Cowboys

Were these players really Cowboys?

Over the years the Cowboys have drafted some of the very best players that have ever played the game. Players like Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin just to name a few. All these players have helped make the Cowboys what they are today, which is one of the most successful and popular franchises in NFL history.

I started to think about some players that were not drafted by the Cowboys, but have still worn the star on their helmets. Players that may have been forgotten over the years because they contributed nothing to the Cowboys. Players that would make you scratch your head and wonder why they decided to wear the Cowboys colors. And players who were stars for the teams that drafted them before leaving. To see these players names as Cowboys is strange even if some of them were Cowboys for only a short time.

Harold Carmichael, Drafted by the Eagles in 1971 and played 13 seasons for the rival Eagles. He joined the Cowboys in 1984 and only played in two games.

Duriel Harris, Drafted by the Dolphins in 1976 and was part of the famous hook and lateral play in the Dolphins-Chargers playoff game in 1981. He joined the Cowboys in 1984 and played in five games.

Alonzo Highsmith, Drafted by the Oilers in the first round in 1987. He joined the Cowboys in 1990 and played in nine games.

Timmy Smith, Drafted by the Redskins in 1987. As a rookie for the Redskins he started in Super Bowl XXII and rushed for 204 yards and scored two touchdowns. He joined the Cowboys in 1990 and played one game.

Bernie Kosar, Drafted by the Browns in the 1st round in 1985. He led the Browns to three AFC Championship games in the 80’s. He joined the Cowboys in 1993 and played in four games. One of those games was the second half of the NFC Championship in 1993. He then earned a Super Bowl ring with the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVIII.

 

Blair Thomas, Drafted by the Jets in the first round in 1990. Joined the Cowboys in 1994 and played in two games.

Broderick Thomas, Drafted by the Buccaneers in the first round in 1989. He joined the Cowboys in 1996 and played two seasons.

Anthony Miller, Drafted by the Chargers in the first round in 1988. He joined the Cowboys in 1997 and played one season.

Rocket Ismail, Drafted by the Raiders in 1991. He joined the Cowboys in 1999 and played three seasons. His big moment for the Cowboys was his game winning 76 yard touchdown reception in OT from Troy Aikman in the season opener against the Redskins in 1999.

Alonzo Spellman, Drafted by the Bears in the first round in 1992. He joined the Cowboys in 1999 and played two seasons.

Randall Cunningham, Drafted by the Eagles in 1985 and played 11 seasons for the rival Eagles. He joined the Cowboys in 2000 and played in six games.

Chris Warren, Drafted by the Seahawks in 1990. He joined the Cowboys in 1998 and played three seasons.

Ernie Mills, Drafted by the Steelers in 1991. Mills played against the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX. He joined the Cowboys in 1998 and played two seasons.

Joey Galloway, Drafted by the Seahawks in the first round in 1995. He joined the Cowboys in 2000 and played four seasons.

Ryan Leaf, Drafted by the Chargers in the first round in 1998. He joined the Cowboys in 2001 and played in four games.

La’Roi Glover, Drafted by the Raiders in 1996. He joined the Cowboys in 2002 and played four seasons.

Eddie George, Drafted by the Oilers in the first round in 1996. He joined the Cowboys in 2004 and played one season.

Out of the 17 players that I have listed nine of them were first round draft choices.  Some of these players made an impact for the teams that drafted them and some of them were draft busts. Although they are listed as being part of the Dallas Cowboys, one thing is certain is that these players will never be considered true Cowboys.

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Comments
  1. Kelly H

    Nice research on this article Rob! I remember 4 or 5 of these guys. Its not everyday or every season you discover an Emmitt or Romo ;) but at least they can say they wore the star. (I guess lol)

    Actually had lunch with a friend today and he asked me if I knew Artie Smith? Played for the Cowboys for a year or so and hes friends with his uncle and works for the school system locally now. Not everyone can make a nice memorable career out of the game.

  2. OMG I had to laugh when I saw some of the names in this post. We have had some realy doozies on this team. I loved Eddie George when he first came up and he was always a staple on my fantasy football teams, but geesh he was just a shell of himself by the time we got him, a complete waste.

    Randall Cunningham and Blair Thomas were complete wastes of time. Hey Jerry, lets make a pact never to sign any player that ever wore a green uniform in the NFL.

    Great list, and another guy who might have made the cut was Mike Vanderjagt, lol, another useless waste of time.

    Nice job as always Rob!

    • Rob V.

      Oh man. I forgot about Vanderjagt. I’m sure there were others as well. I also know that Forrest Gregg who would go on to coach the Bengals came to the Cowboys in 1971.

      Yea, JJ made some bad decisions over the years. I guess he thought he would get catch lightning in a bottle.

  3. Derek S.

    Gotta disagree w/ La’Roi Glover and Rocket Ismail…they weren’t Cowboys from the start but I definitely consider them true Cowboys for the years they gave us…agree w/ everyone else though. Cool article

    • Rob V.

      I consider true Cowboys players who should be considered for the Ring of Honor and I don’t put them up that high even though you are right about them giving the Cowboys a few seasons. I feel the same about Sanders and TO. They gave us some good years, but I would never consider them Ring of Honor players.

      I was a fun article to write. Thanks

  4. BK

    Ryan Leaf was a Cowboy? That explains his drug problems