Most Obscure Player of 1988: Cornell Burbage

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We have recognized the replacement players of 1987 as the Most Obscure Players of 1987. I should have noted that the list only included players who only played in the three replacement games that year.

A few players, such as quarterback Kevin Sweeney and receiver Kelvin Edwards, had opportunities to play with the team later in 1987 and again in 1988.

The Most Obscure Player of 1988: Cornell Burbage.

The Most Obscure Player of 1988: Cornell Burbage.

A third replacement player who received an opportunity with the “real” team was a receiver named Cornell Burbage. He played college football at Kentucky, gaining 994 total receiving yards in four seasons. He went undrafted in the 1987 draft.

He was the first replacement player to score a touchdown against the Jets on October 4, 1987. He also gained 110 receiving yards in a 41-22 win over the Eagles. In three games, he caught 7 passes for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns.

While Edwards remained with the team later in 1987, Burbage did not. However, he made the team in 1988.

The result—2 receptions, 50 yards. He was slightly more productive in 1989, catching 17 passes for 134 yards.

He played two seasons with the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football. His final season was 1992.

He became a coach and served for one year as the head coach at Kentucky State University. He recorded a 7-4 record in his one season as head coach there.

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Sadly, if you enter “Cornell Burbage” in a search, you will likely find stories about Burbage’s son, Cornell Burbage II. The younger Burbage was a standout high school receiver but was convicted on rape charges in 2006.

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Most Obscure Players of 1987: All of the Replacement Players

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I was going to review the list of replacement players from the 1987 season to decide whether one of them might be the Most Obscure Player for 1987.

But then I thought, aw hell, they’re the most obscure players in the history of the team. We can’t exclude any of them.

A few of the replacement players, along with Randy White (#54, seated).

A few of the replacement players, along with Randy White (#54, seated).

So here are the 35 Cowboys-for-three-games-or-so who are our Most Obscure Players of 1987:

RB David Adams (Arizona)
RB Alvin Blount (Maryland)
TE Rich Borreson (Northwestern)
Dave Burnette (Central Arkansas)
Sal Cesario (Cal. Poly-SLO)
DT Steve Cisowski (Santa Clara)
DB Anthony Coleman (Baylor)
WR Vince Courville (Rice)
LB Chris Duliban (Texas)
DT Mike Dwyer (Massachusetts)
LB Harry Flaherty (Holy Cross)
CB Alex Green (Indiana)
Tommy Haynes (Southern California)
TE Tim Hendrix (Tennessee)
CB Bill Hill (Rutgers)
DT Walter Johnson (Pittsburgh)
LB Dale Jones (Tennesee State)
RB E.J. Jones (Kansas)
George Lilja (Michigan)
DB Bruce Livingston (Arkansas Tech)
DE Ray Perkins (Virginia)
Buzz Sawyer (Baylor)
WR Chuck Scott (Vanderbilt)
Joe Shearin (Texas)
OL Joe Shields (Portland State)
LB Victor Simmons (Central State-Ohio)
QB Loren Snyder (Northern Colorado)
WR Sebron Spivey (Southern Illinois)
LB Russ Swan (Virginia)
LB Kirk Timmer (Montana State)
OL Gary Walker (Boston University)
DE Randy Watts (Catawba)
C Gary Westberry (Hampton)
FB Gerald White (Michigan)
Mike Zentic (Oklahoma State)

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Nobody remembers the replacement players’ wins over the Jets or Eagles. However, plenty still remember the team’s lost to the Redskins on Monday Night Football. Here’s a summary of the debacle.

 

 

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