Dallas Cowboys Jersey Numbers: Updates for Nos. 16 through 20
More updates to the series on greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers. This entry focuses on numbers 16 through 20.
There is only one player who has worn the number since that time: wide receiver Jesse Holley. He won Michael Irvin‘s reality show, 4th and Long, which gave Holley the chance to make the Cowboys roster. In two seasons, he has seven receptions, including an important catch in overtime in the Cowboys’ win over the San Francisco 49ers in 2011.
Dallas spent a draft pick on kicker David Buehler in 2009. Wearing #18, he was a very good kickoff specialist as a rookie. However, when he became the full-time kicker in 2010, his kickoff suffered. When the league moved kickoffs back to the 35, his value sank. Dallas released him after the 2011 season.
At the time of the original series, Miles Austin had not yet emerged, and Lance Rentzel was the greatest #19 in team history. Austin had a breakout season in 2009, though, recording 1,320 receiving yards with 11 touchdowns. He also gained 1,000 yards in 2010 but struggled in 2011 due to injuries.
Rentzel only gained 35% of the vote and barely beat Keyshawn Johnson and Lance Alworth. Here is a new poll that features Austin:
Lastly, Alan Ball continues to wear #20. He moved from corner to safety in 2010 but bombed miserably. He returned to play corner in 2011.
Update (6/3/2012): Ball has reportedly signed with the Houston Texans, where he will be reunited with former Dallas head coach Wade Phillips.
Here is a list of all the players to wear numbers between 16 and 20: