I have decided to run a series of my favorite underrated players and am starting with Tony Tolbert. DE 1989-1997 Everyone credits Charles Haley with being the missing piece for our defense and the guy that put us over the top in 1992 to win our first SB since 1977 but it may surprise people to know that Tolbert produced more sacks during Haley's time here than Charles did. Granted Haley was critical to our becoming a SB team but he had a lot of help. Haley was with the Cowboys from 1992-96, during that time he had 34 sacks. In that same period Tolbert had 39 sacks! He also split time at LDE with Jim Jeffcoat until 1995 when Jim went to Buffalo. Tolbert ranks 3rd in Cowboys history in official sacks with 59 although unofficially he is further down the list. He only went to one Pro-Bowl but he was a great team player. IMO he was what Greg Ellis should have been. Knee problems shortened his career and he retired after 9 seasons. Tony always seemed to come up with a big play when we needed one or would force a QB into making a mistake. He was part of the great 1989 draft class and was taken 85th overall in the 4th round. Tony Tolbert was an outstanding player and an even better person. He was one of the quiet leaders in the lockerroom and you never heard anything negative about him. Here are some highlights about him from Wikipedia: He was a low draft selection, because coming out of college he was what they called a tweener (Not fast enough to play linebacker and too light to be a defensive end).He ended up, not just having a long career, but also excelling. He broke into the starting lineup at left defensive end in 1990, and remained there for all nine of his seasons with the Cowboys. As defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys from 1989-1997, Tony Tolbert played an important role in the Cowboys' rise to prominence in the 90's and their three Super Bowl victories. Tolbert became one of the stalwarts on one of the best defenses of the 90´s. During that time, he teamed up with Charles Haley to become one of the top pass-rushing duos in the NFL. Although he came into the league as a pass rushing specialist, he was a rugged run stopper, making him the leading tackler among Cowboy defensive linemen for seven straight years. Tolbert played with chronic knee pain through the final years of his career, because of a degenerative knee condition. He was a Pro Bowler in 1996, when he had a career high of 12 sacks and led all Cowboys linemen in tackles for the sixth consecutive season, with 85. Despite playing in pain, Tolbert started all 16 games in 1997, compiled five sacks and led all lineman with 60 tackles. Tolbert's five sacks were the most on the team. He was released after the 1997 season because of his declining performance while playing on aching knees. This happened only a year after he was selected to his first Pro Bowl team. Ten years after he retired, he had knee-replacement surgery on both knees. The result of seven knee surgeries during his nine-year career. He recorded 59 QB sacks in 128 games played over the course of 9 seasons, plus he returned his only interception 54 yards for a touchdown. He had more sacks during the 90s than any other Cowboy player.