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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.

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.