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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 3:19 pm    Post subject: The Top 50 Dallas Cowboys of All-Time V.2.0 (COMPLETED) Reply with quote

Because it's the off-season and because I meant to do this to celebrate 18,000 posts (should actually be closing in on 24,000 posts by now...), I figured I'd take a look back at my top 50 list and give it a makeover.

So, here we go...

Qualifications
- Must have played at least five seasons with the team.
- Only players are on the list. No front office or coaching staff members.

Honorable Mentions
- Jim Jeffcoat, DE (1983-1994, 2x Super Bowl Champion)
- Bob Breunig, LB (1975-1984, 4x All-Pro, 3x Pro Bowler, 1x Super Bowl Champion)
- Roy Williams, S (2002-2008, 1x All-Pro, 5x Pro Bowler)
- Ken Norton, Jr., LB (1988-1993, 1x All-Pro, 1x Pro Bowler, 2x Super Bowl Champion)

The Top 50 Cowboys 2.0
50. Walt Garrison, RB/FB
49. Bill Bates, S
48. Mark Tuinei, OT
47. Leon Lett, DE
46. Pat Donovan, OT

45. Russell Maryland, DT
44. Billy Joe DuPree, TE
43. Calvin Hill, RB
42. Jethro Pugh, DT
41. Don Perkins, RB/FB

40. Herbert Scott, OG
39. Thomas Henderson, LB
38. Tom Rafferty, G/C
37. Daryl Johnston, FB
36. Tony Romo, QB

35. Ralph Neely, OT
34. Mark Stepnoski, C
33. Cornell Green, CB/S
32. George Andrie, DE
31. Danny White, QB

30. Jay Novacek, TE
29. Larry Cole, DE
28. Charles Haley, DE
27. Everson Walls, CB
26. Don Meredith, QB

25. Nate Newton, OG
24. Charlie Waters, S
23. Erik Williams, OT
22. Darren Woodson, S
21. John Niland, OG

20. Deion Sanders, CB
19. Drew Pearson, WR
18. Lee Roy Jordan, LB
17. Bob Hayes, WR
16. Ed "Too Tall" Jones, DE

15. Cliff Harris, S
14. Jason Witten, TE
13. Harvey Martin, DE
12. Troy Aikman, QB
11. Chuck Howley, LB

10. Rayfield Wright, OT
9. DeMarcus Ware, DE/OLB
8. Emmitt Smith, RB
7. Michael Irvin, WR
6. Tony Dorsett, RB

5. Mel Renfro, CB/S
4. Randy White, DT
3. Bob Lilly, DT
2. Roger Staubach, QB
1. Larry Allen, OG
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50. Walt Garrison (1966-1974)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 1x Pro Bowl Selection (1973)
- 1x Super Bowl Champion (VI)
- Member of the Dallas Cowboys 25th Anniversary Team

"If it was third down, and you needed four yards, if you'd get the ball to Walt Garrison, he'd get ya five." - Don Meredith

A fifth round draft choice from Oklahoma State by the Cowboys in 1966, Garrison took over the fullback position following the retirement of Don Perkins in 1968 and endeared himself to fans with his tough, hardnosed style of play.

Over his nine year career, Garrison missed just seven games in his career due to injury, remarkable considering he saw dual action playing both fullback and running back and also spent his off-seasons on the professional rodeo circuit to make a living. A fun fact, Garrison's signing bonus when he was drafted by the Cowboys in '66 included a horse trailer.

Walt still ranks sixth in Cowboys history with 3,886 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns and was a vital contributor in the Cowboys making their first Super Bowl appearance, having a key touchdown catch in the 1970 Championship Game win over the 49ers. Sadly, Garrison's career was cut short due to injuries he sustained both in football and on the rodeo.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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


He wasn't dominant for very long and literally ate his way out of the NFL.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way...feel free to nominate guys for the HM list.
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49. Bill Bates (1983-1997)




Career Highlights/Awards
- 1x Pro Bowl selection (1984)
- 1x All-Pro selection (1984)
- 3x Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
- First special team player selected to the Pro Bowl

If we had 11 players on the field who played as hard as Bill Bates does and did their homework like he does, wed be almost impossible to beat. - Tom Landry

An undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 1983, Bill Bates grew up as a Cowboys fan, and when he received a house-call from the team following the draft, was excited to get into camp. The odds were against him though, as the team had invited one-hundred and eighty-five other undrafted players to camp. Bates managed to beat the odds and earn a spot as a special teams player.

Bates soon endeared himself not only to fans, but to teammates and fellow NFL players with his hardnosed style of play and intensity on the field, which helped make him one of the best special teams players in the NFL. Opposing teams actually took time during practices to gameplan on how they would attempt to stop him.

Bates wasn't just a special teams player, however. He made his fair share of plays as a starting safety for three seasons ['86-'88] and as a constant force in Jimmy Johnson's nickel defense, recording 14 interceptions and 18 sacks in his career. He managed to overcome numerous surgeries to carve out a fifteen year career with the Cowboys, and after suffering through the down years of the 80s under Tom Landry, found success in the early 90s as a member of three Super Bowl winning teams with Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. Following his playing career following the 1997 season, Bates served as an assistant special teams and defensive backs coach for the Cowboys from '98-2002.

After beating the odds to make the roster of his favorite team, Bates had quite the career for an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee. There's a spot for special teams players on the Pro Bowl roster these days because of him, and was the first player in NFL history to be named an All-Pro due to his contributions on special teams. He certainly helped put the word "special" into special teams and was an unsung hero of those three Dallas Cowboy championship teams.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my All-Time favorites.
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WizardHawk wrote:
One of my All-Time favorites.


The original white boy of all white boys. I can't begin to tell you guys how many times I thought he was going to be cut over the years yet managed to will his way onto the team, anyway. I've always respected Bates because he was the purest one dimensional talent that we've ever had on this team, and was so good on Special Teams that the Pro Bowl literally created a position for him. I wish we had more players on this team with his heart and his will. We've lacked that for a long, long time.
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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.
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48. Mark Tuinei (1983-1997)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 2x Pro Bowl selection (1994, 1995)
- 2x All-Pro selection (1994, 1995)
- 3x Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)

"...And to think: We put him on Plan B (free agency). Anyone could have claimed him. To his credit, he worked himself into a two-time Pro Bowler." - Gil Brandt

In 1983, Mark Tuinei made it into training camp as a little-known defensive end from Hawaii. Scouts raved about his upside and potential, but Tuinei's success wouldn't come from playing defense. Tuinei soon after made the switch to offensive tackle and became a fixture at left tackle for the Cowboys for over fifteen seasons through hard work and dedication to his craft.

Tuinei consistently went up against the best pass rushers of his day including Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White, and Bruce Smith and rarely lost any of those battles. However, because of his perfected technique, seldom did he receive any outside recognition. The relative anonymity never bothered the former Hawaii-native, finding humor in being mistaken for another player.

His best years, or at least ones where he received more moderate recognition, came in the late stage of his career, as he protected the blindside of future Hall-of-Famer Troy Aikman and paved the way for another Hall of Fame running back, Emmitt Smith. He earned All-Pro recognition and was nominated by his peers to two Pro Bowls between the 1994-1995 seasons.

Due to a combination of age and the wear-and-tear of a fifteen year career in the NFL, Tuinei retired after the 1997 season and had planned on returning to Hawaii to become a high school football coach. However, in May of 1999, Tuinei was found deceased in his vehicle from an apparent accidental overdose of heroin. His passing left many former teammates, coaches and fans saddened. Former roommate and close friend Bill Bates remarked, "I can't remember being sadder about anything in a long, long time."

The life of an offensive lineman is typically one of obscurity. Rarely do you see fans wearing jerseys of the big, burly player who paves the way for his favorite running back or keeps his favorite quarterback upright. Young kids don't normally aspire to play on the offensive line. However, it's because of players like Mark Tuinei that the "stars" of this league are able to find that success and I believe that when fans down the line look back at the "team of the '90s", they will remember how a player from a troubled past became a man's man in a man's world and contributed to one of the best dynasties in the NFL.
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Texas_OutLaw7 wrote:
I think Roy Williams as an HM is great. People forget how dominant he really was.


He was a ridiculous hitter, and Darren Woodson allowed him to not have to worry about coverage, and just go head hunt. He got overweight(Biscuit) and lazy, and took bad angles, leading to many horse collars, which ultimately led to the Roy Williams rule.

No for me.
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GeneralDissaray wrote:
Texas_OutLaw7 wrote:
I think Roy Williams as an HM is great. People forget how dominant he really was.


He was a ridiculous hitter, and Darren Woodson allowed him to not have to worry about coverage, and just go head hunt. He got overweight(Biscuit) and lazy, and took bad angles, leading to many horse collars, which ultimately led to the Roy Williams rule.

No for me.


The HM list is interchangeable, if you feel like a guy deserves to be there over Biscuit, feel free to recommend someone.
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47. Leon Lett (1991-2000)



"In my mind, he should be remembered more for causing Thurman Thomas to fumble in the Super Bowl..." - Bill Bates

Career Highlights/Awards
- 2x Pro Bowl selection (1994, 1998)
- 3x Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)

A 7th round selection by the Dallas Cowboys in 1991, Lett spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve with a back injury, it wasn't until the following season that Lett was able to show his true potential on the football field.

During his second season in the league, Lett was used in rotation along the defensive line and was considered the best backup defensive lineman in the league, earning the nickname "Big Cat" from his teammates in reference for his agility. Lett had a troubled playing career, often missing games due to suspension three times for violiting the leagues substance abuse policy. When he was on the field, however, Lett was an unmistakable force on the Cowboys defense often demanding double-teams from opposing lineman and dominating at the point of attack, disrupting the running and passing game. He was a valuable member of the Cowboys three Super Bowl champion teams.

Sadly, most fans remember him more for his two infamous gaffs. One came in Super Bowl XXVII, when late in the 4th quarter Lett recovered a fumble and was returning it for what would have been a touchdown, but slowed down as he approached the end zone allowing Buffalo player Don Beebe to knock the ball out and result in a touchback. The play cost the Cowboys the record for most points in a Super Bowl. His other notable mistake came in a Thanksgiving Day game the following season, Miami had attempted a field goal to take the lead late in the game.

The kick was blocked, Lett attempted to recover the ball but slipped on ice and Miami wound up recovering the "muff" on the Dallas one yard line. By touching the ball, Lett enabled the Dolphins to attempt the field goal again and cost the team a victory. It should be noted however, that following the game the Cowboys would not lose another game...the Dolphins though, did not win afterward and finished out of the playoffs.
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46. Pat Donovan (1975-1983)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 4x Pro Bowl selection (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
- 1x Super Bowl Champion (XII)

The Cowboys fourth-round draft choice in 1975, Donovan was one of the "Dirty Dozen" of twelve rookie selections that made the final roster that season and wound up not just one of the best from that class, but one of the best offensive tackles in Cowboy history.

His career did take some time to get off the ground, as he served in a backup role for two seasons before finally starting at right tackle in 1977 for an injured Rayfield Wright. Donovan played the position for the remainder of the season up until the victory in Super Bowl XII.

The following season, he took over the left tackle position when Ralph Neely retired and manned the position until the end of his career, brought about after needing surgery on both shoulders, in 1983. Even though injury forced his retirement, Donovan is notable for never missing a game during his nine seasons (including 20 playoff games, six NFC Championship games, and three Super Bowls) with the franchise.
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45. Russell Maryland (1991-1995)



Career Highlights/Awards
- 1x Pro Bowl nomination (1993)
- 3x Super Bowl Champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)

The first overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft, Russell Maryland reunited with his former college football coach Jimmy Johnson and was a stalwart on the Cowboys defense during his first five seasons in the league. Maryland was known as a stout defender against the run, taking on double-teams which freed Charles Haley and Tony Tolbert to wreak havoc against opposing offenses.

While Maryland never exactly lived up to the billing of a number one overall selection, he was still a valuable contributor to the Cowboys winning four consecutive division titles, three NFC Championships, and three Super Bowls. Following his career with the Cowboys, he would go on to play for the Oakland Raiders during the 1996-1999 seasons, then went on to play one more season in Green Bay before he decided to call it quits.
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