Old-school Sammy Morris happy with No. 23

IRVING, Texas -- Sammy Morris wore No. 34 with New England. He wore No. 31 in Miami and also had No. 33 for a couple of years in Buffalo.

He chose No. 23 with the Cowboys because it matched his birthday: March 23, 1977.

But he had No. 33 in his hands for a quick spell.

“I actually had that number for about 10 seconds and then I was thinking, ‘Nah, I’m an old-school football fan and I loved Tony Dorsett,'” Morris said. “I’ve met him a couple of times and his son. I just feel like that’s hallowed ground, so I just got right back in 23.”

Morris thought Dorsett’s number would be retired, but the Cowboys have not retired any numbers. They just don’t hand out Roger Staubach’s No. 12 and make sure Bob Lilly’s No. 74 is not worn in the regular season.