Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #91

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #91

Six Cowboys have worn #91, including four defensive linemen, a linebacker, and a long snapper.

Walt Johnson, DT, Pittsburgh, 1987

Statistics: Johnson recorded one sack with Cowboys.

Accolades: n/a

Longevity: He played in one replacement game in 1987.

Intangibles: Replacement player.

Darren Benson, DT, Trinity Valley C.C., 1995-97

Statistics: Benson recorded a few special teams tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in parts of two seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Benson was active for twelve total games in 1995 and 1997. He played mostly on special teams.

Leonardo Carson, DT, Auburn, 2003-04

Statistics: Carson recorded two sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Carson played less than two full seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas picked up Carson in 2003, and he played in half of that season plus all of 2004.

L.P. Ladouceur, LS Cal, 2005-present

Statistics: Ladouceur has recorded a few special teams tackles.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Ladouceur is currently in his fourth season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Long-snappers don’t have an easy job because either they do their jobs or they completely blow it. Ladouceur has been very consistent in four seasons– so much so that we seldom hear about him. For that, he makes the Greatest Cowboys by Number list.

Dimitrius Underwood, DL, Michigan State, 2000-01

Statistics: Underwood recorded four sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Underwood’s story is pretty sad. He has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is currently housed in a unit in Philadelphia for mentally disturbed patients. As a Cowboy, he showed a little bit of promise, but after attempting suicide, the Cowboys cut him.

Matt Vanderbeek, LB/DE, Michigan State, 1993-94

Statistics: Vanderbeek recorded a few special teams tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Vanderbeek was a backup who played mostly on special teams for two seasons.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #91.

Greatest #91

  • L.P. Ladouceur (71%, 39 Votes)
  • Dimitrius Underwood (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Matt Vanderbeek (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Walt Johnson (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Darren Benson (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Leonardo Carson (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 55

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My Vote: Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur

For the life of me, I can’t spell his name right. Nevertheless, for a blog that focuses on obscurity by a guy that identifies himself by his former special teams position, I have to go with Ladouceur. Both Mat McBriar and Nick Folk have made the Pro Bowl since Ladouceur became the deep snapper, and the only botch that comes to mind (vs. Seattle in the 2006 playoffs; you may have heard about this) wasn’t his fault.

Trivia about him: the Canadian native’s full name is Louis-Philippe Ladouceur-Semeteys. Can’t help but think this: the snap is to Brad (one syllable) Johnson (two syllables); the kick is by Nick (one syllable) Folk (one syllable); the snap is by Louis-Philippe Ladouceur-Semeteys (12 total syllables if you try to pronounce it like I just did…).