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The latest entry on greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers focuses on numbers 61 through 65.
The greatest #62 remains center John Fitzgerald, notwithstanding the work that Brian Baldinger has done on NFL Network.
Kyle Kosier was released this offseason, marking the end of his Dallas career that started in 2006. He was a solid contributor, but he was not better than Larry Cole.
Defensive tackle Jeremy Clark wore #63 for three games in 2010.
Andre Gurode ended his career in Dallas after the 2010 season.
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Here is another entry on greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers. This one focuses on number 56 through 60, though there are few updates to report.
Hollywood Henderson remains the greatest to wear #56 for the Cowboys. Bradie James wore the number for nine seasons, but he never evolved into an all-time great. He will play for the Houston Texans in 2012.
Linebacker Jason Williams wore #58 during his brief stint in 2009 and 2010. He is not greater than Mike Hegman.
Linebacker Brandon Williams wore #59 in 2010. He is not better than Dat Nguyen, who earned the most votes in 2008.
The greatest to wear #60 is guard/center Derek Kennard. Kevin Kowalski has worn the number since joining the Cowboys in 2011.
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Training camp begins in San Antonio on July 27, so it’s about time to finish this series updating the greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers. This one focuses on number 51 through 55.
Several good players have worn #51, including Ken Norton and Dave Manders. Keith Brooking has worn the number since 2009, but he does not rank in the same category as those two (at least with respect to what he’s done in Dallas).
A couple of no-names have worn #52 in the past few years, including Carlos Polk (2008) and Leon Williams (2010). New linebacker Dan Connor is schedule to wear it in 2012. Dexter Coakley and Dave Edwards are still at the top.
Two of the greatest players of all time wore #54, including Randy White and Chuck Howley. First-round bust Bobby Carpenter wore the number from 2006 to 2009, and linebackers Jason Williams and Kenwin Cummings have worn it since. Carter will wear it in 2012.
Zach Thomas wore #55 during his only season with Dallas in 2008. Second-year player Alex Albright is scheduled to wear it after wearing #47 in 2011.
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Not much of an update for greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers between jersey numbers 46 through 50.
Dexter Clinkscale remains the greatest to wear #47. He was most famous for being a member of Thurman’s Thieves. Linebacker Alex Albright wore the number in 2011.
This was a no-brainer, as Daryl Johnston is the only notable player to wear #48. Nobody has worn the number in the regular season since Terry Witherspoon in 2001.
Sean Lee may turn out to be the greatest to wear #50, but it’s still awfully early. D.D. Lewis had 13 solid seasons in Dallas, and the late Jerry Tubbs had his own contributions in the early days of the franchise.
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Here is the update for greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers focusing on jersey numbers 41 through 45.
Charlie Waters is still the best player to wear #41, though. Waters’ performances in several playoff games alone were better than anything Newman did.
Anthony Henry wore #42 through the 2008 season. He received the most votes in the 2008 poll.
Barry Church has worn it since 2010.
Gerald Sensabaugh has worn the number since 2009. He’s no Cliff Harris.
The Cowboys had a guy named Gronkowski, but it was not the Patriots’ tight end. Dallas signed Chris Gronkowski, a fullback, but he only lasted through part of the 2010 season.
Robert Newhouse remains the greatest to wear #44.
Not many known players have worn #45, which explains why former defensive back Manny Hendrix earned the most votes in 2008. Shaun Chapas wore #45 in three games in 2011. His stats included one run for nine yards.
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He played during a time before many of us were around to watch the Cowboys. He was, though, associated with the team for just as long as Tex Schramm and Tom Landry, and more should be familiar with who he was.
He was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Cardinals in 1957 but did little to stand out during his first three years in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers left him unprotected in the 1960 expansion draft, and the Dallas Cowboys acquired him.
He was part of the first core group of players for the Cowboys. In 1962, he earned a berth in the Pro Bowl along side Bob Lilly and Don Bishop. That marked the first year that a defensive player for Dallas made the Pro Bowl.
He remained a starter until 1966, when Lee Roy Jordan moved over to the middle. Tubbs suffered a back injury in 1966 and played in only four games.
Tubbs joined the Dallas coaching staff in 1968 and remained as an assistant until the end of the Tom Landry era in 1989.
He was survived by his wife, Marlene.
Sorry for the delay between posts. This is the latest update to the greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers. This entry focuses on numbers 36 through 40.
Vince Albritton is not one of the great names in Cowboys history, but few notable players have worn number 36. He received 45% of the vote in 2008. Since then, three players have worn #36, including Michael Hamlin, Mana Silva, and Andrew Sendejo.
James Washington only played in Dallas for five seasons, but he made his mark. That was especially true in Super Bowl XXVIII, when he did enough to earn MVP honors.
Since 2008, only Bryan McCann has worn #37. Though McCann provided highlight moments in 2010, he did not last long in Dallas.
Rookie safety Matt Johnson is scheduled to wear #37 in 2012.
Roy Williams wore #38 during his final season in Dallas in 2008. Nobody has worn the number since then. The player chosen in 2008 as the greatest was kicker/punter Sam Baker.
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Here is the latest update to the greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers. This entry focuses on numbers 31 through 35.
Roy Williams had perhaps the most dramatic fall from grace of any star in Cowboys history. He made five consecutive Pro Bowls before losing the ability to cover tight ends. Once his coverage ability was gone, he became a liability. He changed numbers from 31 to 38 in 2008 but only played in three games. He played two years in Cincinnati but was out of football after 2010.
Mike Jenkins wore #31 as a rookie but changed to #21 in 2009.
Duane Thomas has a place in team history, but nobody who wore #33 was better than Tony Dorsett. Nate Jones wore the number until he left after the 2007 season. Although players have worn it in preseason, nobody has worn it in a regular season game since 2007.
I originally voted for Cornell Green at #34, but Hershel Walker received the most votes. Deon Anderson saw some action as a fullback but had trouble overcoming injuries. Philip Tanner wore the number in 2011 but had less than 100 total rushing yards.
Calvin Hill received 90% of the votes in 2008, and only Tra Battle and Lonyae Miller have worn #35 since than.
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The 49ers got to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The [@#%$&!!!] Catch” on January 10 this year. I don’t need to remind anyone, but one dynasty began that day while the Cowboys fell into mediocrity in a few short seasons.
I’ve always thought the entire defense was to blame for the entire drive. However, I have also thought that Walls had Clark in man coverage. The Wikipedia entry for Walls notes, without attribution, that Walls thinks The Catch “tarnished his otherwise outstanding pro career.”
Others disagree that the play was actually Walls’ fault, and that may very well be the case. Safety Michael Downs was playing in the middle of the field, and it appears that Walls briefly released Clark to Downs on the play. Here is the replay:
Still, in a recent interview, Walls does not provide much insight about who is to blame, and we might just need to leave good enough (or bad enough) alone.
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This is another update to the greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers. This entry focuses on numbers 26 through 30.
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.
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.
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.
The only player to wear #30 since 2008 was backup running back Chauncey Washington. He will not overtake Dan Reeves for this jersey number.