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#61 Howard C

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 07:00 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.

Ditka was the original Gronk...


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Posted 04 August 2015 - 09:33 PM

Just too many great Cowboys.

Roger. Every list starts with Roger

Tony Dorsett

Randy White

Harvey Martin

Ed Jones

Drew Pearson (Twice lol)

Danny White ( My Favourite)

Emmitt Smith

Micheal Irvin

Troy Aikman

Leon Lett

Charles Haley

Charlie Waters

Chuck Housley

Cliff Harris

Tony Tolbert

Micheal Downs

Darren Woodson

Roy Williams (safety)

Erik Williams

Nate Newman

Larry Allen

Pat Donovan

Flozell Adams

Mark Stepnoski

Ralph Neely.

 

Not to mention lightly...Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson.

 

TOO MANY HONOURABLE MENTIONS TO MENTION.

What a team History.

Believe.


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Posted 05 February 2016 - 10:07 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 !!!!!

Nice Job...great comments...I like the way you made forgotten 60s players relevant again


Nice Job...great comments...I like the way you made forgotten 60s players relevant again

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 02:01 PM

There has only been one great Cowboy's coach....and Tom was the man. He ruled the sidelines with an iron fist, while maintaining command of the field. Unfortunately the days of Landry style coaching are gone.

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Posted 28 May 2016 - 10:43 PM

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.

Holy......something.   You've got Novacek over Mel Renfro, Haley, and Witten?   C'moooooon.     And Ware?    

 

Witten is faster than Novacek was!!!!!


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Posted 31 May 2016 - 08:16 PM

1-10 (in order)

Roger Staubach

Bob Lilly

Emmitt Smith

Randy White

Tony Dorsett

Troy Aikman

Michael Irvin

Larry Allen

Jason Witten

Bob Hayes

 

11-20 (in order)

Mel Renfro

Cliff Harris

Rayfield Wright

Drew Pearson

DeMarcus Ware

Darren Woodson

Lee Roy Jordan

Chuck Howley

Ed "Too Tall" Jones

John Niland

 

21-30 (in order)

Don Meredith

Tony Romo

Harvey Martin

Everson Walls

George Andrie

Charlie Waters

Walt Garrison

Moose Johnston

Jethro Pugh

Danny White

 

30-50 (Random - no order)

Jay Novacek

Don Perkins

Tony Hill

Jim Jeffcoat

Erik Williams

Nate Newton

Herschel Walker

Calvin Hill

Bill Bates

Mark Tuinei

Dez Bryant

Billy Joe Dupree

Frank Clarke

Pat Donovan

Mark Stepnoski

Ralph Neely

Robert Newhouse

Herb Scott

Charles Haley

Deion Sanders

 

NOTE:  Haley and Deion were in the last group because they are the only ones listed that made as much or more of their career away from Dallas as in Dallas.


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Posted 01 June 2016 - 11:50 PM

This above list is one that nobody could possibly argue with. The Cowboys have had so many great players...more than any team in the history of the NFL.

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Posted 23 June 2016 - 07:14 PM

1-10 (in order)
Roger Staubach
Bob Lilly
Emmitt Smith
Randy White
Tony Dorsett
Troy Aikman
Michael Irvin
Larry Allen
Jason Witten
Bob Hayes

11-20 (in order)
Mel Renfro
Cliff Harris
Rayfield Wright
Drew Pearson
DeMarcus Ware
Darren Woodson
Lee Roy Jordan
Chuck Howley
Ed "Too Tall" Jones
John Niland

21-30 (in order)
Don Meredith
Tony Romo
Harvey Martin
Everson Walls
George Andrie
Charlie Waters
Walt Garrison
Moose Johnston
Jethro Pugh
Danny White

30-50 (Random - no order)
Jay Novacek
Don Perkins
Tony Hill
Jim Jeffcoat
Erik Williams
Nate Newton
Herschel Walker
Calvin Hill
Bill Bates
Mark Tuinei
Dez Bryant
Billy Joe Dupree
Frank Clarke
Pat Donovan
Mark Stepnoski
Ralph Neely
Robert Newhouse
Herb Scott
Charles Haley
Deion Sanders

NOTE: Haley and Deion were in the last group because they are the only ones listed that made as much or more of their career away from Dallas as in Dallas.


Great list.

My observation is I only counted 17 from the Jerry era which is 27 years compared to the 29 years from previous era with the remaining 33.

Almost twice as many in about the same time frame.

    :D  :lol: "RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY:rolleyes:  :wub: 


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Posted 23 June 2016 - 07:34 PM

For the best of the rest Id suggest is a couple of our kickers like punter Ron Widby and kicker Toni Fritsch.

And Larry Cole, the only member of the first Doomsday front four in my avatar not mentioned.

Cornell Green a pivotal safety in the early years and Lance Rentzel WR .

Dave Manders our C for most of early glory years as well.

And our early pivotal free agency acquisitions in Herb Adderly CB, Lance Allworth WR, Preston Pearson RB and John Dutton DT.

    :D  :lol: "RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY:rolleyes:  :wub: 


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Posted 24 June 2016 - 05:39 PM

Great list.

My observation is I only counted 17 from the Jerry era which is 27 years compared to the 29 years from previous era with the remaining 33.

Almost twice as many in about the same time frame.

 

Of course, some in the Jerry Jones era that are currently playing may end up on the list, but we can't judge with hindsight the way we can with the Landry era.  Some of our O-Linemen, for example. 

 

But, on the other end of things, some of those 17 you counted from the Jerry era were also leftovers from the Landry era (Herschel, Newton, Tuinei, Michael Irvin, Jeffcoat)



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 03:45 AM

Offense:
Roger Staubach
Emmitt Smith
Tony Dorsett
Troy Aikman
Michael Irvin
Rayfield Wright
Larry Allen
Drew Pearson
Jason Witten
Bob Hayes
Don Perkins
Danny White
Nate Newton
Mark Stepnoski
Jay Novacek
Darryl Johnston
Don Meredith
Ralph Neely
Herb Scott
Pat Donovan
Tony Hill
Robert Newhouse
John Fitzgerald
Tony Romo
Tom Rafferty

Defense:
Bob Lilly
Ed "too tall" Jones
Randy White
Lee Roy Jordan
Chuck Howley
Mel Renfro
Everson Walls
Deion Sanders
Cliff Harris
Charlie Waters
Harvey Martin
Jethro Pugh
Darren Woodson
Jim Jeffcoat
Mike Hegman
Bob Breunig
Dennis Thurman
Michael Downs
Demarcus Ware
Greg Ellis
Bill Bates
Hollywood Henderson
Leon Lett
Russell Maryland
Tony Tolbert

man....that was HARD...trying to pick 50 from a historic franchise like our Cowboys...and only 50...is like trying to pick Elvis' 10 Greatest Songs....WAY TOO MANY GREAT ONES.
I am sure I left someone out...apologies.
But if forced...my Top 3
1.Bob Lilly
2.Roger Staubach
3.Emmitt

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 03:49 AM

Forgot about Cornell Green and Herschel...any way...we've had MANY great ones over the decades.

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 12:30 AM

Roger Staubach
Emmitt Smith
Bob Lilly
Tony Dorsett
Larry Allen
Troy Aikman
Bob Hayes
Mel Renfro
Drew Pearson
Randy White
Ed "Too Tall" Jones
Michael Irvin
Jason Witten
Darren Woodson
Demarcus Ware
Harvey Martin
Rayfield Wright
Lee Roy Jordan
Doug Cosbie
Don Meredith
Duane Thomas
Sean Lee
Chuck Howley
Tom Hollywood Henderson
Lance Wrentzel
DD Lewis
Tony Romo
John Niland
Mark Stepnowski
Tyron Smith
Nate Newton
Herschel Walker
Cornell Green
Charlie Waters
Calvin Hill
Leon Lett
Jethro Pugh
Danny White
Bill Bates
Russell Maryland
Herb Adderly
Charles Haley
Jay Novacek
Dez Bryant
Tony Tolbert
Travis Frederick
Don Perkins
Dennis Thurman
John Fitzgerald
Walt Garrison

 I DON'T CLAIM TO BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY, BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE DELUSIONAL! :lol:

 

 

3 Important things to remember:

 

 

1)Overall, we are only speculators

2))Laughter and bacon feed the soul

3)It's only a game

 

 

 





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