Dallas Cowboys

My All Time Favorite Dallas Cowboys Players

The Dallas Cowboys also known as “America’s Team” are one of the greatest teams in the history of the NFL. They have been Super Bowl Champions five times and have several Hall of Fame players as a result.

The Dallas Cowboys are not only the one of to the top teams in the NFL, but also the league’s most valuable franchise. Why is that? For most of the Cowboys storied history, they’ve been one of the most successful teams in all of football. Combine that with the Cowboys penchant to having many of the greatest players in football history and renowned superstar players, it makes sense to why so many people will call themselves Cowboys fans. Many of the Cowboys players on this list are some of the greatest players to ever play the game.

From 1966-1985, 20 consecutive seasons, the Cowboys possessed a winning record at the end of the season. This is a NFL record and the gold standard of success. Throughout the franchise’s existence, the team has had a fair share of Hall of Fame players. Roger Staubach, “Bullet” Bob Hayes, Randy White, Tony Dorsett are some of the first Cowboys players to be inducted to the Football Hall of Fame. The team’s run of success in the early ’90s saw them win three Super Bowls in four years. Some of the best players in team history were on those teams. Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, MIchael Irvin and Deion Sanders rounded out an NFL powerhouse.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

Troy Aikman

1989 Score #270 Rookie Card

 

Roger Staubach

1972 Topps #200 Rookie Card

 

RUNNING BACKS

Emmitt Smith

1990 Score Traded #101T Rookie Card

 

Tony Dorsett

1978 Topps #315 Rookie Card

 

Herschel Walker

1984 Topps #74 Rookie Card

 

Don Perkins

1962 Topps #41 Rookie Card

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Michael Irvin

1989 Score #18 Rookie Card

 

Bob Hayes

1967 Topps #52 Rookie Card

 

Drew Pearson

1975 Topps #282 Rookie Card

 

TIGHT ENDS

Jason Witten

2003 Topps #372 Rookie Card

 

Jay Novacek

1989 Pro Set #335 Rookie Card

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Erik Williams

1991 Pro Set #799 Rookie Card

 

Larry Allen

1994 Stadium Club #388 Rookie Card

OC – Mark Stepnoski (89-94, 99-01)

OG – John Niland (1966-1974)

OT – Rayfield Wright (1967-1979)

 

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Ed “Too Tall” Jones

1976 Topps #427 Rookie Card

 

Randy White

1976 Topps #158 Rookie Card

 

Bob Lilly

1963 Topps #82 Rookie Card

 

Harvey Martin

1976 Topps #44 Rookie Card

 

LINEBACKERS

Chuck Howley

1966 Philadelphia #59 Rookie Card

 

Ken Norton Jr.

1990 Fleer Update #U-39 Rookie Card

LB – Lee Roy Jordan (1963-1976)

Demarcus Ware

2005 Topps Finest #142 Rookie Card

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Everson Walls

1982 Topps #328 Rookie Card

 

Mel Renfro

1965 Philadelphia #53 Rookie Card

 

Deion Sanders

1990 Topps #469 Tiffany Rookie Card

 

Darren Woodson

1992 Skybox #188 Rookie Card

 

Cliff Harris

1977 Topps #490 Rookie Card

 

Charlie Waters

1975 Topps #341 Rookie Card

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Rafael Septien

1978 Topps #312 Rookie Card

 

P – Mike Saxon

1989 Topps Traded #119T Rookie Card

PR – Bob Hayes (1965-1974)

KR – Butch Johnson

1977 Topps #516 Rookie Card

 

NICKNAME

  • In the initial months following the its formation, the Dallas team was known as the “Steers.” After a few weeks, however, the name was changed to “Rangers.” At the same time, a baseball team operated in Dallas under that name, but was scheduled to fold before the 1960 football season. However, when the baseball team decided to play one more season, Clint Murchison Jr. and Bedford Wynne, owners of the new NFL team, selected the name of Cowboys to avoid confusion.

HEAD COACHES

  • Tom Landry (1960-1988)
  • Jimmy Johnson (1989-1993)
  • Barry Switzer (1994-1997)
  • Chan Gailey (1998-1999)
  • Dave Campo (2000-2002)
  • Bill Parcells (2003-2006)
  • Wade Phillips (2007-2010)
  • Jason Garrett (2010-Present)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

  • Super Bowl VI (1971) – Dallas Cowboys defeat Miami Dolphins 24-3
  • Super Bowl XII (1977) – Dallas Cowboys defeat Denver Broncos 27-10
  • Super Bowl XXVII (1992) – Dallas Cowboys defeat Buffalo Bills 52-17
  • Super Bowl XXVIII (1993) – Dallas Cowboys defeat Buffalo Bills 30-13
  • Super Bowl XXX (1995) – Dallas Cowboys defeat Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17

NFL CHAMPIONS (PRE-1966)

  • None

SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES

  • Super Bowl V (1970) – Dallas Cowboys vs. Baltimore Colts
  • Super Bowl VI (1971) – Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins
  • Super Bowl X (1975) – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Super Bowl XII (1977) – Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos
  • Super Bowl XIII (1978) – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Super Bowl XXVII (1992) – Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Super Bowl XXVIII (1993) – Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Super Bowl XXX (1995) – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES (PRE-1966)

  • None

NFL/NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

  • 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995

DIVISION CHAMPIONS

  • 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1985, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2007, 2009, 2014

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

  • 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009

PLAYOFF RECORD

  • 34-26 .567

HALL OF FAME PLAYERS

  • Herb Adderley DB (1970-1972)
  • Troy Aikman QB (1989-2000)
  • Lance Alworth WR (1971-1972)
  • Mike Ditka TE (1969-1972)
  • Tony Dorsett RB (1977-1987)
  • Forrest Gregg OT (1971)
  • Bob Hayes WR (1965-1974)
  • Michael Irvin WR (1988-1999)
  • Bob Lilly DT (1961-1974)
  • Tommy McDonald WR (1964)
  • Mel Renfro DB (1964-1977)
  • Deion Sanders CB (1995-1999)
  • Emmitt Smith RB (1990-2002)
  • Jackie Smith TE (1978)
  • Roger Staubach QB (1969-1979)
  • Randy White DT (1975-1988)
  • Rayfield Wright OT (1967-1979)

HALL OF FAME COACHES

  • Tom Landry (1960-1988)
  • Tex Schramm President (1960-1988)

RING OF HONOR

  • Larry Allen OT, OG (1994-1995)
  • Troy Aikman QB (1989-2000)
  • Tony Dorsett RB (1977-1987)
  • Charles Haley DE (1992-1996)
  • Bob Hayes WR (1965-1974)
  • Cliff Harris S (1970-1979)
  • Chuck Howley LB (1961-1973)
  • Michael Irvin WR (1988-1999)
  • Lee Roy Jordan LB (1963-1976)
  • Tom Landry Coach (1960-1988)
  • Bob Lilly DT (1961-1974)
  • Don Meredith QB (1960-1970)
  • Drew Pearson WR (1983-1993)
  • Don Perkins DT (1961-1974)
  • Mel Renfro DB (1961-1977)
  • Tex Schramm President (1960-1989)
  • Emmitt Smith RB (1990-2002)
  • Roger Staubach QB (1969-1979)
  • Randy White DT (1975-1988)
  • Rayfield Wright OT (1967-1979)

PRO BOWL MVP

  • 1970 George Andrie DE
  • 1971 Mel Renfro DB
  • 1992 Michael Irvin WR

AWARDS

COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 1966 Tom Landry

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • None

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 1969 Calvin Hill RB
  • 1970 Duane Thomas RB
  • 1977 Tony Dorsett RB
  • 1990 Emmitt Smith RB

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • 1977 Harvey Martin DE

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • None

NFL MVP

  • 1993 Emmitt Smith RB

SUPER BOWL MVP

  • Super Bowl V – Chuck Howley LB (1970)
  • Super Bowl VI – Roger Staubach QB (1971)
  • Super Bowl XII – Harvey Martin DE (1977)
  • Super Bowl XII – Randy White DE (1977)
  • Super Bowl XXVII – Troy Aikman QB (1992)
  • Super Bowl XXVIII – Emmitt Smith RB (1993)
  • Super Bowl XXX – Larry Brown CB (1995)

 

 

 

from their first season of 1960.

the Cowboy-49er NFC Championship game played on the January 17, 1993. That would be my pick for best Cowboy game of the 1990’s.

The Dallas Cowboys have a history as rich as any in the NFL. From beginning to end, names like Bob Hayes, Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, Troy Aikman, and Emmitt Smith. Ed Jones and Thomas Henderson.

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