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Dallas Cowboys Ring Of Honor

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  1. Hostile

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    :star: 74 - Bob Lilly :star:
    "Mr. Cowboy"
    1961 - 1974
    DT, Texas Christian University

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    11 Time Pro Bowl...1962, 64 - 73
    6 time All Pro...1964 - 65, 67 - 69, 71

    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 11/23/75
    Inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame 8/2/80

    Link to Bob Lilly's Ring of Honor page.

    Before earning the nickname "Mr. Cowboy", Bob Lilly was the first player ever drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1961. So it is fitting that Lilly not only became the first Cowboys player inducted into the Ring of Honor in 1975, but also became the franchise's first player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. During the course of 14 seasons with the Cowboys, Lilly was named Rookie of the Year in 1961, was selected to the Pro Bowl a club-record 11-times - 10 consecutive selections between 1964-74 - was named to the All-Pro team seven times and played in two Super Bowls, including the club's very first Super Bowl victory, 24-3 over Miami in Super Bowl VI.

    As the foundation of the famed "Doomsday Defense", Lilly's intensity was readily apparent in an infamous scene after the Cowboys' Super Bowl V loss to the Baltimore Colts when he ripped his helmet off and hurled it into the air. The following year, the Lilly-led Cowboys defense held Miami to only a field goal in Super Bowl VI, the fewest points every given up in Super Bowl history.

    "The competition is what I love," Lilly once said. "That makes me a lot more intense. Personalities don't enter into it at all. My objective is to get the man with the ball. Nobody better get in my way."

    Lilly is the Cowboys' all-time leader in consecutive games played at 196, is tied for second with 14 seasons played and second all-time with 194 games started. Lilly led the Cowboys in sacks three consecutive years, beginning with his rookie season.

    "A man like that comes along once in a lifetime," late Cowboys head coach Tom Landry said in 1972. "He is something a little bit more than great. Nobody is better than Bob Lilly."

    Lilly was a two-time All-American defensive end at Texas Christian University and a two-time all-Southwest Conference team selection.

    Born July 26 1939, in Olney, Texas.


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    :star: 17 - Don Meredith :star:
    "Dandy Don"
    1960 - 1968
    QB, Southern Methodist University

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    3 time Pro Bowl...1966 - 68

    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 11/7/76

    Link to Don Meredith's Ring of Honor page.


    Throughout his nine-year career with the Cowboys, "Dandy" Don Meredith was one of the Cowboys' most recognizable stars, his brash, outgoing style epitomizing the growing city he played in during his college and professional career. And while the free-spirited Meredith didn't always have a loving relationship with the Cowboys faithful, his lasting legacy will be that of leading his team to three straight division championships and trips to consecutive NFL Championship games following the 1966 and 1967 seasons, losing both times, though, to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. During the 1966 season, the Cowboys' first winning season in franchise history (10-3-1), Meredith was named NFL Player of the Year, throwing a career-high 24 touchdown passes that season. He also was one of nine Dallas players named to the Pro Bowl that year, Meredith's first of two career Pro Bowl selections.

    Meredith still is one of only three Cowboys quarterbacks (Roger Staubach and Danny White the other two) to have thrown for at least 300 yards in three games during a single season. And he still holds the record for the longest pass completion in franchise history, hooking up on a 95-yard touchdown pass to Bob Hayes on Nov. 11, 1966. Meredith also is tied for the franchise lead for having thrown the most touchdown passes in a single game, completing five in three different games, the most of any of the four other quarterbacks he's tied with.

    "Dandy" Don unexpectedly retired before the 1969 season, and while the fans in Dallas were known to get on him at the Cotton Bowl, his coaches and teammates were not ready to let him go.

    "I tried to talk him out of it," late Cowboys head coach Tom Landry said. "But when you lose your desire in this game, that's it."

    Meredith eventually would go on to a prosperous TV career as an analyst on Monday Night Football.

    Meredith spent his entire college and pro careers in Dallas, attending SMU for four years and playing nine for the Cowboys. He was a two-time All-American at SMU where he shattered all of SMU's passing records. The Cowboys, in an attempt to prevent the AFL upstart Dallas Texans from signing Meredith out of college, worked a trade for future draft picks with the Chicago Bears to acquire his rights and allow original Cowboys owner Clint Murchison Jr. to sign him to a personal services contract.

    In 1976, Meredith joined former Cowboys running back Don Perkins as the second and third members of the Ring of Honor. Meredith and Perkins began and ended their careers together, so it was fitting they be inducted into the Ring together.

    Born April 10, 1938, in Mount Vernon, Texas.

    Link to the Don Meredith Ring of Honor thread.
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    :star: 43 - Don Perkins :star:
    1961 - 1968
    RB, New Mexico

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    6 time Pro Bowl...1961 - 63, 66 - 68
    1 time All Pro...1962


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 11/7/76

    Link to Don Perkins' Ring of Honor page.

    When Don Perkins retired following an eight-year career with the Dallas Cowboys, only four other running backs in NFL history had rushed for more yards than his 6,217. "I was small," the 5-10, 204-pound Perkins once said, "but I was one that was afraid. When you're scared, you can run real fast."
    Perkins still ranks third on the franchise's all-time rushing list. Not bad since the first two are Emmitt Smith, headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame once he retires, and Tony Dorsett, already enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

    But Perkins always will be known as the first Cowboy to rush for 6,000 career yards, doing so first as a running back and finally as a fullback.

    Perkins' six seasons leading the team in rushing ranks third, as does his 42 career rushing touchdowns. His 10, 100-yard games in his eight-year career ranks fourth in club history, trailing only Smith, Dorsett and Calvin Hill. And his four consecutive years leading the team in rushing touchdowns ranks has him in a second-place tie behind only Smith.

    "He was one of the best blocking fullbacks in the league," former teammate Bob Lilly said in 1976, a tribute to his all-around game, especially in the later years when he was moved to fullback.

    Perkins was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, and in 1961 was named the NFL Rookie of the Year, following that up with All-Pro honors in 1962.

    Perkins retired in 1969 on the day that players were to report to training camp. Many of his teammates and coaches thought he was leaving the game too early, but Perkins knew it was time to move on, even though he would finish ranking among ranking among the top 10 NFL rushers in each of his eight seasons.

    "I don't feel I'm washed up," Perkins said, "but then again I'm not naive enough to believe I'm just coming into my own either."

    But it didn't take long to inscribe Perkins' name into the team's Ring of Honor, inducted in 1976 along with his quarterback throughout his career, Don Meredith.

    Perkins was a standout running back at the University of New Mexico where he was a three-time All-Skyline selection before signing with the Cowboys.

    Born March 4, 1938, in Waterloo, Iowa.

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    :star: 54 - Chuck Howley :star:
    1961 - 1973
    LB, West Virginia

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    6 time Pro Bowl...1965 - 69, 71
    5 time All Pro...1963, 67 - 70
    Super Bowl V MVP

    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 10/30/77

    Link to Chuck Howley's Ring of Honor page.

    Coming to the Cowboys in a trade with the Chicago Bears in 1961 after once having given up on his NFL career, Chuck Howley became one of the greatest outside linebackers in Cowboys history and the only player to win Super Bowl MVP honors while on the losing team.

    Howley's outstanding speed and agility enabled him to intercept 25 passes for 399 yards during his 14 seasons with the Cowboys while playing linebacker. He was selected to six Pro Bowls and earned six All-Pro selections in a row, enough to become the fourth player in franchise history inducted into the Ring of Honor (1976).

    "Sometimes we allow certain people like Chuck or Bob Lilly to vary from our defensive pattern," late Cowboys head coach Tom Landry once said. "People like Chuck can often do this and get away with it because of their outstanding athletic ability."

    Two years after being drafted by the Bears with a first-round pick in 1958, Howley retired from football because of a knee injury, and began working at a gas station. However, in the spring of 1961, Howley tested the knee in a West Virginia University alumni game and decided to try pro football again.

    The Cowboys were interested, and traded two future picks (1963) to acquire the rights to the one-time multi-sport star at West Virginia.

    What a trade it turned out to be, Howley ending up playing 14 seasons for the Cowboys, tying him for the second longest tenure in franchise history.

    Howley would play in two NFL Championship games and two Super Bowls. He still holds the distinction of being a member of the Cowboys' first Super Bowl-winning team, winning Super Bowl VI over the Miami Dolphins, and having earned MVP honors in Super Bowl V despite losing the game to the Baltimore Colts.

    Howley was a five-sport letterman at West Virginia, including the Southern Conference one-meter diving champion, a sprinter on the track team, and excelled in gymnastics and wrestling. In football, Howley was All-Southern Conference for three years and was named Southern Conference Athlete of the Year his junior year.

    "I just hope I can be considered the best at my position," Howley said once said. "I gave what I could. You look back on life and think, was there more I could have done. I don't know that I could have."

    Born June 28, 1936, in Wheeling, W.Va.


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    :star: 20 - Mel Renfro :star:

    1964 - 1977
    DB, Oregon

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    10 time Pro Bowl...1964 - 73
    4 time All Pro...1965, 69, 71, 73


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 10/25/81
    Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame 7/27/96

    Link to Mel Renfro's Ring of Honor page.

    Mel Renfro first came to the Cowboys a highly-acclaimed running back out of the University of Oregon. But Cowboys head coach Tom Landry saw Renfro as a defensive back when they selected him in the second round of the 1964 draft.

    And what a defensive back he was, becoming arguably the best safety-cornerback during his 14-year career to ever play for the Cowboys, and one of the best to ever play in the NFL. His 52 career interceptions and 26.4-yard career kickoff-return average still stand as team records, both a tribute to his running ability.

    The NFL certainly got to know Renfro in a hurry, having been elected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons in the NFL - the first six at free safety and the final four at cornerback. His 10 Pro Bowl appearances is second to only Bob Lilly's 11 for the Cowboys.

    On top of his 10 Pro Bowls, Renfro was a four-time All-Pro, playing in four Super Bowls and eight NFC Championships. He became the fifth member of the exclusive Ring of Honor in 1981, and was finally elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996 in his 14th year of eligibility.

    Renfro's 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys ties him for second in club history, just one shy of the record.

    While at Oregon, Renfro led the team in rushing three consecutive years and was a two-time All-American. Despite coming to the NFL as an acclaimed runner, Renfro only ran the ball eight times during his career, all in 1966.

    Landry saw a free safety first, Renfro spending his first six seasons at safety and the final eight at corner.

    In the middle of Renfro's All-Pro 1969 season, Landry was uncharacteristically complimentary toward one of his players, calling him "the best in the league at free safety."

    But the Cowboys certainly figured out a way to capitalize on Renfro's running ability, having him return punts and kickoffs early in his career. He led the NFL in kickoff and punt returns his rookie season, and had seven interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Renfro still is tied for the franchise lead with two career touchdown returns, and his 30-yard kick-off return average in 1965 still remains as the single-season high.

    But it was interceptions Renfro was best known for during his career. In his first six years at free safety, Renfro totaled 30 interceptions. His interception totals declined somewhat when Landry moved him to cornerback for good in 1970. The decline had more to do with quarterbacks' reluctance to throw his way than any diminishing skills or quickness. His 626 interception return yards still stands as a career record for the Cowboys.

    That 1971 Pro Bowl possibly was the greatest indication of Renfro's all-round ability. Not only did he play cornerback, but be also returned two punts for touchdowns, leading the NFC to a 27-6 win and earning the game's Most Valuable Player award.

    Born Dec. 30, 1941, in Houston, Texas.


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    :star: 12 - Roger Staubach :star:
    "Captain America"
    1969 - 1979
    QB, Navy

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    6 time Pro Bowl...1971, 75 - 79
    Super Bowl VI MVP


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 10/9/83
    Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame 8/3/85

    Link to Roger Staubach's Ring of Honor page.

    Good things come to those who wait, and certainly the Dallas Cowboys' patience in the mid-60's was supremely rewarded, landing one of the best players in franchise history because they were willing to wait for Roger Staubach to fulfill his military commitment.

    For that five years of patience, the Cowboys landed the guy who became better know as "Roger The Dodger" over the next 11 years when he was selected to six Pro Bowls - including five consecutively - and was named the NFL Players Association Most Valuable Player in 1971. Staubach led the NFL in passing four times and was selected to the All-NFC team four times.

    "He is one of the finest to ever play the game," Green Bay Packers Quarterback Bart Starr once said of Staubach. "I think if I had some of that Staubach competitiveness, I'd have been much better."

    Staubach was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1964 from the Naval Academy, but did not join the team until 1969 due to his Navy commitment.

    Former president and general manager Tex Schramm signed Staubach to a futures contract in a hotel room in 1964, actually scribbling out the details on a legal-sized tablet that would have Staubach paid annually to participate in training camp practices when he had enough leave built up.

    The 1963 Heisman Trophy winner showed up in Dallas as a 27-year-old rookie, but in those 11 seasons still managed carve out the franchise's all-time leading quarterback rating of 83.42 and became a five-time NFL passing champion. But Staubach almost became better known for his scrambling ability, and to this day ranks eighth on the Cowboys' all-time rushing list with 2,264 yards.

    Staubach owns the second most passing yards in club history, 22,700, and his 3,586 in 1979 still ranks as the second most passing yards in a single season for the Cowboys. He also still leads the club with a career average of 7.67 yards per attempt and his three, 300-yard passing performances in 1979 has him tied for the single-season lead with Don Meredith and Danny White.

    Staubach also become known as "Captain Comeback" for his 23 fourth-quarter come-from-behind victories in regular season and playoff games, including 14 in the final two minutes or overtime. Never was this more apparent than in a 1975 playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings when Staubach connected with wide receiver Drew Pearson on a desperation 50-yard "Hail Mary" touchdown pass that knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs.

    "You could never defeat Roger mentally or physically," late Cowboys head coach Tom Landry said in 1983. "He was like that in a game, in practice, or in the business world."

    Staubach ended his Cowboys career with four Super Bowl appearances, including wins in Super Bowls VI and XII. In Super Bowl VI, Staubach was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

    Following the 1979 season, Staubach retired, fearing the after-effects of recurring concussions.

    In 1983, Staubach became the sixth member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor and two years later was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Born Feb. 5, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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    :star: 55 - Lee Roy Jordan :star:
    1963 - 1976
    LB, Alabama

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    5 time Pro Bowl...1967 - 69, 73 - 74
    2 time All Pro...1967, 73


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 10/29/89

    Link to Lee Roy Jordan's Ring of Honor page.

    Lee Roy Jordan tackled many challenges throughout his pro football career with the Dallas Cowboys. So it is fitting Jordan, who played middle linebacker during his 14-year career with the Cowboys at just 6-1, 215 pounds, still ranks as the franchise's all-time leading tackler.

    Jordan, an All-American at Alabama taken with the team's top pick in the 1963 draft, was a key member of the Cowboys' famed "Doomsday Defense." The 14-seasons he played in Dallas ties him with four others for the second longest playing tenure in franchise history.

    In his 14 seasons, Jordan became a two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler while playing in three Super Bowls and five NFC Championship games. After a 13-year wait following his retirement, Jordan became the seventh member of the Cowboys' exclusive Ring of Honor in 1989.

    Amazingly, more than 25 years after his retirement, Jordan still holds Cowboys records for career solo tackles with 743, is second in career assisted tackles with 493 and, of course, holds the career combined tackles record with 1,236. Jordan still holds the third and fourth highest totals of solo tackles in a single season with 100 in 1975 and 97 in 1968.

    The dominating middle linebacker's 14 solo tackles against Philadelphia on Oct. 28, 1973, ranks him tied for third on the club's all-time list. And Jordan also is tied for the franchise's single-game interception lead with three, coming against the Cincinnati Bengals in 1973. That game helped Jordan finish seventh on the Cowboys' career interception list with 32.

    Not only was Jordan an able defender against the run and pass, he also had a penchant for recovering loose footballs. He remains tied for second in club history with 16 career fumble recoveries.

    His leadership and competitiveness are what made Jordan such a great player, according to late Cowboys head coach Tom Landry. "He was a great competitor," Landry once said. "He was not big for a middle linebacker, but because of his competitiveness, he was able to play the game and play it well. His leadership was there and he demanded a lot out of the people around him as he did of himself."

    Born April 27, 1941, in Excel, Ala.


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    :star: Tom Landry :star:
    "The Man in the Hat"
    1960 -1988
    Head Coach, Texas

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    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 11/7/93
    Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame 8/4/90

    Link to Tom Landry's Ring of Honor page.

    Tom Landry paced the sidelines as the "only head coach" in Dallas Cowboys history for 29 years in his trademark fedora. By the time Landry's coaching career ended following the 1988 season, he had compiled a 270-178-6 record, the third most wins in NFL history. ​

    That distinguished career was good enough for Landry to gain entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1993, thanks to leading the Cowboys to two Super Bowl titles, five Super Bowl appearances, five NFC Championships, 13 division titles and an incredible 20 consecutive winning seasons.

    "This team has always played for me," Landry once said. "That was the key to why I continued coaching. If they wouldn't play for me, I would have been out a long time ago. They always played hard and tried hard."

    Landry's head coaching career did not start out very smoothly, coming over from the New York Giants staff to take over the expansion Cowboys in 1960. That first year ended with an 0-11-1 in 1960, the tie coming against Landry's former team the Giants, preventing the Cowboys from going winless. The Cowboys went on to suffer through losing seasons in the first five years, before going 7-7 in 1965.

    But from that point on, Landry turned the franchise into "America's Team," the Cowboys reeling off 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1966-85, one of the longest winning streaks in all of professional sports.

    As a player-coach with the Giants before coming to the Cowboys, Landry helped to develop what would eventually become a base defense in the NFL, the 4-3. It was innovations like this that caught the attention of Cowboys owner Clint Murchison Jr. and president Tex Schramm when it came time to select the franchise's first head coach.

    As head coach of the Cowboys, Landry introduced more innovations to the game, including offensive motion. Very seldom did the Cowboys run a play from the formation they initially lined up in after breaking the huddle. Landry brought back the shotgun formation, popularized situational substitutions and concocted the "Flex" defense.

    Walking the sidelines characteristically stoic, Landry was always thinking a couple of plays ahead and what the long-term effects of each play he called might be. He coached football as if it were a chess match, positioning his team in the best way to win in the end. And in the end, no one coached with more success for a longer period of time than Landry.

    That success was the impetus for Landry's induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame less than two years after he coached his last game.

    "I think it's always good to have recognition for success," Landry said at the time. "That's what athletics is all about: achieving. Winning seasons. Super Bowls. Individual honors. It makes the kids look up and think of a time they might be up there."

    The legendary coach, born Sept. 11 1924 in Mission, Texas, died Feb. 12, 2000 of leukemia.


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    :star: 33 - Tony Dorsett :star:
    "TD"
    1977 - 1987
    RB, Pittsburgh

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    4 time Pro Bowl...1978, 81 - 83
    1 time All Pro...1981


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 10/9/94
    Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame 7/30/94

    Link to Tony Dorsett's Ring of Honor page.

    Tony Dorsett arrived in Dallas in 1977 via a draft-day deal the Cowboys swung with the Seattle Seahawks for the sole intention of selecting the Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Pittsburgh. Then Cowboys president and General Manager Tex Schramm paid what seemed like a bundle for the right to draft Dorsett: One first-round, and three second-round choices.

    As his 11-career turned out in Dallas, a steal of a deal for an eventual Pro Football Hall of Fame player.

    The Dorsett deal paid dividends in his very first year with the Cowboys, the four-time All-American picking up where he left off in college, rushing for 1,007 yards to earn NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and set the rushing bar for rookie running backs in Dallas.

    "A lot of the people said I wouldn't last in this league," Dorsett said in 1987. "I was the skinny little kid from Aliquippa, Pa., who wasn't supposed to make it."

    Dorsett did make it, in fact he became one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. On Sept. 26, 1988 while playing his final NFL season with the Denver Broncos, Dorsett moved into second place on the NFL all-time rushing list with 12,306 rushing yards, and eventually finished his career with 12,739 yards. At the time, Dorsett trailed only Walter Payton when he retired after suffering a knee injury the following summer, but now ranks fifth behind Payton, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders and Eric Dickerson.

    By the time Dorsett completed his 12-year career, he had collected a victory in Super Bowl XII, four Pro Bowl selections, one All-Pro honor and three All-NFC selections.

    One of the most notable moments of Dorsett's career came on Jan. 2, 1983, before a Monday Night Football television audience playing against the Minnesota Vikings. Dorsett received a handoff from quarterback Danny White and proceeded to run 99-yards for a touchdown, thus recording an unbreakable NFL record. Dorsett's greatest season came in 1981 when he rushed for 1,646 yards, a franchise record at the time, a total that now ranks third to only Emmitt Smith's two, 1700-yard seasons.

    "When he came to us, we hadn't had a strong running attack for about three years," Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach once said. "Tony Dorsett is one of the greatest backs in NFL history."

    Dorsett was the Heisman Trophy winner in 1976 and was the first Pitt football player to have his jersey retired. Dorsett left Pitt as a four-time All-American and four-time 1,000-yard rusher. His final collegiate highlight was a 27-3 victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl to claim the national title.

    In 1994 Dorsett became the ninth Cowboys player inducted into the Ring of Honor, and that same year he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Born April 7, 1954, in Rochester, Pa.


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    :star: 54 - Randy White :star:
    "The Manster"
    1975 - 1988
    DT, Maryland

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    9 time Pro Bowl, 1977 - 85
    8 time All Pro...1978 - 85
    Super Bowl XII Co-MVP


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 10/9/94
    Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame 7/30/94

    Link to Randy White's Ring of Honor page.


    Randy White came to the Cowboys from the University of Maryland as the No. 2 pick in the 1975 NFL Draft. Before his career was over, 14 years later, he would become known as the "Manster" - half man, half defensive monster - setting numerous franchise records as the heart-and-soul of the famed "Doomsday Defense".

    White struggled in his first two years with the Cowboys when then head coach Tom Landry moved White from his familiar defensive tackle position to linebacker. But, after Landry moved White back to right tackle in 1977, White became one of the NFL's most dominating defensive linemen and a coveted co-Super Bowl MVP.

    "Coming out of college a lot was expected of me," White said. "But I never did feel comfortable playing linebacker. Those first two years I was fighting for my life out there. Then they switched me to defensive tackle, where I was a lot more comfortable and from there my career took off."

    White played 14 seasons, tying him for second all-time in franchise history, and he set a franchise record with eight All-Pro selections. White also was selected to nine Pro Bowls, ranking third in franchise history for Pro Bowl appearances. White's 16 sacks in 1978 rank third in franchise history for a single season, and he still remains third all-time in career tackles with 1,104 and second with 701 career solo tackles.

    "His performances range anywhere from spectacular to spectacular," Landry once said. "He could outmatch anybody's intensity from game to game."

    In his career, White played in six NFC Championship Games and three Super Bowls, claiming victory in Super Bowl XII and co-MVP honors with teammate Harvey Martin. Even more astounding, White only missed one game in his 14-year career.

    In 1994, White was inducted into the Ring of Honor with teammate Tony Dorsett, the same year he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    "Any honor I receive is a reflection on the great teammates and coaches I had in my career," White said. "There's a real special group of guys with the Cowboys, and to be a part of that was a great honor."

    Born Jan. 15, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Pa.



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    :star: 22 - Bob Hayes :star:
    "Bullet"
    "World's Fastest Human"
    1964 - 1973
    WR, Florida A & M

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    3 time Pro Bowl...1965 - 67
    3 time All Pro...1965, 67 - 68


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 9/23/01
    Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame...8/8/09

    Link to Bob Hayes' Ring of Honor page.

    In 1964, Bob Hayes earned the title "World's Fastest Human" by winning two gold medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. This world-class speed would make him one of the most dynamic receivers in Dallas Cowboys history.

    Hayes was drafted in the seventh round in 1964 as a futures selection, the same draft that yielded the Cowboys Mel Renfro and Roger Staubach. To this day, Hayes holds ten regular-season receiving records, four punt return records and 22 overall franchise marks, making him one of the greatest receivers to ever play for the Dallas Cowboys.

    "He changed the game because of his speed," Hall of Fame coach Don Shula said. "He wasn't just the world's fastest human, he was a great athlete and football player. Put that together, and he made you change everything on your defense when you played the Cowboys."

    "Bullet" Bob Hayes was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a four-time All-Pro selection. Hayes played in two Super Bowls, winning the title following the 1971 season, the first world championship for the franchise.

    An indelible image of Hayes's electrifying speed came in 1971 at Yankee Stadium when Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach threw a 20-yard pass to Hayes that turned into an 85-yard touchdown. Hayes caught the ball even with cornerback Spider Lockhart, and in the next 65 yards built a 10-yard lead.

    "It was very exciting having him in the offense," Staubach said. "He had the great speed, and he knew what to do with it."

    Hayes was a two-sport star in college at Florida A&M, excelling in football and track. He would miss part of his senior season at Florida A&M to compete in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

    In 1965, his rookie season with Dallas, Hayes became the franchise's only rookie to lead the team in receptions with 46 and in reception yards with 1,003. And in doing so, Hayes became the first player in franchise history to total more than 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. He finished his rookie year with a franchise-record 12 receiving touchdowns and a franchise-record 13 total touchdowns. As of 2002, Hayes still held or was tied for 22 franchise records, including 71 career touchdown receptions and a career 20.0 yards-per-catch average.

    In one of the most emotional Ring of Honor induction ceremonies, Bob Hayes, on Sept. 23, 2001 - 12 days after the tragic World Trade Center collapse - became the 11th member enshrined at Texas Stadium. "He redefined what the position was all about," former teammate and NFL coach Mike Ditka said. "We need to get him in the Hall of Fame."

    Born Dec. 20, 1942, in Jacksonville, Fla., died Sept. 19, 2002 after a long battle with prostate cancer and liver ailments.

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    1960 - 1988
    General Manager, Texas

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    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 10/12/03
    Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame 7/27/91


    Link to Tex Schramm's Ring of Honor page.

    Texas Earnest Schramm, better known as "Tex", rose to Professional Football Hall of Fame status during his 29 seasons as president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, turning a 1960 expansion franchise in Dallas into "America's Team."

    With Schramm overseeing the birth and growth of the Cowboys organization, the team reached five Super Bowls, winning two, and compiled an NFL-record 20 consecutive winning seasons, one of the longest such streaks in all of professional sports.

    Along the way, Schramm pioneered such revolutionary ideas as creating the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the first of their kind in professional football; bringing the NFL to the nation on Thanksgiving Day; developing the Cowboys' Ring of Honor; spearheading the involvement of instant replay in the officiating of the game; giving the head referee a microphone for penalty announcements; shortening the play-clock; and helping to develop the wild-card playoff system.

    His position as chairman of the NFL Competition Committee from 1966 to 1988 aided his innovative efforts. Schramm's impact on the league was widespread, and probably his most cherished legacy since the one-time TV-exec at CBS who first came up with the idea of televising the Winter Olympics in 1960 from Squaw Valley was such a firm believer in preserving and making history.

    Maybe Schramm's most significant accomplishments in the NFL was coordinating the merger of the established NFL and the fledging American Football League in 1966, holding what amounted to as secret meetings with Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt at the insistence of NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle. The merger of the two warring leagues led to what became known as the Super Bowl, and when the leagues combined in 1970, the most powerful sports league in the world.

    After Schramm departed the Cowboys in 1989 once Jerry Jones bought the club, he went international, becoming president of the upstart World League of American Football, later to become know as NFL Europe. He was inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 1991.

    "I'm not one of the great athletes like the men behind me," a jubilant Schramm said during his Hall of Fame induction speech. "But I'm thrilled to be standing in front of them. Many of the men in here were my heroes. To be rubbing shoulders with them, it's beyond my comprehension."

    In all, Schramm spent 44 years of his life in professional football, starting as a sportswriter for the Austin American-Statesman in 1947 - a natural step for the California-born Schramm who earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas. Before going to CBS for a brief period (1967-59) and then being hired by Clint Murchison in 1959 to oversee the startup of the Dallas expansion franchise, Schramm spent 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams (1947-56). It was then Schramm first came in contact with Rozelle, actually hiring him to be the Rams' public relations director.

    Born June 2, 1920, San Gabriel, Calif. Died July 15, 2003.


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    :star: 43 - Cliff Harris :star:
    "Captain Crash"
    1970 - 1979
    S, Ouachita

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    5 time Pro Bowl...1974 - 75, 77 - 79
    4 time All Pro...1975 - 78


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 10/10/04

    Link to Cliff Harris' Ring of Honor page.

    When rookie safety Cliff Harris arrived in the Cowboys' camp in 1970, he joined a star-studded defensive backfield that included future Hall of Fame members Mel Renfro and Herb Adderley at cornerback, and Cornell Green and fellow rookie Charlie Waters at safety. But Harris would more than hold his own in a standout 10-year career that included six Pro Bowl selections and two Super Bowl titles. Only five players in Cowboys history have been selected to more Pro Bowls than Harris. He was also a four-time All-Pro selection and a member of the NFL's all-decade team for the 1970's.

    During his 10-year career, Harris participated in five Super Bowls, including the Cowboys first world championship with their victory in Super Bowl VI.

    Only one other player in NFL history has appeared in more Super Bowls than Harris. He is one of only 13 players in NFL history to have played in five Super Bowls.

    Undrafted after a solid college career at tiny Ouachita Baptist, Harris was another of the team's many smallschool treasures. In his rookie season, Harris won the starting safety job and played well for most of the season before leaving the team to fulfill a military obligation. Waters played brilliantly in his absence, but Harris managed to win the job back in camp before the 1971 season. With Harris partroling the defensive backfield, the Cowboys defense ranked in the top 10 in the league each of Harris' 10 seasons, including leading the league in 1977. His role widened to include kick return duties, as Harris averaged a sterling 28.4 yards-per-kick return in 1971.

    In the secondary, he made the first of six consecutive Pro Bowl appearances in 1974. Nicknamed "Captain Crash" for his jarring hits, Harris was at his best in the postsason, finishing his career with six interceptions and four forced fumbles in 21 postseason games.

    Born November 12, 1948 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.



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    :star: 70 - Rayfield Wright :star:
    1967 - 1979
    OT, Fort Valley State

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    6 time Pro Bowl...1971 - 76
    4 time All Pro...1971 - 73, 75


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 10/10/04
    Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame 8/6/06

    Link to Rayfield Wright's Ring of Honor page.

    Only nine players have played football for the Dallas Cowboys longer than Rayfield Wright, and only five players in the history of the Cowboys organization have been to more Pro Bowls than the six Wright was selected to. After playing tight end, tackle and defensive end during his first three NFL seasons, Wright settled in at right tackle in 1970. Before undergoing knee surgery that forced him to miss most of the 1977 season, Wright was acknowledged as the NFL's premier offensive tackle. Wright was selected to six straight Pro Bowls (1971-76) as a tackle while earning All-Pro honors four times and earning recognition on the NFL's all-decade team for the 1970's.

    During each of his 13 seasons, the Cowboys offense ranked in the top six in the NFL for total offense, including leading the league five times. Behind his blocking, Calvin Hill became the first 1,000 yard rusher in team history when he ran for 1,036 yards in 1972. All totaled, Dallas had a running back clear the 1,000 yard barier five times during his tenure. Also behind his blocking, Roger Staubach became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season when he totaled 3,190 passing yards in 1978, the year Wright returned from his knee surgery.

    During his 13 seasons, Wright was a participant in five Super Bowls, claiming the ultimate prize twice. Only one other player in NFL history has appeared in more Super Bowls than Wright, and he is one of only 13 players in NFL history to have played in five Super Bowls.

    Born August 23, 1945 in Griffin, Georgia.

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    :star: 8 - Troy Aikman :star:
    1989 - 2000
    QB, UCLA

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    6 time Pro Bowl...1991 - 96
    1 time All Pro...1993
    Super Bowl XXVII MVP


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 9/19/05
    Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame 8/6/06

    Link to Troy Aikman's Ring of Honor page.


    In 12 NFL seasons, Troy Aikman became one of the game's great quarterbacks. As one of only three players in NFL history to lead a team to three Super Bowl victories, Aikman has rewritten virtually every passing record in Cowboys' history. He closed his career with 94 regular season wins, including 90 in the decade of the 1990s -- making him the winningest starting quarterback of any decade in NFL history (Joe Montana held the record with 86 wins in the 1980s). Along with that mark, Aikman holds or is tied for 47 Dallas passing records, including the club's career records for attempts (4,715), completions (2,898), passing yards (32,942), touchdowns (165) and completion percentage (61.5% - third best in NFL history at the time of his retirement). He also posted a club-high 13 regular season 300-yard passing games during his career.

    Aikman retired from the game as the NFL's 15th ranked passer all-time with a quarterback rating of 82.6. Along the way to these marks, Aikman guided Dallas from the National Football League cellar of 1-15 in 1989 to six NFC East titles (1992-96 and 1998), four NFC Championship Games (1992-95) and three Super Bowl titles (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX). He was one of the game's most accurate passers, completing at least 60 percent of his passes in 98-of-165 career games (59.4% of his games).

    In the postseason, he reached the 60% completion mark in 12-of-16 games (75%). He completed 70 percent or more of his passes (min. 20 attempts) 41 times in his career, with Dallas posting a 37-5 record in those games, and he produced the top six single-season completion percentages in club history. With that passing accuracy, Aikman was able to establish a club-record with a career interception rate to 2.99%.

    Although not known for his fleet feet, Aikman successfully ran for a first down 49-of-72 times on third or fourth down during career. That ability to avoid the sack also allowed him to post the highest career pass attempts per sack ratio (19.2) in team history. Despite winning just one of his first 15 NFL starts, Aikman went on to start a club-record 180 games (165 regular season) at quarterback and post a 105-75 (.583) record, which includes an impeccable 11-4 mark in the postseason - 3-0 in the Super Bowl.

    For his career, Aikman led the Cowboys from behind 16 times in the fourth quarter, including six times in the final two minutes. Another six times, he led the team to wins after the score was tied in the fourth quarter. Five of his game-winning drives came in overtime. In those 22 wins, Aikman was 146-of-214 (68.2%) for 1,888 yards (8.82 per attempt), 11 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 107.0 quarterback rating in the fourth quarter and overtime. In the postseason Aikman truly shined.

    His four 300-yard passing days were the third best total in NFL history (Montana-6, Fouts-5), and he holds the club records for postseason pass attempts (502), completions (320), yards (3,849), and completion percentage (63.7%). In addition, Aikman's 23 career postseason passing touchdowns was just one shy of Staubach's club record of 24.

    Born November 21, 1966 in West Covina, California.


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    :star: 88 - Michael Irvin :star:
    "The Playmaker"
    1988 - 1999
    WR, Miami

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    5 time Pro Bowl...1991 - 95
    1 time All Pro...1991

    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 9/19/05
    Inducted in Pro Football Hall of Fame 8/5/07

    Link to Michael Irvin's Ring of Honor page.

    Despite having his career cut short due to a spine injury, Michael Irvin left the NFL following the 1999 season owning or tied for 20 Cowboys receiving records, including nearly every major career and single-season standard - career receptions (750), yardage (11,904) and 100-yard receiving games (47). During his illustrious career, Irvin also etched his name in the NFL record books. In league history, only Jerry Rice (12) and Steve Largent (8) had recorded more 1,000-yard receiving seasons than the seven produced by Irvin when he retired. His 11 100-yard receiving games during the 1995 season is still the NFL standard, as is the seven consecutive 100-yard games he produced that same year. Irvin's 47 career 100-yard receiving games still stands as the third most in NFL history, behind Rice (65) and Don Maynard (50). The Cowboys posted a 36-11 record when Irvin topped the 100-yard mark.

    In the 1990s, Irvin's consistent ability to achieve at the highest level established his place among the game's elite receivers. He finished his career tied with Charlie Joiner for 10th in NFL history on the all-time reception list, and he was ninth in league history in receiving yardage. Five years after his retirement, he is still 11th in the league in receiving yardage and 16th in receptions.

    Irvin was selected to five Pro Bowls between 1991-98, giving him two more Pro Bowl appearances than any other wide receiver in club history. He is the only Cowboys player to top 75 catches in five straight seasons (1991-1995), and his reception and yardage totals for six of the years between 1991-98 represent six of the top nine single-season performances in club history: 1997 (75 receptions for 1,180 yards); 1995 (111 for 1,603); 1994 (79 for 1,241), 1993 (88 for 1,330), 1992 (78 for 1,396) and 1991 (93 for 1,523). Irvin also stands alone as the club record holder in terms of most consecutive seasons leading the team in receptions (eight, 1991-98) and most total seasons leading the club in receptions (eight). He led or tied for the team lead in catches in 85 of his last 130 regular-season games. Including playoffs games, he had a catch of 20-yards-or-more in 121 of the 175 NFL games he played.

    Irvin's career receiving average of 15.9 is the fourth highest in team history, and he is second on the club's all-time receiving touchdown list with 65 - trailing only Bob Hayes (71).

    Of his 750 career regular season catches, 95 went for 20- 29 yards, 38 for 30-39, 18 for 40-49, 10 for 50-59 and nine for 60 yards-or-more. He started 147-of-159 regular season games (163-of-175 including playoffs) he played upon entering the league in 1988. Irvin did not miss a start due to injury after the 1990 season, when he was overcoming a 1989 knee injury.

    Always a clutch performer, he became Troy Aikman's goto- guy on third or fourth down and prospered, leading the team in catches on third or fourth down for first downs in '92 (22), '93 (16), '94 (20), '95 (27), '97 (23) and '98 (16). He had 165 first down catches on third or fourth down in his last 121 games and 185 after returning from the knee injury in 1990. His performance in the postseason was every bit as impressive as his consistent play throughout the regular season.

    His six career 100-yard receiving days in the postseason are two shy of the NFL mark of eight by Jerry Rice. Irvin's 87 postseason receptions place him second in NFL playoff history behind Rice (151) and his 1,315 postseason receiving yards also ranks second in league annals behind Rice (2,245).

    Born March 5, 1966 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


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    :star: 22 - Emmitt Smith :star:
    "Catch 22"
    1990 - 2002
    RB, Florida

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    8 time Pro Bowl...1990 - 95, 98 - 99
    4 time All Pro...1992 - 95
    Super Bowl XXVIII MVP


    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 9/19/05

    Link to Emmitt Smith's Ring of Honor page.

    In 15 seasons, Emmitt Smith made an impact on the NFL that few players can match at any position or in any era. As the NFL's all-time rushing leader, Smith won four NFL rushing titles, three Super Bowl titles and a league (1993) and Super Bowl (XXVIII) MVP award. He was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times, with only Barry Sanders (10) having been selected more times among NFL running backs.

    Smith is the seventh player in NFL history to carry the title of all-time rushing leader, and he is the only player in NFL history to rush for more than 18,000 yards. Smith is also the NFL's career rushing touchdowns leader with 164, and he stands second in league annals in total touchdowns with 175, trailing the all-time leader, Jerry Rice, by 32.

    The first player in NFL history with five straight seasons with over 1,400 rushing yards, Smith and Jim Brown are the only players with seven straight 10-touchdown seasons to start their career. With 1,021 yards rushing in 2001, Smith became the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in 11 consecutive seasons and the first to post 11 1,000-yard rushing seasons in a career.

    He is also the NFL's alltime leader in rushing attempts with 4,409. With a then NFL record 25 touchdowns in 1995, Smith scored 100 career touchdowns in just six seasons, the fastest anyone in league history has reached that mark (he tied Brown's NFL record by scoring 100 touchdowns in just 93 career games). His 164 career rushing touchdowns in 226 games gives him a 0.73 touchdown-per-game scoring average, second behind Brown's 0.90 for tops among the all-time rushing touchdown scorers (John Riggins 0.59 and Walter Payton 0.58 are next on the list). Smith's longevity and ability to score touchdowns have combined to give him three of the five best touchdown totals against a single opponent in league history. His 25 career scores against the Arizona Cardinals is the third best total by a player against an opponent since 1970, followed by his 24 scores against Washington and his 23 against the N.Y Giants.

    Smith is one of only three players in Cowboys history with three career 100-point seasons, and he is the only non-kicker to accomplish the feat.

    His value to his team's success can be seen in the clubs' 101-26 mark (93-24 in regular season) when he carried the ball 20-or-more times a game and 65-18 record (58-18 in regular season) when he rushed for 100 yards.

    The century mark became a big number in Smith's career, having rushed for 100 yards in 155-of-326 games dating back to high school (45-of-49 at Escambia High School, 25-of-34 at Florida, 81-of-202 at Dallas, including playoffs, and two-of-25 at Arizona). His 45 100-yard games in high school is still the national record, and in NFL annals, Smith's 78 100-yard rushing games makes him the NFL's all-time leader - just ahead of Payton (77) and Sanders (76). Included in Smith's leaguerecord 78 regular season 100-yard rushing games are 18 days with over 150 yards (the fourth highest total of 150-yard games in NFL history).

    Smith has rushed for over 100-yards against 23 of the 33 NFL teams he faced. In addition, he rushed for 2,466 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in his 15 - year career, his best output against any single opponent. That total ranks second since 1970 for running backs against one team. Smith also has the third and fifth best totals in that category.

    One reason Smith was such a workhorse over the years was his ability to answer the bell at game time, having started 236-of-243 career games - including playoffs. He missed just 11 career games due to injury. Smith also accumulated a number of NFL postseason records, including rushing touchdowns (19), consecutive games with a rushing touchdown (nine) and 100-yard rushing games (seven). His 1,586 yards rushing is also tops on the NFL postseason chart, and he shares the total playoff touchdown mark of 21 with Thurman Thomas. Smith is one of only five NFL players who have amassed over 10,000 career-rushing yards and 400 career receptions. He is also second on the NFL's all-time total yards from scrimmage list with 21,579 yards. 2004: Smith - who finished 2003 as a reserve - started the 2004 season at the Cardinals starting running back and accounted for 937 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 267 carries. His 267 carries marked his highest total since 2000 and his nine touchdowns were his highest total since scoring 11 times in 1999. He also caught 15 passes for 105 yards for Arizona. He opened the season at St. Louis (9/12) with 87 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He recorded his 49th one-yard touchdown run against New England (9/19), then totaled 45 yards on 18 carries and 11 yards on two catches at Atlanta (9/26). He posted his best game as a Cardinal the following week against New Orleans (10/3), totaling 127 rushing yards on 21 carries (6.0 avg.), including a 29-yard socring jaunt (his longest as a Cardinal). The Saints game marked his 77th career regular season 100-yard rushing game, tying Payton for the most in NFL history.

    The last NFL player to eclipse the 100-yard mark in a game after his 35th birthday was Marcus Allen for Kansas City at Cleveland on Dec. 3, 1994.

    Smith also completed his first career pass against New Orleans, tossing a 21-yard scoring strike to fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo. Smith carried the ball 16 times for 63 yards and a touchdown at San Francisco (10/10), then broke Payton's record for career 100-yard rushing games when he totaled 106 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries against Seattle (10/24) He also added four catches for 30 yards, allowing him to become only the fourth player in NFL history to eclipse the 21,000-combined yards mark. At Buffalo, he accounted for 64 yards on 22 carries. After rushing 19 times for 42 yards and a score at Miami (11/7), he totaled 67 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries against the N.Y. Giants (11/14) to become the only player in NFL history to eclipse the 18,000 career rushing yard mark.

    He was hampered with a toe injury at Carolina (11/21) and against the N.Y. Jets (11/28) before missing the game at Detroit (12/5) due to the toe problem. He returned to action against San Francisco (12/12) and carried the ball 18 times for 53 yards and a score. A week later, he totaled 71 yards on 19 carries and 24 yards on two receptions against St. Louis (12/19). He recorded 65 yards on 23 carries at Seattle (12/26) before closing out the season with 69 yards on 23 carries and 13 yards on two catches against Tampa Bay (1/2/05).

    Born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida.


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    :star: 73 - Larry Allen :star:
    1994 - 2005
    G, Sonoma State

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    10 Time Pro Bowl...1995-2002, 2004, & 2005
    7 Time All Pro...1995-2001

    Inducted in Cowboys Ring of Honor 11/6/2011.

    Link to Larry Allen's Ring of Honor Page.

    As a member of the NFL's All-Decade team for the 1990s and 2000s, Larry Allen was widely recognized as one of the NFL's premier offensive linemen, and he established himself as one of the most decorated offensive players in Dallas Cowboys and NFL history.

    In 14 NFL seasons since being drafted in the second round out of Sonoma State, Allen was named to more Pro Bowls (10) than any other offensive player in Cowboys history. He also earned another Pro Bowl berth in 2006 while finishing his career with the San Francisco 49ers, bringing his Pro Bowl total to 11 selections. He was also named All-Pro seven times, six times at guard (1995-97, 1999-01) and once at tackle (1998). With his Pro Bowl selection at tackle in 1998, he became just the third player in league history to be selected to the Pro Bowl at more than one offensive line position during his career, joining Bruce Matthews (guard/center) and Chris Hinton (guard/tackle).

    An ankle injury in the second week of the 2002 season limited Allen to five games and snapped his seven-year string of trips to the Pro Bowl, the fourth-longest streak in club history and the standard for Pro Bowl selections by a Dallas offensive lineman. Allen fully recovered from his injury and earned his eighth Pro Bowl selection in 2003, tying Emmitt Smith as the only Dallas offensive player to be selected to eight Pro Bowls. In 2004, he earned his ninth trip to Hawaii. Allen is tied with Mel Renfro (10) for the second-most Pro Bowl selections by a Cowboy, with both players trailing Bob Lilly (11).

    He played all but one position along the offensive line in his 12 seasons in Dallas, moving between right tackle (1994), right guard (1995-97), left tackle (1997-98) and left guard (1999-03). During his illustrious career in Dallas, Allen was a member of an offensive unit that posted the four lowest sacks allowed totals in club history with 18 in 1995, 19 in 1996 and 1998, and 20 in 1994. He also played a very important part in Smith's race toward the all-time NFL rushing mark, having blocked for eight of Smith's 11 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Smith gained 11,463 of his 17,162 career yards with Dallas after Allen joined the Cowboys in 1994 and was a pivotal member of the Super Bowl XXX Champion team in 1995.

    With a career-best bench press of 700 pounds and a squat lift of 900 pounds, Allen is also considered to be the strongest man to ever play professional football. After missing most of 2002 with a sprained left ankle that required surgery to remove bone spurs, Allen went on to start 48 straight games before signing and playing for two seasons (2006-07) with San Francisco where he started the final 27 games of his career. Allen started 197-of-203 career games played.

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    :star: 94 - Charles Haley :star:

    1992 - 1996

    DE, James Madison

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    2 Time Pro Bowl Selection...1994 & 1995
    1 Time All Pro Selection...1994

    Inducted into Cowboys Ring of Honor 11/6/2011.

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    Charles Haley joined the San Francisco 49ers in 1986 as the team's fourth round draft pick. He developed into one of the NFL's most devastating pass rushers during a career split between the 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. He is the only player in NFL history to win five Super Bowls. Haley was a member of two 49ers championship teams (Super Bowls XXIII and XXIV) before his trade to Dallas. He earned three more Super Bowl rings during his first four seasons with the Cowboys. Haley began his NFL career at linebacker and led San Francisco in sacks in each of his first six seasons. He recorded four double-digit sack totals with the 49ers, including 12 sacks as a rookie and a career-high and NFC-leading 16 sacks in 1990. He was moved to defensive end after his trade to Dallas and continued to excel at pressuring the quarterback. He added two more double-digit sack seasons in 1994 and 1995. Haley then suffered a serious back injury in 1996 that limited him to just five games. He retired after undergoing surgery. However, after a two-year hiatus, Haley re-signed with the 49ers as a backup defensive end for two playoff games in 1998. He came back to play one final season in 1999 and added three sacks to his career total.

    When he walked away for the final time, Haley had amassed 100.5 sacks during his 169-game career. He was twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1990 and 1994), voted to five Pro Bowls and named All-Pro two times, once as a linebacker and once as a defensive end. He played in six NFC championship games over a seven-season period. He started at left outside linebacker for the 49ers in the 1988, 1989, and 1990 games and at right defensive end for the Cowboys in the conference championships in 1992, 1993, and 1994. He was inactive for the Cowboys victory in the 1995 NFC Championship Game.

    Haley was a member of 10 division championship teams during his 12-season NFL career. His final sea- son marked the only year he played on a team with a losing record. Prior to that, the fewest number of wins in a season any 49ers and Cowboys team recorded with Haley on the roster was 10.

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    :star: 88 - Drew Pearson :star:

    1973 - 1983

    WR, Tulsa

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    3 Time Pro Bowl Selection...1974, 1976, & 1977

    3 Time All Pro Selection...1974, 1976, & 1977

    Inducted into Cowboys Ring of Honor 11/6/2011.

    Link to Drew Pearson's Ring of Honor Page.

    In 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Drew Pearson rose from undrafted free agent rookie to one of the club's all-time leading receivers, from unknown to legend. Named to the All-Decade Team of the 1970s by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, Pearson earned a niche as one of the top clutch receivers in football history.

    During his career as a Cowboy, Pearson led the team in receptions and receiving yards during four consecutive seasons (1974-77) and recorded two 1,000-yard campaigns. His most memorable catches form a list of some of the great moments in Cowboys history – an 83-yard fourth-quarter touchdown reception to beat the Rams (12/23) in the 1973 playoffs; a 50-yard scoring catch in the closing seconds to beat Washington (11/28) on Thanksgiving Day in 1974; the 50-yard "Hail Mary" touchdown reception in the final 20 seconds to beat Minnesota (12/28) in the 1975 playoffs; two touchdown catches in the final 3:40 at Atlanta (1/4/81) in the 1980 playoffs, the second with 42 seconds left, to rally the Cowboys past the Falcons 30-27.

    Pearson became the Cowboys then all-time leading receiver in receptions in 1980 when he passed Bob Hayes' mark of 365 catches and in 1983 surpassed Hayes' club top mark of 7,295 receiving yards. Pearson's totals concluded at 489 receptions for 7,822 yards and 48 touchdowns. Pearson also left his mark in the post-season in league record books with his receptions (67) placing him third and his receiving yards (1,105) and touchdowns (eight) ranking him fourth all-time when he left the NFL – all club records at the time of his retirement - and he caught a pass in a club-record 22 consecutive playoff games.

    Pearson was named All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl in 1974, 1976 and 1977 and was a key member of the 1977 Super Bowl XII Championship squad. He led NFC pass catchers in 1976 with 58 receptions and once held the club record for catching passes in 58 consecutive games. He served as an offensive captain on the team during the 1977, 1978, 1982 and 1983 seasons and helped the team win six division championships. In 1979, Pearson and Tony Hill each posted 1,000 receiving yards to become the first NFC receiving duo to post 1,000-yard seasons, and along with Tony Dorsett's 1,000 rushing yards, it allowed the Cowboys to become the first team in NFL history to boast two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season.

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