So far, picking the best player for these corresponding days has been a walk in the park (although I did admit I had three players in a toss-up in Sunday's post)– but I came across my first challenge determining the Best 83.
Starting, here are all of the players who have rocked the No.83:
- Ventell Bryant
- Mike Clark
- Hayward Clay
- Harold Deters
- Doug Donley
- Jim Doran
- Lee Folkins
- Terry Glenn
- Leon Gonzalez
- Kelvin Martin
- Wane McGarity
- Joey Mickey
- Anthony Miller
- Golden Richards
- Martin Rucker
- T.J. Vasher
- Kendell Watkins
- James Whalen
- Terrance Williams
Going off that list, you can argue that Terry Glenn, Golden Richards, and Terrance Williams are all viable candidates for the selection, but after a deep dive on each player's impact–I chose Glenn as the Best 83.
And for those curious, the order between the three went 3) Williams, 2) Richards (who came super-close to being selected first), and then Glenn.
While Glenn didn't help bring the Cowboys a Super Bowl title, he was a transcending talent in the NFL and during his times with the Boys.
Check out Glenn's NFL/Cowboys career below, and be on the lookout for tomorrow's post that crowns the Best #82.
(Hint: It may be a TE that EVERY fan knows.)
Terry Glenn's NFL/Dallas Cowboys Career
Glenn's NFL career began in 1996 when he got drafted by the New England Patriots (1st Round, 7th overall) out of the Ohio State University. Glenn would play for the Pats for six years, grab a Super Bowl Trophy during his time in Foxborough, and then get traded to the Green Bay Packers in 2003.
After one season playing in front of cheese heads (Green Bay Packer fans), Glenn would get traded again, but this time to the Dallas Cowboys. In his first year, Glenn was reunited with his former HC Bill Parcells (dating back to his New England days) and would help the team make the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 1999.
After a modest, statistical first year (52 receptions for 752 yards and 5 TDs), Glenn would finish his next season with only 24 receptions for 400 yards and 2 TDs, as he suffered a sprained right foot–which limited him all season.
Statistically, his best year donning the silver and blue came in 2005, when he had 62 receptions for 1,136 yards and seven touchdowns. Glenn would follow up with another 1,000-yard season in 2006, and he was one of two 1000-yard WRs that former Cowboys QB Tony Romo had in his rookie season.
Unfortunately, Glenn would spiral into the end of his NFL career, as he would get released in 2008 by the franchise because of concerns with his right knee. Following his career, Glenn battled some issues with law enforcement and tragically passed away in a car accident in 2017.
Nonetheless, Glenn was crowned as my Best No. 83 to ever rock the star on their helmet and will forever be a Cowboys legend in every fan's heart.
May he rest in peace.
— Carlos Saldana (@Carlos_Saldana) January 27, 2022