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#1 Quickdraw

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:14 PM

Presto thought a 50 greatest Cowboys thread would be a good idea and I agree. You can even list current players if you think there's someone on the roster that is the greatest who's ever played for our Dallas Cowboys.

Who do you think the greatest 50 players are? Are there more than 50? I'm sure there are.

No coaches, GM's or owners; only players.

My first few of choices are...

- Roger "the Dodger" Staubach
- Bob Lily
- Chuck Howley
- Randy White
- Tony Dorsett
- Emmitt Smith

Those are a few to start with. They aren't in order. I just listed them.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:20 PM

- Bob Hayes
- Mel Renfro
- Harvey Martin
- Ed "Too Tall" Jones
- Larry Allen
- Darren Woodson
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:52 AM

Dammit, if goggle chrome screws up ONE more time.....
1. Bob Lillly
2. Emmitt Smith
3. Troy Aikman
4. Roger Staubach
5, Michael Irvin
6.Drew Pearson
7. Larry Allen
8. Charlie Waters
9, Randy White
10. Harvey Martan
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:15 PM

A guy named Demarcus Ware.
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:14 PM

1. Bob Lilly - Mr. Cowboy himself, ROH, HOF
2. Roger Staubach - Capt. Comeback, ROH, HOF
3.Emmitt Smith - NFL rushing leader, ROH, HOF
4.Randy White - Dominating defensive tackle, ROH, HOF
5. Troy Aikman - 3 time Super Bowl winner, ROH, HOF
6. Michael Irvin - Heart and soul of Cowboys, ROH, HOF
7. Mel Renfro - All Pro cornerback and safety, ROH, HOF
8. Tony Dorsett - One of the NFL's all time great running backs, ROH, HOF
9. Bob Hayes - Completely changed how defenses played, ROH, HOF
10. Rayfield Wright - Converted tight end became dominating tackle, ROH, HOF
11. Larry Allen - Dominated at tackle and guard, future Hall of Famer, ROH
12. Chuck Howley - Multiple All Pro, Pro Bowler, Super Bowl MVP, ROH
13. Lee Roy Jordan - Multiple All Pro, Pro Bowler, Captain of the Doomsday Defense, ROH
14. Cliff Harris - Capt. Crash Multiple All Pro, Pro Bowler, member of NFL All Decade team, ROH
15. Don Meredith - Extremely underrated and underappreciated, ROH
16. Don Perkins - Our very first great runningback, ROH
17. Drew Pearson - One of the games great clutch performers, ROH
18. Charles Haley - One of the games great intimidators, ROH
19. Harvey Martin - NFL's unofficial all time sack leader, multiple All Pro and Pro Bowler, Super Bowl MVP
20. Daryl Johnston - Redefined the fullback position
21. Bill Bates - Caused the NFL to add Special Teams player to Pro Bowl roster.
22. Jay Novacek - Extremely important cog to the Cowboys success in the 90's
23. Ed "Too" Jones - 6 feet 9 inches of mean
24. Erik Williams - Just mean, manhandled opponents
25. Cornell Green - Converted basketballer, multiple All Pro, Pro Bowler at cornerback and safety
26. Walt Garrison - Extremely tough runner when fullbacks were used to carry the ball
27. Charlie Waters - Became the quarterback of the great Cowboy defenses of the 70's
28. Everson Walls - Another of the great Cowboy cornerbacks
29. Billy Joe Dupree - The first of the great Cowboy tightends
30. George Andrie - Multiple All Pro and Pro Bowls
31. Preston Pearson - Became the definitive 3rd down back
32. Nate Newton - Devastating blocker
33. Frank Clarke - Our first great receiver
34. Ralph Neeley - Multiple All Pro and Pro Bowler
35. John Niland - All Pro and Pro Bowler
36. Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson - Lawrence Taylor wanted to be Thomas
37. Pat Donovan - Multiple All Pro and Pro Bowler
38. Blain Nye - Multiple All Pro and Pro Bowler, founder of the Zero Club
39. Larry Cole - Mr. Dependability, versatile defensive tackle and end, member of the Zero Club
40. Tony Tolbert - Underrated defensive end for Cowboys Super Bowl teams of the 90's
41. Danny White - Underappreciated dual threat at quarterback and punter
42. Mark Tuinei - Perfect compliment to Erik Williams
43. Robert Newhouse - Had legs like tree stumps
44. Dexter Coakley - Undersized linebacker brought big time to his game
45. Doug Cosbie - The first Jay Novacek
46. Dave Edwards - Solid member of early great Cowboy defenses
47. Jason Witten - Multiple All Pro, Pro Bowler, future ROH and HOFer
48. DeMarcus Ware - Multiple All Pro, Pro Bowler, Future ROH and HOFer
49. Tony Romo - You never know what you got 'til it's gone (see Don Meredith)
50. Sean Lee - It's early I know, but this kid is special

I know there are countless others that could be inserted for some I have picked. That's what's so great about the Cowboys, there isn't only a handfull of great players. There are teams worth of great players. One other thing, I placed Witten, Ware, Romo, and Lee at the end only because they're still active. If I were starting a team they'd be on it. Otherwise, this is just my opinion. Why wait to be great, come win now. DALLAS COWBOYS SUPER BOWL BOUND BABY !!!!!
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Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:22 AM

It'll take me a while to analyze who my top 50 would be, but I know the last time DallasCowboys.com came up with a top 50 I was surprised not to see Roy Williams on the list. I guess my thought is that I would take into consideration legacy, impact on the team and play on the field.

I also would have Deion Sanders, alot of people exclude Prime Time because he wasn't here too long, but it's amazing what a Superbowl win will do for your legacy.

Larry Allen would certainly be alot higher than most list I've seen, that's what happens when you bench press 705 lbs and make 11 Pro Bowls.

This would of course be my personnel list, I personally have Emmitt ranked as the #1 greatest player to ever play for the team. But I understand and respect when people have Staubach or Lilly as the #1 player.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:54 AM

Off the top of my head Chuck take out dexter Coakley and put in Jethro Pugh.
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:06 PM

qb's

don meredith
roger staubach
danny white
troy aikman
tony romo

rb's
don perkins
calvin hill
walt garrison
duane thomas
tony dorsett
emmitt smith
daryl johnston

wr's ad te's

bob hayes
drew pearson
tony hill
michael irvin
doug cosbie
jay novacek
jason witten

ol

rayfield wright
blaine nye
herb scott
tom rafferty
erik williams
nate newton
larry allen
mark tuinei

dl

bob lilly
george andrie
harvey martin
ed "too tall" jones
randy white
jim jeffcoat
charles haley

lb's

chuck howley
lee roy jordan
dd lewis
bob bruenig
eugene lockhart
ken norton
dexter coakley
demarcus ware

db's

cornell green
mel renfro
cliff harris
charlie waters
dennis thurman
everson walls
bill bates
deion sanders


just outside my list:

larry brown
john niland
larry cole
john dutton
rafael septian
matt mcbrier
billy joe dupree
robert newhouse
butch johnson
michael downs
dan reeves
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#9 oakclifford22

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 01:02 AM

memories........like the corners of my mind!!!
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=8iiAQspFvsg
"refusing to lose" became my "motto" as I went through life. Never give up, Never surrender! I have carried that through my very being as I have lived and "that day" will always be the "direction". The lesson's I learned from Tom Landry and Roger Staubach (I read both of their early books) gave me clarity in that notion, and I have forever held it as my badge. Amen

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:40 AM

# 1 in my book, (not even close) Roger Staubach.
# 2 Bob Lilly
# 3 Emmitt Smith
# 4 Troy Aikman
# 5 Randy White
# 6 Michael Irvin
# 7 Tony Dorsett
# 8 Jason Witten
# 9 Larry Allen
#10 Demarcus Ware
#11 Mel Renfro
#12 Bob Hays
#13 Drew Pearson
#14 Rayfield Wright
#15 Chuck Howley
#16 Darren Woodson


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:20 PM

This is an excellent topic and could very well be debated forever. But, Billy Joe Dupree was not the first Great Cowboy Tight End. He was a great tight end, but not the first. That distinction belongs to Mike Ditka, yes Mike Ditka. Ditka was a Dallas Cowboy 1969-1972. He redefined the tight end position from a dedicated blocker to what we see today - another receiver in addition to blocking.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 08:49 AM

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=lb5s_JqNZt0Hey who remembers this reciever? He was one of the great reciever on Dallas.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:25 AM

Don't underestimate what Herschel Walker meant to this team, long past his original stay here.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:26 PM

Too many great players to list. I loved all the old players. We shouldn't forget Danny White either. He was a great QB in his own way.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:54 PM

How about Drew Pearson....nobody made greater or more dramatic plays than Drew. A true blue Cowboy HERO.
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 04:45 AM

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=lb5s_JqNZt0Hey who remembers this reciever? He was one of the great reciever on Dallas.



He was ok,not great. Remember when he left? Signed a big contract and played for a short while.

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 04:47 AM

How about Drew Pearson....nobody made greater or more dramatic plays than Drew. A true blue Cowboy HERO.



For a guy who wasn't drafted,he was a great receiver. He should be in the hall of fame.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:18 PM

I think Darren Woodson deserves to be on that list we have'nt had a player like him in that postion since he left and that should count for something.He was an all around great Cowboy in my opinion.As always go Cowboys!!!!!!
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:00 AM

I think Darren Woodson deserves to be on that list we have'nt had a player like him in that postion since he left and that should count for something.He was an all around great Cowboy in my opinion.As always go Cowboys!!!!!!

Agreed. I would have no problem saying that Woody should be in the ROH, and HOF. He was the greatest safety we ever had. Now this is coming from someone who never say Charlie Waters or anyone of old play.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 08:52 PM

The great Cowboys teams helmed by Staubach and Aikman were my favorites, but so many great and under rated players have come through the organization, that it's VERY difficult for me to name my ABSOLUTE favorites of all time!




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