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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nextyearfordaboyz wrote:
Texas_OutLaw7 wrote:
I think Roy Williams as an HM is great. People forget how dominant he really was.


Roy was dominant for one year, his rookie season. And he had another season or two of pretty good play after that, but certainly no dominant years without Woodson. I don't think he belongs anywhere close to this list.


Roy Williams is underrated and disrespected as as a cowboy. I wish we could have won one with him. He played hard, hit hard and apparently found it hard to find something he didn't like to eat. He still to this day has my favorite you tube highlight video of all time. Dude was a 5x pro bowler I do believe, and every receiver in philly is still scared of him. One of Dallas's all time greats and a jersey I will always wear with pride.

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44. Billy Joe DuPree (1973-1983)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 3x Pro Bowl nomination (1976, 1977, 1978)
- 1x Super Bowl Champion (XXII)

A first round slection by the Dallas Cowboys, DuPree didn't take long to make an impact with the Cowboys, starting his rookie season and never missing a game in his eleven-year career which spanned 181 games, including the postseason. Roger Staubach relied on DuPree as his security blanket during his career.

One of the best tight ends of his era, DuPree was not only known for his prowess as a receiver, but also for his punishing blocking style. He was one of the first "do-it-all" tight ends in the league, comparable to Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez of today. DuPree was also a leader on and off the field, earning co-captain awards multiple times and also was recognized as the teams NFL Man of the Year.

Over an eleven year span, DuPree compiled 3,565 receing yards and 41 touchdowns, and ranks 10th in Cowboys history in yardage and sixth overall in touchdown catches. In Super Bowl XII, he was the Cowboys leading receiver in their victory over the Denver Broncos. DuPree also scored at least one touchdown in each of his eleven seasons, an amazing feat during that time, and helped start the legacy of great Cowboy tight ends.
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43. Calvin Hill (1969-1974)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 4x Pro Bowl selection (1969, 1972, 1973, 1974)
- 2x All-Pro selection (1969, 1973)
- 1x Super Bowl Champion (VI)
- 1969 NFL Rookie of the Year

One of the first great tailbacks to wear the silver and blue, Calvin Hill was selected in the first round of the 1969 NFL Draft and made the most immediate impact out of probably any rookie in Cowboy history.

Prior to Hill, the Cowboys had never had a running back rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. His rookie year, Hill came close to breaking that marker, as he accumulated 942 rushing yards and scored eight touchdowns, becoming the first rookie ever in Cowboy history to be selected to the AP All-Pro squad.

While Hill would split time with Duane Thomas the next two seasons, he would become the full-time starter once again in 1972 and continued to have success as he became the first runningback in club history to surpass 1,000 yards. He was voted to the Pro Bowl for three consecutive seasons between 1972-1974. Hill still ranks fourth all-time on the Cowboys' rushing list with a total of 5,009 yards and is tied with Emmitt Smith for the most rushing touchdowns with four.

Calvin Hill retired from football in 1981, after a stint in the World Football League and the Redskins and Browns following his tenure with Dallas in 1974. Hill did return to Dallas after his pro career, however, and has served as a consultant for the Cowboys' player development department for over twelve years now.
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42. Jethro Pugh (1965-1978)



Career Highlights/Awards
-2x Super Bowl Champion (VI, XXII)

A twice all-conference selection while at Elizabeth City State University, Pugh wasn't selected by the Cowboys until the 11th round during the 1965 NFL Draft. However, it didn't take long for the team and Tom Landry to appreciate Pugh, as just two seasons later he established himself as a fixture on the Cowboys defense.

For the majority of his career, Pugh was considered the "other" defensive tackle, lining up alongside Bob Lilly as a member of the original "Doomsday Defense". Pugh never was recongized nationally for his play on the field, not once being nominated for a Pro Bowl or All-Pro selection. However, he is still regarded as one of the best pass rushers in Cowboy history. Over the span of four years (1968-1972), Pugh was the team leader in sacks, recording 15 , 13, 13 , 13 and then 7 .

Pugh may never have garnered national attention, but his contributions helped bring the Cowboys 4 NFC Championship titles and 2 Super Bowls over his career.
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41. Don Perkins (1961-1968)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 6x Pro Bowl selection (1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968)
- 1x All-Pro selection (1962)
- 1961 NFL Rookie of the Year
- Selected to the Ring of Honor in 1976

"The guy was a remarkable runner, a great pass blocker and one of the best players in our history." - Tom Landry

Usually remembered as the first great running back in Cowboy history or as one of the first offensive players to be selected to the teams Ring of Honor, Perkins almost didn't get a chance to play for the team. Prior to the franchise's inception, the club purchased the rights to Perkins.

However, Perkins was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1960, causing a sticky situation between the two teams. The Cowboys did eventually receive the rights to Perkins, but before he could get a chance to play for the team, Perkins suffered a foot injury in training camp and missed the entire season. The following season, however, Perkins wasted no time in getting his career off the ground. Leading the team in rushing yards in 1961, Perkins claimed Rookie of the Year honors that 1961 season and would go on to lead the team in rushing for five straight seasons and six out of eight seasons during his career.

Often listed as a fullback, Perkins was selected to six Pro Bowls and named an All-Pro once during his career, during the 1962 season when he ran for a career-best 945 yards and seven touchdowns. Perkins trails only Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett for most seasons leading the team in rushing with six and also ranks sixth in club history with ten games of at least a hundred yards rushing.
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40. Herbert Scott (1975-1984)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 3x Pro Bowl selection (1979, 1980, 1981)
- 2x All-Pro selection (1980, 1981)
- 1x Super Bowl Champion (XXII)

"When Herb goes after a guy, the next thing you see are feet in the air." - Tony Dorsett

The 330th player selected in the 1975 NFL Draft by the Cowboys, Herbert Scott was a member of the "Dirty Dozen", the nickname referred to the teams' rookie class that year. They earned the monicer by being credited with helping the team advance to Super Bowl X and were a key foundation for the success of the Cowboys in the late '70s and early '80s.

Scott didn't take long to make his impact known in the league, replacing Blane Nye in '76 at left guard. He was rarely penalized during his career and together with Pat Donovan, he gave the Cowboys one of the best left-side tandems in the NFL. One of his more memorable moments of his career came during fellow teammate Tony Dorsett's signature run of his career, the 99-yard run against the Minnesota Vikings during the 1983 season, where Scott and Tom Rafferty teamed up on the block that sprang Dorsett free.

Scott was slowed late in his career by injuries and retired after the 1984 season. He was a mainstay and cornerstone of the Cowboys offensive line during his ten year career. He helped Dallas win Super Bowl XII and three NFC Championships. Many sport pundits regard Scott as one of the greatest lineman to ever play for the Cowboys.
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39. Thomas Henderson (1975-1979)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 1x Pro Bowl selection (1978)
- 1x Super Bowl Champion (XXII)

"If Thomas had settled down and been the way he is now, with his natural ability, there's no limit to what he could have been." - Gil Brandt

In 1975, the Dallas Cowboys selected a little known prospect out of Langston College by the name of Thomas Henderson in the first round of that years draft. He wasn't as big as other linebackers, but he was faster than many tailbacks and had an IQ as high as, or higher than, the players the team liked to draft from Stanford.

Henderson excelled at the pro level, earning the nickname "Hollywood" for his flamboyant play and high-visibility lifestyle. His athleticism that attracted the Cowboys to him in the first place was also utilized on kickoffs, where the team used him to run reverses, and he managed to return one for a touchdown in his career. He was a main contributor for the Cowboys defense during the late 70s which earned the title "Doomsday Defense II". His play influenced many, including future All-Pro Lawrence Taylor, who said he was inspired to wear the number 56 because of Henderson.

Sadly, Henderson never lived up to his full potential and his career was cut short due as a destructive lifestyle of drugs and alcohol began to catch up with him. During many games, he snorted cocaine or played them high on amphetamines and marijuana. His addiction eventually led to his dismissal from the Cowboys, when during a loss against Washington, Tom Landry finally had enough of Henderson. "Hollywood" only played one more season in the league, bouncing between Miami and San Francisco before a broken vertebra forced him to retire.

After an eventual arrest and conviction which saw Henderson spend two years and eight months in a treatment center for addicts. Following rehab stint, Henderson returned to his old neighborhood in Austin and started to turn his life around. He staged a hunger strike to raise money for a track for a local high school, he went from school to school preaching his story of fame and fortune, and how quickly it disappeared because of his addiction. "Hollywood" was the winner of the state lottery in 2000, an apparent award from above for his change in lifestyle.
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HOLLYWOOD!
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38. Tom Rafferty (1976-1989)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 1x Super Bowl Champion (XXII)


Drafted out of Penn State by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1976 NFL Draft. It didn't take long for Rafferty to contribute to the team, becoming a starting guard his second year in the league. He would lockdown the right guard spot up until he was transitioned to center during the 1981 season.

Known to his teammates as "Raff", Rafferty established himself as one of the better lineman in Cowboys history with an exemplary work ethic and great attitude. Appearing in over two-hundred and twenty-one games for Dallas, including one-hundred and sixty seven consecutive games, Rafferty assisted in the Cowboys appearing in eighteen postseason games and two Super Bowls.

His last year in the league, and first under new head coach Jimmy Johnson, Rafferty started just eight games; the fewest amount ever in his career. "Raff" was a key contributor in Mark Stepnoski developing into the player he would later become that 1989 season, teaching him proper technique and how to play smart. Attributes would clearly benefited Stepnoski over his career.
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37. Daryl "Moose" Johnston (1989-1999)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 2x Pro Bowl selection (1993, 1994)
- 2x All-Pro selection (1993, 1994)
-3x Super Bowl Champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)

"I couldn't have done it without you" - Emmitt Smith to Johnston, after breaking the NFL rushing record

Another member of that vaunted 1989 draft class by the Cowboys, Daryl Johnston didn't waste time asserting himself as a valuable contributor on offense. By 1992, everyone knew about the "Moose". His throwback style of play that would see him make crushing block after block for Emmitt Smith, followed by the occasional catch out of the backfield from Troy Aikman. Johnston even saw time on special teams and was a major contributor there as well.

Johnston's biggest contribution to the team was his lead blocking for Smith, who broke the NFL's All-Time rushing record in 2002. Johnston, however, wasn't leading the way on Smith's record-breaking run. After starting an amazing 149 consecutive games (including playoffs) as he was forced to retire during the 1999 season due to a neck injury. "Moose" was on the sidelines though during the game against Seattle and was the first person Smith found and hugged afterward, telling Johnston, "I couldn't have done it without you."

Due in large part to Johnston's success, the NFL created the fullback position as it's known today in the Pro Bowl in 1993, enabling Johnston to become the first true fullback selected to the game.
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Between Moose and Alstott, I feel for the FB position. I viewed it as invaluable.
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Texas_OutLaw7 wrote:
Between Moose and Alstott, I feel for the FB position. I viewed it as invaluable.


I have a feeling it will make a reemergence again here in a few years.
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36. Tony Romo (2003-current)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 3x Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2007, 2009)
- Franchise leader in TD passes (177)
- Franchise leader in lowest career interception percentage (2.75%)

"Hes a special player. Unfortunately, not enough people recognize that." - Troy Aikman

An undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois in 2003, Tony Romo caught the eye of another EIU alumni during his college years: Sean Payton. Payton assured Romo throughout the draft process of the Cowboys interest, and shortly after the draft was signed by Dallas. The following season, veteran Vinny Testaverde was signed by the team and they also traded a third round pick in order to acquire Drew Henson. With such a crowd at the position, Romo was in danger of possibly not making the team that season. However, as if by fate, Quincy Carter was released following substance abuse allegations.

Testaverde was released following the 2005 season, and another former Parcells player was brought in to start at quarterback, veteran Drew Bledsoe. Romo had strong performances during the 2005 and 2006 pre-seasons, so much so that the man who had originally fought for Romo to make the team came calling. Jerry Jones refused, however, and asked for no less than a second rounder for the former undrafted player. Jones decision would pay off, as during a game against the New York Giants later that year, Romo would take over for Bledsoe at half-time and nearly led the team to victory.

Under Romo, the Cowboys fortunates have taken a considerable turn for the better from where they were at earlier in the decade. The Cowboys with Romo have made the playoffs or been contenders all four seasons with him at the healm. Romo owns just about every passing record in franchise history, his eight 300 yard games during the 2009 season was a team record and his career interception percentage is the lowest in franchise history. Yes, better than the great Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.

Each season that Romo has the been the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, not only has the team improved as a whole, but Romo himself has improved as a player. His best season came during the 2011 league year, when he once again threw for over 4,000 yards (the 4th time in his career) while connecting on 31 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions. Sadly, the team failed to make the playoffs that season, losing to the division rival New York Giants in week 17.

Romo has arguably been the most controversial starter at QB the Cowboys have ever had. Fans love him for his ability to make something out of nothing, but hate it when those same plays backfire on the team. Whatever the case, it's hard to argue that the Cowboys would be better off without him over the last seven years he has manned the QB position.

However you feel about Romo, with his recent extension he will be the starter for the next three or four seasons. All the fans, and the team, can hope for is that he rewards the faith with a Lombardi Trophy during that tenure.
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Whoa boy. That's gonna cause some waves. Laughing
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Texas_OutLaw7 wrote:
Whoa boy. That's gonna cause some waves. Laughing


Anything to create discussion. Laughing
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