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Greatest Cowboys by Their Jersey Numbers: Final Results

Eight months and eight days ago, I started the review of all of the players who have ever played for the Dallas Cowboys, broken down by their jersey numbers. After reviewing 843 players and receiving a total of 13,723 votes, we now have the final totals. Here they are:

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Players Winner Pos. Years
1 232 5 Mat McBriar
(59%)
P 2004-present
2 98 3 Lin Elliott
(66%)
K 1992-1993
3 129 5 Billy Cundiff
(30%)
K 2002-2005
4 118 6 Mike Saxon
(76%)
P 1985-1992
5 94 2 Clint Stoerner
(80%)
QB 2000-2002
6 135 3 Nick Folk
(90%)
K 2007-present
7 210 6 Steve Beuerlein
(70%)
QB 1991-1992
8 166 2 Troy Aikman
(93%)
QB 1989-2000
9 193 4 Tony Romo
(98%)
QB 2003-present
10 119 8 Ron Widby
(76%)
P 1968-1971
11 269 9 Danny White
(96%)
QB/P 1976-1988
12 223 2 Roger Staubach
(96%)
QB 1969-1979
13 142 2 Jerry Rhome
(86%)
QB 1965-1968
14 203 5 Craig Morton
(74%)
QB 1965-1974
15 153 4 Toni Fritsch
(77%)
K 1971-1973, 1975
16 150 4 Vinny Testaverde
(64%)
QB 2004
17 231 5 Don Meredith
(90%)
QB 1960-1968
18 148 7 Chris Boniol
(62%)
K 1994-1996
19 213 8 Lance Rentzel
(35%)
WR 1967-1970
20 198 11 Mel Renfro
(88%)
DB 1964-1977
21 260 10 Deion Sanders
(96%)
DB 1995-1999
22 279 7 Emmitt Smith
(88%)
RB 1990-2002
23 93 12 Robert Williams
(41%)
DB 1987-1993
24 122 10 Everson Walls
(82%)
DB 1981-1989
25 94 15 Aaron Kyle
(36%)
DB 1976-1979
26 192 10 Kevin Smith
(30%)
DB 1992-1999
27 183 12 Ron Fellows
(38%)
DB 1981-1986
28 238 5 Darren Woodson
(99%)
DB 1992-2003
29 214 10 Kenneth Gant
(61%)
DB 1990-1994
30 130 10 Dan Reeves
(76%)
RB 1965-1972
31 202 12 Roy Williams
(63%)
S 2002-present
32 176 10 Walt Garrison
(65%)
RB 1966-1974
33 216 11 Tony Dorsett
(94%)
RB 1977-1987
34 210 10 Herschel Walker
(56%)
RB 1986-89, 1996-97
35 162 12 Calvin Hill
(90%)
RB 1969-1974
36 82 9 Vince Albritton
(45%)
S 1984-1991
37 116 9 James Washington
(93%)
S 1990-1994
38 82 7 Sam Baker
(44%)
P/K 1962-1963
39 66 6 Lousaka Polite
(53%)
RB 2004-2006
40 203 6 Bill Bates
(99%)
S 1983-1997
41 203 8 Charlie Waters
(79%)
DB 1970-78, 1980-81
42 131 13 Anthony Henry
(66%)
CB 2005-present
43 153 5 Cliff Harris
(78%)
S 1970-1979
44 145 7 Robert Newhouse
(94%)
FB 1972-1983
45 66 8 Manny Hendrix
(55%)
DB 1986-1991
46 122 9 Mark Washington
(68%)
CB 1970-1978
47 121 6 Dexter Clinkscale
(69%)
S 1980-1985
48 128 3 Daryl Johnston
(99%)
FB 1989-1999
49 51 2 Brett Pierce
(57%)
TE 2004-2005
*49 n/a 1 Tom Landry Coach 1960-1988
50 127 11 D.D. Lewis
(79%)
LB 1968, 1970-81
51 132 11 Ken Norton
(80%)
LB 1988-1993
52 184 11 Dexter Coakley
(77%)
LB 1997-2004
53 131 12 Mark Stepnoski
(58%)
C 1989-94, 1999-01
54 182 9 Randy White
(90%)
DT 1975-1988
55 155 12 Lee Roy Jordan
(82%)
LB 1963-1976
56 159 13 Hollywood Henderson
(41%)
LB 1975-1979
57 111 13 Kevin Burnett
(60%)
LB 2005-present
58 122 9 Mike Hegman
(60%)
LB 1976-1987
59 113 9 Dat Nguyen
(81%)
LB 1999-2005
60 77 14 Derek Kennard
(60%)
C/G 1994-1996
61 130 6 Nate Newton
(88%)
G/T 1986-1998
62 98 11 John Fitzgerald
(93%)
C 1971-1980
63 137 11 Larry Cole
(86%)
DE/DT 1968-1980
64 151 8 Tom Rafferty
(96%)
C/G 1976-1989
65 123 7 Andre Gurode
(98%)
C/G 2002-present
66 103 11 George Andrie
(64%)
DE 1962-1972
67 82 12 Pat Donovan
(52%)
T 1975-1983
68 108 11 Herb Scott
(83%)
G 1975-1984
69 43 2 George Hegamin
(91%)
T 1994-1997
70 123 9 Rayfield Wright
(92%)
T 1967-1979
71 92 11 Mark Tuinei
(91%)
T 1983-1997
72 131 9 Too Tall Jones
(96%)
DE 1974-78, 1980-89
73 120 8 Larry Allen
(91%)
G 1994-2005
74 n/a 1 Bob Lilly
(100%)
DT 1961-1974
75 108 9 Jethro Pugh
(78%)
DT 1965-1978
76 111 11 John Niland
(46%)
G 1966-1974
77 115 13 Jim Jeffcoat
(94%)
DE 1983-1994
78 92 11 Leon Lett
(87%)
DT 1991-2000
79 176 13 Harvey Martin
(77%)
DE 1973-1983
80 215 15 Tony Hill
(85%)
WR 1977-1986
81 197 15 Terrell Owens
(92%)
WR 2006-present
82 120 16 Jason Witten
(88%)
TE 2003-present
83 133 14 Terry Glenn
(41%)
WR 2003-2007
84 222 9 Jay Novacek
(90%)
TE 1990-1995
85 138 12 Kevin Williams
(92%)
WR 1993-1996
86 184 15 Butch Johnson
(91%)
WR 1976-1983
87 94 13 Jay Saldi
(82%)
TE 1976-1982
88 199 9 Michael Irvin
(82%)
WR 1988-1999
89 110 15 Billy Joe Dupree
(87%)
TE 1973-1983
90 97 7 Jay Ratliff
(73%)
DT 2005-present
91 55 6 L.P. Ladouceur
(71%)
LS 2005-present
92 68 4 Tony Tolbert
(93%)
DE 1989-1997
93 51 6 Anthony Spencer
(69%)
LB 2007-present
94 98 5 DeMarcus Ware
(52%)
LB 2005-present
95 83 6 Chad Hennings
(94%)
DT 1992-2000
96 69 5 Marcus Spears
(64%)
DE 2005-present
97 72 7 La’Roi Glover
(79%)
DT 2002-2005
98 71 4 Greg Ellis
(96%)
DE 1998-present
99 53 7 Chris Canty
(91%)
DE 2005-present

Last Chance to Vote: Greatest Cowboys by Their Jersey Numbers

Way back on March 11, I started a series of polls to identify the greatest players in the history of the Dallas Cowboys according to their jersey numbers.  In the past eight months, these posts have featured summaries of 843 players, and the polls have garnered 13,533 total votes.

I am going to leave the polls open until Wednesday, November 19. That evening, I will post the final results.

Here are a few of the more interesting “races” in this series:

#3: Billy Cundiff has barely edged out Eddie Murray, Steve Walsh, and Richie Cunningham.

  • Billy Cundiff (30%, 37 Votes)
  • Eddie Murray (26%, 32 Votes)
  • Steve Walsh (22%, 28 Votes)
  • Richie Cunningham (22%, 27 Votes)

#19: Lance Rentzel has a slight lead over Keyshawn Johnson and Lance Alworth:

  • Lance Rentzel (35%, 74 Votes)
  • Keyshawn Johnson (26%, 55 Votes)
  • Lance Alworth (26%, 54 Votes)

#23: Defensive back Robert Williams holds an edge over James Jones and Kevin Mathis.

  • Robert Williams (41%, 37 Votes)
  • James Jones (22%, 20 Votes)
  • Kevin Mathis (12%, 11 Votes)

#25: In one of the closest races, Pat Watkins leads Aaron Kyle by two votes.

  • Pat Watkins (36%, 32 Votes)
  • Aaron Kyle (33%, 30 Votes)

#26: Kevin Smith holds a three-vote lead over Michael Downs.

  • Kevin Smith (30%, 57 Votes)
  • Michael Downs (29%, 54 Votes)
  • Preston Pearson (25%, 47 Votes)

#27: Former member of Thurman’s Thieves, Ron Fellows, has a small lead over Thomas Everett.

  • Ron Fellows (38%, 68 Votes)
  • Thomas Everett (36%, 64 Votes)

#35: Reserve defensive back Vinc Albritton has a five-vote lead over Dick Bielski.

  • Vince Albritton (44%, 35 Votes)
  • Dick Bielski (38%, 30 Votes)

#49: In a tight race featuring two unknowns. . .

  • Brett Pierce (55%, 27 Votes)
  • Johnny Huggins (45%, 22 Votes)

#56: We have a tie vote between Hollywood henderson and Eugene Lockhart.

  • Eugene Lockhart (40%, 61 Votes)
  • Thomas Henderson (40%, 61 Votes)

#67: Pat Donovan has the edge over Russell Maryland

  • Pat Donovan (53%, 43 Votes)
  • Russell Maryland (43%, 35 Votes)

#76: John Niland has a three-vote lead over Flozell Adams

  • John Niland (46%, 51 Votes)
  • Flozell Adams (43%, 48 Votes)

#83: Terry Glenn has a bit of a lead over Golden Richards and Kelvin Martin.

  • Terry Glenn (40%, 53 Votes)
  • Golden Richards (33%, 44 Votes)
  • Kelvin Martin (23%, 31 Votes)

#94: DeMarcus Ware has a one-vote lead over Charles Haley.

  • DeMarcus Ware (51%, 47 Votes)
  • Charles Haley (49%, 46 Votes)

Here is a list of the jersey numbers, with links to the relevant polls.

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Votes

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1 229 5
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2 95 3
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3 125 5
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4 116 6
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5 91 2
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6 133 3
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7 208 6
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8 162 2
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9 190 4
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10 117 8
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11 266 9
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12 219 2
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13 140 2
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14 201 5
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15 151 4
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16 148 4
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17 226 5
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18 144 7
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19 209 8
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20 198 11
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21 257 10
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22 272 7
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23 91 12
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24 119 10
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25 90 15
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26 188 10
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27 180 12
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28 232 5
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29 212 10
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30 126 10
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31 201 12
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32 173 10
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33 211 11
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34 207 10
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35 160 12
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36 79 9
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37 114 9
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38 80 7
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39 64 6
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40 201 6
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41 238 8
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42 129 13
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43 150 5
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44 141 7
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45 66 8
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46 119 9
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47 120 6
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48 126 3
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49 49 2
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50 124 11
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51 132 11
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52 181 11
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53 129 12
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54 177 9
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55 152 12
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56 152 13
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57 109 13
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58 120 9
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59 108 9
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60 75 14
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61 129 6
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62 97 11
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63 135 11
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64 149 8
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65 121 7
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66 101 11
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67 81 12
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68 107 11
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69 42 2
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70 121 9
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71 91 11
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72 130 9
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73 120 8
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74 n/a 1
Bob Lilly
75 107 9
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76 111 11
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77 114 13
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78 92 11
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79 176 13
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80 214 15
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81 195 15
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82 119 16
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83 132 14
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84 222 9
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85 136 12
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86 182 15
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87 93 13
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88 194 9
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89 109 15
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90 95 7
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91 53 6
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92 66 4
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93 49 6
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94 93 5
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95 81 6
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96 67 5
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97 70 7
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98 67 4
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99 50 7
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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

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

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.

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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

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

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.

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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

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

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.

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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

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

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.