Pearson, Haley, Allen to Go In Cowboys’ Ring of Honor

For the first time since moving into Cowboys Stadium, the team’s Ring of Honor is getting some new members.

And, befitting the enormous building, the class is a big one: 1970s receiving star Drew Pearson, plus Charles Haley and Larry Allen, dominating linemen who helped power the Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles in the 1990s.

“All of these guys were a part of some of the greatest moments in franchise history, and were very impactful for us to have those moments,” said team owner Jerry Jones, the sole judge and jury for the Ring.

The names will be added Nov. 6, when the Cowboys play the Seattle Seahawks. They’ll be the first additions since Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin went in together in 2005, and will swell the membership to 20 – 18 players, plus coach Tom Landry and Tex Schramm, the longtime club president who started the Ring in the early 1970s.

Pearson was an undrafted quarterback from Tulsa who made the team in 1973, and went on to be selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1970s. He’s perhaps best known as the guy who caught the original “Hail Mary,” in a 1975 playoff game against Minnesota, and as Roger Staubach’s favorite target.

“Roger Staubach recently told me … `What Michael Irvin was for Troy, well that’s what Drew Pearson was for me,”’ Jones said. “That was good enough for me right there.”

Pearson’s omission from the Ring has long been considered its biggest oversight. Schramm passed over him in the late 1980s and Jones did the same since he took over as sole judge and jury when he bought the team in 1989.

Heavy lobbying by Staubach finally persuaded Jones. Pearson said it was the worth the wait.

“This is a good time for me because now my kids are grown enough to really appreciate this, understand what it really means, and then my grandkids are old enough now to understand what it means and appreciate it,” Pearson said.

Jones gave Pearson the choice of which side of the stadium his name would hang. The choice was easy – the side behind the Cowboys’ bench that already features Schramm, Staubach, Tom Landry and other players from the pre-Jones era.


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One Response to “Pearson, Haley, Allen to Go In Cowboys’ Ring of Honor”

  1. louie,,,LA says:

    awsome .haley and bill bates and drew pearson are to of my all tim favorite players

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