Best Dallas Cowboy to Wear Number 19

There were several Cowboys to consider here, for the best to wear number 19 in Dallas.  Keyshawn Johnson was an excellent receiver, but didn't spend all that much time in Dallas.  The same could be said of Lance Rentzel.  At one point, he was the Cowboys best receiver on the team.  And Lance Alworth was another Cowboy who wore number 19, but was really more well known for his exploits on another NFL team.

So, in the end, when looking at all of the Cowboys to wear number 19, my choice for the best ever is Miles Austin.

Miles Austin joined the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Monmouth University in 2006.  He primarily returned kicks as a rookie, and he had one extremely long kick return of 93 yards for a touchdown in the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks following the 2006 NFL season.  (Granted, when he was a rookie he was wearing number 14 instead of number 19).

The following season, 2007, saw Austin step up his receiving a bit, as he was targeted 10 times and caught the ball 5 times in the regular season, now wearing number 19.

Austin would be target 23 times the following season, when he also scored 3 receiving touchdowns.  It was 2009 however that saw Austin have his breakout season.  He totalled a very impressive 1,320 receiving yards on 81 receptions to go along with 11 touchdowns in his best year in the league.  He also had 11 receptions for 116 yards and a TD in the two playoff games he played that season.  Needless to say he was a Pro Bowl selection that year.

He would also be a Pro Bowl selection the following year, 2010, when he once again surpassed 1,000 yards receiving and hauled in 7 TD passes.  Although he would have some further success with Dallas, 2009 and 2010 would be his two best seasons.

In total, through eight years with the Cowboys, Austin caught for 4,481 yards and 34 TDs in the regular season.

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 18

Chris Boniol kicked for the Dallas Cowboys, wearing number 18, between the seasons of 1994 and 1996.  The Louisiana native made 22 of 29 field goals for the Cowboys as a rookie.  He was also
perfect from extra point range, going 48 of 48.

The following season all Boniol did was lead the NFL in field goal percentage with 96.4%.  He made 27 of 28 field goal attempts.  Interestingly, Boniol also punted twice that season for a total of 77 yards.

After that 1995 season, Boniol would help kick the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl championship.  During that run, he would be perfect in extra points and made 6 of 7 field goals.

Boniol would spend one more season with Dallas, attempting 36 field goals and making 32.  In the playoffs following that season, Boniol was perfect in both extra points and field goals (4 of 4 and 7 of 7).  

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Who Wears Number 3 In The NBA?

We've seen some big players who wear number 0 (and 00), number 1 and number 2 in the NBA.  But we've certainly got a mega-star who wears number 3.  Unless their name is LeBron or Kobe, players just don't get much more famous than Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat (although he may not yet be the best to ever wear the number 3 in the NBA).  

So we've got D-Wade wearing number 3, but who else is there?  Take a look below.

3 Jeremy Lamb SG Charlotte
3 Doug McDermott SF Chicago
3 Charlie Villanueva PF Dallas
3 Mike Miller SG Denver
3 Stanley Johnson SF Detroit
3 Ty Lawson PG Houston
3 George Hill PG Indiana
3 Chris Paul PG LA Clippers
3 Anthony Brown SF LA Lakers
3 Jordan Adams SG Memphis
3 Dwyane Wade SG Miami
3 O.J. Mayo SG Milwaukee
3 Omer Asik C New Orleans
3 Jose Calderon PG NY
3 Dion Waiters SG OKC
3 Dewayne Dedmon C Orlando
3 Brandon Knight PG Suns
3 C.J. McCollum SG Portland
3 Marco Belinelli SG Kings
3 James Johnson PF Raptors
3 Trey Burke PG Jazz
3 Bradley Beal SG Wizards
Yeah, so how about that Chris Paul guy?  I'm pretty sure he's one of the best point guards in the league.......if not the best.  

There are some other fine players on this list who wear number 3 as well.  Brandon Knight, Dion Waiters, George Hill and Jose Calderon just to name a few.  But you gotta say that outside of Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul is the best to wear number 3 on the list.

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 17

Wearing jersey number 17 for the Dallas Cowboys between the 1960 and 1968 NFL seasons, Don Meredith would establish himself as one of the best quarterbacks in Dallas history.

Nicknamed "Dandy Don", Meredith played his college ball at Southern Methodist University.  Prior to the 1960 NFL draft, he signed a professional services contract with a company owned by Clint Murchison, who also owned the Dallas Cowboys franchise (yet to be named as such).  Although Meredith was drafted by the Chicago Bears, the contract he signed with the company owned by Murchison was honored and he joined the Dallas Cowboys.  

As a rookie, he saw six games of action with Dallas in 1960, throwing for 281 yards and two TDs for the fledgling Cowboys.  In his second season, Meredith would start in four games, throwing for 1,161 yards and 9 touchdowns.  

His numbers would continue to improve over the next two seasons, as would the record of the Dallas Cowboys.  

1966 would be his finest year as a Dallas Cowboy.  He threw for 2,805 yards and 24 touchdowns that season, en route to a Pro Bowl selection.  Meredith also led the league in yards per completion that season, and guided the Cowboys to the playoffs.  

The next two seasons would see performances worthy of Pro Bowl selection as well.  He threw for 16 and 21 touchdowns in those seasons respectively.  He also led Dallas to the NFL championship on December 31, 1967 in which they ultimately lost to the Green Bay Packers in what is commonly referred to as the "Ice Bowl".  

Meredith retired after the 1968 NFL season, in a relatively short professional football career for such a talented athlete. In his nine seasons with the Cowboys, Meredith put up the following numbers:
  • 17,199 regular season passing yards
  • 135 regular season passing TDs
  • 165.4 passing yards per game
  • 7.5 yards per pass attempt
  • 1966 NFL player of the year
  • 3-time Pro Bowl selection
  • 1976 Cowboys Ring of Honor Inductee
Did you know..............that in addition to broadcasting NFL games after his playing days, Meredith was also an actor?  

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Who Wears Number 2 In The NBA?

Okay, so we've now looked at who wears the number 0 (and 00), and number 1 in the NBA.  Now, let's take a look at who wears number 2.  And there really aren't that many NBA athletes who wear number 2.  Not as many as you might think anyway.  12 of them in total, right now.  Here they are:

2 Jarrett Jack PG Brooklyn
2 Marvin Williams PF Charlotte
2 Kyrie Irving PG Cleveland
2 Raymond Felton PG Dallas
2 Patrick Beverley PG Houston
2 Rodney Stuckey PG Indiana
2 Brandon Bass PF LA Lakers
2 Langston Galloway SG NY
2 Anthony Morrow SG OKC
2 Eric Bledsoe PG Suns
2 Joe Ingles SF Jazz
2 John Wall PG Wizards

There are two really big names that stand out on this list.  The rest of the players are no slouches for sure.  But the two best NBA athletes on this list of players who wear the number 2, are Kyrie Irving and John Wall.  

Check out the best ten plays of Kyrie Irving's career right here:

And here's some highlights from the other "best" number 2 in the NBA, John Wall, from the 2014-15 season:

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 16

Selected in round number five of the 1984 NFL draft out of the University of Washington, Steve Pelluer served as the third string quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in his first two seasons with the

Pelluer would become the primary backup for Danny White in 1986.  White was injured in week nine, and Pelluer filled in as the starting QB for the remainder of the season.  He threw for 2,727 yards and eight touchdowns, with 7.2 yards per attempt.

The following season would see Pelluer start four games and put up a 2-2 record.  He threw for 642 yards and three TDs in the 1987 season.

In 1988 Pelluer started the majority of the regular season games for the Cowboys.  He threw for 3,139 yards and 17 TDs as the Cowboys put up a 3-11 record in his 14 starts that season.

The next season, with Troy Aikman and Steve Walsh in town, Pelluer was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Did you know........that Pelluer was the last Cowboys quarterback to start and win a game for coach Tom Landry with Dallas?  

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 15

Wearing number 15 for the Dallas Cowboys beginning in 1971, Toni Fritsch was an Austrian born kicker for the silver and blue. The former soccer player could really boot the ball.

Although he split kicking duties with Mike Clark, he did get his share of time on the field for Dallas.  During the 1972 regular season he kicked 21 field goals.  He was also a member of the Dallas Cowboys team that won Super Bowl VI over the Miami Dolphins.

1973 saw Fritsch lead the league with an impressive 43 extra point attempts, and 100% conversion rate.

An injury sidelined Fritsch for the 1974 season.  He was back on the field in 1975 however, leading the league in field goals with 22.  Following that season, in 1976, Fritsch was traded to the San Diego Chargers.  

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Who Wears Number 1 In The NBA?

Following on my last post looking at which NBA players wear the number 0, or 00, let's now take a look at who is wearing number 1 in the NBA.  As of this post, there are 18 players wearing number 1 in the NBA.  Here they are:

1 Chris McCullough PF Brooklyn
1 Derrick Rose PG Chicago
1 James Jones SG Cleveland
1 Justin Anderson SG Dallas
1 Jameer Nelson PG Denver
1 Reggie Jackson PG Detroit
1 Jason Thompson PF Golden State
1 Trevor Ariza SF Houston
1 Joe Young PG Indiana
1 Lance Stephenson SF LA Clippers
1 D'Angelo Russell PG LA Lakers
1 Chris Bosh PF Miami
1 Tyus Jones PG Minnesota
1 Tyreke Evans SG New Orleans
1 Kevin Seraphin C NY
1 Ish Smith PG 76ers
1 Devin Booker SG Suns
1 Jared Dudley SF Wizards

(Roster numbers courtesy of ESPN)

The names on this list may not have the same All-Star caliber as the ones to wear number 0 or 00.  But there are certainly some superstar players here.  How about power forward Chris Bosh?  Check out some of his best plays here:

And we can't forget point guard Derrick Rose.  Check out some of Rose's best plays, before he had his knee injury:

And this guy may only be a rookie, but he can ball.  Check out game highlights from former Ohio State Buckeye and current Los Angeles Laker D'Angelo Russell.

So there's certainly some studs wearing number 1 right now in the NBA.  If I'm comparing the number 0 (and 00) to the number 1 though, I gotta go with 0 right now, as the number to have the best (or better) NBA athletes wearing it, overall.  

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 14

Wearing number 14 for the Cowboys between the seasons of 1965 and 1974, Craig Morton was one of the most prolific quarterbacks that Dallas has had.  During a time when players would routinely get drafted by both AFL and NFL teams, Morton had just that happen to him.  The Cowboys selected him fifth overall in the 1965 NFL draft, while the Oakland Raiders took him with pick number 75.

Of course, he chose to sign with the Dallas Cowboys and would start one game as a rookie.  He primarily backed up starting quarterback Don Meredith.  As a rook, he threw for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Morton continued to back up Meredith over the next three seasons, getting a spot start here or there.  1967 actually saw him throw for almost 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns while starting in three games.

After Don Meredith retired, Morton became the starter at QB for the Cowboys in 1969.  And he had a terrific first year as the starter.  He led the league in average yards per attempt and average yards per completion.  He had a 10-2-1 record, throwing for 2,619 yards and 21 touchdowns.

After the 1970 season, Morton led the Cowboys to Super Bowl V, which was dropped to the Baltimore Colts 16-13.

The following season saw Tom Landry alternate quarterbacks between Morton and number 12, Roger Staubach, and eventually Staubach would wrest the starting position from Morton.

In all, Morton would play for Dallas over ten NFL seasons, throwing for 10,279 yards and 80 touchdowns in the regular season.  

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Who Wears Number 0 In The NBA?

Number 0 isn't a number you see worn in all sports.  For example, in hockey, I can't recall number 0 ever being worn.  But in basketball, and in the NBA in particular, it's another story.  Number 0 is relatively popular.  So which players are currently wearing number 0?  As of early 2016, here are your NBA athletes who sport either the jersey number 0 or the number 00.

0 Aaron Brooks PG Chicago
00 Aaron Gordon PF Orlando
0 Andre Drummond C Detroit
0 Avery Bradley PG Boston
0 C.J. Miles SF Indiana
0 Damian Lillard PG Portland
00 Darrell Arthur PF Denver
0 Emmanuel Mudiay PG Denver
0 Isaiah Canaan PG 76ers
0 JaMychal Green PF Memphis
0 Jeff Teague PG Atlanta
0 Josh Richardson SG Miami
0 Kevin Love PF Cleveland
0 Nick Young SF LA Lakers
0 Orlando Johnson SG Suns
0 Russell Westbrook PG OKC
0 Shane Larkin PG Brooklyn
00 Spencer Hawes PF Charlotte
00 Willie Cauley-Stein C Kings

(Roster numbers courtesy of ESPN)

There are some big names on here too (literally and figuratively).  How bout Mr. Kevin Love?

And then, of course, there is all-world point guard Russell Westbrook.  This man can flat out play the game.

Let's not forget the NBA Rookie of the Year from 2013, Damian Lillard.  Number 0 for Portland put up 1,562 points as a rookie.   That was good for number 9 overall in the league, in points scored.

And then there's number 6 overall draft pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Willie Cauley-Stein, wearing number 00.

So, what do you say?  Who's the best to wear number 0 or number 00?  

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 13

Number 13 has not been a popular jersey number with the Dallas Cowboys.  Of the few to wear the number, Jerry Rhome is the best.

Rhome was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1964 NFL draft, while he was still a junior at Tulsa.  He joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1965.

Serving as primarily a backup quarterback to Don Meredith and Craig Morton, Rhome would suit up over four seasons for the Cowboys, wearing number 13.

In those four seasons, Rhome would throw for 496 yards and one touchdown.

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 12

He could likely be considered the best NFL player to ever wear the number 12.  And maybe even the best professional athlete to ever wear the number 12.  But he certainly is the best Dallas Cowboy to ever wear the number 12.

Roger Staubach, although drafted in 1964 by the Dallas Cowboys, didn't begin playing with the team until 1969 due to military obligations.  Staubach was enrolled in the Naval Academy when he won the Heisman Trophy in 1963.  After graduating the Naval Academy, Staubach spent time in Vietnam and then finished out his service to the country in the U.S.

He would begin his Dallas Cowboys' career in 1969, when he started one game for the Cowboys.  1970 would see him up that number to three games, although he backed up Craig Morton for the majority of the games.

1971 was Staubach's breakout season, when he started 10 games, passing for 15 touchdowns and led the league with 8.9 yards per pass attempt.  That was the same year, of course, that Staubach led the Cowboys to the Super Bowl.  Staubach passed for 321 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions in those playoffs.  In the big game, he passed for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns.

1972 saw Staubach miss most of the season with a separated shoulder.  He did get back onto the field in the playoffs following that season however, when he threw for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Staubach, now entrenched as the Cowboys' starter, would continue to have great success in his career.  He would lead Dallas to the playoffs in all but one of his seasons at the helm (1974).

1977 would see Staubach lead Dallas to Super Bowl Championship number two for them.  During those playoffs, Staubach would complete 60.7% of his passes, throwing for 482 yards.

Here are some of Staubach's career numbers with the Cowboys:

  • 6-time Pro Bowl selection
  • 173.3 passing yards per game
  • 153 passing TDs
  • 2-time Super Bowl Champion
  • 7.7 yards per pass attempt
  • 22,700 passing yards
  • 83.4 passer rating
  • 1,685 passes completed
  • 24 playoff passing touchdowns
Staubach was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Did you know....................the Naval Academy retired Staubach's jersey number 12 right after his senior season?  

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 11

Danny White wore number 11 for the Dallas Cowboys between the years 1976 and 1988.  He was drafted out of Arizona State in the third round.

White punted and played QB as a Sun Devil, but the Cowboys wanted him primarily as a punter, as they were already set at the QB position.  So White chose to sign with the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League (WFL).

When the WFL folded however, White signed with the Cowboys in 1976.  He was primarily a punter, and a backup to Roger Staubach at QB, in his first few years with Dallas.

Staubach retired after the 1979 season and White was elevated to the starting QB for the 1980 season.  In his first season starting at quarterback, White threw 28 touchdowns and led the Cowboys to a 12-4 record.  He also punted the ball 71 times for 2,903 yards.  Not bad for double duty.

He also went 2-1 in the playoffs that season, starting all three games at QB for Dallas.  a

White would become a mainstay at quarterback for Dallas, guiding them to the playoffs in each of the next three consecutive NFL seasons.

In total, White put up the following numbers in his time with the Cowboys:

  • 155 regular season passing TDs
  • 21,959 regular season passing yards
  • 62-30 regular season record
  • 15 playoff passing TDs
  • 2,284 playoff passing yards
Did you know.....that White's college team, the Arizona State Sun Devils, have retired his jersey number 11?

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 10

Originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints, Ron Widby caught on with the Dallas Cowboys for the 1968 season.  During that first season as a Cowboy, Widby set an NFL record with an 84 yard punt.  He wore number 12 in that 1968 season.

Switching over to number 10 for his sophomore season as a Cowboy, Widby punted the ball 63 times for 2,729 yards. Those numbers were good enough to have him selected as a first team All-Pro.

Widby would improve on the numbers overall in his third season.  Although his yards per punt went down marginally, he punted for 2,847 yards on 69 attempts.  

His final season as a Cowboy would be a strong one as well, seeing Widby selected to the Pro Bowl, averaging 41.6 yards per punt.

In four years with Dallas, Widby punted the ball 247 times for 10,320 yards and a 41.8 yards per punt average.  

Did you know.....that he also played professional basketball for the New Orleans Buccaneers of the ABA?  

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 9

Number 9. Number 9. Always think of that Beatles lyric when I hear or write this number.  Anyway, we all know who the best to wear the number 9 for the Dallas Cowboys is.  There's no doubt, right?  Mr. Tony Romo.

Tony Romo is one of the best Dallas Cowboy quarterbacks, and you gotta remember, the guy was not drafted.  Wasn't selected out of Eastern Illinois.  But the Cowboys took a shot on him as a free agent and did it ever pay off?

Romo joined the Cowboys in 2004 in a backup quarterback capacity.  He didn't get on the field as a quarterback, but was a holder for kicks.  2005 saw him serve in the same capacity.

It was 2006 when Romo got onto the field as a QB.  He first got under center in a regular season game on October 15, 2006 against the Houston Texans, and threw his first NFL touchdown pass to Terrell Owens.

He would have success in 2006, replacing Drew Bledsoe as the starter, and begin his journey as the Cowboys starting quarterback.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Here are his career numbers as of this post:

  • 34,154 passing yards (Cowboys' all-time leader)
  • 247 passing TDs (Cowboys' all-time leader)
  • 4-time Pro Bowl Selection
  • 2,826 pass completions
  • 2014 NFL passer rating leader
Did you know............that Romo has the NFL record for the most consecutive road games with a TD pass with 41?  

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 8

He's square in the conversation for the best athlete ever to wear the number 8.  He's also right in the mix of the best Dallas Cowboys ever.  And one of the best NFL quarterbacks ever.  Troy Aikman is no doubt the best Dallas Cowboy, and best NFL quarterback in my opinion, to ever wear the number 8.

His accolades are many.  Here are just a few of his numbers:
  • 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Three-time Super Bowl Champion
  • Super Bowl XXVII MVP
  • 165 regular season TDs
  • 32,942 passing yards
  • 61.5% completion percentage
  • 6 time Pro Bowl selection
  • 2,898 passes completed
Aikman was taken by the Cowboys with the number 1 overall draft pick in 1989 out of UCLA.  He would start 11 games as a rookie, when starting rookie QBs was somewhat of a rarity.  He would earn his stripes over the next few seasons for Dallas.  

Four years after being the top pick by Dallas, Aikman would fulfill the promise of that pick by taking his team to the Super Bowl and guiding them to the Championship.  In all three playoff games that season, culminated by hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, Aikman threw eight touchdowns and had zero interceptions.  His performance in the big game that year earned him the Super Bowl MVP award.  

What did number 8 do for an encore the following season?  Just lead Dallas to their second Super Bowl in as many years.  Aikman led the league in completion percentage that season with a 69.1% mark, and threw only 6 interceptions all season.  In the playoffs he upped his completion percentage to 74.4%.  

The Cowboys would take a year off from the Super Bowl after dropping the NFC championship to the San Francisco 49ers.  But Troy and the Cowboys wouldn't be held down as they were back in the big game again the following season, this time under the guidance of Troy's former head coach while a freshman at the University of Oklahoma (before he transferred to UCLA), Barry Switzer.  And Troy once again had a shining performance in the playoffs, throwing 4 TDs with 1 INT and a 66.3% completion rate.  

Over his NFL career, spent entirely with the Dallas Cowboys, in the playoffs Aikman put up a 11-4 record with 63.7% of his passes completed.  

Did you know.........that the New York Mets offered Troy Aikman a contract out of high school?

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 7

Number 7 is a pretty popular number for quarterbacks (think John Elway and Michael Vick just to name a couple).  Not so much with the Dallas Cowboys though.  Their best QBs have long worn other single and low double-digit numbers.  Of those who have worn number 7 for Dallas however, my pick for best is Steve Beurlein.  

Beurlein had a journeyman's career, and his second stop in that journey was in Dallas.  He joined the Cowboys after two years in the NFL with the Raiders, and would be slotted as the backup for Troy Aikman.  

When Aikman injured his knee in week 13, Beurlein got his chance on the field.  And he certainly made the most of that time.  He led the Cowboys to a victory over the previously undefeated Washington Redskins, and then went on to win each of the team's four remaining games, leading them to the playoffs and and 11-5 record.  During the regular season in 1991, Beurlein threw 5 TDs and 2 INTs, and 909 yards.  

Beurlein then led the Cowboys to a victory in the Wild Card game against the Chicago Bears, throwing for 180 yards and a TD.  He would be replaced by Aikman during the Cowboys second playoff game that year, which they would drop to the Detroit Lions.  

One more season would be spent by Beurlein with Dallas, as he performed admirably in a backup role to Aikman, and the Cowboys won the Super Bowl following the 1992 regular season.  

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 6

Wearing number 6 for the Dallas Cowboys between the 2007 and 2009 NFL seasons, kicker Nick Folk was drafted with the number 178 pick out of the University of Arizona in the 2007 NFL draft.  Folk took right to the field as a rookie making a very respectable 83.9% of his kicks (26 of 31).  He was also perfect in extra point attempts with 53 of 53.  That performance was good enough to get Folk selected to the Pro Bowl.  Impressive for a rookie kicker.

In his second season with Dallas, Folk upped his field goal success rate to 90.9%.  He also continued his perfect string of extra points with a 42 of 42 performance.  Season three with Dallas, which would be Folk's final as a Cowboy would see him make 18 of 28 field goals.  He would once again be perfect in extra points.

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 5

Dan Bailey has worn number 5 for the Dallas Cowboys since joining the team as a rookie in 2011.  That season the Cowboys' kicker put up a 86.5% mark, kicking 32 of 37 field goals through the uprights, with 2 of those coming from 50 yards or more.

He would improve upon those numbers in the next season, going 29 of 31 in total and 3 of 5 from 50 or more.  His third season in Dallas would see him put up just about the same numbers, with a 93.3% success rate, going 28 of 30, with a perfect 47 for 47 in extra points, and a whopping 6 of 7 from 50 or more.

In 2014, his total field goal percentage would drop to 86.2%, but he would lead the league in extra points, going a perfect 56 for 56.  His most recent season, 2015, saw him lead the league in field goal percentage with a 93.8% mark, going 30 for 32.

With his relative longevity, for a kicker, an acumen, Bailey has cemented himself as not only the best Dallas Cowboy to ever wear number 5, but also as one of the best field goal kickers in the NFL.  

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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 4

Originally drafted by the Detroit Lions, then waived and picked up by the Arizona Outlaws of the USFL for their 1984 season, punter Mike Saxon joined the Dallas Cowboys for the 1985 NFL season, wearing jersey number 4.

Saxon's additional to the Cowboys was a welcome relief for team QB Danny White.  White had not only been playing under center, but also conducting the punting game for the Cowboys in double-duty. Saxon's addition meant that was over, unless an emergency occurred.  His 41.9 yard punt average was the best by a rookie in franchise history, and the best average in 16 years.

Saxon not only provided relief, he stuck with Dallas for quite some time.  Suiting up for the silver and blue over eight NFL seasons, he punted the ball 591 times for 24,542 yards.  He averaged 41.5 yards per punt and his longest as a Cowboy was 64 yards.  

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Best Dallas Cowboys By The Numbers - Number 3

Number 3 was worn for the Dallas Cowboys by a few kickers and quarterbacks.  Of those, my selection for best is kicker Billy Cundiff.  Cundiff had, as far as kickers go, some consistency with the Cowboys.  He booted the ball through the uprights between the NFL seasons of 2002 to 2005 for Dallas.  During that timespan, he may not have had the postseason success that fellow Dallas Cowboy kickers have enjoyed, but he did succeed when called upon.

In his four years spent wearing the silver and blue, Cundiff kicked 60 field goals in 82 attempts for a 73.2% mark.  When it came to extra points, he was nearly perfect.  In 101 tries, he made 100 extra points. That's 99% success rate.  

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Best Dallas Cowboys By The Numbers - Number 2

Number 2 hasn't been an extremely popular number with the Dallas Cowboys.  Of those to don the number, the best is kicker Lin Elliott.  Elliott suited up for the Cowboys during the 1992 and 1993 NFL seasons, participating on some of the best Dallas Cowboy teams ever.  

During the 1992 regular season, Elliott kicked 24 field goals in 35 attempts.  That was good enough, along with 47 of 48 extra points made, to put the Cowboys in the playoffs (not to mention the triplets and their strength on defense!)  Elliott would help kick the Cowboys through the playoffs and to the Super Bowl Championship that season, making 4 of 5 field goals and 14 of 15 extra point attempts.

In the fickle world of NFL kickers and their sometimes subjective longevity, Elliott would remain with the Cowboys for just one more season.  In 1993, he was waived after missing two field goals in a loss to the Buffalo Bills in the second game of the season.  

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Best Dallas Cowboys By The Numbers - Number 1

Wearing number 1 for the Dallas Cowboys between the regular seasons of 1978 and 1986, Rafael Septien was one of the team's best kickers.  Signing with the Cowboys as a free agent for the 1978 NFL season, Septien led the league in point-after-touchdowns with 46 of 47 extra points made.  In a different era for kickers, Septien made 16 of 26 field goal attempts in that first season with the Cowboys.

Following Septien's first regular season in Dallas, the Cowboys made it through the playoffs to the Super Bowl.  In that stretch Septien would make three of four field goal attempts, and was a perfect 11 of 11 in extra point attempts.

In 1979, Septien improved his field goal percentage to 65.5% in the regular season, while making two of three attempts at the 50 yard or longer mark.  In 1980 he once again led the league in extra points with 59 of 60 made for a 98.3%.

1981 may have been Septien's finest season with a league leading 27 field goals made, and a perfect 40 of 40 extra point attempts.

In all, Septien would kick for the Cowboys over nine NFL seasons.  He made 162 field goals (out of 226 attempted) and 388 of 398 extra points attempted.

Best NFL Number 1

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - Number 99

Number 99 was worn for the New York Giants by Steve DeOssie over five years, spanning the 1989 and 1993 NFL regular seasons.  DeOssie, who started his NFL career as a fourth round draft pick out of Boston College by the Dallas Cowboys, was slotted at the inside linebacker position for New York.

In his first season with the Giants, DeOssie picked off a pass, returning in ten yards, while also making an official 19 tackles.  DeOssie's finest season in New York might have been his second with Big Blue.  Starting in 13 of 16 regular season games, DeOssie made a hefty 53 tackles.  Filling both the linebacker and long snapper roles for the Giants, DeOssie helped guide the Giants defensive backfield to Super Bowl XXV and a second championship, this time over the Buffalo Bills.

The fun-loving DeOssie in his five seasons for Big Blue, registered 124 tackles officially in the regular season, starting in 29 of his 61 games played with the team.

Did you know...........that Steve is the father of New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie, the best to ever wear number 51 for Big Blue?  

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