Dallas Cowboys Jersey Numbers: Updates for Nos. 16 through 20

More updates to the series onĀ greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers. This entry focuses on numbers 16 through 20.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21:  Miles Austin #19...
Is Miles Austin the greatest player to wear #19? (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Not many notable players have worn #16. Vinny Testaverde received the most votes in 2008, and he remains the best player to wear that number.

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.

Sam Hurd was the last player to wear #17. He played in Dallas until 2010 and joined the Chicago Bears in 2011. However, he was arrested on federal drug charges, and his future does not look bright.

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:

Who is the greatest player to wear #19?

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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:

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  • Lance Alworth was obviously the greatest, but I assume we’re limiting this strictly to production with the Cowboys, and he was at the end of his career with us. I still give the edge to Rentzel over Austin because of the Cowboys’ playoff success during that time, but if Austin has another Pro Bowl caliber year I say he overtakes Rentzel.