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EMMITTnROY's Countdown to Kickoff - My 66 Favorite Cowboys of All-Time

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by EMMITTnROY, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. EMMITTnROY

    EMMITTnROY Well-Known Member

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    Oh, the long days of summer for a Dallas Cowboys football fan.. as I sit down to write this, we are a good Michael Irvin away from that first game against Jacksonville.. for those keeping score at home, that means 88 days.. so here's the idea I have: I'm a list maker.. I love Top 10s, Top 50s, Top 100s.. you name it.. I also love the Dallas Cowboys.. so I decided to make a list of my favorite Cowboys.. why 66? great question.. I originally intended to make a Top 50, but those extra 16 Cowboys I just liked too much to kick off my list.. so these were the 66 that I couldnt not have on my list.. so every day (weekends excluded cause that is girlfriend time) as we count down those days to kickoff, I am going to count down my list and feature a Dallas Cowboy.. pictures, comments, memories, etc... and it would be fun if you all shared your comments, memories, and thoughts on the featured Cowboy each day.. sound good? i thought so!

    so, without further adieu, let the list begin..

    coming up: #66
  2. EMMITTnROY

    EMMITTnROY Well-Known Member

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    66. Mark Tuinei

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    Why he makes my list: Mark Tuinei played 15 years, his entire NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys. So he is one of the longest tenured Cowboys of all-time. He made the Pro Bowl twice and was a critical part of the Cowboys' three Super Bowl championships in the 90s. He blocked for three of the best Cowboys runningbacks of all-time, Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, and Emmitt Smith.

    Fun stuff: Tuinei was an underdog story. He actually made the Cowboys squad as an undrafted rookie free agent from Hawaii in 1983 and at the time, he was actually a defensive lineman. He was switched to the offensive line in 1985 and became a full-time starter in 1987. He actually ended up playing the most critical position on the O-Line, left tackle. So this undrafted free agent defensive lineman ended up playing the most important offensive line position for a 3 time Super Bowl championship team.

    Tragic End: At the young age of 39, and just two years after he retired from the Cowboys because of bad knees, a friend found Tuinei unconscious in his car. He was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital.

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  3. Teague31

    Teague31 Defender of the Star

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    Tui was so underrated. go back and watch those SB games against Buffalo and Hall of Famer Bruce Smith- little to no help was ever given to Tui and he basically shut Smith out in both games. great pick.
  4. EMMITTnROY

    EMMITTnROY Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the props man, glad ya like the pick.. man, these boards are slow today, huh? i was thinking I was gonna get back on here and see a bunch of responses, yet you were the only one.. so thanks.. and also, great comment-- thats exactly what i was looking for..
  5. AbeBeta

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    Tui was great -- when Jerry called out Rogers for not being tough enough to play with his knee injury I immediated thought of Tui and several performances he gutted out on one leg.

    A great role model...... to a point.
  6. Hostile

    Hostile It Has Been Fun Zone Supporter

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    I wish I could find Skip Bayless' story about Tuinei threatening him on a team flight. Tui was the most intimidating guy on the team if he got in your face.
  7. EMMITTnROY

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    65. Jason Garrett
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    Why he makes my list: Lately in Big D, the backup quarterback is an often talked about topic. Who goes in if Bledsoe goes down: Henson or Romo? Can Henson get it done if Testaverde goes down? Who is the starter and who is the backup, Carter or Hutchinson? And the list of uglies of the new millenium goes on and on. But it wasn't always so, younguns'. There was a time, in a place called the 1990s, when the Cowboys had a list of of very capable backup quarterbacks. Wade Wilson, Bernie Kosar, Rodney Peete, and an Ivy League guy who emerged as the ultimate backup quarterback. His name was Jason Garrett. This Princeton quarterback came to the Cowboys in 1993 and rode the pine for two of the Cowboys' three 90s Super Bowl championships. He not only backed up Troy Aikman, but played third string a lot of years to the Wilsons and Kosars and Peetes. But somehow, he ended up getting playing time in every single year as a Cowboy, from his rookie year in 1993 to his final year in 1999. And here was the amazing thing: whenever he stepped in, Cowboys fans everywhere didn't freak out. Why? Because we knew that he could get the job done. When Troy Aikman missed over five games in 1998, Garrett stepped up and threw for over 1200 yards and completed 58% of his passes. In his Cowboys career, he threw for 11 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions. For a couple of years in the late 90s, Jason Garrett provided Cowboys fans everywhere a sense of security, of comfort. A smart, likable, proven and able fan favorite backup quarterback?? Yes, younguns', there was a time. His name was Garrett. Jason Garrett.

    Fun Stuff: BC (Before Cowboys)- Garrett went undrafted and played for the San Antonio Riders of the World League. For those that don't remember, the World League was the pre-NFL Europe and had teams like the Frankfurt Galaxy, Birmingham Fire, and the Barcelona Dragons. The only reason I remember those names is because I remember collecting Pro Set football cards in the early/mid 90s and always hoped to get an Emmitt card or some new stud's rookie card and getting so irritated seeing those random stupid World League players inserted, taking up good space in my card pack! Anyways, back to Garrett. ACDC (After Cowboys of Dallas Career)- After short stints with the Giants and Dolphins, Garrett landed in Tampa Bay, where he was primarily an assistant coach but was listed as the 4th string quarterback and would have been used in an emergency situation.

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    (what Jason Garrett would look like in a midriff)
  8. BlueWave

    BlueWave New Member

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    Are you basing this on your own opinion?

    How old are you?

    Will you include players that played before you were born?

    Just curious. I love seeing old film of Rodger, and old pictures even more. But, I never got to conciously see him play because he was retired when I was six. I don't know if I could include him, having never seen him actually play, on my list, if I had one.

    It would be full of guys I remember most from 1980-present.
  9. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Article Zone. It's got everything. :)

    http://dallascowboyszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28919&highlight=bayless

  10. EMMITTnROY

    EMMITTnROY Well-Known Member

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    great questions..

    yep, this is all just gonna be based on my own opinion..

    im 29 years old..

    and yep, I am gonna include players that played before I was born.. even though I may not be old enought to have seen a guy like Bob Lilly play, he still may be one of my favorite Cowboys because of what he meant to the organization and the success that he had.. and because of the stories I have read, stories I have seen on TV, old pictures and game footage, stories passed on by older football fans to me, etc..
  11. RealCowboyfan

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    GOOD POST EMMITTnROY :bow:

    I like it. It's creative. Something new.
  12. EMMITTnROY

    EMMITTnROY Well-Known Member

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    thanks man, I appreciate that! :thumbup:
  13. RealCowboyfan

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    :thumbup: I can't wait to see who's next... you see, you are going to get a whole lot of grief because you aren't a famous Article writer, and people these days want to hear what you talking about from a famous article writer like Mickey Spagnola, Nick Eaton, Jacques Taylor, and people like Matt Mosley.

    Keep doing what you doing. :thumbup:
  14. EMMITTnROY

    EMMITTnROY Well-Known Member

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    thanks man, I appreciate it... :)

    #64 coming up Monday afternoon..
  15. Star Struck

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    Keep doin' your thing man! Nice post. I look forward to the rest of the list!
  16. Star Struck

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    Great player. It was a sad day when this happened to him...
  17. CaptainMorgan

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  18. EMMITTnROY

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    64. Drew Pearson
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    Why he makes my list: Pearson was a key member of 3 Super Bowl teams in the 70s, and a winner of one Lombardi trophy with the Cowboys. Drew was a 3 time Pro Bowler and was named to the 1970s All-Decade Team. He was Roger Staubach's favorite target and the recieving end of the "Hail Mary", one of the most famous football plays of all-time. He was known as "Mr. Clutch". Finally, he was an undrafted free agent from Tulsa, so he gets bonus points for beating the odds and also for playing college ball in my home state.

    Before and After: Drew began his career in New Jersey playing quarterback for South River High School. Who was the quarterback for South River before Drew? Joe Theismann. Drew went on to college and played wide reciever for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Who was the wide reciever that starred for Tulsa as soon as Drew graduated? Steve Largent.

    Did you know?: After football, Drew founded Drew Pearson Enterprises, which has since become the nation's largest black sporting goods company. Black Enterprise 100s named them Company of the Year in 1994.

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  19. Trip

    Trip New Member

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    I like your idea of making a list of your best (or favorite) all time Cowboys. This is the the real slow part of the year and it makes for some entertaining reading, thanks for that. Plus I'm just a fan of lists. I like making them and I like reading other people's lists.

    All of that said, Jason Garrett should not be anywhere in the vicinity of a top 65 Dallas Cowboys list. Just look at where you have him placed: between a stalwart, long time veteran left tackle on a dynasty team, and a wide receiver that is synonymous with the Dallas Cowboys and has made most of the great catches in the franchise's history. I would bet that you are a fairly young fan that didn't witness much of the Cowboys before the 90's.

    But it's your list, I'll keep reading and enjoy your perspective.
  20. EMMITTnROY

    EMMITTnROY Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it.. :thumbup:

    as for why I included Garrett-- honestly, I just always liked the guy a lot for some reason.. I liked the way he stepped in when Aikman went down and I felt confident we could still win.. To me, he was a step above the Hogebooms and Laufenbergs.. But it was more than just the confidence that I felt he could step in and win for us.. I liked his personality, he just always seemed like a likable, happy guy with a good attitude.. so many backup QBs seem bland, no personality.. I know it seems odd to put a lifelong backup QB on a favorites list, but for some reason, I just liked the guy a lot.. as for how long Ive been watching the Boys-- since 1981 when I was five years old.. so I have a very good memory of the Cowboys since the early 80s.. as for the 60s and 70s, like I said earlier, I still have a lot of favorites from that time period as well..

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