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Focusing On No. 94: Counting Down Days To Training Camp


IRVING, Texas – While the focus remains heavily on the draft and free agency, it won't be too long before the Cowboys report to training camp in Oxnard, Calif.

It'll be a longer camp and preseason this year with the Cowboys playing five exhibition games, including the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. That pushes up the start date to camp, meaning the pads will be coming on before too long.

So as we count down the days to camp, let's take a light-hearted look at the significance of each number as we stroll through the years of Cowboys football, continuing today with No. 94:

  • Some talented and decorated players have donned the Cowboys' No. 94, from Michael Myers to Charles Haley, but no player wearing the Cowboys' No. 94 may ever be as useful or gifted as the player currently sporting those digits. With 111 sacks in just eight seasons, DeMarcus Ware will already go down as one of the greatest Cowboys defenders ever.
  •  Haley had his best season with the Cowboys in 1994, when he finished the year with 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception.
  • Speaking of the best players in Cowboys' history, the '94 draft produced Hall of Fame guard Larry Allen. The Cowboys swooped up the former Sonoma State lineman, who'd go on to play 12 seasons in Dallas and win a Super Bowl.
  • Former Cowboys Tony Dorsett and Randy White were both inducted into the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility in 1994. They also became the ninth and 10th members of the Ring of Honor.
  • Bob Lilly is the only Cowboys player with exactly 94 sacks in his career. Seven other players – Jim Jeffcoat, Jethro Pugh, George Andrie, Ed Jones, Randy White, Ware and Harvey Martin – sit ahead of him on that list.
  • The '94 season marked Chris Boniol's first with the Cowboys as the primary place kicker. He'd go on to become the Cowboys' assistant special teams coach, where he remains.
  • Barry Switzer was also named the new head coach in 1994, replacing Jimmy Johnson, who stepped down as the head coach the previous day.
  • Safety Darren Woodson tied for the team lead in interceptions with five in 1994. His longest interception return that season went for 94 yards, marking the fifth longest touchdown return in franchise history.
  • The Cowboys' longest return on a field goal attempt came in 1962, when Jerry Norton returned an attempt 94 yards for a touchdown at St. Louis. [embedded_ad]
  • Alvin Harper holds the Cowboys' record for longest pass reception in a playoff game, scoring a 94-yard touchdown on a pass from Troy Aikman in 1995 against Green Bay.
  • The Cowboys played in front of the largest crowd to witness at NFL game at the time in 1994. When they went to Mexico City for a preseason game against the Houston Oilers, they competed in front a crowd of 112,376 fans.
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