Nothing wrong with LB Keith Brooking, but he’s not a better #51 than Ken Norton.
Training camp begins in San Antonio on July 27, so it’s about time to finish this series updating the greatest Dallas Cowboys by their jersey numbers. This one focuses on number 51 through 55.
Several good players have worn #51, including Ken Norton and Dave Manders. Keith Brooking has worn the number since 2009, but he does not rank in the same category as those two (at least with respect to what he’s done in Dallas).
A couple of no-names have worn #52 in the past few years, including Carlos Polk (2008) and Leon Williams (2010). New linebacker Dan Connor is schedule to wear it in 2012. Dexter Coakley and Dave Edwards are still at the top.
Linebackers Steve Octavien (2008-09) and Bruce Carter (2011-present) have worn #53. Note that Carter is scheduled to wear #54 in 2012. The greatest to wear #53 remains center Mark Stepnoski, though.
Two of the greatest players of all time wore #54, including Randy White and Chuck Howley. First-round bust Bobby Carpenter wore the number from 2006 to 2009, and linebackers Jason Williams and Kenwin Cummings have worn it since. Carter will wear it in 2012.
Zach Thomas wore #55 during his only season with Dallas in 2008. Second-year player Alex Albright is scheduled to wear it after wearing #47 in 2011.
And the complete list…
- Dallas Cowboys Jersey Numbers: Updates for Nos. 41 through 45
- Dallas Cowboys Jersey Numbers: Updates for Nos. 46 through 50
- Dallas Cowboys Jersey Numbers: Updates for Nos. 36 through 40
- Dallas Cowboys Jersey Numbers: Updates for Nos. 31 through 35