Friday

Best Dallas Cowboy to Wear Number 28

Selected in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft out of Arizona State, Darren Woodson would wear number 28 for the Dallas Cowboys for a number of years. Although he didn't start the majority of games as a rookie, Woodson still made an impact on the field. He recorded 33 tackles and a sack playing defensive back.

Primarily a strong safety, Woodson had a phenomenal sophomore season with Dallas. He established himself as one of the best tacklers in the NFL. During the 1993 regular season, Woodson notched 155 tackles and three fumble recoveries. En route to the Cowboys' second Super Bowl Championship in as many seasons, Woodson picked off a pass and recovered a fumble. Number 28 was well on his way to becoming one of the best defenders in the league.

During his time with Dallas, Woodson was also one of the most feared hitters in the NFL. Playing the game with ferocity, hits from number 28 became a highlight reel of professional football collisions.

Woodson played his entire NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys. He was certainly proud to have done so.


In 178 regular season games with the Cowboys, Woodson recorded 813 tackles with 138 assists. He also had an even 11 sacks and 11 fumble recoveries.  He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time Super Bowl Champion and was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.



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Wednesday

Who Wears Number 9 in the NBA?

We've got some star power in the NBA players who wear number 9! There are 15 players who wear number 9 currently in the NBA. Of those, there are some veterans who have really shone wearing number 9 in their careers.

NO. NAME POS Team
9 Channing Frye PF Cleveland
9 JaKarr Sampson SG Denver
9 Andre Iguodala SF Golden State
9 Pablo Prigioni PG LA Clippers
9 Marcelo Huertas PG LA Lakers
9 Tony Allen SG Memphis
9 Luol Deng SF Miami
9 Ricky Rubio PG Minnesota
9 Kyle O'Quinn PF NY
9 Serge Ibaka PF OKC
9 Nikola Vucevic C Orlando
9 Gerald Henderson SG Portland
9 Aaron Harrison SG Charlotte
9 Rajon Rondo PG Kings

Here are some offensive and defensive NBA highlights from the shot-blocking machine Serge Ibaka:



And check out some of these sweet moves from Rajon Rondo. He's even got the announcers stunned!


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Best Dallas Cowboy to Wear Number 27

J.J. Wilcox was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He's been wearing jersey number 27 while playing defensive back for Dallas since that time. As a rookie, Wilcox started in five games, garnering 22 solo tackles and 16 assists. 

In his sophomore campaign with the Cowboys, Wilcox started in all 16 games. With that added time on the field, he picked off 3 passes, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, made 69 solo tackles and assisted on 12 more. 

In his third full season with Dallas, Wilcox started in the majority of the Cowboys' games (13 of 16). He picked off a pass, forced a fumble and recorded 32 solo tackles with 16 assists. 

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Monday

Who Wears Number 8 in the NBA?

The great number 8! There are actually 17 players currently wearing the number 8 in the NBA.

NO. NAME POS Team
8 Jonas Jerebko PF Boston
8 Spencer Dinwiddie PG Detroit
8 Matthew Dellavedova PG Cleveland
8 Deron Williams PG Dallas
8 Danilo Gallinari SF Denver
8 Jeff Green SF LA Clippers
8 Tyler Johnson SG Miami
8 Zach LaVine PG Minnesota
8 Luke Babbitt SF New Orleans
8 Robin Lopez C NY
8 Jared Cunningham SG Orlando
8 Jahlil Okafor C 76ers
8 Al-Farouq Aminu SF Portland
8 Rudy Gay SF Kings
8 Bismack Biyombo C Raptors
8 Shelvin Mack PG Jazz
8 Jarell Eddie SG Wizards

(Roster numbers courtesy of ESPN)

Deron Williams, the former number 3 overall draft pick in the NBA, has put up consistently good numbers in his time with the Jazz, Nets and Mavericks.



Robin Lopez has also worn the number 15 and 42 in his NBA career. Now with the New York Knicks, he's wearing number 8 and having a pretty good season doing so.

Rookie and number 3 overall draft pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, Jahlil Okafor, is also having a very strong season.



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Best Dallas Cowboy to Wear Number 26

Selected in the first round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys out of Texas A&M, Kevin Smith wore number 26 while becoming a starter during his rookie season. That season he picked off two passes, forced a fumble and made 31 tackles. Following that regular season, Smith played cornerback for the Cowboys en route to the Super Bowl Championship.

In his second season with the Cowboys, Smith became a full-time starter at cornerback. His numbers went up across the board. He picked off six passes and returned one for a touchdown. He forced three fumbles and recovered one. Tackles went from 31 with previous season to a hefty 90. Smith once again contributed to the Cowboys' Super Bowl Championship following the regular season.

Battling back through a torn achilles tendon, Smith would have a relatively long career with the Dallas Cowboys. In all, Smith played eight seasons for Dallas and put up the following numbers:

  • 19 regular season interceptions
  • 334 regular season tackles
  • 3 Super Bowl Championships
  • 1996 2nd team All-Pro
Did you know..............that Smith held the all-time interception record for Texas A&M with 20? 

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Thursday

Best Dallas Cowboy to Wear Number 25

Number 25 isn't as popular as you might think, amongst the Dallas Cowboys. Come to think of it, the number isn't that popular in the NFL in general. Reggie Bush is a player who has worn 25 who comes to mind. All-time in the NFL, the best to wear number 25 is Fred Biletnikoff.

When it comes to the Dallas Cowboys, the best to wear number 25 all-time is Aaron Kyle. Selected 25th overall by the Cowboys in the 1976 NFL Draft, Kyle recorded a safety for Dallas as a rookie, playing defensive back.

In his sophomore campaign with the Cowboys, Kyle started in ten games, picking off a pass. In the playoffs following that season, he picked off a pass and recovered a fumble, en route to Dallas winning Super Bowl XII.

Playing four seasons for the Cowboys, Kyle had six interceptions and two fumble recoveries in the regular season, to go with two INTs and a fumble recovery in the playoffs.




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Monday

Who Wears Number 7 in the NBA?

Okay, having just looked at who wears number 6 in the NBA, let's now logically move on to the number 7. As of this post, we have 15 NBA players wearing number 7. Here they are:

NO. NAME POS Team
7 Jared Sullinger C Boston
7 Justin Holiday SG Atlanta
7 Jeremy Lin PG Charlotte
7 Justin Holiday SG Chicago
7 Dwight Powell PF Dallas
7 Sam Dekker SF Houston
7 Larry Nance Jr. PF LA Lakers
7 Chris Andersen PF Memphis
7 Goran Dragic PG Miami
7 Carmelo Anthony SF NY
7 Ersan Ilyasova PF Orlando
7 Carl Landry PF 76ers
7 Darren Collison PG Kings
7 Kyle Lowry PG Raptors
7 Ramon Sessions PG Wizards

(Roster numbers courtesy of ESPN)

The biggest name on this list is number 7 for the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony.



There's a pretty good point guard out of Villanova University who wears number 7 as well:


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Saturday

Best Dallas Cowboy to Wear Number 24

The best Dallas Cowboy to ever wear the number 24 is also probably one of the most under-rated Dallas Cowboys of all-time.  Everson Walls signed with the Cowboys as an un-drafted free agent in 1981.  That first season with Dallas, Walls would wind up starting in 12 of Dallas' 16 games.  All he did was lead the league in interceptions with 11, returned for 133 yards.

In his sophomore campaign with the Cowboys he once again led the league in INTs, this time with seven.


Walls had a long career with Dallas, spanning nine seasons.  In that time, he put up the following numbers:
  • 44 Interceptions
  • 3 Playoff Interceptions
  • 4-time Pro Bowl selection
  • 391 Interception return yards

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Who Wears Number 6 in the NBA?

Number 6 is one of the least popular numbers in the NBA.  As of this post, there are only 12 players who wear number 6.  Among those 12 however, there are some spectacular athletes.

NO. NAME POS Team
6 Sean Kilpatrick SG Brooklyn
6 Cristiano Felicio PF Chicago
6 Darrun Hilliard SF Detroit
6 Terrence Jones PF Houston
6 DeAndre Jordan C LA Clippers
6 Jordan Clarkson PG LA Lakers
6 Mario Chalmers PG Memphis
6 Steve Novak SF Milwaukee
6 Kristaps Porzingis PF NY
6 Randy Foye SG OKC
6 Cory Joseph PG Raptors
6 Alan Anderson SG Wizards

New York Knicks' rookie, and fourth overall draft pick, Kristaps Porzingis dons the number 6. 



I guess Knicks' management knew what they were doing when they drafted the young Latvian, heh?  He's on pace to break 1,000 points this season.

Also wearing number 6 is rebound machine DeAndre Jordan for the Los Angeles Clippers.  He's also quite good at dunking the rock:





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Best Dallas Cowboy to Wear Number 23

23 is an interesting jersey number which could be worn by either a cornerback or a running back.  It's a very famous number, of course, because of the best basketball player to ever dunk a ball.

For the Dallas Cowboys, number 23 hasn't been quite as famous.  Of those to don the number, Tashard Choice is my pick for the best.

Choice was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL draft, and saw quite a bit of time on the field in his rookie season with the Cowboys.  He got three starts and played in 16 games for the Cowboys, rushing for 472 yards and two touchdowns.  Choice also caught 21 passes for 185 yards.

In his sophomore campaign, playing primarily behind Felix Jones and Marian Barber, Choice's rushing attempts would actually decrease.  With 64 rushes, he notched 349 yards and found the end zone three times.

The 2010 season would see his rushing attempts tick up slightly, but his yards per carry decrease.  He remained with three touchdowns, and his receiving attempts were nearly flat.

In 2011, the Cowboys had drafted DeMarco Murray, and also had undrafted rookie Phillip Tanner on their squad.  Although Choice did have 28 carries for the team that season, he was eventually waived.  He would finish is Dallas career with 250 carries for 1,139 yards and 8 touchdowns.


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Friday

Who Wears Number 5 in the NBA?

Moving along in our posts of who wears each number in the NBA, let's look at the number 5.  Not a hugely popular number among NBA players.  Here's the list:

NO. NAME POS Team
5 Amar'e Stoudemire PF Miami
5 Bobby Portis PF Chicago
5 DeMarre Carroll SF Raptors
5 Gorgui Dieng C Minnesota
5 J.J. Barea PG Dallas
5 J.R. Smith SG Cleveland
5 James Anderson SG Kings
5 Josh Smith C Houston
5 Kendall Marshall PG 76ers
5 Kendrick Perkins C New Orleans
5 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG Detroit
5 Kyle Singler SF OKC
5 Lavoy Allen PF Indiana
5 Markieff Morris PF Wizards
5 Marreese Speights C Golden State
5 Michael Carter-Williams PG Milwaukee
5 Nicolas Batum SG Charlotte
5 Pat Connaughton SG Portland
5 Rodney Hood SG Jazz
5 Victor Oladipo SG Orlando
5 Will Barton SF Denver

On this list, you'll see some famous, and controversial, NBA athletes.  Include among those, J.R. Smith.  Currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the veteran guard has notched 10,842 regular season NBA points as of this post.  



Veteran Josh Smith has worn number 5 for the majority of his NBA career.  Through the 2014-15 NBA season, Smith had nine consecutive seasons of scoring more than 1,000 points.



Third-year player Victor Oladipo is on pace for his third consecutive season scoring 1,000 points or more.  The former number two pick overall by Orlando is playing up to his hype.

See some of Oladipo's top plays while with Orlando here:

 

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Thursday

Best Dallas Cowboy to Wear Number 22

This is certainly an easy one.  When you think of the number 22, you think of one player, if you're a Dallas Cowboys fan.  That player is Mr. Emmitt Smith.

Not only is Smith the best NFL athlete to wear number 22, but he's also the best professional athlete to wear number 22.  Why is he the best?  Take a look at the video below.


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Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 21

Number 21 was worn for the Dallas Cowboys by "Neon" Deion Sanders, between the 1995 and 1999 NFL seasons.  Sanders wore number 21 throughout the majority of his NFL career, until its culmination with the Baltimore Ravens when he wore number 37.

Sanders signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1995, after spending several seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and one with the San Francisco 49ers.  While with the Cowboys, Sanders not only played his trademark style of defense where he was a "ball-hawk" picking off passes at an alarming rate for offensive coordinators, but he also saw significant time at wide receiver, as you'll see in the video below.


Sanders, of course, helped the Cowboys win the Super Bowl following the 1995 NFL season.  In the five seasons he spent with Dallas, Sanders racked up the following numbers:

  • 14 regular season interceptions
  • 2 INT TDs
  • 2 Playoff INTs
  • 89 regular season punt returns
  • 1,184 regular season punt return yards
  • 4 regular season punt return TDs
  • 49 regular season receptions
  • 624 regular season reception yards
  • 1 regular season receiving TD
  • 1 playoff rushing TD
He was also a four-time Pro Bowl nominee while in his five seasons with the Cowboys.

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Who Wears Number 4 in the NBA?

For whatever reason, 4 doesn't seem to be a hugely popular number in the NBA.  That's not saying that there aren't some real good players who wear the number.  But with 15 athletes wearing the number in the league, number 4 doesn't seem to be as popular as number 3 for example.

Below is the list of NBA players who wear the number 4 as of this post.

NO. NAME POS Team
4 Isaiah Thomas PG Boston
4 Paul Millsap PF Atlanta
4 Iman Shumpert SG Cleveland
4 Brandon Rush SF Golden State
4 J.J. Redick SG LA Clippers
4 Ryan Kelly PF LA Lakers
4 Josh McRoberts PF Miami
4 Greg Smith PF Minnesota
4 Arron Afflalo SG NY
4 Nick Collison PF OKC
4 Elfrid Payton PG Orlando
4 Nerlens Noel PF 76ers
4 Tyson Chandler C Suns
4 Maurice Harkless SF Portland
4 Luis Scola PF Raptors

(Roster numbers courtesy of ESPN)

J.J. Reddick can surely hit the net from beyond the arc.



And this guy out of the University of Washington, who has scored more than 1,000 points in four of his last five seasons is a pretty good baller too.


What do you think?  Who's the best NBA player to wear the number 4 right now?  All-time, I'll tell ya that the best to wear number 4 in the NBA is this guy.

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Thursday

Best Dallas Cowboy To Wear Number 20

Mel Renfro played his entire NFL career for the Dallas Cowboys, while wearing number 20, spanning the 1964 through 1977 regular seasons.  As a rookie out the University of Oregon, having been drafted by the Dallas Cowboys 17th overall in 1964, Renfro immediately became a starter.

In 14 games as a rookie, Renfro shone with 7 interceptions, one of which was for a touchdown.  Statistically speaking, that would be one of Renfro's finest seasons.  In addition to his defensive prowess, he also returned kicks and punts, and led the league in both categories.  He fielded 32 punts for 418 yards and a TD, while taking 40 kicks for 1,017 yards.

In his second season with Dallas, he wasn't as prolific in interceptions, but did return one for 90 yards.  Same was true for his punt and kick returns in the amount he had, but did bring one back 100 yards for a TD.  Over time, Renfro's return duties would diminish as he focused on being a defensive back.  In 1969 he had his best season when he picked off 10 passes for 118 yards.

Over his long NFL career, spent entirely with the Dallas Cowboys, this fierce defender put up the following stats:

  • 52 Interceptions
  • 626 Interception Return Yards
  • 3 Interception TDs
  • 90 Yard Interception Return (Long)
  • 4 Playoff Interceptions
  • 109 Punt Returns
  • 842 Punt Return Yards
  • 85 Kick Returns
  • 2,246 Kick Return Yards
  • 2 Kick Return TDs
  • 100 Yard Kick Return (Long)
  • 10-time Pro Bowl selection
  • 2-time Super Bowl Champion
  • 1996 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee
Did you know.......that Renfro was part of a world-record setting 440 yard relay team while at the University of Oregon?  

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