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Fireworks on The Fourth: Ultimate Cowboys' Fantasy Roster



    Meat on the grill? Check.

    Bikinis by the pool? Check.

    Cold beverages in the ice chest? Check.

    Fireworks in the night sky? Check.

    All we need is a good debate. Because, especially on the Fourth of July, what’s more American than a good ol’ sports argument between friends?

    So here’s my holiday gift: The Ultimate Cowboys’ Fantasy Roster, from uniform numbers 1-99.

    It ain’t perfect, but it’s mine. Yours will likely have a tweak or two, or perhaps even a complete overhaul.

    I grew up with Drew Pearson, covered Michael Irvin and have the highest hopes for Dez Bryant. Sorry, for all his potential and flashes of brilliance the youngest 88 just doesn’t compare. Yet.

    The Cowboys revere uniform numbers, but they don't retire them. Should they? You don't see No. 8 or 12 or 74 running around at training camp, so why is 88 so readily given out? Even Antonio Bryant got a chance to scar the number.

    Drew will always be 88 to me (Hail Mary anyone?), but I concede that for a generation it's Irvin.

    But does No. 22 belong to the NFL's all-time leading rusher (Emmitt Smith) or a Hall-of-Fame receiver (Bob Hayes)? Is No. 54 a Super Bowl MVP (Chuck Howley), or a Super Bowl co-MVP (Randy White)? Does No. 80 conjure up images of a complimentary Super Bowl receiver in the '70s (Tony Hill) or '90s (Alvin Harper)?

    There's really only one number above debate. Only one player has ever worn No. 74 – Bob Lilly.

    Some new Cowboys - Henry Melton at No. 69 and George Selvie at No. 99 - own those jerseys by default. DeMarco Murray (29) has done enough to supplant Kenny Gant, and the same with Dan Bailey over Clint Stoerner at No. 5. Sean Lee can't stay healthy enough to challenge D.D. Lewis for No. 50.

    It's far from a settled, undisputed roster, so let the fireworks commence. Which Cowboy owns what uniform number?

    1. Rafael Septien

    2. Anthony Wright

    3. Eddie Murray

    4. Mike Saxon

    5. Dan Bailey

    6. Nick Folk

    7. Steve Beuerlein

    8. Troy Aikman

    9. Tony Romo

    10. Ron Widby

    11. Danny White

    12. Roger Staubach

    13. Jerry Rhome

    14. Craig Morton

    15. Toni Fritsch

    16. Steve Pelluer

    17. Don Meredith

    18. Chris Boniol

    19. Clint Longley

    20. Mel Renfro

    21. Deion Sanders

    22. Emmitt Smith

    23. Dwayne Goodrich

    24. Everson Walls

    25. Rod Hill

    26. Kevin Smith

    27. Thomas Everett

    28. Darren Woodson

    29. DeMarco Murray

    30. Dan Reeves

    31. Roy Williams

    32. Walt Garrison

    33. Tony Dorsett

    34. Cornell Green

    35. Calvin Hill

    36. Larry Brinson

    37. James Washington

    38. Ron Francis

    39. Brandon Carr

    40. Bill Bates

    41. Charlie Waters

    42. Randy Hughes

    43. Don Perkins

    44. Robert Newhouse

    45. Manny Hendrix

    46. Mark Washington

    47. Dextor Clinkscale

    48. Daryl Johnston

    49. Brett Pierce

    50. D.D. Lewis

    51. Ken Norton

    52. Dave Edwards

    53. Mark Stepnoski

    54. Randy White

    55. Lee Roy Jordan

    56. Thomas Henderson

    57. Bruce Huther

    58. Mike Hegman

    59. Darrin Smith

    60. Don Smerek

    61. Nate Newton

    62. John Fitzgerald

    63. Larry Cole

    64. Tom Rafferty

    65. Andre Gurode

    66. George Andrie

    67. Russell Maryland

    68. Herb Scott

    69. Henry Melton

    70. Rayfield Wright

    71. Mark Tuinei

    72. Ed Jones

    73. Larry Allen

    74. Bob Lilly

    75. Jethro Pugh

    76. Flozell Adams

    77. Tyron Smith

    78. Leon Lett

    79. Harvey Martin

    80. Tony Hill

    81. Terrell Owens

    82. Jason Witten

    83. Kelvin Martin

    84. Jay Novacek

    85. Kevin Williams

    86. Butch Johnson

    87. Jay Saldi

    88. Michael Irvin

    89. Billy Joe Dupree

    90. Jay Ratliff

    91. Matt Vanderbeek

    92. Tony Tolbert

    93. Anthony Spencer

    94. Charles Haley

    95. Chad Hennings

    96. Marcus Spears

    97. La'Roi Glover

    98. Greg Ellis

    99. George Selvie

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.