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The “Worst Non-Active Player” in Cowboys History? SI Makes Their Choice


Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Cowboys included.

The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was truly a bust – that being former DE Shante Carver, who was in a word – awful.

Shante Carver
DE, Dallas Cowboys

When Jerry Jones’s efforts to trade up for USC’s Willie McGinest were unsuccessful in the 1993 draft (his first after parting with Jimmy Johnson), the Cowboys took Carver from Arizona State with the No. 23 pick. Carver had amassed 10 sacks in his final collegiate season and set the school career record for quarterback takedowns—that was eventually broken by Terrell Suggs—so Jones can be forgiven for assuming he’d get something out of his first-rounder.

That didn’t happen. In his rookie year, Carver was plagued by injuries and involved in an car accident. His third season was marked by a six-game suspension for repeated violations of the league’s drug policy. Carver logged a career-high six sacks in 1997, but the Cowboys made no attempt to re-sign him, and he didn’t catch on anywhere else. He finished his NFL career with 11.5 sacks and 20 solo tackles, marking a very bad start to Jones’s personnel experience. After stints in the CFL, XFL and AFL, Carver finally hung up his cleats in 2004.

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