As we all know, the Dallas Cowboys have a long and rich history. Some of the best players have rolled through here and if you ask a good percentage of players in the league, they would tell you they grew up wanting to wear the star.
Here are my five favorite Cowboys players.
I’m not sure there’s any player that has ever represented the star and loved the franchise more than Dez Bryant. When I think of relatable players, Bryant is the first name I think of. He loves the Cowboys as much as many of us fans do.
Coming out of college, Bryant was projected to be a top 10-15 pick and was the best receiver in the 2010 draft. However, due to off the field concerns, Bryant slipped to 24. The Cowboys ended up trading with the New England Patriots to jump from 27 to 24 to select Dez.
From 2012-2014, Dez was a no-doubt top-three receiver in football. In those three years, Dez accounted for 273 receptions, 3,935 yards and 41 touchdowns. Bryant is the all-time franchise leader in touchdowns with 73.
Ezekiel Elliott was drafted #4 by the Cowboys in 2016. Since being drafted, Elliott has been a top back in a league that is going away from investing a lot of resources into the running back. In 56 career games, Elliott has totaled 5,405 rushing yards on 1,169 attempts averaging 4.6 yards a carry. He also has 40 rushing touchdowns and added 8 more in the passing games.
“The playmaker” Michael Irvin is the spokesperson/mouthpiece to this day for Cowboys fans. So many former Cowboys are in the media but no one goes as hard for the Cowboys has Irvin. The passion that he played with has transitioned to off the field.
In 12 NFL seasons with the Cowboys, Irvin won three Super Bowls and tallied 750 receptions, 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns.
In 2007, Irvin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The fact that Tony Romo didn’t win anything significant in his career is a big reason he is one of the more under-appreciated players in Cowboys history.
One of the most disappointing things I’ve experienced as a fan is the fact that Romo found “it” later in his career, but because his body could no longer hold up for the 16 game grind, he wasn’t able to chase a championship in those years, which will most likely keep him from being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Romo started 127 games at quarterback for the franchise. He went 78-49 in those games and racked up 34,183 yards passing completing 65 percent of his passes and passing for a franchise-record 248 touchdowns.
From one under-appreciated Cowboy to another, Darren Woodson. Woodson was acquired with one of the drafts picks the Cowboys received in the Herschel Walker trade.
In 12 NFL seasons with the Cowboys, Woodson won three Super Bowls, had 864 combined tackles, 11 sacks and 23 interceptions.
To this day, the franchise hasn’t seen a better safety. It’s a shame that he hasn’t been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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