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#41 Toniraye

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 09:22 PM

As a 41 year old COWBOYS fan since 1980 when the DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADER MOVIE was released starring Jane Seymour, I am happy to post my favorites. Take note I do not have Danny White or Tony Romo on my list. In my personal opinion, as a QB you must be consistently ON not off. I don't care how great someone is with regards to statistics.  Like science, statistics change and only concrete things win games. Romo is such an example. Two plus two will always add up to four but he's trying to convince us all it add up to three and that is just not good enough. For me, the bottom line is results and that means you have to be a pressure player.  As such my list is below (I don't have 50) and you may disagree BUT I have my favorites just like everyone else so here goes: 

 

BOB LILLY aka MR. COWBOY

ROGER STAUBACH

TONY DORSETT

MIKE DITKA

HERSCHEL WALKER

ED "TOO TALL" JONES

DON MEREDITH

BOB HAYES

CHARLIE WATERS

CHARLES HAILEY

WALT GARRISON

DARREN WOODSON

JAY NOVACEK

DREW PEARSON

NATE NEWTON

MARK TUINEI

DEXTER COAKLEY

KEN NORTON

RANDY WHITE

TROY AIKMAN

EMMITT SMITH

JASON WITTEN

DEMARCUS WARE


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 01:57 AM

#1. Tom Landry

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 01:36 PM

Here are my top 35...

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Don't underestimate what Herschel Walker meant to this team, long past his original stay here.

 

agreed.  both his direct contributions, his market value, and then his later return (too bad he didn't get any rings with us) make him someone to consider.  always loved herschel.

 

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!!!!!!

 

cannot believe i forgot to put him on my list.  you are absolutely correct.  woody was an all-timer.  we haven't had decent safety paly since he left.


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Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:35 PM

Ok so I'll just chime in with my top 10

 

1. Tom Landry

2. Roger Staubach

3. Michael Irvin

4. Bob Lily 

5. Troy Aikman

6. Emmitt Smith

7. Tony Dorsett

8. Randy White

9. Larry Allen

10. Drew Pearson


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:00 PM

How about the guys who were maybe not the biggest stars, but the ones you watched and cared a little extra about?

 

  • Golden Richards
  • Butch Johnson (big Super Bowl catch)
  • Bill Bates
  • Everson Walls (he was a star, but underrated in my opinion)
  • Michael Downs (in my mind he forms an inseparable duo with Everson Walls, am I right that neither was drafted?)
  • Aaron Mitchell (can't remember why, but I always thought he was pretty cool when I was a kid)
  • Ron Springs (remember when fullbacks ran and caught the ball?)

 

These days...

  • Doug Free (Don't laugh, this guy is playing lights out this year, nobody deserves the criticism he took last year. He may make the Pro Bowl if he keeps it up and if he does it will be great.)
  • JJ Wilcox (a hunch that this guy is going to be special)
  • Frederick, Escobar and Williams (just because of all the post-draft chatter about the trade...always happy to see these guys do well)


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 08:15 PM

How about the guys who were maybe not the biggest stars, but the ones you watched and cared a little extra about?

 

  • Golden Richards
  • Butch Johnson (big Super Bowl catch)
  • Bill Bates
  • Everson Walls (he was a star, but underrated in my opinion)
  • Michael Downs (in my mind he forms an inseparable duo with Everson Walls, am I right that neither was drafted?)
  • Aaron Mitchell (can't remember why, but I always thought he was pretty cool when I was a kid)
  • Ron Springs (remember when fullbacks ran and caught the ball?)

 

These days...

  • Doug Free (Don't laugh, this guy is playing lights out this year, nobody deserves the criticism he took last year. He may make the Pro Bowl if he keeps it up and if he does it will be great.)
  • JJ Wilcox (a hunch that this guy is going to be special)
  • Frederick, Escobar and Williams (just because of all the post-draft chatter about the trade...always happy to see these guys do well)

Part one of your post was good; part two ----????

7 seasons (6 played) prior to 2013--no league honors (pro bowl selection) /he gets mentioned because he's playing lights out for the first half of this season? And then you put down 5 rookies?

The topic is '50 greatest of all-time"--not 50 with the potential to be....



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 03:08 AM

Part one of your post was good; part two ----????
7 seasons (6 played) prior to 2013--no league honors (pro bowl selection) /he gets mentioned because he's playing lights out for the first half of this season? And then you put down 5 rookies?
The topic is '50 greatest of all-time"--not 50 with the potential to be....


You are 100% right. I did lose the plot in part two.

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:07 PM

(Roger Staubach x 49) + (Tom Landry x 1).



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 11:55 PM

How about the guys who were maybe not the biggest stars, but the ones you watched and cared a little extra about?

 

  • Golden Richards
  • Butch Johnson (big Super Bowl catch)
  • Bill Bates
  • Everson Walls (he was a star, but underrated in my opinion)
  • Michael Downs (in my mind he forms an inseparable duo with Everson Walls, am I right that neither was drafted?)
  • Aaron Mitchell (can't remember why, but I always thought he was pretty cool when I was a kid)
  • Ron Springs (remember when fullbacks ran and caught the ball?)

 

i agree with all of these.  i never really got to see golden richards play, but my dad speaks of highly of him   butch seemed to make a big catch every other second (remember a two touchdown night on a monday in houston, 1982?).  bill was the reason a spot was created in the pro-bowl for special teams.  i think he deserves hof consideration.  i agree with michael downs and everson being an inseparable duo, and yes, both were udfa.  i remember aaron mitchell, i had his football card. i always associated him with aaron kyle and steve wilson.  always loved ron springs.  he was a solid contributor, and nice change-up from tony d.

 

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:58 AM

We shouldn't forget Harvey Martin. He was the greatest passrusher the team has ever had.


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Posted 27 October 2013 - 01:47 AM

How in the hell did big T.O. not make this list?



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 02:40 AM

Not in any order:
1. Troy Aikman
2. Roger Staunch
3. Tony Dorsett
4. Michael Irvin
5. Bob Lily
6. Emmitt Smith
7. Randy White
8. Deion Sanders
9. Harvey Martin
10. Drew Pearson

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 06:57 PM

bob lilly mr. cowboy    roger staubach   randy white    bullit bob hayes   emmitt  smith  and underated Charlie waters



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Posted 03 May 2014 - 01:34 PM

Too me, all those old Cowboys were great. What a franchise.

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 08:32 PM

Here's my pick:

 

1     Larry Allen

 

Who dominated their position better than Allen?????  I rest my case.


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Posted 25 June 2014 - 03:17 AM

Australian fan of the Cowboys for over 30 years.

 

In no particular order my greatest Cowboys are

 

Frank Clarke

Michael Irvin

Jason Witten

Drew Pearson

Jay Novacek

Bob Hayes

Emmitt Smith

Tony Dorsett

Don Perkins

Calvin Hill

Walt Garrison

Troy Aikman

Roger Staubach

Don Meredith

Mel Renfro

Everson Walls

Charlie Waters

Cliff Harris

Cornell Green

Chuck Howley

Darren Woodson

Deion Sanders

Demarcus Ware

Jim Jeffcoat

Greg Ellis

Tony Tolbert

Ed Too Tall Jones

Randy White

Bob Lilly

Charles Haley

Bill Bates

Ken Norton

Roy Williams

Lee Roy Jordan

Harvey Martin

Rayfield Wright

Nate Newton

Larry Allen

John Niland

 

 


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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:17 PM

I liked Duane Thomas & Hollywood Henderson. They coulda been great!
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 02:49 AM

Not in any order:
1. Troy Aikman
2. Roger Staunch
3. Tony Dorsett
4. Michael Irvin
5. Bob Lily
6. Emmitt Smith
7. Randy White
8. Deion Sanders
9. Harvey Martin
10. Drew Pearson

How in the world can you leave Larry Allen off the list?   

 

Deion was a merc.   


Here's my pick:

 

1     Larry Allen

 

Who dominated their position better than Allen?????  I rest my case.

Maybe Bob Lilly, but this is a short list.  


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 03:12 AM


This guy gets overlooked a lot--Pat Donovan--only saw him on ONE list here

Played 1975-1983

4× Pro Bowl selection (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
Super Bowl champion (XII)

Roger was glad to have this guy around all those years
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Posted 13 March 2015 - 09:03 AM

1.Bob Lilly

2.Roger Staubach

3.Micheal Irvin

4.Emmitt Smith

5.Tony Dorsett

6.Ed Jones (not the boxer part)

7.Troy Aikman

8.Cliff Harris (the original headhunter)

9.Charlie Waters

10.LeeRoy Jordan

 

11.Bob Hayes

12.Drew Pearson (should be in the HOF)

13.Chuck Howley

14.Larry Allen (strongest man to ever put on a football uniform)

15.Herb Adderly

16.Darron Woodson (will be in the HOF)

17.Don Meredith

18.Harvey Martin (He would hold the record for most sacks in a season if they counted them back in the early '80s)

19.Tony Romo

20.John Fitzgerald

 

21.Ralph Neely

22.John Gesek

23.Randy White (if I was ranking them he would be much higher)

24.Danny White (for his punting and QBing combined)

25.Jay Novachek

26.Hersel Walker (mainly because of the trade)

27.Charles Haley

28.Mel Renfro

29.Demarcus Ware (would be a lot higher on the list if he stayed a cowboy longer)

30.Jason Witten (slowest man in the NFL to be uncoverable)

 

31.Nate Newton (a true cowboy for life)

32.Deon Sanders ( would be a top 5 if he had more time with us)

33.Larry Cole

34.Walt Garrison

35.Dez Bryant (gonna be moving up as the years go by)

36.Moose (love that nickname)

37.Bill Bates (pure guts made this guy special)

38.Blaine Nye

39.Micheal Downs

40.Rayfield Wright

 

41.Dan Reeves

42.Butch Johnson

43.Don Perkins

44.DD Lewis

45.Erik Williams

46.Tony Hill

47.Golden Richards

48.Calvin HIll

49.Duane Thomas

50.Going to leave this one blank because I'm positive I am forgetting several really good players.


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