Rest in Peace, Godfrey Myles
Sad news today is that former Cowboy LB Godfrey Myles died of a heart attack. He was 42.
Myles was overshadowed by others on the Dallas defenses of the early 1990s, but he was an important backup on all three Super Bowl teams. He was a special teams player and backed up Ken Norton in 1992. Myles remained in a backup role in 1993 and 1994, with Dixon Edwards and Darrin Smith taking over the starting roles on the outside and Robert Jones moving back to MLB.
Smith held out for the first half of the 1995 season, and Myles filled in nicely. When Smith returned, Myles showed his versatility by serving as the principal backup to all three starting linebackers. He finished the season with a career high 55 tackles. However, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Super Bowl XXX.
Some expected Myles to compete for a full-time starting job in 1996 when Jones and Edwards left via free agency. However, Myles never fully recovered from his knee injury. He played in all 16 games in 1996 but managed only 10 tackles.
Myles was a standout at the University of Florida. He played the position of “Gatorback,” which was a combination of outside linebacker and strong safety.
Below are his career stats.