Originally Posted by EndGame
Damn shame his career had to end that way. I remember watching that game while on a beach vacation in southern North Carolina. Wasn't Dallas 4-0 going into that game? I seem to remember they were tearing up the competition until Irvin got hurt, but after it was like their heart was ripped out.
This one play changed a lot in recent Cowboys history. Not only did it obviously end an incredible career, I also firmly believed this injury, and the domino effect of receiver injuries afterwards, effectively got Chan Gailey fired.
You could even go further back that season and say it all started with McKnight tearing up his knee in that late July scrimmage. Had that not happened, at least he and Rocket could have given it a go as the starting receivers.
They were headed to 4-0 in that game, and I really believed the way Aikman was getting comfortable in Chan's offense during his second season, we would have ended up in an NFC Championship Game showdown with the Rams.