Lately, all the talk has been about the Dallas Cowboys Top 50 with several posts and articles dedicated to it including on DallasCowboys.com, and even right here on Lone Star Struck courtesy of Rob V.
It has been fun reading all the varying opinions and comments, hearing the debates about who is better than who, and which player needed to be ranked higher or lower. It also got my creative juices flowing, and the result is…
The Ultimate Cowboys Showdown!
This new exclusive series will pit two all time Cowboys who were the best at their position, and and put them in a head to head battle in a good old fashioned death match. Only the strong will survive!
Our Ultimate Cowboys Showdown features three rounds of fist-pounding, gut wrenching, nail-biting action, as two ultimate warriors get in the ring and duke it out until only one Cowboy is left standing. This is certainly not for the squeamish and parental discretion is definitely advised.
This first battle showcases two of the greatest tight ends in Dallas Cowboys history, and of course we are talking about Pro Bowlers Jay Novacek and Jason Witten.
Ding, Ding, Ding.
Round One – The Tale of the Tape
Round Two – Awards, Accomplishments, Recognition
Jay Novacek – 5
Jason Witten – 5
All Pro Selections
Jay Novacek – 1
Jason Witten – 1
Super Bowl Rings
Jay Novacek – 3
Jason Witten – 0
Round Three – The Final Verdict
Can you believe these guys have both played exactly six years and 95 games? And what about the fact that each had 5 Pro Bowl selections and one All Pro selection…
This was the perfect head to head showdown because their careers were so remarkably similar, but it also made this a tough battle to decide.
Both these players were the ultimate warriors in every sense. Each of them were very intense and had a nose for the ball. Both of them were tough as nails and didn’t shy away from laying down a punishing hit when they had to, and both were known to shrug off nagging injuries and play hurt.
There’s a school of thought that subscribes to the notion that winning is everything, and if that was the only deciding factor than Jay Novacek wins this contest hands down simply because of his post season accomplishments. Novacek was a key contributor for Dallas during their 1990s glory years, and helped them to win three Super Bowls in four seasons. In those games, he recorded a combined total of 17 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
However, if you go simply by the numbers, Jason Witten wins this one by a slight margin. The touchdowns were very close, but Witten edged Novacek by three touchdowns. However, we have to remember that Troy Aikman had so many more targets to throw to than Romo did. He was able to spread the ball around between a few different current and future Hall of Famers. Had Novacek played for this current Cowboys team, he may have outscored Witten by a larger margin and been one of the primary options.
Witten also had the edge on yards, but again that was tied to the number of receptions.
In the final analysis, I have to proclaim Jay Novacek the Ultimate Cowboys Tightend.
Jason Witten may eventually catch Novacek in the years to come, but for now, Novacek stands alone.