Most Obscure Player of 1973: Cyril Pinder



The 1973 Cowboys featured a few lesser known players, including several who played running back. Les Strayhorn, Larry Robinson, and Mike Montgomery were or are hardly household names.

For the Most Obscure Player Award, though, we are going to take a look at jersey numbers. A total of 11 players have worn the number 33 for the Cowboys, including Tony Dorsett and Duane Thomas. Two others included Wendell Hayes (1963) and Timmy Smith (1990).

Most Obscure Player of 1973: Cyril Pinder

Most Obscure Player of 1973: Cyril Pinder

The other running back to wear #33 was Cyril Pinder, our MOP Award winner for 1973.

Pinder was a star running back and indoor sprint champion at Illinois but was declared ineligible for receiving funds through the athletic department. The Eagles took him in the second round of the 1968 draft, and he played three seasons in Philadelphia before joining the Chicago Bears in 1972. He played two seasons with the Bears before his release.

The Cowboys added Pinder in late September of 1973, and he saw action in five games. Final stats: 12 carries, 15 yards.

He caught the interest of the Chicago Fire of the WFL, and he became the team’s star running back. He gained 925 yards and scored 8 touchdowns in 1974.  He remained in Chicago for the 1975 season, playing for the Chicago Winds.

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