Greatest Players by Number

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This series reviews every player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, organized by their jersey numbers.

 

Update: New Jersey Numbers in 2008

I will post the final summary of the Greatest Cowboys by Their Jersey Numbers shortly. Before I do, though, here is a summary of new players and a couple of players who changed jersey numbers during the season. I have not yet added all of these players to the original polls.

#2: Sam Paulescu, P, Oregon State (current leader at #2: Lin Elliott)

Note: Paulescu was signed to replace the injured Mat McBriar.

#5: Brooks Bollinger, QB, Wisconsin (current leader at #5: Clint Stoerner)

Note: Bollinger was brought in after training camp to serve as the third quarterback. He has since been elevated to the primary backup position.

#11: Roy Williams, WR, Texas (current leader at #11: Danny White)

Note: Williams was the focus of a major trade with the Lions. Goodbye, nearly half of next year’s draft.

#23: Tashard Choice, RB, Georgia Tech (current leader at #23: Robert Williams)

Note: Choice was a fourth-round pick in 2008.

#28: Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas (current leader at #28: Darren Woodson)

Note: Jones was a first-round pick in 2008.

#31: Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida (current leader at #31: Roy Williams)

Note: Jenkins was the second first-round pick for the Cowboys in 2008.

#32: Orlando Scandrick, CB, Boise State (current leader at #32: Walt Garrison)

Note: Scandrick was a fifth-round pick in 2008.

#38: Roy Williams, S, Oklahoma (current leader at #38: Sam Baker)

Williams changed numbers from 31 to 38 during the offseason.

#52: Carlos Polk, LB, Nebraska (current leader at #52: Dexter Coakley)

Note: Polk spent several years with the Chargers before being signed by Dallas during the 2008 season.

#55: Zach Thomas, LB, Texas Tech (current leader at #55: Lee Roy Jordan)

Note: Thomas signed as a free agent in 2008.

#64: Montrae Holland, G, Florida State (current leader at #64: Tom Rafferty)

Note: Holland signed as a free agent in 2008.

#80: Martellus Bennett, TE, Texas A&M (current leader at #80: Tony Hill)

Note: Bennett was a second-round pick in 2008.

#95: Tank Johnson, DT, Washington (current leader at #95: Chad Hennings)

Note: Johnson changed numbers from 66 to 95 during the offseason.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #99

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Jersey #99

Seven players, including six defensive linemen and one linebacker, have worn #99 for the Dallas Cowboys.

Willie Blade, DT, Mississippi State, 2003

Statistics: Blade recorded one sack with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was drafted in 2001 but was only active during one season with Dallas.

Intangibles: Blade was a waste of a third-round pick in 2001. He started a number of games in 2003, but he was gone after that one season.

Kevin Brooks, DT, Michigan, 1985-88

Statistics: Brooks recorded 12.5 sacks with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Brooks was another of the Cowboys’ first-round busts during the 1980s. He earned a starting job by 1987 but was never the dominant player inside that he was drafted to be.

Chris Canty, DE, Virginia, 2005-

Statistics: Canty has recorded nine sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He is playing in his fourth season with Dallas.

Intangibles: Canty was supposed to be a steal in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, but he has yet to play like anything better than a fourth-rounder. The 2008 season may be his last.

Nathan Davis, DT, Indiana, 1999

Statistics: Davis recorded three tackles with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He saw action in three games in 1999.

Intangibles: He was originally drafted in the second round by Atlanta in 1997, but he never came close to living up to his potential. Dallas signed him in 1998, and he saw a little bit of action in 1999, which was his last year in football.

Chad Eaton, DT, Washington State, 2004

Statistics: Eaton recorded five tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played part of one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Eaton was originally drafted by Arizona, but he made a name for himself starting in 1996 with the New England Patriots, led by Bill Parcells. He later joined the Seahawks before being signed by Dallas in 2004. He did very little with the Cowboys and was active for only six games.

David Howard, LB, Cal. St. Long Beach, 1989-90

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played less than two full seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Howard was one of the players acquired by the Cowboys in the 1989 trade with Minnesota for Herschel Walker. He did very little in Dallas and was gone after the 1990 season.

Hurvin McCormack, DT, Indiana, 1994-98

Statistics: McCormack recorded 10 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played five seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: McCormick showed the potential to take over for Russell Maryland as the starter following the 1995 season. However, he was inconsistent and never earned the starting role. He was gone after the 1998 season.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #99.

Greatest #99

  • Chris Canty (91%, 48 Votes)
  • Kevin Brooks (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Nathan Davis (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Hurvin McCormack (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Willie Blade (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Chad Eaton (0%, 0 Votes)
  • David Howard (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 53

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My Vote: Canty

This is a choice between Brooks and Canty.  So the question is whether a first-round bust should be the greatest #99 or whether a fourth-round bust should be the greatest #99. I’d say Canty had at least done as much as Brooks, and Canty has started more games on better teams than Brooks. Thus, I’m going with Canty.

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This, of course, concludes the Greatest Players by Number series. I am going to give users a few days to vote on Canty, and then I will run a couple of final posts. Many thanks, as always, to those who have participated.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #98

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Jersey #98

Four Cowboys have worn #98. Two of these players were linebackers, one was a defensive lineman, and one has been converted from defensive line to linebacker.

Greg Ellis, DE/LB, North Carolina, 1998-

Statistics: Ellis has recorded 72 sacks and 367 tackles in his career.

Accolades: He has been named to one Pro Bowl.

Longevity: He is currently playing in his 11th season.

Intangibles: Ellis ranks second on the list of official sacks, though he hasn’t come close to matching the true totals of Harvey Martin, Too Tall Jones, Randy White (or probably even George Andrie or Bob Lilly).  Ellis can be a good pass rusher, and though he is a bit of a complainer, he has not cause off-the-field problems.

Godfrey Myles, LB, Florida, 1991-96

Statistics: Myles recorded 111 tackles and had two interceptions with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played six seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Myles was one of the most versatile backup linebackers in team history. In 1995, he was the backup to Robert Jones at middle linebacker, Darrin Smith at weakside linebacker, and Dixon Edwards at strongside linebacker (thanks Dallas Cowboys Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Team).

Ken Tippins, LB, Middle Tennessee St., 1989

Statistics: Tippins made six tackles in 1989.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was active for six games during the 1989 season.

Intangibles: He was signed as a free agent and played in part of the 1989 season before moving on to Atlanta, where he became a starter.

Mitch Willis, DT, Southern Methodist, 1990

Statistics: Willis recorded two tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was active for four games with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Willis played with the Raiders and Falcons before joining the Cowboys in 1990, his last year in the NFL.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #98.

Greatest #98

  • Greg Ellis (96%, 68 Votes)
  • Godfrey Myles (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Ken Tippins (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Mitch Willis (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 71

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My Vote: Ellis

Greg Ellis

Greg Ellis

Ellis has been in a situation similar to Jim Jeffcoat, who was certainly not a bust as a first-round pick in 1983 but who played on some bad Dallas teams during his prime. The Cowboys tried to find bookend defensive ends to provide a consistent pass rush in the 4-3, but the team never found anyone to complement Ellis. He moved to linebacker in 2006 but tore his Achilles just as he was starting to shine. He made the Pro Bowl and was named Comeback Player of the Year in 2007.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #97

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Jersey #97

Seven Cowboys have worn #97. Each of these players was a defensive lineman.

Aaron Fields, DE, Troy State, 2000

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Fields was active for three games in 2000.

Intangibles: He was a free agent pickup who saw a little bit of action on special teams.

La’Roi Glover, DT, San Diego State, 2002-05

Statistics: Glover recorded 21.5 sacks and 126 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: He was named to four Pro Bowls with Dallas.

Longevity: He played four seasons before moving on to St. Louis.

Intangibles: Glover was one of the best free-agent signings in team history. He stepped in during a bad period in team history and gave the Cowboys a strong presence in the middle.

Jason Hatcher, DE, Grambling, 2006-

Statistics: Hatcher has recorded 4.5 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He is in his third season with Dallas.

Intangibles: A third-round pick in 2006, Hatcher has been a backup since his arrival.  He has not been as disappointing as Bobby Carpenter, but he has not shown much progress.

Jimmie Jones, DL, Miami, Fla., 1990-93

Statistics: Jones recorded 19 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Jones was one of Jimmy Johnson’s Miami players who had an impact with the team. He is best remembered for scoring a touchdown when Charles Haley caused Jim Kelly to fumble near the goalline in Super Bowl XXVII.

Kevin Lilly, DT, Tulsa, 1989

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was active for one game with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: This Lilly should not be confused with Bob. Kevin Lilly played very briefly for San Francisco before playing very briefly with Dallas.

Kavika Pittman, DE, McNeese St., 1996-99

Statistics: Pittman recorded 10 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Pittman was the highest pick for Dallas in the 1996 draft (37th overall). He was brought in as a pass rusher, and though he developed into a starter, never matured into a good player.

David Ponder, DT, Florida State, 1985

Statistics: Ponder had a half-sack in 1985.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was active for four games in 1985.

Intangibles: He was cut at the end of training camp in 1984 but made the team briefly in 1985.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #97.

Greatest #97

  • La'Roi Glover (79%, 57 Votes)
  • Jimmie Jones (17%, 12 Votes)
  • Jason Hatcher (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Kavika Pittman (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Aaron Fields (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Kevin Lilly (0%, 0 Votes)
  • David Ponder (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 72

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My Vote: Glover

La'Roi Glover

La'Roi Glover

Unlike several other draft picks and free agent pickups, Glover did not disappoint in his four years in Dallas. He gave Dallas a strong force in the middle, which was something the team missed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He had enough in the tank after the 2005 season, but he was not well-suited for the 3-4 defense that Dallas installed. He has remained a quality player in St. Louis.

Jones and Pittman were both starters, but neitehr performed at a level close to Glover. Hatcher is a decent part of the team’s rotation, but that is about it.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #96

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Jersey #96

Five Cowboys have worn #96. Each of these players was a defensive lineman.

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Antonio Anderson, DT, Syracuse, 1997-98

Statistics: Anderson recorded 21 tackles and two sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Anderson brought size (6’6, 311 pounds) to the Cowboys, but not much else. The fourth round pick was gone after two years.

Shante Carver, DE, Arizona State, 1994-97

Statistics: Carver recorded 11.5 sacks with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Carver was Jerry Jones’ first pick without Jimmy Johnson. In fact, Jones traded up to get Carver, who was a complete bust until his final year in 1997, when he recorded six sacks.

Ebenezer Ekuban, DE, North Carolina, 1999-03

Statistics: Ekuban recorded 12.5 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played five seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ekuban was the second consecutive North Carolina defensive end taken in the first round by the Cowboys. Whereas Greg Ellis has had a solid career, Ekuban was a disappointment. In his final two seasons with Dallas, he recorded 3.5 sacks. He has since become a more solid player with the Browns and Broncos.

Marcus Spears, DE, LSU, 2005-

Statistics: Spears has recorded 4.5 sacks, 79 tackles, and 44 assists with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He is currently in his fourth season with Dallas.

Intangibles: Spears has been a starter since he arrived in Dallas in 2005, but he mostly has been a disappointment. He was brought in just as Dallas began its transition to a 3-4 defense, but he has not consistently provided either solid run support or any type of pass pressure.

Daniel Stubbs, DE, Miami, Fla., 1990-91

Statistics: Stubbs recorded 8.5 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: The 49ers took Stubbs in the second round of the 1988 draft, and the Cowboys acquired him via trade in 1990. He was a solid player on the 1990 squad but lost playing time to Leon Lett in 1991. He was sent to Cincinnati during the 1991 season. He played for five teams in 11 years.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #96.

Greatest #96

  • Marcus Spears (64%, 44 Votes)
  • Ebenezer Ekuban (22%, 15 Votes)
  • Shante Carver (6%, 4 Votes)
  • Daniel Stubbs (6%, 4 Votes)
  • Antonio Anderson (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 69

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My Vote: Spears

Marcus Spears

Marcus Spears

This is number where all of the choices are bad. Spears is on the road to being a bust, but unlike Carver and Ekuban, he has been a starter since he arrived. That is the only reason I would put him atop this list.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #95

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Jersey #95

Six Cowboys have worn #95. Each of these players was a defensive lineman.

Note: We already included Tank Johnson under #66, so I have not included him in this vote.

Randy Chevrier, DT, McGill, 2001

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: Dallas picked up Chevrier during the 2001 season. He played in eight games.

DeVone Claybrooks, DT, East Carolina, 2004

Statistics: Claybrooks recorded two assists with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in part of one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Dallas was his third team in three years. He never played after that.

Jason Ferguson, DT, Georgia, 2005-07

Statistics: Ferguson recorded 59 tackles and one sack with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He lasted three seasons in Dallas, though he barely played in 2007.

Intangibles: Ferguson joined the Cowboys as another of Bill Parcells’ former players. He was solid in the middle, but when he went down with an injury early in 2007, the Cowboys replaced him rather easily with Jay Ratliff.

Chad Hennings, DT, Air Force, 1992-00

Statistics: Hennings recorded 216 tackles and 27.5 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played nine seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys could thank Tex Schramm and Gil Brandt for obtaining the rights to Hennings, who spent four years in the Air Force before joining the Cowboys in 1992. He played sparingly for several years, but as players defected through free agent in the mid-1990s, he stepped in as a solid starter.

Mark Walen, DT, UCLA, 1987-88

Statistics: Walen recorded five sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Walen was a special teams player who started a few games during the 1988 season. He did not survive once Jimmy Johnson arrived due to an injury he suffered during the preseason.

Colston Weatherington, DE, Central Missouri State, 2002

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in part of one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: He made the team one year but has since become a good player with the Dallas Desperados.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #95.

Greatest #95

  • Chad Hennings (94%, 78 Votes)
  • Jason Ferguson (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Randy Chevrier (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Colston Weatherington (1%, 1 Votes)
  • DeVone Claybrooks (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mark Walen (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 83

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My Vote: Hennings

Chad Hennings

Chad Hennings

Hennings was one of the good guys on a team that had some no-so-good-guys. He was a step down in quality from Tony Casillas, Russell Maryland, and Leon Lett, but he was solid in the middle for a good part of a decade.

None of the others are really worth mentioning. Ferguson was a pretty good player as Dallas transitioned into the 3-4 defense, but he was not needed after missing most of last year. He has played sparingly with the Dolphins. Tank Johnson has not shown much this season, so even if we included him in this poll, it should still go to Hennings.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #94

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Jersey #94

Five Cowboys have worn #94. This includes four defensive linemen and one linebacker.

Chris Cooper, DT, Nebraska-Omaha, 2004

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in two games for the Cowboys in 2004.

Intangibles: Dallas was one of four teams on which Cooper played during a short career.

Charles Haley, DE, James Madison, 1992-96

Statistics: Haley recorded 34 sacks and 159 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: He was named to two Pro Bowls and was named All Pro once as a Cowboy.

Longevity: He played five seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Haley’s acquisition in 1992 was a huge as Deion Sanders’ was in 1995. He immediately gave Dallas a pass rushing threat, and even has he suffered through injuries late during his tenure with the Cowboys, he was still dangerous. The Cowboys spent years trying to replace him.

Michael Myers, DL, Alabama, 1998-03

Statistics: Myers recorded 7.5 sacks and 101 tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played six seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Myers was a fourth round pick in 1998 who was a starter for only one year. He moved on to become a starter in Denver, and he was last seen in 2007 with Cincinnati.

DeMarcus Ware, LB, Troy St Univ., 2005-

Statistics: Ware has recorded 38.5 sacks, 186 tackles, and 56 assists with the Cowboys.

Accolades: He has been named to two Pro Bowls and one All Pro team.

Longevity: He is currently in his fourth season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Ware is a monster pass rusher who continues to get better. At the rate he is going, he could surpass many of the all-time greats in sack totals.

Randy Watts, DE, Catawba, 1987

Statistics: Watts recorded three sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a replacement player for three games but also saw action with the regulars later in the season.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #94.

Greatest #94

  • DeMarcus Ware (53%, 52 Votes)
  • Charles Haley (48%, 47 Votes)
  • Chris Cooper (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Michael Myers (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Randy Watts (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 98

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My Vote: Haley

Charles Haley

Charles Haley

My vote could change if Dallas had success in the playoffs with Ware continuing to be such a force on defense. But I have to go with Haley, because without him, Dallas probably would not have won three Super Bowls in the 1990s. Haley was as important to the defense as Jay Novacek was to the offense. He was extremely fast off the ball, and few tackles could handle him individually. Dallas had a terrible time replacing him until…

The Cowboys drafted the current #94. Ware is a bigger version of what Haley was in San Francisco in the late 1980s, which bodes well for him. If there is a reason to vote for Ware, it is because Haley was already in his prime when he joined the Cowboys. Nevertheless, I cannot give it to Ware just yet.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #93

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Jersey #93

Six Cowboys have worn #93. This includes four defensive linemen and two linebackers.

Kenyon Coleman, DE, UCLA, 2003-06

Statistics: Coleman recorded 6.5 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Coleman played four seasons in Dallas. He now plays for the Jets.

Intangibles: Coleman showed some potential in Dallas but never became a full-time starter. His best season was 2006, when he recorded four sacks.

Reggie Cooper, LB, Nebraska, 1991

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in two games for the Cowboys in 1991.

Intangibles: The former Nebraska Cornhusker made the team briefly during the 1991 season as a free agent.

Artie Smith, DT, Louisiana Tech, 1998

Statistics: Smith recorded 11 tackles and six assists with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He appeared in all 16 games with the Cowboys in 1998.

Intangibles: Smith found his way into the rotation on the defensive line in 1998, but he was out of the league after that season.

Anthony Spencer, LB, Purdue, 2007-

Statistics: Spencer recorded three sacks and 28 tackles as a rookie in 2007.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He is currently in his second season.

Intangibles: Spencer was a first round pick in 2007. He has showed promise but has had to play behind Greg Ellis thus far.

Mike Ulufale, DT, Brigham Young, 1996

Statistics: Ulufale recorded two tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He saw some action on special teams but was only active for three games.

Peppi Zellner, DE, Fort Valley State, 1999-02

Statistics: Zellner recorded six sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons for the Cowboys, starting 17 games.

Intangibles: Zellner was on the team at the same time that Dallas had Greg Ellis and Ebenezer Ekuban, both of whom were former first round picks. Zellner cracked the starting lineup, but he was never considered a high quality starter.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #93.

Greatest #93

  • Anthony Spencer (69%, 35 Votes)
  • Kenyon Coleman (14%, 7 Votes)
  • Peppi Zellner (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Artie Smith (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Reggie Cooper (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Mike Ulufale (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

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My Vote: Spencer

Anthony Spencer

Anthony Spencer

Spencer hasn’t had many opportunities due to the reemergence of Ellis, but it is probably just a matter of time before Ellis is asked to step aside. Although health may be a bit of a concern, Spencer appears to have a huge upside that will benefit the Cowboys defensively.

Of the other players, Zellner and Coleman are worth mentioning, but only because they saw some action. Although those two may have done a bit more than Spencer overall, due mostly to their longevity, neither really did much. Thus, I voted for the former Boilermaker.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #92

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Jersey #92

Four Cowboys have worn #92. All were defensive linemen.

[Note: This list does not include Marcus Dixon, who is currently on the practice squad and has never played in a regular season game]

Jermaine Brooks, DT, Arkansas, 2003

Statistics: Brooks recorded a total of five regular season tackles, all in one game.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He was active for the final game of the 2003 season as well as the playoff loss to Carolina in January 2004.

Intangibles: Brooks was on the practice squad for a couple of years and saw action only during the end of the 2003 season.

Demetric Evans, DE, Georgia, 2001-02

Statistics: Evans recorded one sack with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Evans was a backup for the Cowboys before moving on to play in Washington, where he has been for the past five seasons.

Ray Perkins, DE, Virginia, 1987

Statistics: Perkins recorded two sacks for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in two replacement games in 1987.

Intangibles: n/a

Tony Tolbert, DL, Texas-El Paso, 1989-97

Statistics: Tolbert recorded 59 sacks with the Cowboys along with 531 tackles.

Accolades: He was named to one Pro Bowl.

Longevity: Tolbert played nine seasons for the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Dallas drafted Tolbert as a 226-pound outside linebacker, but after bulking up to more than 260, became a standout defensive end. He was the key to the Cowboys defense becoming so tough against the run during the early 1990s.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #92.

Greatest #92

  • Tony Tolbert (93%, 63 Votes)
  • Demetric Evans (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Ray Perkins (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Jermaine Brooks (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 68

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My Vote: Tolbert

Tony Tolbert

Tony Tolbert

This one wasn’t much of a contest. Tolbert was one of the best draft picks (4th round, 1989) in franchise history. He was the key to the run defense, and he was also quite effective as a pass rusher. Knee injuries slowed him down towards the ends of his career, though he still had five sacks and 30 tackles during the 1997 season, his last.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #91

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Jersey #91

Six Cowboys have worn #91, including four defensive linemen, a linebacker, and a long snapper.

Walt Johnson, DT, Pittsburgh, 1987

Statistics: Johnson recorded one sack with Cowboys.

Accolades: n/a

Longevity: He played in one replacement game in 1987.

Intangibles: Replacement player.

Darren Benson, DT, Trinity Valley C.C., 1995-97

Statistics: Benson recorded a few special teams tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in parts of two seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Benson was active for twelve total games in 1995 and 1997. He played mostly on special teams.

Leonardo Carson, DT, Auburn, 2003-04

Statistics: Carson recorded two sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Carson played less than two full seasons with Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas picked up Carson in 2003, and he played in half of that season plus all of 2004.

L.P. Ladouceur, LS Cal, 2005-present

Statistics: Ladouceur has recorded a few special teams tackles.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Ladouceur is currently in his fourth season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Long-snappers don’t have an easy job because either they do their jobs or they completely blow it. Ladouceur has been very consistent in four seasons– so much so that we seldom hear about him. For that, he makes the Greatest Cowboys by Number list.

Dimitrius Underwood, DL, Michigan State, 2000-01

Statistics: Underwood recorded four sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Underwood’s story is pretty sad. He has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is currently housed in a unit in Philadelphia for mentally disturbed patients. As a Cowboy, he showed a little bit of promise, but after attempting suicide, the Cowboys cut him.

Matt Vanderbeek, LB/DE, Michigan State, 1993-94

Statistics: Vanderbeek recorded a few special teams tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Vanderbeek was a backup who played mostly on special teams for two seasons.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #91.

Greatest #91

  • L.P. Ladouceur (71%, 39 Votes)
  • Dimitrius Underwood (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Matt Vanderbeek (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Walt Johnson (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Darren Benson (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Leonardo Carson (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 55

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My Vote: Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur

For the life of me, I can’t spell his name right. Nevertheless, for a blog that focuses on obscurity by a guy that identifies himself by his former special teams position, I have to go with Ladouceur. Both Mat McBriar and Nick Folk have made the Pro Bowl since Ladouceur became the deep snapper, and the only botch that comes to mind (vs. Seattle in the 2006 playoffs; you may have heard about this) wasn’t his fault.

Trivia about him: the Canadian native’s full name is Louis-Philippe Ladouceur-Semeteys. Can’t help but think this: the snap is to Brad (one syllable) Johnson (two syllables); the kick is by Nick (one syllable) Folk (one syllable); the snap is by Louis-Philippe Ladouceur-Semeteys (12 total syllables if you try to pronounce it like I just did…).