Dallas Cowboys Jersey Numbers: Updates for Nos. 26 through 30

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DeMarco Murray may already be the greatest player to wear #29 for the Dallas Cowboys.

This is another update to the greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers. This entry focuses on numbers 26 through 30.

#26

Cornerback Kevin Smith was the greatest player to wear #26 according to the 2008 poll. Nobody has come along to take that title from him.

Abram Elam changed from #24 to #26 before the start of last season. He had also worn #37 during his first stop in Dallas in 2006.

#27

Ron Fellows remains the greatest to wear #27. Cornerback Cletis Gordon wore the number when he played in one game in 2009. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah wore #27 when he played in 2010. He played briefly for Jacksonville before returning to Dallas in 2011 and wore #11. He is listed as #26 for 2012, assuming he makes the team.

#28

Darren Woodson received 99% of the votes as the greatest #28. Running back Felix Jones has worn the number since 2008, but he is most certainly not better than Woodson.

#29

In just one season, DeMarco Murray became the toast of the town by rushing for 897 yards. Kenneth Gant received the most votes in 2008, but Murray could overtake Gant with another solid performance in 2012.

#30

The only player to wear #30 since 2008 was backup running back Chauncey Washington. He will not overtake Dan Reeves for this jersey number.

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  • Timothytrump

    My vote for # 26 would go to Preston Pearson, a part-time starter at RB and the best 3rd down RB Dallas ever had.  Also, Ron Fellows is listed as a CB but I believe he played safety his entire career. 

  • Timothytrump

    Crikey–Sorry about Ron Fellows–he was a CB.  For some reason I was thinking of Michael Downs, his long time teammate.

  • dodger71

    Number 26 was a tough vote between Pearson, Michael Downs, and Kevin Smith. I think Smith received more votes because he was more recent and a Texas A&M graduate. He was one of the best younger corners in the league until that injury in 1995. He was never the same after that.

    Pearson was one of the great third-down backs in league history, and I could see giving him the vote. I went with Downs because of his important role in some good (though not great) Dallas defenses of the 1980s.

  • dodger71

    I’m trying to remember Fellows’ nickname. It was something like “chicken legs” because he had such skinny legs.

    He might have played some safety, but he was a corner when he was a starter in ’84 through ’86.

  • krl97a

    At some point you should consider doing a Cowboys All Time Team complete with a full 53 man roster and practice squad.  DC.com is sort of doing one but they’ve already managed to screw it up in typical fashion by (among things) using a base 3-4 defense and and somehow leaving Bob Breunig  off the roster.

  • dodger71

    Great idea. I’m not a big fan of the 3-4, even for the current team.

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