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

 

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…).

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…).

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #90

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Jersey #90

Seven Cowboys have worn #90, including six defensive linemen and a linebacker.

Willis Crockett, LB, Georgia Tech, 1990

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Crockett played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Crockett was a 1989 draft choice, but he was injured before the 1989 season. He returned in 1990 to play on special teams, but that was his last NFL season.

Byron Frisch, DE, BYU, 2001

Statistics: Frisch recorded three sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a third-round selection of Tennessee in the 2000 draft. He saw action in the defensive line rotation in 2001 before moving on to the Giants in 2002.

Tony Hill, DE, Tenn. Chattanooga, 1991-92

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The “other” Tony Hill played well in the 1991 playoffs, but his career never really took off. He was injured for much of the 1992 season, his final as a pro.

Eric Ogbogu, DE, Maryland, 2003-05

Statistics: Ogbogu recorded eight sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ogbogu is best known as the spokesman for Under Armour. He showed some promise in 2004, but he had some injuries in 2005, which was his last NFL season.

Jay Ratliff, DE, Auburn, 2005-present

Statistics: Ratliff has recorded eight sacks in his NFL career.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He is currently in his four season with Dallas

Intangibles: Ratliff took over for an injured Jason Ferguson in 2007, and his development led Dallas to trade Ferguson during the 2008 off-season. Ratliff shares the rotation this year with Tank Johnson.

Alonzo Spellman, DT, Ohio State, 1999-00

Statistics: Spellman recorded 10 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Spellman was the first beneficiary of the Cowboys’ player reform efforts. He suffers from bipolar disorder and has been involved in a number of public incidents. In Dallas, he had little trouble off-the-field and was a solid player for the Cowboys.

Oscar Sturgis, DE, North Carolina, 1995

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season for the Cowboys. In fact, he was active for only one game.

Intangibles: A seventh round pick in 1995, Sturgis dressed for the season finale at Arizona that season. He did not make the squad in 1996 and was on the practice squads of the Dolphins and Packers that year.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #90.

Greatest #90

  • Jay Ratliff (73%, 71 Votes)
  • Tony Hill (13%, 13 Votes)
  • Alonzo Spellman (10%, 10 Votes)
  • Willis Crockett (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Byron Frisch (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Eric Ogbogu (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Oscar Sturgis (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 97

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My Vote: Ratliff

#90 Jay Ratliff, DT

#90 Jay Ratliff, DT

Ratliff played well last season and was an important piece of the Cowboys’ defense. He was part of a good draft class of 2005 and could be in Dallas for some time to come. Of the others, Spellman deserves mention, but he was in Dallas for only two years and did not accomplish as much as he did when he played in Chicago.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #90

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Jersey #90

Seven Cowboys have worn #90, including six defensive linemen and a linebacker.

Willis Crockett, LB, Georgia Tech, 1990

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Crockett played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Crockett was a 1989 draft choice, but he was injured before the 1989 season. He returned in 1990 to play on special teams, but that was his last NFL season.

Byron Frisch, DE, BYU, 2001

Statistics: Frisch recorded three sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a third-round selection of Tennessee in the 2000 draft. He saw action in the defensive line rotation in 2001 before moving on to the Giants in 2002.

Tony Hill, DE, Tenn. Chattanooga, 1991-92

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The “other” Tony Hill played well in the 1991 playoffs, but his career never really took off. He was injured for much of the 1992 season, his final as a pro.

Eric Ogbogu, DE, Maryland, 2003-05

Statistics: Ogbogu recorded eight sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ogbogu is best known as the spokesman for Under Armour. He showed some promise in 2004, but he had some injuries in 2005, which was his last NFL season.

Jay Ratliff, DE, Auburn, 2005-present

Statistics: Ratliff has recorded eight sacks in his NFL career.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He is currently in his four season with Dallas

Intangibles: Ratliff took over for an injured Jason Ferguson in 2007, and his development led Dallas to trade Ferguson during the 2008 off-season. Ratliff shares the rotation this year with Tank Johnson.

Alonzo Spellman, DT, Ohio State, 1999-00

Statistics: Spellman recorded 10 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Spellman was the first beneficiary of the Cowboys’ player reform efforts. He suffers from bipolar disorder and has been involved in a number of public incidents. In Dallas, he had little trouble off-the-field and was a solid player for the Cowboys.

Oscar Sturgis, DE, North Carolina, 1995

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season for the Cowboys. In fact, he was active for only one game.

Intangibles: A seventh round pick in 1995, Sturgis dressed for the season finale at Arizona that season. He did not make the squad in 1996 and was on the practice squads of the Dolphins and Packers that year.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #90.

Greatest #90

  • Jay Ratliff (73%, 71 Votes)
  • Tony Hill (13%, 13 Votes)
  • Alonzo Spellman (10%, 10 Votes)
  • Willis Crockett (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Byron Frisch (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Eric Ogbogu (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Oscar Sturgis (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 97

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My Vote: Ratliff

#90 Jay Ratliff, DT

#90 Jay Ratliff, DT

Ratliff played well last season and was an important piece of the Cowboys’ defense. He was part of a good draft class of 2005 and could be in Dallas for some time to come. Of the others, Spellman deserves mention, but he was in Dallas for only two years and did not accomplish as much as he did when he played in Chicago.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #89

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Jersey #89

Fifteen players have worn #89 for the Cowboys, including twelve tight ends and three wide receivers.

Rob Awalt, TE, San Diego State, 1990-91

Statistics: Awalt caught 90 passes for 190 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys acquired Awalt in 1990 as part of a trade and expected him to start. However, it was another former Cardinal– Jay Novacek– who became the starter. Awalt moved on to Buffalo in 1992 and played two seasons there.

Kelly Blackwell, TE, Texas Christian, 1993

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Blackwell was brought in to be a blocking tight end, but he was released midway through the 1993 season.

Thornton Chandler, TE, Alabama, 1986-89

Statistics: Chandler caught 29 passes for 268 yards and 4 TDs.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Chandler was Doug Cosbie’s primary backup for two years. He served primarily as a blocker.

Tony Curtis, TE, Portland State, 2007-

Statistics: Curtis has caught three passes for 18 yards and three touchdowns.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Curtis enters his third season with Dallas in 2008.

Intangibles: Curtis came on strong in the 2007 preseason and saw some action in 2007. Each of his receptions during the 2007 season were touchdowns.

Donnie Davis, WR, Southern, 1962

Statistics: Davis caught two passes for 31 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys released him in 1962, and he remained out of football for eight seasons. However, he was signed by Houston in 1970 and played one season there.

Mike Ditka, TE, Pittsburgh, 1969-72

Statistics: Ditka caught 72 passes for 924 yards and five TDs with Dallas.

Accolades: None with the Cowboys. He made five Pro Bowls and was inducted to the Hall of Fame, mostly due to his play with Chicago.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ditka was a bruising tight end who joined the Cowboys in 1969 and split time with Pettis Norman. He was solid though not spectacular with the Cowboys and retired after the 1972 season. He joined the coaching staff and spent several years as the special teams coach.

Fred Dugan, WR, Dayton, 1960

Statistics: Dugan caught 29 passes for 461 yards and one touchdown in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Dallas acquired Dugan from San Francisco in the 1960 expansion draft. He started all season but was traded to Washington before the 1961 season.

Billy Joe DuPree, TE, Michigan State, 1973-83

Statistics: DuPree caught 267 passes for 3565 yards and 41 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: He was named to three Pro Bowls.

Longevity: He spent 11 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: At 225 pounds, DuPree was big enough during his era to be both an outstanding blocker and a great pass-catcher. He was a key part of three Super Bowl teams and remained a key contributor until Doug Cosbie won the starting job in 1982.

Scott Galbraith, TE, Southern California, 1993-94, 1997

Statistics: Galbraith caught 7 passes for 48 yards and one touchdown with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent a total of three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Galbraith was a very good blocking tight end with the Cowboys. He left after the 1994 season when Dallas brought in Kendall Watkins and Eric Bjornson, but he returned in 1997.

David LaFleur, TE, Louisiana State, 1997-00

Statistics: LeFleur caught 85 passes for 729 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Troy Aikman recommended that Dallas draft the 6’7 LeFleur to give the Cowboys a dominant tight end. LeFleur showed flashes, but he developed slowly. A back injury ended his career after just four seasons.

Jim Price, TE, Stanford, 1993

Statistics: Price caught one pass for four yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a seldom-used backup to Jay Novacek.

Brian Salonen, TE/LB, Montana, 1984-85

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Salonen was drafted as a tight end, but the team tried in 1985 to convert him to linebacker. He mostly played on special teams.

Derek Tennell, TE, UCLA, 1992

Statistics: Tennell did not record a catch for the Cowboys during the regular season. However, he caught a touchdown pass in the playoffs in 1992.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played for Dallas during the 1992 playoffs.

Intangibles: Dallas signed Tennell five days before the Cowboys played the Eagles in the 1992 playoffs. His one catch gave Dallas the lead in the game, one that they never relinquished. After that season, Tennell played one more year with Minnesota.

Derek Ware, TE, Central Oklahoma, 1996

Statistics: Ware caught one pass for five yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ware only dressed for five games during the 1996 season. He was used mostly on special teams.

Randal Williams, WR, New Hampshire, 2001-04

Statistics: Williams caught one pass for 14 yards for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Williams had amazing speed, but he did not develop very well as a receiver. His big career highlight for Dallas came in 2003 when he returned an onside kick attempt by the Eagles for a touchdown. He saw considerably more action at receiver with the Raiders in 2005-06.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #89.

Greatest #89

  • Billy Joe DuPree (87%, 96 Votes)
  • Mike Ditka (7%, 8 Votes)
  • Randal Williams (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Tony Curtis (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Derek Ware (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jim Price (1%, 1 Votes)
  • David LaFleur (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Kelly Blackwell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Scott Galbraith (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fred Dugan (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Thornton Chandler (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Brian Salonen (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Derek Tennell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Donnie Davis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rob Awalt (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 110

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My Vote: DuPree

#89 Billy Joe DuPree

#89 Billy Joe DuPree

DuPree is the most accomplished Dallas player among those in this list. He was a very important player on three Super Bowl teams and remained an important weapon until the very end of his career. Ditka’s best career moments came before he joined the Cowboys (though he had the memorable touchdown catch and an otherwise very good game in Super Bowl VI).

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #89

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Jersey #89

Fifteen players have worn #89 for the Cowboys, including twelve tight ends and three wide receivers.

Rob Awalt, TE, San Diego State, 1990-91

Statistics: Awalt caught 90 passes for 190 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys acquired Awalt in 1990 as part of a trade and expected him to start. However, it was another former Cardinal– Jay Novacek– who became the starter. Awalt moved on to Buffalo in 1992 and played two seasons there.

Kelly Blackwell, TE, Texas Christian, 1993

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Blackwell was brought in to be a blocking tight end, but he was released midway through the 1993 season.

Thornton Chandler, TE, Alabama, 1986-89

Statistics: Chandler caught 29 passes for 268 yards and 4 TDs.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Chandler was Doug Cosbie’s primary backup for two years. He served primarily as a blocker.

Tony Curtis, TE, Portland State, 2007-

Statistics: Curtis has caught three passes for 18 yards and three touchdowns.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Curtis enters his third season with Dallas in 2008.

Intangibles: Curtis came on strong in the 2007 preseason and saw some action in 2007. Each of his receptions during the 2007 season were touchdowns.

Donnie Davis, WR, Southern, 1962

Statistics: Davis caught two passes for 31 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys released him in 1962, and he remained out of football for eight seasons. However, he was signed by Houston in 1970 and played one season there.

Mike Ditka, TE, Pittsburgh, 1969-72

Statistics: Ditka caught 72 passes for 924 yards and five TDs with Dallas.

Accolades: None with the Cowboys. He made five Pro Bowls and was inducted to the Hall of Fame, mostly due to his play with Chicago.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ditka was a bruising tight end who joined the Cowboys in 1969 and split time with Pettis Norman. He was solid though not spectacular with the Cowboys and retired after the 1972 season. He joined the coaching staff and spent several years as the special teams coach.

Fred Dugan, WR, Dayton, 1960

Statistics: Dugan caught 29 passes for 461 yards and one touchdown in Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Dallas acquired Dugan from San Francisco in the 1960 expansion draft. He started all season but was traded to Washington before the 1961 season.

Billy Joe DuPree, TE, Michigan State, 1973-83

Statistics: DuPree caught 267 passes for 3565 yards and 41 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: He was named to three Pro Bowls.

Longevity: He spent 11 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: At 225 pounds, DuPree was big enough during his era to be both an outstanding blocker and a great pass-catcher. He was a key part of three Super Bowl teams and remained a key contributor until Doug Cosbie won the starting job in 1982.

Scott Galbraith, TE, Southern California, 1993-94, 1997

Statistics: Galbraith caught 7 passes for 48 yards and one touchdown with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent a total of three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Galbraith was a very good blocking tight end with the Cowboys. He left after the 1994 season when Dallas brought in Kendall Watkins and Eric Bjornson, but he returned in 1997.

David LaFleur, TE, Louisiana State, 1997-00

Statistics: LeFleur caught 85 passes for 729 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Troy Aikman recommended that Dallas draft the 6’7 LeFleur to give the Cowboys a dominant tight end. LeFleur showed flashes, but he developed slowly. A back injury ended his career after just four seasons.

Jim Price, TE, Stanford, 1993

Statistics: Price caught one pass for four yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a seldom-used backup to Jay Novacek.

Brian Salonen, TE/LB, Montana, 1984-85

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Salonen was drafted as a tight end, but the team tried in 1985 to convert him to linebacker. He mostly played on special teams.

Derek Tennell, TE, UCLA, 1992

Statistics: Tennell did not record a catch for the Cowboys during the regular season. However, he caught a touchdown pass in the playoffs in 1992.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played for Dallas during the 1992 playoffs.

Intangibles: Dallas signed Tennell five days before the Cowboys played the Eagles in the 1992 playoffs. His one catch gave Dallas the lead in the game, one that they never relinquished. After that season, Tennell played one more year with Minnesota.

Derek Ware, TE, Central Oklahoma, 1996

Statistics: Ware caught one pass for five yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ware only dressed for five games during the 1996 season. He was used mostly on special teams.

Randal Williams, WR, New Hampshire, 2001-04

Statistics: Williams caught one pass for 14 yards for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He spent four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Williams had amazing speed, but he did not develop very well as a receiver. His big career highlight for Dallas came in 2003 when he returned an onside kick attempt by the Eagles for a touchdown. He saw considerably more action at receiver with the Raiders in 2005-06.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #89.

Greatest #89

  • Billy Joe DuPree (87%, 96 Votes)
  • Mike Ditka (7%, 8 Votes)
  • Randal Williams (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Tony Curtis (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Derek Ware (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Jim Price (1%, 1 Votes)
  • David LaFleur (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Kelly Blackwell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Scott Galbraith (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fred Dugan (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Thornton Chandler (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Brian Salonen (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Derek Tennell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Donnie Davis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rob Awalt (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 110

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My Vote: DuPree

#89 Billy Joe DuPree

#89 Billy Joe DuPree

DuPree is the most accomplished Dallas player among those in this list. He was a very important player on three Super Bowl teams and remained an important weapon until the very end of his career. Ditka’s best career moments came before he joined the Cowboys (though he had the memorable touchdown catch and an otherwise very good game in Super Bowl VI).

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #88

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Jersey #88

Nine players have worn #88 for the Cowboys. This includes six wide receivers, a linebacker, a tight end, and a punter/kicker.

Antonio Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh, 2002-04

Statistics: Bryant caught 99 passes for 1549 yards and 8 TDs with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: The highly talented Bryant has yet to find a way to stay out of trouble. He lasted just over two seasons in Dallas before the Cowboys sent him packing.

Sonny Davis, LB, Baylor, 1961

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Davis was a wide receiver at Baylor, but the Cowboys tried to convert him to linebacker. He saw little action during his one pro season.

Jackie Harris, TE, Northwest Louisiana, 2000-01

Statistics: Harris caught 54 passes for 447 yards and seven touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Harris was a starter in Green Bay, Tampa Bay, and Tennessee before Dallas signed him in 2000 to replace David LeFleur. He was adequate for the two years he played in Dallas.

Michael Irvin, WR, Miami, Fla., 1988-99

Statistics: Irvin caught 750 passes for 11,904 yards and 65 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: Five Pro Bowls, All-Decade Team of the 1990s, Ring of Honor, and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Longevity: Irvin played 12 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Irvin was a physical receiver who could fill roles as both a possession receiver and as a big playmaker. He was the most vocal (and obviously most flamboyant) of the leaders on the 1990s teams, but he always backed up his talk with his play. His 1995 season (111 rec., 1603 yds.) is easily the greatest single season for any Dallas receiver, and he accomplished it even though every opponent knew he was the primary weapon in the passing game.

Drew Pearson, WR, Tulsa, 1973-83

Statistics: Pearson caught 489 passes for 7822 yards and 48 TDs.

Accolades: Three Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams. He was also a member of the All-Decade Team for the 1970s.

Longevity: He played 11 seasons in the NFL, all with Dallas.

Intangibles: Pearson was a free agent who became the team’s top receiver during the Cowboys’ resurgence in the mid-1970s. He was a clutch receiver who made as many big plays in big games as any player in team history.

Sonny Randle, WR, Virginia, 1968

Statistics: Randle caught one pass for 12 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas. He made four Pro Bowls with the Rams.

Longevity: He played less than a full season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas picked up Randle in 1968 after he spent several seasons with the Rams, Cardinals, and 49ers. He retired after the 1968 season.

Colin Ridgway, P/K, Lamar Tech, 1965

Statistics: Ridgway averaged 39.2 yards on 13 punts for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: Ridgway competed in the Olympics in the high jump for Australia in 1956. He spent most of his time in Dallas on the taxi squad. Tragically, he was a murder victim in 1993 in a crime that has never been solved.

Reggie Rucker, WR, Boston University, 1970-71

Statistics: Sellers caught 10 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played less than two full seasons for the Cowboys before being traded to the Giants.

Intangibles: Rucker is best remembered as member of the Cleveland Browns. He finished his career with more than 7000 yards, but only a few were with the Cowboys.

Ron Sellers, WR, Florida State, 1972

Statistics: Sellers caught 31 passes for 653 yards and five touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Sellers caught Roger Staubach’s last-minute touchdown pass in the 1972 playoff win over San Francisco. That happened to be his final catch as a Cowboy, as he was traded to Miami in 1973.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #88.

Note from 9/2: Thanks to an “upgrade” to my WordPress software, I was having trouble with the poll plugin. I think I have fixed it. I incorporated the results from the Zoho poll (below) into this poll:

Greatest #88

  • Michael Irvin (82%, 164 Votes)
  • Drew Pearson (17%, 34 Votes)
  • Jackie Harris (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Sonny Davis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Antonio Bryant (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sonny Randle (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Colin Ridgway (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Reggie Rucker (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ron Sellers (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 199

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My Vote: Irvin

Michael IrvinWhen I set out to conduct this poll, the debate over the greatest #88 is what came to mind first. The stats clearly support Irvin, but this one is about more than stats. Both made plays that created their legends, and the Cowboys’ franchise wouldn’t have been what it was during either of their eras. What gives Irvin my vote is that he was greater for a longer period of time. From 1991 to 1998, he was the centerpiece of the Cowboys’ passing attack, and he consistently came through in the biggest moments. By comparison, Pearson became less and less of a primary target as his career progressed, and he finished behind Tony Hill in receptions during each of Pearson’s final six seasons. We can only pick one here, and my vote has to go to Irvin.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #88

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Jersey #88

Nine players have worn #88 for the Cowboys. This includes six wide receivers, a linebacker, a tight end, and a punter/kicker.

Antonio Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh, 2002-04

Statistics: Bryant caught 99 passes for 1549 yards and 8 TDs with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: The highly talented Bryant has yet to find a way to stay out of trouble. He lasted just over two seasons in Dallas before the Cowboys sent him packing.

Sonny Davis, LB, Baylor, 1961

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Davis was a wide receiver at Baylor, but the Cowboys tried to convert him to linebacker. He saw little action during his one pro season.

Jackie Harris, TE, Northwest Louisiana, 2000-01

Statistics: Harris caught 54 passes for 447 yards and seven touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Harris was a starter in Green Bay, Tampa Bay, and Tennessee before Dallas signed him in 2000 to replace David LeFleur. He was adequate for the two years he played in Dallas.

Michael Irvin, WR, Miami, Fla., 1988-99

Statistics: Irvin caught 750 passes for 11,904 yards and 65 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: Five Pro Bowls, All-Decade Team of the 1990s, Ring of Honor, and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Longevity: Irvin played 12 seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Irvin was a physical receiver who could fill roles as both a possession receiver and as a big playmaker. He was the most vocal (and obviously most flamboyant) of the leaders on the 1990s teams, but he always backed up his talk with his play. His 1995 season (111 rec., 1603 yds.) is easily the greatest single season for any Dallas receiver, and he accomplished it even though every opponent knew he was the primary weapon in the passing game.

Drew Pearson, WR, Tulsa, 1973-83

Statistics: Pearson caught 489 passes for 7822 yards and 48 TDs.

Accolades: Three Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams. He was also a member of the All-Decade Team for the 1970s.

Longevity: He played 11 seasons in the NFL, all with Dallas.

Intangibles: Pearson was a free agent who became the team’s top receiver during the Cowboys’ resurgence in the mid-1970s. He was a clutch receiver who made as many big plays in big games as any player in team history.

Sonny Randle, WR, Virginia, 1968

Statistics: Randle caught one pass for 12 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas. He made four Pro Bowls with the Rams.

Longevity: He played less than a full season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Dallas picked up Randle in 1968 after he spent several seasons with the Rams, Cardinals, and 49ers. He retired after the 1968 season.

Colin Ridgway, P/K, Lamar Tech, 1965

Statistics: Ridgway averaged 39.2 yards on 13 punts for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

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

Intangibles: Ridgway competed in the Olympics in the high jump for Australia in 1956. He spent most of his time in Dallas on the taxi squad. Tragically, he was a murder victim in 1993 in a crime that has never been solved.

Reggie Rucker, WR, Boston University, 1970-71

Statistics: Sellers caught 10 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played less than two full seasons for the Cowboys before being traded to the Giants.

Intangibles: Rucker is best remembered as member of the Cleveland Browns. He finished his career with more than 7000 yards, but only a few were with the Cowboys.

Ron Sellers, WR, Florida State, 1972

Statistics: Sellers caught 31 passes for 653 yards and five touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None with Dallas.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Sellers caught Roger Staubach’s last-minute touchdown pass in the 1972 playoff win over San Francisco. That happened to be his final catch as a Cowboy, as he was traded to Miami in 1973.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #88.

Note from 9/2: Thanks to an “upgrade” to my WordPress software, I was having trouble with the poll plugin. I think I have fixed it. I incorporated the results from the Zoho poll (below) into this poll:

Greatest #88

  • Michael Irvin (82%, 164 Votes)
  • Drew Pearson (17%, 34 Votes)
  • Jackie Harris (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Sonny Davis (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Antonio Bryant (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Sonny Randle (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Colin Ridgway (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Reggie Rucker (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ron Sellers (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 199

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My Vote: Irvin

Michael IrvinWhen I set out to conduct this poll, the debate over the greatest #88 is what came to mind first. The stats clearly support Irvin, but this one is about more than stats. Both made plays that created their legends, and the Cowboys’ franchise wouldn’t have been what it was during either of their eras. What gives Irvin my vote is that he was greater for a longer period of time. From 1991 to 1998, he was the centerpiece of the Cowboys’ passing attack, and he consistently came through in the biggest moments. By comparison, Pearson became less and less of a primary target as his career progressed, and he finished behind Tony Hill in receptions during each of Pearson’s final six seasons. We can only pick one here, and my vote has to go to Irvin.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #87

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Jersey #87

Thirteen players have worn #87 for the Cowboys. This includes seven wide receivers, four tight ends, and two defensive ends.

Ray Alexander, WR, Florida A&M, 1988-89

Statistics: Alexander caught 55 passes for 804 yards and 6 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Alexander was a standout in the Canadian Football League, but he had only one good year in the NFL. After catching 54 passes for 788 yards in 1988, he was injured for most of the 1989 season and never played again.

Gordon Banks, WR, Stanford, 1985-87

Statistics: Banks caught 35 passes for 220 yards with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Banks was a former USFL standout who was a backup in Dallas.

Nate Borden, DE, Indiana, 1960-61

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys acquired Borden in the 1960 expansion draft from Green Bay. He started for the Cowboys in 1960 and part of 1961 before moving on to Buffalo in 1962.

Billy Davis, WR, Pittsburgh, 1995-98

Statistics: Davis caught 42 passes for 724 yards and three touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Davis was a very good special teams player who became a starter in 1998. He was not a bad receiver, but when Dallas acquired Rocket Ismail in 1999, Davis moved on. After two seasons in Baltimore, he was out of the league.

Ron Howard, TE, Seattle, 1974-75

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Howard played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a former basketball player who played special teams in Dallas for two seasons. He played much more when he moved to Seattle in 1976.

Ken-Yon Rambo, WR, Ohio State, 2001-02

Statistics: Rambo caught 17 passes for 239 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: A product of Ohio State, Rambo saw quite a bit of action in 2002. However, that was his final year in the league.

Alfredo Roberts, TE, Miami, Fla., 1991-92

Statistics: Roberts caught 19 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The former teammate of Michael Irvin played two years in Dallas as a blocking tight end.

Jay Saldi, TE, South Carolina, 1976-82

Statistics: Saldi caught 63 passes for 704 yards and seven touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played seven seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Saldi was Billy Joe DuPree’s primary backup from 1976 to 1980. He has some big plays in some important playoff games, including a touchdown catch that was Roger Staubach’s final career touchdown pass.

Zuriel Smith, WR, Hampton, 2003

Statistics: Smith averaged 7.1 yards per punt return and 21.5 yards per kickoff return for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Smith saw action in 2003 but had trouble making the team after that.

Andy Stynchula, DE, Penn State, 1968

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Stynchula played for the Colts, Redskins, and Giants before joining the Cowboys in 1968. He retired after one year in Dallas.

Billy Truax, TE, Louisiana State, 1971-73

Statistics: Truax caught 19 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was one of Roman Gabriel’s favorite targets in Los Angeles, and he backed up Mike Ditka in Dallas. However, injuries slowed him in 1972 and 1973, and he retired after the 1973 season.

Jason Tucker, WR, Texas Christian, 1999-00

Statistics: Tucker caught 36 passes for 565 and two touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Tucker was a product of nearby TCU, and he made the squad as a free agent after being cut by Cincinnati. He caught a 90-yard touchdown pass from Troy Aikman in the season finale in 1999 in a win over the Giants that gave Dallas a playoff berth.

Dedric Ward, WR, Northern Iowa, 2004

Statistics: Ward caught one pass for five yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ward was another former Jet who joined the Cowboys thanks to Bill Parcells. He saw action in only eight games and played mostly on special teams.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #87.

Greatest #87

  • Jay Saldi (82%, 77 Votes)
  • Alfredo Roberts (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Jason Tucker (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Ray Alexander (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Billy Davis (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Gordon Banks (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Zuriel Smith (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Billy Truax (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Dedric Ward (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Ron Howard (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ken-Yon Rambo (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nate Borden (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Andy Stynchula (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 94

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My Vote: Saldi

Jay SaldiSaldi had several big plays, including a fumble recovery against Minnesota in the 1977 NFL Championship Game, the touchdown reception against Los Angeles in the 1979 playoffs, and a huge 37-yard reception against the Rams in the 1980 playoffs. Thanks to those and his longevity, he gets my vote.

Saldi’s son, John, tried out for the Cowboys in 2006 and 2007, but John failed to make the team.

Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #87

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #87

Thirteen players have worn #87 for the Cowboys. This includes seven wide receivers, four tight ends, and two defensive ends.

Ray Alexander, WR, Florida A&M, 1988-89

Statistics: Alexander caught 55 passes for 804 yards and 6 TDs with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Alexander was a standout in the Canadian Football League, but he had only one good year in the NFL. After catching 54 passes for 788 yards in 1988, he was injured for most of the 1989 season and never played again.

Gordon Banks, WR, Stanford, 1985-87

Statistics: Banks caught 35 passes for 220 yards with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Banks was a former USFL standout who was a backup in Dallas.

Nate Borden, DE, Indiana, 1960-61

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The Cowboys acquired Borden in the 1960 expansion draft from Green Bay. He started for the Cowboys in 1960 and part of 1961 before moving on to Buffalo in 1962.

Billy Davis, WR, Pittsburgh, 1995-98

Statistics: Davis caught 42 passes for 724 yards and three touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Davis was a very good special teams player who became a starter in 1998. He was not a bad receiver, but when Dallas acquired Rocket Ismail in 1999, Davis moved on. After two seasons in Baltimore, he was out of the league.

Ron Howard, TE, Seattle, 1974-75

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Howard played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was a former basketball player who played special teams in Dallas for two seasons. He played much more when he moved to Seattle in 1976.

Ken-Yon Rambo, WR, Ohio State, 2001-02

Statistics: Rambo caught 17 passes for 239 yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: A product of Ohio State, Rambo saw quite a bit of action in 2002. However, that was his final year in the league.

Alfredo Roberts, TE, Miami, Fla., 1991-92

Statistics: Roberts caught 19 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: The former teammate of Michael Irvin played two years in Dallas as a blocking tight end.

Jay Saldi, TE, South Carolina, 1976-82

Statistics: Saldi caught 63 passes for 704 yards and seven touchdowns with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played seven seasons with the Cowboys.

Intangibles: Saldi was Billy Joe DuPree’s primary backup from 1976 to 1980. He has some big plays in some important playoff games, including a touchdown catch that was Roger Staubach’s final career touchdown pass.

Zuriel Smith, WR, Hampton, 2003

Statistics: Smith averaged 7.1 yards per punt return and 21.5 yards per kickoff return for the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Smith saw action in 2003 but had trouble making the team after that.

Andy Stynchula, DE, Penn State, 1968

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Stynchula played for the Colts, Redskins, and Giants before joining the Cowboys in 1968. He retired after one year in Dallas.

Billy Truax, TE, Louisiana State, 1971-73

Statistics: Truax caught 19 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played three seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: He was one of Roman Gabriel’s favorite targets in Los Angeles, and he backed up Mike Ditka in Dallas. However, injuries slowed him in 1972 and 1973, and he retired after the 1973 season.

Jason Tucker, WR, Texas Christian, 1999-00

Statistics: Tucker caught 36 passes for 565 and two touchdowns with Dallas.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played two seasons in Dallas.

Intangibles: Tucker was a product of nearby TCU, and he made the squad as a free agent after being cut by Cincinnati. He caught a 90-yard touchdown pass from Troy Aikman in the season finale in 1999 in a win over the Giants that gave Dallas a playoff berth.

Dedric Ward, WR, Northern Iowa, 2004

Statistics: Ward caught one pass for five yards with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: Ward was another former Jet who joined the Cowboys thanks to Bill Parcells. He saw action in only eight games and played mostly on special teams.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #87.

Greatest #87

  • Jay Saldi (82%, 77 Votes)
  • Alfredo Roberts (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Jason Tucker (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Ray Alexander (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Billy Davis (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Gordon Banks (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Zuriel Smith (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Billy Truax (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Dedric Ward (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Ron Howard (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ken-Yon Rambo (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nate Borden (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Andy Stynchula (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 94

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My Vote: Saldi

Jay SaldiSaldi had several big plays, including a fumble recovery against Minnesota in the 1977 NFL Championship Game, the touchdown reception against Los Angeles in the 1979 playoffs, and a huge 37-yard reception against the Rams in the 1980 playoffs. Thanks to those and his longevity, he gets my vote.

Saldi’s son, John, tried out for the Cowboys in 2006 and 2007, but John failed to make the team.