The Top 10 Kickers in the History of Your Dallas Cowboys

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Already with company in training camp in the form of free agents Dan Bailey and Kai Forbath, David Buehler's job as Cowboys' kicker became more tenuous Tuesday when the team signed veteran Shayne Graham.

Graham made his name with the Bengals from 2003-09, and last year was 12 of 12 for the Patriots in the regular season and 2-2 in their playoff loss to the Jets. This preseason he missed kicks from 49 and 29 yards in the Redskins' opener and was released.

He's a veteran with big-game experience, something the Cowboys might settle for in the wake of draft picks Nick Folk and now Buehler not exactly answering their kicker question.

Amazing how kickers are merely afterthought interchangables in the NFL, and how most -- other than Jason Elam with the Broncos or the Redskins' Mark Moseley or the Raiders' George Blanda and Sebastian Janikowski -- don't stick with one team long enough to form an identity.

How important are they? I'm saying a kicker is more important than a baseball closer. Because while a good closer will seal the deal on maybe 45 wins (about 1/4th of his team's games), a kicker might have a foot in half his team's outcomes. For example, last season seven of the Cowboys' 16 games -- including the final six under Jason Garrett -- were decided by 3 points or less.

From the first (Fred Cone) through the most recent (Graham), a look at the best feet in Cowboys' history.

10. Toni Fritsch -- Austrian was one of NFL's first soccer-style kickers in '72, but missed 38 of 99 FGs over three seasons.

9. Ken Willis -- Connected on four 50+-yard FGs in '90-91.

8. Mike Clark -- Made 68 FGs from '68-71, including a rare 9-yarder in Super Bowl VI.

7. Richie Cunningham -- Team-record 34 FGs in 37 attempts in '97.

6. Eddie Murray -- His one season was a beeyewt, making game-winner at Giants to clinch NFC East and help Dallas to Super Bowl XXVIII.


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30 comments
Dklly
Dklly

Is beeyewt a good thing?

No Danny No
No Danny No

If you're talking PLACE kickers, sure, we'll go with your list. 

If you're talking all kickers (punters included) then brother, it's number 11, Danny White that has to be in the top 5.

Human Bowling Ball
Human Bowling Ball

George Blanda's identity is with the Houston Oilers when he was QB and place kicker.  If you think his career highlights were only with Oakland, you're a fool.

Just Me
Just Me

I'm not some dude in the next cubicle.

just thinkin'
just thinkin'

Mike Clark!  REALLY?  He barely made 55% of his kicks.  (I realize that I may the only one that looks at this blog old enough to remember him)

therrick
therrick

When do we get a Top 10 Equipment Managers in the History of your Dallas Cowboys? I'm on the edge of my seat myself.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Question: when you write an Observer piece and get few comments(except for the A&M article, bravo, you got a bonus this week for that one I'm sure) but the thing takes up 6x as much space as this article, then why the hell does this one have a jump? Schutze's articles are ridiculously long and there's never a jump and he gets plenty of page views. I'd like an answer Richie, this is fucking stupid.

Mike Vanderjagt
Mike Vanderjagt

I've got my Ring of Honor inscription finished:

        Mike Vanderjagt2006 Week 1 - 2006 Week 11 

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

I wish the DO and Fail would KICK you to the curb and permanently off of there staff.

Mayor_of_Meh
Mayor_of_Meh

Are we going to get the top ten concessions at the Death Star next?

Mishon
Mishon

Total f-ing meh.

It really bugs me that you put your posts on 2 pages. There is absolute no need for it other than to get more page views. Unfair Park doesn't do it and neither should you. I don't want to hear you brag about the popularity of this blog anymore....the numbers are too skewed.

Also, quit being a little bitch and start commenting again.

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

Hard hitting stuff.

Lists are a crutch for the lazy/ignorant/unimaginative.

Sturms_Bloody_Rectum
Sturms_Bloody_Rectum

I can't wait for your interview with this new kicker, with behind scene questions like this:

1)"so, do you prefer kicking from the left or right hash mark?"2)"do you kickers really need to take a shower after games?"3)"have you ever tried a straight on toe kick?"4)"how does wind effect the ball?"

Feel free to use them.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

#2 Rafael Septein, there's an observation here somewhere...but I ain't touching it.

Kevin John Gilhooly
Kevin John Gilhooly

Waiting for Jerry to realize that a full second string isn't nearly as critical as having kickers for different ranges - the under-30yd guy, the over-30yd guy, the extra point guy, the kick-off guy.

Kickers are critical when your offense can't actually score touchdowns.

MoronDog
MoronDog

Holy crap.  Just when I think you might have a day with three decent posts of relevant and interesting sports information, you go and do something like this.....and totally redeem yourself.  Thanks for the steaming pile of horse crap to start my day.  It went well with my oatmeal.

therrick
therrick

Hell he has Septien 2nd on the list simply for being the longest tenured. I guess my cousin must have been one of the best students at Munday High School. He was there for years!

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

How about top ten men's rooms at the Death Star? He could do a sub-list of the places Romo has whipped it out.

Mayor_of_Meh
Mayor_of_Meh

Totally agree with the two-page layout...Never understood that about this blog...

MoronDog
MoronDog

I think you might be too old to touch him.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Seriously? You want 4 kickers on the roster?

nothing new here
nothing new here

looks like the comment section will be serving up the same old 'crap' too.

MoronDog
MoronDog

You either work for 105.3, you are doing a bit, or you are related to RW if you are making a serious attempt to defend his first post today as anything but a mailed-in sack of garbage.

Storm_71
Storm_71

When you put shit in you get shit out there champ.

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