Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #99

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #99

Seven players, including six defensive linemen and one linebacker, have worn #99 for the Dallas Cowboys.

Willie Blade, DT, Mississippi State, 2003

Statistics: Blade recorded one sack with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was drafted in 2001 but was only active during one season with Dallas.

Intangibles: Blade was a waste of a third-round pick in 2001. He started a number of games in 2003, but he was gone after that one season.

Kevin Brooks, DT, Michigan, 1985-88

Statistics: Brooks recorded 12.5 sacks with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Brooks was another of the Cowboys’ first-round busts during the 1980s. He earned a starting job by 1987 but was never the dominant player inside that he was drafted to be.

Chris Canty, DE, Virginia, 2005-

Statistics: Canty has recorded nine sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He is playing in his fourth season with Dallas.

Intangibles: Canty was supposed to be a steal in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, but he has yet to play like anything better than a fourth-rounder. The 2008 season may be his last.

Nathan Davis, DT, Indiana, 1999

Statistics: Davis recorded three tackles with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He saw action in three games in 1999.

Intangibles: He was originally drafted in the second round by Atlanta in 1997, but he never came close to living up to his potential. Dallas signed him in 1998, and he saw a little bit of action in 1999, which was his last year in football.

Chad Eaton, DT, Washington State, 2004

Statistics: Eaton recorded five tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played part of one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Eaton was originally drafted by Arizona, but he made a name for himself starting in 1996 with the New England Patriots, led by Bill Parcells. He later joined the Seahawks before being signed by Dallas in 2004. He did very little with the Cowboys and was active for only six games.

David Howard, LB, Cal. St. Long Beach, 1989-90

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than two full seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Howard was one of the players acquired by the Cowboys in the 1989 trade with Minnesota for Herschel Walker. He did very little in Dallas and was gone after the 1990 season.

Hurvin McCormack, DT, Indiana, 1994-98

Statistics: McCormack recorded 10 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played five seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: McCormick showed the potential to take over for Russell Maryland as the starter following the 1995 season. However, he was inconsistent and never earned the starting role. He was gone after the 1998 season.


Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #99.

Greatest #99

  • Chris Canty (91%, 48 Votes)
  • Kevin Brooks (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Nathan Davis (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Hurvin McCormack (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Willie Blade (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Chad Eaton (0%, 0 Votes)
  • David Howard (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 53

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My Vote: Canty

This is a choice between Brooks and Canty.  So the question is whether a first-round bust should be the greatest #99 or whether a fourth-round bust should be the greatest #99. I’d say Canty had at least done as much as Brooks, and Canty has started more games on better teams than Brooks. Thus, I’m going with Canty.

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This, of course, concludes the Greatest Players by Number series. I am going to give users a few days to vote on Canty, and then I will run a couple of final posts. Many thanks, as always, to those who have participated.

  • Tim

    I think your assessment of Canty may be a little harsh. But the jury is still out so we will see. Great series on the jersey #’s.