaching staff and spent several years as the special teams coach.

Fred Dugan, WR, Dayton, 1960

Statistics: Dugan caught 29 passes for 461 yards and one touchdown in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Dallas acquired Dugan from San Francisco in the 1960 expansion draft. He started all season but was traded to Washington before the 1961 season.

Billy Joe DuPree, TE, Michigan State, 1973-83

Statistics: DuPree caught 267 passes for 3565 yards and 41 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: He was named to three Pro Bowls.

Longevity: He spent 11 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: At 225 pounds, DuPree was big enough during his era to be both an outstanding blocker and a great pass-catcher. He was a key part of three Super Bowl teams and remained a key contributor until Doug Cosbie won the starting job in 1982.

Scott Galbraith, TE, Southern California, 1993-94, 1997

Statistics: Galbraith caught 7 passes for 48 yards and one touchdown with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent a total of three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Galbraith was a very good blocking tight end with the Cowboys. He left after the 1994 season when Dallas brought in Kendall Watkins and Eric Bjornson, but he returned in 1997.

David LaFleur, TE, Louisiana State, 1997-00

Statistics: LeFleur caught 85 passes for 729 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Troy Aikman recommended that Dallas draft the 6’7 LeFleur to give the Cowboys a dominant tight end. LeFleur showed flashes, but he developed slowly. A back injury ended his career after just four seasons.

Jim Price, TE, Stanford, 1993

Statistics: Price caught one pass for four yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a seldom-used backup to Jay Novacek.

Brian Salonen, TE/LB, Montana, 1984-85

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Salonen was drafted as a tight end, but the team tried in 1985 to convert him to linebacker. He mostly played on special teams.

Derek Tennell, TE, UCLA, 1992

Statistics: Tennell did not record a catch for the Cowboys during the regular season. However, he caught a touchdown pass in the playoffs in 1992.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played for Dallas during the 1992 playoffs.

Intangibles: Dallas signed Tennell five days before the Cowboys played the Eagles in the 1992 playoffs. His one catch gave Dallas the lead in the game, one that they never relinquished. After that season, Tennell played one more year with Minnesota.

Derek Ware, TE, Central Oklahoma, 1996

Statistics: Ware caught one pass for five yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ware only dressed for five games during the 1996 season. He was used mostly on special teams.

Randal Williams, WR, New Hampshire, 2001-04

Statistics: Williams caught one pass for 14 yards for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Williams had amazing speed, but he did not develop very well as a receiver. His big career highlight for Dallas came in 2003 when he returned an onside kick attempt by the Eagles for a touchdown. He saw considerably more action at receiver with the Raiders in 2005-06.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #89.

Greatest #89

  • Billy Joe DuPree (87%, 96 Votes)
  • Mike Ditka (7%, 8 Votes)
  • Randal Williams (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Tony Curtis (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Derek Ware (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jim Price (1%, 1 Votes)
  • David LaFleur (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Kelly Blackwell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Scott Galbraith (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fred Dugan (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Thornton Chandler (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Brian Salonen (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Derek Tennell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Donnie Davis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rob Awalt (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 110

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My Vote: DuPree

#89 Billy Joe DuPree

#89 Billy Joe DuPree

DuPree is the most accomplished Dallas player among those in this list. He was a very important player on three Super Bowl teams and remained an important weapon until the very end of his career. Ditka’s best career moments came before he joined the Cowboys (though he had the memorable touchdown catch and an otherwise very good game in Super Bowl VI).