Everybody wants to be Number One.
But since 1974, no one has been Number 74 for the Dallas Cowboys.
Every number on the Cowboys has been worn by multiple players, from 1 to 99. But only Bob Lily, “Mr. Cowboy,” can lay claim to that Number 74 jersey.
The head coach can certainly tell you who Number 74 was.
But what about the man currently wearing that number, rookie defensive end Dorance Armstrong?
“I can’t,” said Armstrong.
So what does that name Mr. Cowboy, Bob Lily, mean to him?
‘It’ll tell me who Number 74 is,” Armstrong said.
Head coach Jason Garrett certainly knows – “Absolutely, Mr. Cowboy!” – but says Armstrong wearing that number shouldn’t be seen as too significant.
“These numbers change as we go for lots of different reasons,” Garrett said. “Young guys sometimes get some numbers they don’t stick with as they continue to progress. But i’ll say this about Dorance, he’s showing up every day.”
Cowboys radio play-by-play man Brad Sham will be entering his 40th year in the broadcast booth, and he has seen a lot of numbers come and a lot of numbers go.
‘Dorance Armstrong is the first guy in my memory who has worn 74, who I have said to myself, ‘Oh this guy is going to have to get a new number,'” Sham said of Armstrong. “The rest of them, ‘Oh, this guy is going to have to get a new job.'”
What if Armstrong petitioned to get that number? What if he were to say, “Hey I know he had 74, but I’d like to wear that”?
“I’ll rock it and I’ll try to do the same things he did,” Armstrong said.
Which would be pretty impressive,since Mr. Cowboy is in the Hall of Fame.
So when the regular season starts, Dorance Armstrong, like every training camp Number 74 before him, will be in search of a new number.