Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #90

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #90

Seven Cowboys have worn #90, including six defensive linemen and a linebacker.

Willis Crockett, LB, Georgia Tech, 1990

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Crockett played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Crockett was a 1989 draft choice, but he was injured before the 1989 season. He returned in 1990 to play on special teams, but that was his last NFL season.

Byron Frisch, DE, BYU, 2001

Statistics: Frisch recorded three sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a third-round selection of Tennessee in the 2000 draft. He saw action in the defensive line rotation in 2001 before moving on to the Giants in 2002.

Tony Hill, DE, Tenn. Chattanooga, 1991-92

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The “other” Tony Hill played well in the 1991 playoffs, but his career never really took off. He was injured for much of the 1992 season, his final as a pro.

Eric Ogbogu, DE, Maryland, 2003-05

Statistics: Ogbogu recorded eight sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ogbogu is best known as the spokesman for Under Armour. He showed some promise in 2004, but he had some injuries in 2005, which was his last NFL season.

Jay Ratliff, DE, Auburn, 2005-present

Statistics: Ratliff has recorded eight sacks in his NFL career.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He is currently in his four season with Dallas

Intangibles: Ratliff took over for an injured Jason Ferguson in 2007, and his development led Dallas to trade Ferguson during the 2008 off-season. Ratliff shares the rotation this year with Tank Johnson.

Alonzo Spellman, DT, Ohio State, 1999-00

Statistics: Spellman recorded 10 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Spellman was the first beneficiary of the Cowboys’ player reform efforts. He suffers from bipolar disorder and has been involved in a number of public incidents. In Dallas, he had little trouble off-the-field and was a solid player for the Cowboys.

Oscar Sturgis, DE, North Carolina, 1995

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season for the Cowboys. In fact, he was active for only one game.

Intangibles: A seventh round pick in 1995, Sturgis dressed for the season finale at Arizona that season. He did not make the squad in 1996 and was on the practice squads of the Dolphins and Packers that year.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #90.

Greatest #90

  • Jay Ratliff (73%, 71 Votes)
  • Tony Hill (13%, 13 Votes)
  • Alonzo Spellman (10%, 10 Votes)
  • Willis Crockett (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Byron Frisch (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Eric Ogbogu (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Oscar Sturgis (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 97

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My Vote: Ratliff

#90 Jay Ratliff, DT

#90 Jay Ratliff, DT

Ratliff played well last season and was an important piece of the Cowboys’ defense. He was part of a good draft class of 2005 and could be in Dallas for some time to come. Of the others, Spellman deserves mention, but he was in Dallas for only two years and did not accomplish as much as he did when he played in Chicago.