[tags]Dallas Cowboys, Jersey Numbers[/tags]
Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series
Five Cowboys have worn #94. This includes four defensive linemen and one linebacker.
Chris Cooper, DT, Nebraska-Omaha, 2004
Longevity: He played in two games for the Cowboys in 2004.
Intangibles: Dallas was one of four teams on which Cooper played during a short career.
Charles Haley, DE, James Madison, 1992-96
Statistics: Haley recorded 34 sacks and 159 tackles with the Cowboys.
Accolades: He was named to two Pro Bowls and was named All Pro once as a Cowboy.
Longevity: He played five seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: Haley’s acquisition in 1992 was a huge as Deion Sanders’ was in 1995. He immediately gave Dallas a pass rushing threat, and even has he suffered through injuries late during his tenure with the Cowboys, he was still dangerous. The Cowboys spent years trying to replace him.
Michael Myers, DL, Alabama, 1998-03
Statistics: Myers recorded 7.5 sacks and 101 tackles with the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played six seasons in Dallas.
Intangibles: Myers was a fourth round pick in 1998 who was a starter for only one year. He moved on to become a starter in Denver, and he was last seen in 2007 with Cincinnati.
DeMarcus Ware, LB, Troy St Univ., 2005-
Statistics: Ware has recorded 38.5 sacks, 186 tackles, and 56 assists with the Cowboys.
Accolades: He has been named to two Pro Bowls and one All Pro team.
Longevity: He is currently in his fourth season with the Cowboys.
Intangibles: Ware is a monster pass rusher who continues to get better. At the rate he is going, he could surpass many of the all-time greats in sack totals.
Randy Watts, DE, Catawba, 1987
Statistics: Watts recorded three sacks with the Cowboys.
Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.
Intangibles: He was a replacement player for three games but also saw action with the regulars later in the season.
Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #94.
- DeMarcus Ware (53%, 52 Votes)
- Charles Haley (48%, 47 Votes)
- Chris Cooper (0%, 0 Votes)
- Michael Myers (0%, 0 Votes)
- Randy Watts (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 98
My Vote: Haley
My vote could change if Dallas had success in the playoffs with Ware continuing to be such a force on defense. But I have to go with Haley, because without him, Dallas probably would not have won three Super Bowls in the 1990s. Haley was as important to the defense as Jay Novacek was to the offense. He was extremely fast off the ball, and few tackles could handle him individually. Dallas had a terrible time replacing him until…
The Cowboys drafted the current #94. Ware is a bigger version of what Haley was in San Francisco in the late 1980s, which bodes well for him. If there is a reason to vote for Ware, it is because Haley was already in his prime when he joined the Cowboys. Nevertheless, I cannot give it to Ware just yet.