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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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 32

Walt Garrison wore number 32 for his entire Dallas Cowboy career, spanning the 1966 to 1974 NFL seasons. Garrison was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the number 79 overall draft pick in 1966, as well as by the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFL draft with the 151st overall pick. He obviously chose to play with the Cowboys.

Number 32 for Dallas was a tough, blocking fullback. When Don Perkins retired in 1969, Garrison got his chance to carry the ball for the Cowboys. During that 1969 regular season, Perkins had 176 rushing attempts for 818 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Over his nine-year NFL career, all spent with the Dallas Cowboys while wearing jersey number 32, Garrison put up the following numbers:

  • 3,886 Rushing yards
  • 30 Rushing touchdowns
  • 1,794 Receiving yards
  • 9 Receiving touchdowns
  • 493 Playoff rushing yards
  • 159 Playoff receiving yards
  • 2 Playoff receiving touchdowns
  • 1972 Pro Bowl selection
  • 4.3 Career rushing yards-per-attempt
  • Super Bowl VI Champion
Did you know..........that number 32 spent time on the pro rodeo circuit during the NFL offseasons? 

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 31

Number 31 was worn by Roy Williams for the Dallas Cowboys between the 2002 and 2007 NFL seasons. Interestingly, Williams played for the Cowboys in 2008, but switched his jersey number to 2008 for that season.

Selected with the number 8 overall draft pick in 2002 by the Dallas Cowboys out of the University of Oklahoma, Williams would establish himself immediately as a fierce defender for Dallas. In his rookie campaign as a Cowboy, Williams started all 16 games for Dallas at the safety position. He picked off five passes, returning them for 90 yards. Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns. Number 31 also had his highest solo tackle number for Dallas in his first season, recording 88.

Williams talent was recognized the following season as number 31 was named to the Pro Bowl as well as a first-team All-Pro. Prior to his third season with Dallas, Williams suffered a herniated disc in training camp. He was still able to get on the field for all 16 regular season games for Dallas. Williams recorded 94 total tackles and was once again named to the Pro Bowl.

For five consecutive seasons as a Cowboy, Williams was selected for the Pro Bowl. The only two seasons he didn't receive the honor was as a rookie and in 2008, his final year with Dallas. Over seven seasons with Dallas, number 31 put up the following numbers:

  • 19 Interceptions
  • 56 Passes-defended
  • 506 Total tackles
  • 5-time Pro-Bowl selection
Did you know.........that Williams won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive player in college football for 2001?  

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Best Dallas Cowboy to Wear Number 30

Wearing number 30 for the Dallas Cowboys between the years of 1965 and 1972, Dan Reeves lined up in the offensive backfield as a running back. Interestingly, while at the University of South Carolina, before becoming a Dallas Cowboy, Reeves played quarterback.

The best Dallas Cowboy to wear number 30 started in 4 of the 13 games he appeared in as a rookie with Dallas. He averaged 3.1 yards per attempt and found the end zone two times for the Cowboys.

Starting in all 14 games for Dallas the next season, Reeves numbers went up considerably. He toted the ball 175 times for 757 yards and 8 touchdowns. His average yards per attempt rushing was 4.3. Additionally, number 30 caught the ball 41 times for 557 yards with 8 TDs.

In the 1967 season, Reeves set a Dallas Cowboy record, scoring four touchdowns in a game against the Atlanta Falcons. The following season, Reeves suffered a knee injury and went out for the season after week 4. He was having a fairly strong season, numbers-wise, that year. Number 30 put up 4.5 yards per attempt and had 4 touchdowns before suffering his injury.

The knee injury would hamper the remainder of Reeves playing career. Continuing to wear number 30 for Dallas, he was able to play four more seasons, wrapping up his playing days in 1972.

Did you know...........that Reeves was twice named the AP NFL Coach of the Year?

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Best Dallas Cowboy to Wear Number 29

He wore number 29 for only a short period of time with the Dallas Cowboys. But what a period of time it was. Between 2011 and 2014, DeMarco Murray had a fine stretch of football, suiting up in the Cowboys' offensive backfield.

Murray started seven games as a rookie with the Cowboys, getting into 13 total. The former third-round draft pick out of Oklahoma ran for 897 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL season. He also tore of a 91 yard scamper to lead the NFL with the longest run of the season.

In his sophomore campaign, Murray was having a good season in the backfield before spraining his foot in a week six contest against the Baltimore Ravens. He would re-join the team in week 13 however, and get back into form. For the shortened season, at least for Murray, he ran for 663 yards on 161 carries with four touchdowns.

His number three season with the Cowboys would be his "welcome to the NFL spotlight" season. In 2013, although Murray missed two games in the middle of the season due to a sprained MCL, he would have a breakout performance. Starting in all 14 games for which he appeared, Murray carried the ball 217 times for 1,121 yards and 9 touchdowns.

2014 would be a record year for Murray, one that really put his name on the national map. In his first year starting in all 16 games at the NFL level, Murray led the league in both carries, with 392, and yards from scrimmage with 1,845. He also set the pace with 13 touchdowns and 115.3 yards per game.

Murray, even though he broke his hand at the end of the season, was able to stay on the field and set some Dallas Cowboy records. His 1,845 yards during the 2014 season set the mark for a Cowboys single-season. Number 22 for the Cowboys, Emmitt Smith, previously held that record with 1,773 yards. 

Following the 2014 season, with salary cap constraints hampering what the Cowboys would be able to offer to both Murray and Dez Bryant, Murray signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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