Rest in Peace, Godfrey Myles

Godfrey Myles (shown here tackling Ricky Watters in 1995) died on Friday at the age of 42.

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.

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty AV
1991 23 DAL 98 3 0 0
1992 24 DAL 98 16 0 1 13 0 13 21 1
1993 25 DAL 98 10 0 17 1
1994 26 DAL 98 15 0 8 2 1
1995 27 DAL RLB 98 16 11 1 15 0 15 1 0 2 0 0 55 20 6
1996 28 DAL 98 16 0 10 2 1
Career 76 11 2 28 0 15 1 0 2 0 0 111 24 10
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/10/2011.