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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 35

As a rookie out of Yale, wearing number 35 for the Dallas Cowboys, Calvin Hill had a fine first season in the NFL. A big running back who was selected with the number 24 overall pick in the 1969 NFL draft, Hill was named an All-Pro, to the Pro Bowl team and as the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year for the 1969 NFL season.

In that first season with Dallas, Hill rushed the ball 204 times for 942 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 232 yards and threw the ball three times for two touchdowns.

In all, Calvin Hill would play six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. During those six seasons, he racked up the following numbers as a Cowboy:

  • 5,009 rushing yards
  • 39 rushing TDs
  • 1,359 receiving yards
  • 6 receiving TDs
  • 4 Pro Bowls
  • 1 Super Bowl
His best season, statistically speaking, may have been 1973, when he ran for 1,142 yards and six touchdowns. Hill also caught 32 passes for 290 yards that year. 

Did you know............that Calvin Hill's son is basketball-great Grant Hill?  



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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 34

Number 34 was worn for the Dallas Cowboys by Herschel Walker, beginning in 1986. After an astounding collegiate career at Georgia, where he won the Heisman Trophy, Walker played for the upstart USFL. Walker remained wearing red as he suited up for the New Jersey Generals between 1983 and 1985.

The Cowboys took a flyer on Walker, hoping he would leave the USFL for the NFL. Dallas drafted Walker with the number 114 pick in the 1985 NFL draft. Walker would join the Cowboys in 1986, splitting the backfield with number 33.

In that first season with Dallas, Walker ripped off the longest run in the league for the season, with an 84-yard scamper.

Not only was Herschel a force running the ball, averaging 4.9 yards-per-carry with 12 touchdowns, but he was also an asset in catching the ball out of the backfield for Dallas. Walker caught a hefty 76 passes for 837 yards and two touchdowns in his first season as a Cowboy.

1987 would be a Pro Bowl season for Walker with Dallas. He had the best number of yards from scrimmage in the league with 1,606. In just twelve games for Dallas, he ran for 891 yards and caught 60 passes for 715 yards.

From a numbers perspective, 1988 would be Walker's best year with Dallas. Playing and starting in a full 16 game season, Herschel ran for an impressive 1,514 yards, while catching the ball 53 times for 505 yards. His total number of yards from scrimmage was 2,019.

With Walker dominating out of the backfield, and after playing in a small number of games for Dallas in the 1989 NFL season, the Cowboys traded Herschel to the Minnesota Vikings in what was a blockbuster deal.

The trade was huge for Dallas, as they received five players, six draft picks and potential draft picks based on whether one of the five players they got in the trade were cut. Some of the picks that wound up coming to the Cowboys would be used to select Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith and Darren Woodson.

After playing for Minnesota, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants, Walker would return to the Dallas Cowboys and once again wear his trademark number 34. Walker primarily returned kicks for Dallas in 1996 and 1997. He wound up his career in the NFL, with the Cowboys, returning 50 kicks for 1,167 yards.



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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 33

Not only is this guy the best Dallas Cowboy to wear the number 33, he's also the best NFL athlete to wear the number 33. And some would also say he's the best professional athlete to wear the number 33.

Tony Dorsett was a phenomenal running back in college at the University of Pittsburgh. While with the Panthers, Dorsett earned the Heisman Trophy and helped rush his team into the National Championship.

In 1977, the Dallas Cowboys made Dorsett the number two overall draft pick, after trading up to get him. In his rookie season with Dallas, number 33 ran for 1,007 yards and 12 TDs. Although he wasn't named the starter until the tenth game of the season, he still put up those impressive numbers in his first season. That performance earned him the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Interestingly, the 12 touchdowns that Dorsett ran for in his rookie season, would be the most in any single season during his Hall of Fame career with Dallas.

In the postseason, number 33 would excel as Dallas moved through the playoffs en route to the Super Bowl Championship. During that run of three games, Dorsett carried the ball for 222 yards and 4 touchdowns.

For his sophomore campaign with Dallas, Dorsett increased his rushing yards to 1,325. Dorsett was now a bona fide star running back in the NFL. As such, he was recognized with a Pro Bowl selection.

Although number 33 might have had his best overall season as a Cowboy in 1977, his rookie campaign, he certainly continued to produce for Dallas over his 11-year career with the team. Here are some of his career numbers:

  • 8 seasons with more than 1,000 yards rushing
  • 2,755 regular season rushing yards for Dallas
  • 77 regular season rushing touchdowns for Dallas
  • Longest rush from scrimmage (99 yards) in 1982
  • 3,432 regular season receiving yards for Dallas
  • 13 regular season receiving touchdowns for Dallas 
  • 4-time Pro Bowl selection
  • 16,293 total rushing yards from scrimmage
Dorsett is also a member of both the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame. 

Did you know.........that Dorsett's number 33 has been retired by the Pitt Panthers? 

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