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Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #35

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Jersey #35

Twelve players have worn #35, including three defensive backs, eight running backs, and a receiver.

Jimmy Armstrong, DB, Appalachian State, 1987

Statistics: He started two games as a replacement player.

Accolades: Replacement player.

Longevity: Replacement player.

Intangibles: Replacement player.

Update: Thanks to the blog AppFan, which follows Appalachian State’s athletics, we know a bit more about Armstrong:

Armstrong wore No. 25 at App State from 1983-86. He was a hero in Sparky Woods first win as coach, and later was an all-conference DB (1986). He “played” just that one “season” in the NFL.

Robert Chancey, RB, No College, 1999

Statistics: He gained 57 yards for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in three games in Dallas.

Intangibles: Chancey gained all of his yards come in one game against Green Bay in 1999. He was gone after one season.

Wendell Davis, CB, Oklahoma, 1996-99

Statistics: Nothing worth noting.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Davis was mostly a special teams player with the Cowboys.

Pete Gent, WR/TE, Michigan State, 1964-68

Statistics: Gent caught 68 passes for 989 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None as a player.

Longevity: He lasted five seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: As the author of North Dallas Forty, Gent is better known than many of his more talented teammates. A former college basketball player, Gent developed into a serviceable receiver, mostly as a backup.

Calvin Hill, RB, Yale, 1969-74

Statistics: Hill rushed for 5,009 yards and scored 39 touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: He was named to the Pro Bowl four times and was an All-Pro once.

Longevity: He played six years with Dallas.

Intangibles: Hill was a triumph of the Cowboys’ computerized scouting service when he was selected in the first round in 1969. He was a great athlete and in 1972 became the first player in team history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He left Dallas to join the World Football League after the 1974 season.

Walt Kowalczyk, RB, Michigan State, 1960

Statistics: Kowalczyk rushed for 156 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one year in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas picked up Kowalczyk via trade for the inaugural 1960 season, but he left for Oakland after one season.

Scott Laidlaw, RB, Stanford, 1975-79

Statistics: Laidlaw rushed for 997 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played five seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Laidlaw was Robert Newhouse’s backup for most of his career in Dallas. His most active year was 1976 when Newhouse suffered an injury.

J.W. Lockett, RB, Central Oklahoma, 1961-62

Statistics: Lockett rushed for 304 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in less than two full seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Lockett was a converted tight end who saw quite a bit of action for Dallas in 1961 and 1962. He later played for the Colts and Redskins.

Jason McKie, FB, Temple, 2002

Statistics: McKie caught one pass for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was active for one game with Dallas.

Intangibles: McKie has developed into a part-time starter with Chicago. He did very little with the Cowboys.

Chuck McSwain, RB, Clemson, 1983-84

Statistics: McSwain averaged 20.0 yards per kickoff return for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two years in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was injured early in 1983 and spent the 1984 seasons as one of Tony Dorsett’s backups. He later played as a replacement player with New England.

Jacques Reeves, CB, Purdue, 2004-2007

Statistics: Reeves recorded one interception as a Cowboy.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Reeves will probably be most remembered for his poor coverage on the New York Giants’ final drive of the first half in the Cowboys’ 2007 playoff loss. Reeves had filled in pretty well for starters Terence Newman and Anthony Henry when they were injured, but Reeves declined late in the season. He signed with the Texans in the offseason.

Kevin Scott, RB, Stanford, 1989

Statistics: Scott caught nine passes for 63 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season with Dallas.

Intangibles: Scott was Herschel Walker’s backup but suffered an injury early in the 1989 season. He never played again.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #35

  • Calvin Hill (90%, 145 Votes)
  • Jimmy Armstrong (5%, 8 Votes)
  • Jacques Reeves (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Pete Gent (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Kevin Scott (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Scott Laidlaw (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Walt Kowalczyk (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Wendell Davis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • J.W. Lockett (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jason McKie (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Chuck McSwain (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Robert Chancey (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 162

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My Vote: Hill

Calvin HillThere may be a few readers inclined to vote for Gent, assuming they are familiar with North Dallas Forty. But as far as contributions on the field, none of these players compares well with Hill. Hill was a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro selection as a rookie in 1969, and it appeared he was headed for greatness. Then along came a back named Duane Thomas, who was simply better than Hill was. Hill took a back seat for two seasons before returning to the role as full-time starter. He gained more than 1,000 yards in two seasons but suffered through some injuries in 1974.

Hill still serves as a consultant with the Cowboys, specializing in problem players. He will likely be called upon to help a few of the new guys, especially one named after a video game.

At least this guy seems to have calmed down…

Calvin Hill, Terrell Owens

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #34

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Jersey #34

Ten players have worn #34, including six running backs and four defensive backs.

Tommie Agee, FB, Auburn, 1990-94

Statistics: Agee rushed for 304 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Agee played five seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: He was primarily a special teams player and a backup fullback. His real value was in the locker room, where players nicknamed him “The Reverend” thanks to his positive influence.

Deon Anderson, FB, Connecticut, 2007-

Statistics: Anderson caught six passes as a rookie in 2007.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He will enter his second season in 2008.

Intangibles: He showed promise as a pass-receiving fullback in 2007, but an injury cut his season short. Expect good things from him.

Fred Doelling, S, Pennsylvania, 1960

Statistics: Doelling started a few games at safety for the expansion Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played only one NFL season.

Intangibles: He was a free agent signee but did not last long.

Merrill Douglas, RB, Utah, 1961

Statistics: He rushed for 24 yards for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one year in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was signed as a backup from the Chicago Bears. After one year, he moved on to Philadelphia.

Cornell Green, DB, Utah State, 1962-74

Statistics: Green recorded 34 interceptions during his career, tied for fifth in team history.

Accolades: He made the Pro Bowl five times and was named All Pro three times.

Longevity: He played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with Dallas.

Intangibles: Green developed into one of the best corners in the NFL by the late 1960s. Later in his career, he moved to strong safety and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl at that position.

Monty Hunter, S, Salem, 1982

Statistics: He recorded one sack for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas took a gamble on this player from tiny Salem College in West Virginia. He showed very little.

Tim Lester, FB, Eastern Kentucky, 1999

Statistics: He caught two passes for nine yards.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in five games with Dallas.

Intangibles: Lester was a starter with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He signed with the Cowboys in 1999 to help ease the burden of Daryl Johnston’s loss, but he was not a factor.

Jamar Martin, FB, Ohio State, 2002-03

Statistics: Martin rushed for seven yards and caught two passes for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: After being drafted in 2002, he saw his only action for the Cowboys in 2003.

Intangibles: He was subpar as a blocking fullback, which was his primary role with the Cowboys. He later played with the Dolphins and the Jets.

Aaron Mitchell, CB, Nevada-Las Vegas, 1979-80

Statistics: Mitchell recorded four interceptions with the Cowboys, including three in 1980.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Mitchell was a hard-hitting corner out of UNLV and showed some promise. However, his coverage skills were inferior, and he left for Tampa Bay in 1981.

Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia, 1986-89, 1996-97

Statistics: Walker rushed for 3491 and scored 27 touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: He was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Cowboys.

Longevity: He played in parts of a total of six seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Walker is best known as the centerpiece of the trade that allowed Dallas to draft the players who won three Super Bowls in the early 1990s. He was, to be sure, a great player, displaying great speed and hands for such a big back. However, teams had a difficult time developing an offense around him, and he never quite excelled as many thought he would. When he returned to Dallas in 1996, he played a very important role as a kickoff returner. He also filled in at fullback when Daryl Johnston was injured in 1997.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #34

  • Herschel Walker (57%, 119 Votes)
  • Cornell Green (42%, 89 Votes)
  • Deon Anderson (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Fred Doelling (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Aaron Mitchell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jamar Martin (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tim Lester (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Monty Hunter (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Merrill Douglas (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tommie Agee (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 210

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My Vote: Green

Cornell GreenAlthough Walker is better known, Green was a mainstay for many years and was an important part of some great Cowboys teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He contributed more to the franchise than anyone else on this list.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #33

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Jersey #33

Eleven players have worn #33, including three defensive backs, a kicker, five running backs, a linebacker, and a linebacker/fullback.

Gene Babb, LB/RB, Austin College, 1960-61

Statistics: Babb rushed for 115 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Babb played two seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Babb came out of semi-retirement to play for the upstart Cowboys in 1960 and 1961. He moved to linebacker from fullback in 1961 and was traded to Houston after the 1961 season.

Jason Bell, CB, UCLA, 2001

Statistics: Bell recorded a couple of tackles with Dallas, but little else.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Bell played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Bell left Dallas after one year to join the expansion Houston Texans in 2002.

Eric Brown, DB, Savannah State, 1989

Statistics: None.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas and saw action in only one game.

Intangibles: The free agent barely played with the Cowboys.

Tony Dorsett, RB, Pittsburgh, 1977-87

Statistics: Dorsett rushed for a then-record 12,036 yards and 72 touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: 4-time Pro Bowler, All-Pro, Ring of Honor, Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Longevity: He played 11 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dorsett still ranks as probably the most dangerous back in team history. Few backs in NFL history used his speed so effectively as Dorsett, who continued to make big plays throughout the majority of his career.

Wendell Hayes, RB, Humboldt State, 1963

Statistics: Hayes returned two kickoffs for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He lasted two games with team.

Intangibles: Injuries caused Hayes to miss nearly all of the 1963 season with Dallas. He was traded in 1964 to Denver. He ended up playing with the Broncos and Chiefs for nearly a decade.

Nate Jones, CB, Rutgers, 2004-

Statistics: Jones recorded 65 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Jones was a special teams player throughout his career. He recently signed with the Miami Dolphins.

Mac Percival, K, Texas Tech, 1974

Statistics: Percival made two of eight field goals with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played part of one season with Dallas.

Intangibles: Percival was originally discovered by the Cowboys in 1967 but was traded to Chicago, where he played for seven years. He returned to Dallas to fill in for an injured Toni Fritsch, but after making just 25% of his field goals, Dallas brought in Efren Herrera.

Cyril Pinder, RB, Illinois, 1973

Statistics: Pinder rushed for 15 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in five games with Dallas.

Intangibles: Pinder finished his pro career in the World Football League.

Timmy Smith, RB, Texas Tech, 1990

Statistics: Smith rushed for six yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: The one-time Super Bowl hero did nothing with Dallas.

Longevity: One game.

Intangibles: He is well-known as a one-hit wonder after rushing for 204 yards in Super Bowl XXII with Washington. He barely made a blip on the radar with the Cowboys.

Duane Thomas, RB, West Texas State, 1970-71

Statistics: Thomas rushed for 1596 yards and 16 touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: Nothing official.

Longevity: He played two seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Bob Lilly compared Thomas to the great Jim Brown, and many believe that Dallas would have won more than two Super Bowls in the 1970s had he stayed with the team. But the enigmatic Thomas was not long for the either the Cowboys or the NFL.

Russell Wayt, LB, Rice, 1965

Statistics: Nothing worth noting.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in less than a full season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: The eighth-round pick in 1965 was released after serving as a backup for his time in Dallas.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #33

  • Tony Dorsett (94%, 204 Votes)
  • Duane Thomas (3%, 7 Votes)
  • Nate Jones (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Cyril Pinder (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Russell Wayt (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Jason Bell (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Wendell Hayes (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mac Percival (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Eric Brown (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Timmy Smith (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gene Babb (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 216

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My Vote: Dorsett

Tony DorsettThis is another no-contest. Dorsett was the Cowboys’ weapon that opponents had to stop for nearly a decade. Few players who ever played the game could make a play the way that Dorsett could.

For a few cases in point, take a look at this:

Thomas’ story is fascinating, and without him Dallas may not have won Super Bowl VI, but he cannot compare. The others on this list were role players at best.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #32

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Jersey #32

Eight players have worn #32, including four defensive backs and four running backs.

Tom Franckhauser, CB, Purdue, 1960-61

Statistics: Franckhauser had four interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He holds the distinction as the first member of the Dallas Cowboys to touch a football in a regular season game, returning the opening kickoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1960.

Walt Garrison, RB, Oklahoma State, 1966-74

Statistics: Garrison rushed for 3886 yards and 30 touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: He made the Pro Bowl once (1972).

Longevity: He lasted nine seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: One of the great characters in team history. He was one of the toughest players ever to wear a Cowboy jersey.

Alonzo Highsmith, FB, Miami, Fla., 1990-91

Statistics: He rushed for 48 yards for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played for Dallas in 1990 and part of 1991 before being traded to Tampa Bay.

Intangibles: We have a bit of a theme for running backs wearing #32: Famous College Backs Turned Busts and Signed by Dallas as Free Agents. Highsmith is Exhibit #1.

Tyrone Hughes, CB, Nebraska, 1998

Statistics: Hughes averaged 9.3 yards per punt return and 24.7 yards per kickoff return during a short Dallas career.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played in four games for Dallas in 1998.

Intangibles: He was signed late during the 1998 season as a punt returner. That was his last season as a pro.

Tim Jackson, S, Nebraska, 1989

Statistics: None.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He only saw action in one pro game.

Intangibles: The former Dallas Skyline star had few opportunities in Dallas.

ReShard Lee, RB, Middle Tennessee State, 2004

Statistics: Lee averaged 23.5 yards per kickoff return with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Lee made the team as a free agent in 2004 and was not a bad returner. He later played with Green Bay and Oakland.

Anthony Thomas, RB, Michigan, 2005

Statistics: Thomas rushed for 80 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in only six games for the Cowboys before being released.

Intangibles: Exhibit #2 of Famous College Backs Turned Busts and Signed by Dallas as Free Agents. He was a two-time 1,000-yard rusher for Chicago, but he never quite reached expectations. As a Cowboy, he did very little.

Blair Thomas, RB, Penn State, 1994

Statistics: Thomas rushed for 70 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in two regular season games with Dallas, along with two playoff games.

Intangibles: Exhibit #3 of Famous College Backs Turned Busts and Signed by Dallas as Free Agents. Thomas was brought in when Emmitt Smith suffered a hamstring injury near the end of the 1994 season. Thomas showed very little.

Dennis Thurman, DB, Southern California, 1978-85

Statistics: Thurman had 36 interceptions as a Cowboy.

Accolades: His 36 picks rank fourth in team history. His four career touchdowns on interception returns is tied for the most in club history.

Longevity: He played eight seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The famous “Thurman’s Thieves” were named after Thurman, who was a part-time starter during the early 1980s. Few defensive backs in team history have had a nose for the ball quite like Thurman, who now coaches with the Baltimore Ravens.

Michael Wiley, RB, Ohio State, 2000-02

Statistics: He rushed for 503 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons for Dallas.

Intangibles: Wiley was the third-down back during three forgettable seasons with Dallas (2000 to 2002).

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #32

  • Walt Garrison (65%, 114 Votes)
  • Dennis Thurman (35%, 62 Votes)
  • Tom Franckhauser (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Blair Thomas (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Anthony Thomas (0%, 0 Votes)
  • ReShard Lee (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tim Jackson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tyrone Hughes (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Alonzo Highsmith (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Michael Wiley (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 176

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My Vote: Garrison

Walt GarrisonAs much as I want to vote for Thurman here, I’ve got to give this to Garrison. The former rodeo star and Skoal pitchman is an icon in team history, ranking up there with Bill Bates. He was also a very good running back, ranking sixth in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in team history.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #31

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Jersey #31

Twelve players have worn #31, including two running backs, seven defensive backs, a kicker, and two wide receivers.

Gary Allen, RB, Hawaii, 1983-84

Statistics: Allen averaged 9.5 yards per punt return and 20.6 yards per kickoff return for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Allen lasted less than two full seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Allen was the team’s primary punt and kick returner in 1984. The team unsuccessfully tried to convert him to receiver in 1985, though, and he never played after that.

Benny Barnes, DB, Stanford, 1972-82

Statistics: Barnes recorded 11 career interceptions.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Barnes played 11 seasons in Dallas, including six as a full-time starter.

Intangibles: Barnes was the special teams captain before moving into the starting role at cornerback in 1976. He started Super Bowls XII and XIII and was involved in the infamous pass interference call by Fred Swearingen during SB XIII. Barnes finished his career as a strong safety.

Otto Brown, DB, Prairie View, 1969

Statistics: Brown had one interception as a member of the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Brown lasted one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He started a few games at cornerback in 1969 but was traded upon the arrival of Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters in 1970.

Fred Cone, K, Clemson, 1960

Statistics: Cone made 6 of 13 field goals for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Cone came out of retirement to play for the Cowboys during their inaugural year, but he retired once again following that season.

Bill Hill, CB, Rutgers, 1987

Statistics: Hill did not record any stats. He started one of the replacement games in 1987.

Accolades: Replacement player.

Longevity: Replacement player.

Intangibles: Not much to remember.

Brock Marion, S, Nevada-Reno, 1993-97

Statistics: Marion recorded eight interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played five seasons in Dallas before joining Miami.

Intangibles: Marion was a solid free safety who started Super Bowl XXX. He later became a Pro Bowler with the Dolphins.

Amos Marsh, RB, Oregon State, 1961-64

Statistics: Marsh rushed for 2065 yards and 14 touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: His best season with the club was 1962, when he gained 802 yards and had a 5.6 average. During that season, he had a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He finished his career with Detroit.

Billy Owens, DB, Pittsburgh, 1988

Statistics: Owens recorded one sack with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He lasted one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He played in the nickel package during the dreadful 1988 season. Most probably don’t remember him.

Gloster Richardson, WR, Jackson State, 1971

Statistics: Richardson caught eight passes for 170 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He lasted one year in Dallas.

Intangibles:Richardson arrived in 1971 to replace Dennis Homan, but he left for Cleveland the following year.

Sim Stokes, WR, Northern Arizona, 1967

Statistics: Stokes averaged 23.0 yards per kickoff return.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in three games in 1967.

Intangibles: Memorable name, but not much else. However, he does serve an the answer of this trivia question: To whom did Don Meredith throw a long incomplete pass on the final play of the Ice Bowl? (question courtesy of The Dallas Cowboys Encyclopedia)

George Teague, S, Alabama, 1996, 1998-01

Statistics: Teague recorded seven interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played in a total of five seasons with Dallas, first in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2001.

Intangibles: Other than a very good game in the playoffs vs. Minnesota in 1996, he is known for…

Roy Williams, S, Oklahoma, 2002-

Statistics: Williams has recorded 19 interception in his career. His 414 tackles ranks seventh in team history.

Accolades: Five Pro Bowl appearances, and he was named All-Pro once.

Longevity: Assuming he remains, 2008 will be his seventh season.

Intangibles: He has changed numbers and will wear #38 in 2008. I’m leaving him on the list for #31 thanks to his accolades while wearing that number.

Poll

Here are the results of the poll for this number:

Greatest #31

  • Roy Williams (63%, 128 Votes)
  • Benny Barnes (16%, 32 Votes)
  • George Teague (12%, 25 Votes)
  • Brock Marion (5%, 11 Votes)
  • Sim Stokes (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Amos Marsh (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Bill Hill (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Gary Allen (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Billy Owens (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Gloster Richardson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fred Cone (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Otto Brown (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 202

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My Vote: Williams

Roy WilliamsWilliams may be getting worse in coverage, and frankly he deserves the criticism he’s received lately. But he has achieved more than anyone else on this list and, when it’s all said and done, he should be remembered as a great player for this franchise.

Teague will always be remembered as “Defender of the Star,” but he just wasn’t quite as good as Roy. Marion was also a good player but was better as a Dolphin than as a Cowboy.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: Numbers 1-30

Here is a recap of the leaders of the polls for Greatest Players by Their Jersey Numbers thus far.

Number Name Pos. College Years
1 Mat McBriar (62%) P Hawaii 2004-present
2 Lin Elliott (64%) K Texas Tech 1992-1993
3 Billy Cundiff (30%) K Drake 2002-2005
4 Mike Saxon (75%) P San Diego St. 1985-1992
5 Clint Stoerner (81%) QB Arkansas 2000-2002
6 Nick Folk (93%) K Arizona 2007-present
7 Steve Beuerlein (70%) QB Notre Dame 1991-1992
8 Troy Aikman (91%) QB UCLA 1989-2000
9 Tony Romo (98%) QB Eastern Ill. 2003-present
10 Ron Widby (76%) P Tennessee 1968-1971
11 Danny White (96%) QB/P Arizona State 1976-1988
12 Roger Staubach (96%) QB Navy 1969-1979
13 Jerry Rhome (86%) QB Tulsa 1965-1968
14 Craig Morton (75%) QB California 1965-1974
15 Tony Fritsch (78%) K Vienna, Austria 1971-1973, 1975
16 Vinny Testaverde (64%) QB Miami 2004
17 Don Meredith (87%) QB SMU 1960-1968
18 Chris Boniol (66%) K Louisiana Tech 1994-1996
19 Lance Rentzel (36%) WR Oklahoma 1967-1970
20 Mel Renfro (89%) DB Oregon 1964-1977
21 Deion Sanders (96%) DB Florida St. 1995-1999
22 Emmitt Smith (91%) RB Florida 1990-2002
23 Robert Williams (35%) DB Baylor 1987-1993
24 Everson Walls (82%) DB Grambling 1981-1989
25 Pat Watkins (37%) DB Florida St. 2006-present
26 Kevin Smith (30%) DB Texas A&M 1992-1999
27 Ron Fellows (40%) DB Missouri 1981-1986
28 Darren Woodson (99%) DB Arizona St. 1992-2003
29 Kenneth Gant (64%) DB Albany St. 1990-1994
30 Dan Reeves (72%) RB South Carolina 1965-1972

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #30

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Jersey #30

Ten players have worn #30, including five defensive backs, three running backs, a kicker, and one linebacker/fullback.

Mike Dowdle, RB/LB, Texas, 1960-62

Statistics: Dowdle recorded two interceptions with the Cowboys as a linebacker.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He lasted three seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles:Dowdle was drafted by San Francisco but released before the season started. After Dallas picked him up, he played as a backup fullback in 1960. He moved to linebacker in 1961 and started several games there.

Lance Frazier, CB, West Virgina, 2004

Statistics: Frazier had two interceptions for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He lasted one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas picked up Frazier after he was released by Baltimore in 2004. He now plays in the Canadian Football League.

Issiac Holt, CB, Alcorn State, 1989-92

Statistics: Holt had nine interceptions with the Cowboys and ran two of those back for touchdowns.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: Holt played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was part of the Herschel Walker trade and was probably the best player of those acquired. He made some big plays and held on to his starting job until Kevin Smith took over in 1992.

Timmy Newsome, RB, Winston-Salem, 1980-88

Statistics: Newsome rushed for 1226 yards and scored 19 touchdowns for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played nine seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Newsome was a quality fullback, though perhaps not remembered quite as fondly as others, such as Walt Garrison or Robert Newhouse. He was a good back coming out of the backfield.

Dan Reeves, RB, South Carolina, 1965-72

Statistics: Reeves rushed for 1990 yards and scored 25 touchdowns in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played eight seasons in Dallas before becoming a full-time coach.

Intangibles: Reeves was a multi-talented player. In 1966, he caught 41 passes for 557 yards and scored eight touchdowns through the air. By the end of his career, he was overshadowed on the field by the likes of Duane Thomas and Calvin Hill. By that time, he served as a player-coach.

Darren Studstill, S, West Virginia, 1994

Statistics: Studstill recorded no stats.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in one game for Dallas in 1994.

Intangibles: Studstill was on the inactive list for most of his one season with the Cowboys. He played two more years with Jacksonville.

Dick Van Raaphorst, K, Ohio State, 1964

Statistics: He made 14 of 29 field goal attempts for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He lasted just one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: With a low success rate on field goals, he was replaced in 1965 by Danny Villanueva. He later became a Pro Bowl kicker with the Chargers.

Bryant Westbrook, CB, Texas, 2002

Statistics: Westbrook did not record any stats worth noting.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He lasted one game in 2002.

Intangibles: Westbrook, a former first-round pick in 1997 by Detroit, was the fall guy when the Cowboys lost to the Houston Texans to start the 2002 season, thanks to his poor coverage during the game. He finished the season with the Packers but never played again.

Kenny Wheaton, CB, Oregon, 1997-99

Statistics: Wheaton recorded one interception with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He lasted parts of three seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: A former third-round pick, Wheaton saw quite a bit of action in 1998, but he lacked much talent. He played in only five games in 1999. He moved on to play in the Arena Football League and now plays in Canada.

Charles Young, RB, North Carolina State, 1974-76

Statistics: Young rushed for 638 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He lasted three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Young alternated between fullback and tailback and saw quite a bit of action during his three seasons with the team. He lost favor with Tom Landry in 1976, though, after dropping two key passes against the Cardinals, and he missed all of the 1977 season with an injury. He never played again.

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Greatest #30

  • Dan Reeves (76%, 99 Votes)
  • Timmy Newsome (18%, 24 Votes)
  • Issiac Holt (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Darren Studstill (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Kenny Wheaton (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Bryant Westbrook (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Dick Van Raaphorst (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mike Dowdle (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Lance Frazier (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Charles Young (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 130

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My Vote: Newsome

I am going to go with Newsome here thanks to longevity. He was a pretty good blocker but better remembered as a receiver out of the backfield. I can’t seem to find a picture of him, but here is a video that I posted several months ago:

Note: Please read the comments to this post for more on Reeves, who is probably the better pick here.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #29

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #29

Ten players have worn #29, including six defensive backs, three running backs, and a kick returner.

Chris Akins, S, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 1999-00

Statistics: Akins had minimal statistics during his time in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Akins played in parts of two seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: He was mostly a special teams player in his limited time with the team.

Michael Bates, WR/KR, Arizona, 2003

Statistics: Bates returned four kickoffs with a 22.5-yard average.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: Bates played in one game with the Cowboys in 2003.

Intangibles: Bates appeared in the season finale against New Orleans in 2003. The former all-pro returner did not play in the playoffs and retired after that season.

Terry Billups, CB, North Carolina, 1998

Statistics: Billups had no recorded stats with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in one game.

Intangibles: All but forgotten.

Alundis Brice, CB, Mississippi, 1995-96

Note: Brice also wore #21 and #23.

Statistics: Brice recorded one interception with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Brice lasted two seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: He is probably best remembered for giving up #21 to Deion Sanders.

Woodrow Dantzler, RB, Clemson, 2002-05

Statistics: Dantzler averaged 22.3 yards per return on kickoffs for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Dantzler played in part of one season for the Cowboys.

Intangibles: He was a former college quarterback and something of a fan-favorite in Dallas. However, Bill Parcells let him go late during training camp in 2003, ending his career in Dallas.

Keith Davis, S, Sam Houston, 2002-

Statistics: Davis recorded 99 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Davis lasted five seasons in Dallas but recently signed with the Miami Dolphins.

Intangibles: Davis was a very good special teams player, earning the title of captain.

Kenneth Gant, CB, Albany St., 1990-94

Statistics: Gant recorded three sacks, seven interceptions and 130 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Gant played five seasons in Dallas before playing three years in Tampa Bay.

Intangibles:Gant was widely known for his “Shark Dance,” which was a staple during the early 1990s. He was a very good special teams player and an unforgettable character.

Robert Lavette, RB, Georgia Tech, 1985-87

Statistics: Lavette averaged 19.6 yards per return on kickoffs.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Lavette played less than three full seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Lavette was a star at Georgia Tech but had trouble finding room to play with Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker sharing the backfield. He finished his career in 1987 with the Eagles.

Adrian Murrell, RB, West Virginia, 2003

Statistics: Murrell rushed for 107 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: Murrell played in only three games for Dallas.

Intangibles: He had some success with the Jets and Cardinals but only saw limited action with Dallas.

Greg Myers, S, Colorado State, 2000

Statistics: Myers recorded 13 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in six games for Dallas in 2000.

Intangibles: Myers was a former Bengal who started four games at safety in a dismal 2000 season.

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Greatest #29

  • Kenneth Gant (61%, 130 Votes)
  • Keith Davis (33%, 70 Votes)
  • Michael Bates (3%, 6 Votes)
  • Woodrow Dantzler (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Terry Billups (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Adrian Murrell (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Robert Lavette (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Chris Akins (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Alundis Brice (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Greg Myers (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 214

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My Vote: Gant

Kenneth GantMost of these guys were role players, but few were as memorable as Gant. He was also a great special teams player– better than Davis, in fact.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #28

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #28

Five players have worn #28, including four running backs and a defensive back.

Note: This list does not include first-round pick Felix Jones, who has been assigned #28.

Alvin Blount, RB, Maryland, 1987

Statistics: Blount rushed for 125 yards and 3 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: (Replacement player).

Longevity: (Replacement player).

Intangibles: Blount was a 9th round pick in 1987 but only appeared in two replacement games that season.

Norm Granger, RB, Iowa, 1984

Statistics: Granger had limited statistics during a short career in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Granger dressed for 15 games in 1984 but seldom played.

Intangibles: Granger later appeared as a replacement player with the Atlanta Falcons in 1987.

Curtis Stewart, RB, Auburn, 1989

Statistics: None.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Stewart played in two games for Dallas in 1989.

Intangibles: He saw some action on special teams but was gone very quickly.

Tyson Thompson, RB, San Jose State, 2005-07

Statistics: Thompson averaged 24.7 per kickoff return and rushed for a total of 266 yards.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Thompson lasted three seasons in Dallas but has not been resigned for 2008.

Intangibles: He was something of a Cinderella story by virtue of making the team three straight years. He was not a bad kick returner but had difficulty in 2007 after returning from an injury suffered in 2006.

Darren Woodson, S, Arizona State, 1992-03

Statistics: Woodson is the franchise’s all-time leading tackler, with 803. He also had 23 career interceptions.

Accolades: Woodson was named to five Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro three times.

Longevity: He played 12 seasons as a pro, all in Dallas.

Intangibles: Woodson combined several attributes that made him an all-time great. He was a sure tackler who could also play in coverage. A leader-by-example, he was very much an integral part of the dynasty of the 1990s.

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Greatest #28

  • Darren Woodson (99%, 235 Votes)
  • Tyson Thompson (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Norm Granger (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Alvin Blount (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Curtis Stewart (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 238

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My Vote: Woodson

Darren WoodsonThis one clearly isn’t a contest. Woodson rivals Cliff Harris as the greatest safety in team history. A former college linebacker with enough speed to cover, Woodson was in many ways a prototype for the modern strong safety.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #27

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #27

Twelve players have worn #27, including eight defensive backs and four running backs.

Courtney Brown, S, Cal Poly, 2007-

Statistics: Brown recorded one fumble recovery in 2007.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Brown will enter his second season in 2008.

Intangibles: A seventh-round pick last year, Brown played in eight games for the Cowboys in 2007. He will need to show more next season if he is going to remain here long-term.

Mario Edwards, CB, Florida State, 2000-03

Statistics: Edwards recorded four interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Edwards played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was part of the 2000 draft, when the Cowboys took three cornerbacks. Edwards lasted longer than Dwayne Goodrich and Kareem Larrimore, starting 47 games in four seasons. He left via free agency in 2004 but played only one season with Tampa Bay.

Thomas Everett, S, Baylor, 1992-93

Statistics: Everett had four interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: He made the Pro Bowl in 1993.

Longevity: After Dallas acquired him from Pittsburgh, Everett played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Everett was a very important part of the Cowboys’ title years in 1992 and 1993. He was also one of the first big losses when free agency began after the 1993 season.

Ron Fellows, CB, Missouri, 1981-86

Statistics: Fellows recorded 17 interceptions with Dallas. He also averaged 6.8 yards per punt return and 20.2 yards per kickoff return.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Fellows played six seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a member of Thurman’s Thieves who started 43 games opposite Everson Walls at corner. Prior to taking over as starter, he was one of the best nickel corners in the league.

Mike Gaechter, S, Oregon, 1962-69

Statistics: Gaechter recorded 21 interceptions during his time in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Gaechter played eight seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: A free agent speedster from Oregon, Gaechter started his career at corner. However, he moved to safety in 1963, where he remained for the rest of his career. His final game was the 1969 Playoff Bowl vs. Los Angeles, during which he ruptured his Achilles’ tendon, ending his career.

Eddie George, RB, Ohio State, 2004

Statistics: George rushed for 432 yards with Dallas.

Accolades: None with the Cowboys.

Longevity: George lasted one season in Dallas before retiring.

Intangibles: Dallas signed George in 2004, hoping he had something left in the tank while Julius Jones was still developing. As it turns out, George showed little of his former self, and he finished the season with a 3.3 per-carry average.

Tommy Haynes, S, Southern California, 1987

Statistics: Haynes had three interceptions in 1987 as a replacement player.

Accolades: (Replacement player)

Longevity: (Replacement player)

Intangibles: He never played in the NFL other than the three strike games in 1987.

Keylon Kincade, RB, Southern Methodist, 2006

Statistics: Kincade had four carries for nine yards with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Kincade played in one game for Dallas.

Intangibles: His long appearance came in a blowout win vs. Arizona in 2006.

Signor Mobley, S, Washington State, 1997-99

Statistics: Mobley played in 44 games with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Mobley lasted three seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: He was mostly a special teams player for the Cowboys.

Curvin Richards, RB, Pittsburgh, 1991-92

Statistics: Richards rushed for 180 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Richards lasted two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He is best remembered for being cut on the eve of the playoffs in 1992 after fumbling twice in the season finale vs. Chicago. He played one year in Detroit before he was out of the league.

Bill Thomas, RB, Boston College, 1972

Statistics: Thomas returned two kickoffs for 50 yards.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Thomas played in seven games with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Thomas was a first-round pick in 1972 who was a complete bust. He injured his shoulder in training camp and did not join the team until midway through his rookie season. Dallas sent him to Houston in 1973.

Greg Tremble, S, Georgia, 1995

Statistics: Tremble played in seven games with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Tremble lasted less than half of the 1995 season.

Intangibles: He was mostly a special teams player before being released in mid-October in 1995.

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Greatest #27

  • Ron Fellows (38%, 70 Votes)
  • Thomas Everett (36%, 65 Votes)
  • Eddie George (11%, 20 Votes)
  • Mike Gaechter (9%, 16 Votes)
  • Courtney Brown (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Greg Tremble (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Mario Edwards (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Signor Mobley (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Keylon Kincade (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Curvin Richards (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bill Thomas (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tommy Haynes (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 183

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My Vote: Everett

Thomas EverettEverett was a major part of two Super Bowl teams, which is why he gets my vote. He is the only one on this list to earn a spot on the Pro Bowl. Though Brock Marion filled in well for Everett after Everett left for Tampa Bay, Dallas missed his playmaking ability.

This was another tough one. Gaetcher contributed to the team for most of the decade of the 1960s, as did Fellows for the first half of the 1980s. Neither, however, accomplished quite as much as Everett even though he spent much less time on the team.