The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most successful franchises in NFL history and have also earned the label, “America’s Team”. They have won 5 Super Bowls and as well currently play in the largest stadium in the entire NFL; beautiful Cowboys Stadium. Though several great players and individuals have come through Dallas, these were who we found to be the 5 most important.
5. Tom Landry: Coach
Landry was not a player for Dallas which is the only reason he is at number five. He invented the 4-3 defense while being an assistant for the New York Giants and went on to have one of the greatest coaching era’s in NFL history. Simply put, he led the Cowboys to 20 consecutive seasons, 13 division titles, 5 Super Bowl Appearances and 2 Super Bowl victories. More importantly though, he helped establish a franchise that, at the time, was far from “America’s Team”.
4. Michael Irvin: Wide Receiver
The greatest Wide Receiver to ever play for the Dallas Cowboys, Michael Irvin has one of the all-time great resumes accumulating 750 catches for over 11,000 yards and 65 touchdowns. He was a 5 time Pro Bowl selection, being the MVP in 1992, but most importantly is a 3-time Super Bowl Champion with Dallas. He is a member of the 1990’s NFL All-Decade team as well as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
3. Roger Staubach: Quarterback
Playing 10 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, Roger Staubach was the original golden boy quarterback of the Cowboys. In his outstanding career he accomplished 6 Pro Bowl selections, 5 time NFC Champion 2 time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl VI MVP. Though he threw for only 22,700 yards in his career, he had a QB rating of 83.4 which demonstrates his consistency as a game manager.
2. Troy Aikman: Quarterback
The greatest quarterback in Dallas Cowboys history, Troy Aikman is a member of both the Pro Football and College Football Hall of Fames. The #1 overall draft pick from UCLA, Aikman went on to have one of the best careers any QB has ever had. He was a 6 time Pro Bowl Selection and a 3 time Super Bowl Champion, being named Super Bowl XXVII MVP. If not for head injuries due to concussions Aikman would not have had to retire in 2000, however he accomplished a great many things in his 11 seasons.
1. Emmitt Smith: Running back
The Greatest Cowboy, and possibly running back, of all time is Emmitt Smith. Smith is the NFL record holder of career rushing yards (18,355) and touch downs (164) and as well has the record for career 100-yard rushing games with 78. He was 4 times the NFL’s rushing leader, the NFL’s offensive Rookie of the year in 1990, AP NFL MVP in 1993, a 3 time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl XXVIII MVP. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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