I know we've all ready this a million times....but just came across it again this morning...and one of those COWBOYS MOMENTS that gives me goosebumps everytime I remember or read it again.....so....maybe it does the same for you guys...for a Sunday morning... THE TRADE It is simply referred to as "The Trade." It was the largest player trade in NFL history, and it led to a Super Bowl caliber Vikings squad being decimated, a 3-time Super Bowl champion Cowboys team being built, and Vikings GM Mike Lynn being perhaps the most hated man in the world by Vikings fans. The Trade took place on October 12, 1989. Believing the Vikings to be only a big-time RB away from winning it all, Lynn acquired Herschel Walker from the Cowboys and new owner Jerry Jones and new coach Jimmy Johnson for 5 roster players (LB Jesse Solomon, DB Issiac Holt, RB Darrin Nelson, LB David Howard, DE Alex Stewart), and 6 assorted draft picks (conditional 1st & 2nd round in '90 and '91; 1st round and conditional 3rd in '92). Nelson, upset at being traded, refused to report to the Cowboys and was traded to the San Diego Chargers, ultimately returning to the Vikings. The result of the trade to San Diego was the Vikings sending a 6th round pick in 1990 and the original conditional 2nd round pick in 1991, and the Chargers sending their 5th round pick in 1990 to Minnesota via Dallas. The Cowboys then waived DE Alex Stewart and threatened to waive other players in order to get all of the conditional draft picks. In February 1990, the Cowboys traded their 3rd and 10th round picks and their 1991 3rd rounder to the Vikings so that they could keep the 3 remaining roster players and all of the conditional draft picks. So the initial trade looked as follows: Vikings got: RB Herschel Walker Dallas's 3rd round pick - 1990 San Diego's 5th round pick - 1990 Dallas's 10th round pick - 1990 Dallas's 3rd round pick - 1991 Cowboys got: LB Jesse Solomon LB David Howard CB Isaac Holt Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1990 Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1990 Minnesota's 6th round pick in 1990 Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1991 (conditional) Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1991 (conditional) Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1992 (conditional) Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1992 (conditional) Minnesota's 3rd round pick in 1992 (conditional) On April 19, 1990 Dallas traded Minnesota's 2nd pick and Kansas City's 3rd pick in 1990 to San Francisco for RB Terrence Flagler, DE Daniel Stubbs, SF 3rd round pick in 1990 and SF 11th round pick in 1990. On April 22, 1990 (draft day), Dallas traded Minnesota's 1st pick in 1990 and a 3rd round pick in 1990 to Pittsburgh for Pitt's 1st round pick and selected RB Emmitt Smith. On September 3, 1990 Dallas traded Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1991 and its own 5th round pick in 1991 to the Houston Oilers for FB Alonzo Highsmith. On April 19, 1991 (draft) Dallas traded Minnesota's 1st pick, Dallas' 2nd, DB Ron Francis, LB David Howard and LB Eugene Lockhart to New England for New England's 1st pick (#1 overall) and selected DT Russell Maryland. On Sept. 16, 1991 Dallas traded LB Jesse Solomon to New England (who sent him to Tampa Bay) for New England's 6th round pick in 1992. On April 26, 1992 (draft) Dallas traded Minnesota's 1st and 3rd round picks to New England for NE 1st, 2nd and 4th round picks. Dallas traded the #19 and #104 picks to Atlanta for Atlanta's 1st and 5th round picks. Dallas traded Minnesota's 2nd round pick to Kansas City for 2nd and 3rd round picks. Dallas traded the #47, #74 picks to Washington for a 2nd and a 3rd round pick. Dallas traded the #56 pick to Detroit for 3rd, 4th and 9th round picks. In the 1992 draft Dallas selected CB Kevin Smith (#17 - Texas A&M), S Darren Woodson (#37 - Arizona State), CB Clayton Holmes (#58 - Carson Newman), OL James Brown (#82 - Virginia State), G Tom Myslinski (#109 - Tennessee), S Greg Briggs (#120 - Texas Southern), TE Fallon Wacasey (#149 - Tulsa), S Chris Hall (#250 - East Carolina). The 1992 draft completed the trade. Herschel Walker was released by the Vikings in May 1992 and was picked up by Philadelphia and eventually ended up back with the Cowboys in 1996. The Cowboys waived Holt in 1993 (Kevin Smith took over); Highsmith, Fragler, Stubbs were disappointments and were waived after a year; the lower picks in 1992 did not make the team. The end results of the trade after 1992: Vikings got: WR Jake Reed Cowboys got: RB Emmitt Smith DT Russell Maryland CB Kevin Smith S Darren Woodson CB Clayton Holmes Perhaps the Vikings could've salvaged something out of having decimated their team for one player, but Walker was never used properly by the coaching brain trust (a total oxymoron in this case). Walker left the Vikings for Philadelphia soon after, and ultimately wound up back in Dallas, an ironic completion of Herschel's journey.