Posted on Wed, Sep. 21, 2005 Preston Pearson: Cowboys memories are special By Rick Herrin Star-Telegram Staff Writer Preston Pearson was spoiled on Super Bowls. The former Cowboys running back played in five Super Bowls, including three with Dallas (1975, 1977, 1978), one with Pittsburgh (1974) and one with Baltimore (1968). He won a ring as a Pittsburgh Steeler and another with Dallas (1977). But with the Cowboys, Pearson revived his career after being released by the Steelers after the 1974 season. Pearson, who played 14 years in the NFL, remains in Dallas and is as president of Pro-Style Associates, which handles appearances, promotions and marketing for professional athletes and entertainers. Which Super Bowl ring do you value most? I will wear the Cowboys ring. I will not wear the Steelers ring. I am not a Steeler and I don't associate myself with them. I had my best years here. I felt I was much more wanted here, and they let me exploit my abilities. What's your best Super Bowl moment? It was the victory we [Cowboys] had over Denver in the 1977 season. That was the most rewarding for me because we played as a team. It stands out because it was a team victory the way everybody talks about. In 1974 [with the Steelers], I was just there. I was just on the roster. Who is the better coach: Don Shula, Chuck Noll or Tom Landry? Ranking them, it would be Landry, Shula and Noll. Landry was just much more prepared. I think he was the best ever. I have problems with Chuck. There was a while it was always on my mind, the way I was released with the Steelers. Shula was young and very intense. I saw him yell at [Johnny] Unitas and Raymond Berry. He was a complete coach. If you had a vote for the Ring of Honor, who goes in next? It would probably be Harvey Martin and then Drew Pearson. And Charlie [Waters] coming right behind them. I just believe those guys have to be next. Let's get this over with and get them in. If he [Jerry Jones] really wants to honor the old guys, he needs to put six in there before the new stadium opens. How will the Cowboys finish this season? They're a .500 team. Finishing 8-8 would be good. If they get into the playoffs, I would be pleasantly surprised, but it would take a lot of doing. IN THE KNOW Preston Pearson Position: Running back Career: Baltimore Colts, 1967-69; Pittsburgh Steelers, 1970-74; Cowboys, 1975-1980 Highlights: Played in five Super Bowls. Won titles with the Steelers in 1974 and Cowboys in 1977. Led the Cowboys with 47 receptions in 1978. Led Cowboys in receptions in Super Bowls X and XII, with five in each. Age: 60 Residence: Dallas Occupation: President and part owner of Pro-Style Associates, which handles appearances, promotions and marketing for professional athletes and entertainers. Started the company in 1979. Also works with Raymond James and Associates in Fort Worth. Notable: Drafted by the Colts as a defensive back, where he played his first two NFL seasons. Played for the University of Illinois basketball team. In Dallas, he designed a Cowboys bandana that was sold at Sears department stores.