The Pro Football Hall of Fame needs to open their doors to Drew Pearson

It’s been 29 seasons since Drew Pearson last played for the Dallas Cowboys. That means 24 years ago he should have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For whatever reasons, the voters feel that Pearson is not worthy to have his bust sitting in Canton with the rest of the best of the best from the NFL.

Drew Pearson was signed by the Cowboys in 1973 as an undrafted free agent. He went on to become one of the best wide receivers in Cowboys history and as far as this fan is concerned he was one of the best in NFL history. In his very first playoff game in 1973 he scored on an 83 yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach to seal a victory against the Rams, 27-16. That was the start of many clutch plays from Pearson who earned the nickname Mr. Clutch.

Pearson’s most famous play came in the 1975 playoff game in Minnesota. With the Cowboys losing to the Vikings 14-10, Pearson caught a last second 50 yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach to win the game 17-14. The pass became known as the “Hail Mary”.


Other famous plays from Pearson included his game winning 50 yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Clint Longley on Thanksgiving in 1974 to beat the Redskins, 24-23. Then in a 1980 playoff game in Atlanta the Cowboys were losing to the Falcons 27-17 with only a few minutes left in the fourth quarter. It was Pearson who caught two late touchdown passes from quarterback Danny White to win the game 30-27.

It was also Pearson who could have made everyone forget about Dwight Clark’s famous touchdown grab in the 1981 NFC Championship game. Danny White saw Pearson streaking across midfield and connected with him. If it wasn’t for a fingertip tackle by 49ers cornerback Eric Wright, Pearson would have scored the winning touchdown that day and sent the Cowboys to Super Bowl XVI.


Drew Pearson’s career came to an end in March of 1984 when he fell asleep while driving and got into a horrible car accident. The accident killed his brother and forced Pearson to retire due to internal injuries. Although Pearson had to retire early he still had become one of the best receivers in the NFL and his career numbers show that he should be in the Hall of Fame.

Regular Season, 1973-1983

Receptions, 489

Yards, 7,822

TDs, 48

Postseason, 22 games

Receptions, 67

Yards, 1,105

TDs, 8

Here are some other accomplishments for Drew Pearson during his career with the Cowboys.

3 – Pro Bowl selections in 1974, 1976 and 1977

3 – First team All-Pro selections in 1974, 1976 and 1977

1 – Second team All-Pro selection in 1975

4 – First team All-NFC selections in 1974 through 1977

1 – Second team All-NFC selection in 1978

3 – Super Bowl appearances in 1975, 1977 and 1978

1 – Super Bowl Championship in 1977

2 – 1,000 yard seasons in 1974 and 1979

Selected to the NFL 1970’s All-Decade Team

Some say that many Cowboys from the 1970’s, including Pearson are not in the Hall of Fame due to the Cowboys losing both Super Bowls they played against the Steelers in 1975 and 1978. Pearson’s career numbers are far better than Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann when it comes to receptions and yards, but  Swann was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. Pearson hasn’t even been a finalist in the Hall of Fame selection process.

So I plead to the Hall of Fame voters. It’s not too late to correct your mistake. Drew Pearson has waited far too long to take his place in the Hall of Fame. He is one of the all time great wide receivers in the NFL. Pearson needs to be with his teammates in Canton like Roger Staubach, Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Mel Renfro and  Rayfield Wright and of course his head coach Tom Landry. Do the right thing and vote Drew Pearson in.



Several Options On The Table For Boys As Free Agency Looms

With free agency fast approaching, the Cowboys will have several avenues available to them, despite being in the tightest salary cap situation in recent years.  Though their cap number will severely limit their pursuit of any big time free agents, there are still handful of names that would make a great deal of sense for the Cowboys when free agency finally gets underway.  If they can find a few new additions via free agency, it will really enhance their ability to take the “best player available” approach in the draft.  So let’s look at a few names that the ‘Boys could pursue when the market opens.

Any free agent from the Chicago Bears defense

I have to imagine that there are several players from Chicago’s defense that will not be returning in 2013.  Additionally, I think most of those players that will be available from Rod Marinelli’s defensive unit in 2012 could come at a reasonable price, with their former defensive coordinator now in charge of the Dallas Cowboys defensive line.

With that being said, obviously the big ticket name from Chicago’s defense is Henry Melton.  Though highly unlikely, if the Cowboys could find some way to bring Melton to Dallas, the interior defensive line could be solidified quickly.  Because Melton is guaranteed a monster deal somewhere, I don’t think it is realistic for him to land in Dallas; however, with the Rod Marinelli connection, anything is possible.

Several other names that could be interested and easily lured to the Cowboys include Israel Idonije, Nick Roach, and D.J. Moore.  Idonije has been a solid and versatile member of the Bears defensive line for several years, and at 32 years old, he could be reunited with Marinelli at a decent bargain.

One interesting name to keep in mind is Brian Urlacher.  Being at the tail end of his career, it is hard to see the Bears signing him back to any sort of lucrative deal.  At the right price, I could see the Cowboys trying to bring him in to play a backup role behind Sean Lee.  The Cowboys have had a bit of luck with bringing in iconic linebackers at the end of their careers before (Zach Thomas, Keith Brooking).  The difference with Thomas and Brooking was that they were still expected to start and perform at a high level.  With Lee the obvious starter at middle linebacker, it could make sense to have Urlacher as a backup and role player in different sub-packages.

Keep an eye on these names and others from the Chicago Bears defense; chances are, at least one of them will be courted by the Cowboys at the behest of Coach Marinelli.


Dwight Freeney, Defensive End – Indianapolis Colts

Fresh off of being informed that he would not be resigned today, Dwight Freeney will be looking for a new home in 2013.  Freeney flourished in the Colts’ 4-3 scheme for years, mostly under Tony Dungy.  But as the Colts started the transition to the 3-4 under Chuck Pagano in 2012, Freeney was left without a real spot in the scheme.  Too small to play end in the 3-4, and without enough lateral quickness to play outside linebacker, Freeney will be looking to join a team that is running the scheme he flourished in.  Who better than the Cowboys?  With Anthony Spencer’s status uncertain, Freeney could slide into Spencer’s vacated end spot opposite Demarcus Ware.  He may be a shadow of his former self, but if he is put back into his element at end in possibly a situational pass rushing role, he may still be able to produce some decent numbers for the Cowboys.  Again, this is assuming that he can be signed to a bargain deal that makes sense.  Also remember the Tony Dungy-Rod Marinelli-Monte Kiffin connection from Tampa Bay.  Though Freeney has never played under Marinelli or Kiffin, it may be safe to assume that he is the prototypical player at his position that the two will covet for their unit in Dallas.


Leroy Hill, Outside Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks

We heard news this week about Monte Kiffin telling his players to study the way the Seattle Seahawks play their defense.  It would seem to make some sense that he would welcome one of their former players to his unit in Dallas.  Leroy Hill has had a decent career in Seattle as a linebacker, starting close to 100 games since 2005.  Though his play has declined recently, he could be a decent addition to a Cowboys linebacking corps that is trying to find who to plug in at weakside linebacker.  At age 30, it’s safe to assume Hill can probably be had for a bargain price.  Also remember that Pete Carroll and Monte Kiffin have a past together, so it would not surprise me if Kiffin makes a few calls to Carroll regarding Hill or any other Seahawk defender that will be available in free agency.


Jason Garrett finally speaks, but what exactly did he say?

Please raise your hand if you feel better about the Cowboys after hearing Jason Garrett’s press conference yesterday? I can tell you that I raised my hand many times while Garrett was speaking, but it was only to scratch my head because I had no idea what he was talking about 99% of the time. I actually feel worse about the direction of the Cowboys now than I did before the press conference. Garrett speaking reminded me of the movie Billy Madison after Adam Sandler’s little speech to the school. The principal then said…

Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

That’s how I feel about Jason Garrett at this point. I thought maybe it was just me being too critical so I watched the press conference again, but I came away with the same feelings. This team is filled with contradictions from the owner to the coaches, but yet they want us fans to buy into what they are selling. This team may want everyone to believe they have a direction, but I just don’t see it. I wrote down some notes as I listened to Garrett yesterday. These are not exact questions or answers from the press conference. I’m simply paraphrasing and this is what I came away with.

– Garrett thought the coaches that were let go did a great while with the Cowboys and he has an immense amount of respect for them, but then said he wanted to hire really, really good football coaches.  What does that say about the coaches that were let go and about the amount of respect Garrett had for them while they were doing a great job for the Cowboys? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

– Asked why the Cowboys went with a new receivers coach and running backs coach, Garrett said that they had an opportunity to make a change. What does that mean?

– Garrett said that he is really excited about all the new coaches and has an immense amount of respect for them. That doesn’t mean a whole lot considering he said the same thing about the old coaches.

– Garrett was asked if he initiated the coaching changes and had the final say on the staff. He answered that is was a collective decision. So the answer was no he did not.

– How much did Jerry Jones impatience factor into the coaching changes? Garrett never gave a straight answer.

– Will Bill Callahan call plays this coming season? Garrett said that they would work through the “mechanics”. Garrett said that particular word a lot, but I really don’t understand what he means.

– When will a decision be made as far as a play caller? Garrett never gave a straight answer.

– What are the “mechanics” of finding a play caller and for calling plays? Garrett said he won’t get into details. Seriously? Why?

– Garrett also said a few times that the Cowboys would be playing a game in early August and that they would look to then to have the play calling set. As a team going through changes wouldn’t it be a good idea to have something as important as who is calling plays set well before August?

– Asked if Jerry Jones wanted Garrett calling plays? Garrett said to ask Jerry Jones.

– Garrett said that he trusts the “process”.

– When it came to talking about the new defense under Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli, Garrett just told stories about when they were all in Tampa Bay. He never got into the direction of the new defense and what to expect other than saying he was counting on more turnovers.

That was the press conference in a nutshell. A whole lot of nothing as far as this fan is concerned, but at the same time it lasted for close to an hour. At times I thought I was listening to Charlie Brown’s teacher speaking. To me Jason Garrett is just another one of Jerry Jones puppets. Maybe I’m wrong when I say this team has no direction. It’s just my opinion of course from what I read and what I hear. The Cowboys just seem to be a team lost and I don’t know if they will be able to find their way any time soon due to the structure of the team as it is currently.




Are Cowboys fans hypnotized by Tony Romo?

Last year around this time I posted the article below. This year I decided to write it over again and put it out there. Of course I’m having a little bit of fun when it comes to my analogy of the situation, but it wasn’t met with much approval from fans. I remember being blasted by fans last year. I’m guessing this year won’t be much different.

Does anyone remember the 1988 John Carpenter movie called “They Live”? I have often thought there were many similarities with that movie, Tony Romo and his fans. It’s a story of a guy who stumbles across a pair of sunglasses that when worn wakes him from the trance he has been under and shows him exactly how the world is. For those without knowledge of the sunglasses, their world has been brain washed to live a certain way. The world is hypnotized by subliminal messages on things they would come across in everyday life. Things like magazines, newspapers, billboards, road signs and even television. To those without the sunglasses nothing was wrong and life was good, but what they didn’t know was that they were being controlled by a higher power. When this person stumbled across these sunglasses he saw what the world was really like. These sunglasses woke him up from his trance and as he looked through the sunglasses he saw what all those signs, billboards, magazines and newspapers really said. Messages like “obey”, “consume”, “watch TV”, “stay asleep”, “marry and reproduce”, “do no question authority” as well as other messages that had the whole world hypnotized. When it comes to Tony Romo it’s almost the same type of situation. People have been hypnotized since he became the quarterback of the Cowboys back in 2006. It’s as though people without these sunglasses have been brain washed into thinking things like “Romo for life”, “In Romo we trust”, “Romomania”, “he will lead us”, “America’s QB”, “All hail Romo”. Every magazine, every news article, every sign are all normal to Romo fans because they don’t know that they have been hypnotized into a Tony Romo world.


I’ve probably heard every excuse in the book as to why Tony Romo has not led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl since becoming the starter during the 2006 season. Some believe it’s just not his time. Others believe that with a break here and there Romo would have a ring or two. I recently read that Tony Romo’s career completion percentage is higher than Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Troy Aikman. That may be true and he may have impressive regular season numbers for the most part, but as the Cowboys quarterback the team has made the playoffs three times and are 1-3 in those games, never going further than the second round. Manning, Brady and Aikman have eight Super Bowl rings between them. As each season passes with no Super Bowls and recently not even making the playoffs the excuses continue. It’s written time and time again that Cowboy fans must continue to believe in Romo. That he has the ability to become elite and get the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. But there comes a time when people have to be woken up from their dreams. Please put on the sunglasses and take a look around. I’m not saying it’s all Romo’s fault that the Cowboys have not reached a Super Bowl. But Romo’s history shows that the bigger the game, the worse he plays. There comes a time when the team needs to realize that they can’t go any further with certain players and that they need to move on. Can anyone say this team is any closer to a championship or even closer to competing for a championship now than they were five years ago? Also, why does it seem to be that when the Cowboys win games it’s all because of Romo and his ability to make things happen, but then when he plays bad in big games and makes horrible decisions, it’s because of everything around him, but not him?

When do the excuses stop? It’s time to put the sunglasses on and see Tony Romo for what he really is. He is a very good quarterback with some good stats, but maybe, just maybe he has also reached his potential. Maybe he is what he is and that’s all. It’s not a bad thing, but at the same time the Cowboys need to realize that maybe Romo can’t get them any further as their quarterback. Elite quarterbacks rise up when the games are most important and Tony Romo has yet to do this for the Cowboys. Since becoming the Cowboys starter Romo has said countless times that he will learn from his mistakes and become a better quarterback, but here we are seven years later and he is still making the same mistakes at the worst possible times.


This all started back in 2006 when he stepped on the field against the Giants when he replaced Drew Bledsoe. He was new life for the Cowboys and a breath of fresh air. He was something different with his gunslinger type of play. He was fun to watch and he was winning games, which was when the brain washing started. We were led to believe that maybe Romo was the chosen one. Tony Romo could do no wrong as far as the fans were concerned. But maybe it had a lot to do with the fact that Cowboys fans were so desperate for a quarterback since Troy Aikman retired that they fell hard for Romo, me included. No one can be blamed for wanting to believe in Romo so much considering Cowboy’s fans had to suffer through quarterbacks like Quincy Carter, Ryan Leaf, Drew Henson, Chad Hutchinson and Vinny Testaverde after Aikman retired in 2000.

I was one of the biggest Tony Romo supporters around. I loved watching him play, I cheered for him and wore his jersey proud. I made excuses for him when he played badly and put him so high on a pedestal when he won that you would have thought I was talking about Joe Montana. But after the 2011 season even though he put up good numbers again, I began to think that maybe things weren’t as good as I thought they were. I put on those sunglasses and they woke me up from the trance I was under. I saw a good quarterback that has won some games, but has also lost many heartbreaking games, especially those games that were most important. I asked myself if Tony Romo was any better in 2012 than he was back in 2007. My answer was not really! Sure he throws for a lot of touchdowns and for a lot of yards, but as far as an elite player and a leader has he really improved any? It seems to be the same song every season when it comes to Tony Romo. All the shoulda, woulda and coulda’s when discussing Romo’s career with the Cowboys.


Even though the sunglasses have broken the trance I’ve been under I also understand that Tony Romo is not going anywhere. He is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. But what happens after the 2013 season if he puts together another decent season as far as numbers and once again fails to get the Cowboys to the next level? What happens if he continues to lose more games like he did against the Steelers and Eagles in 2008 and the Jets and Lions in 2011? As well as the last game of the 2011 season against the Giants with the division title on the line? What about his three interceptions in the last game this past season against the Redskins with the division title once again on the line? Rookies like Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and RGIII have already led their teams to the playoffs as well as Colin Kaepernick who has led the 49ers to the Super Bowl. So many quarterbacks have raised their game in recent years while Cowboys fans continue to sit and wait for Romo to do the same. How many more seasons can the excuses continue with Romo not getting the Cowboys to the next level? He has proven time and time again that the bigger the game the worse he plays. Almost every season it seems like the Cowboys are one of the favorites, but then teams like the Giants, Steelers, Saints, and Packers and Ravens all rise up and become World Champions.

There is nothing wrong with change. There is nothing wrong with moving in another direction. The Packers moved on from Brett Favre, the Eagles moved on from Donovan McNabb and the Colts moved on from Peyton Manning.


It feels good with the sunglasses on and to see things for what they really are, but at the same time it feels horrible knowing that nothing will be changing as the Cowboys and Tony Romo continue on their journey that will most likely lead to nowhere. I read an article recently that the Cowboys would be lost without Tony Romo. That is the kind of thing I’m talking about as far as being hypnotized. I don’t understand that thought process from fans. What has Romo done that would make anyone believe that the 2013 season will be any different for him than any other season with the Cowboys? I could understand the argument that teams like the Packers, Giants, Patriots, Saints, Ravens and Steelers would be lost without their quarterbacks because those quarterbacks have raised their level of play and have carried their teams to the next level. While so many people are talking about Romo doing that exact same thing, those others players have done it. Maybe it’s time for the Cowboys to start thinking about Romo’s replacement. Maybe it’s time to move on in a new direction.



What is this game they call the Super Bowl?

The date was January 15, 1978. I was only nine years old and could not tell you what a third down conversion was, what it meant to blitz the quarterback or even what a quarterback was. I was about to sit and watch something called the Super Bowl on a day they called Super Sunday. As long as this game didn’t interfere with me watching Bugs Bunny or The Flintstones, then I was fine with watching it. Why would I miss this Super Bowl thing considering the brand new coffee table in the living room was filled with chips, pretzels and a lot of other stuff to eat and drink? I also had this magazine my Mother got from McDonald’s that listed a few of these Super Bowl games and I was looking through it only because it had some really cool color pictures in it.

My father sat in his favorite place in the living room, which was on the floor, with his back against the couch right next to the new coffee table that my parents just bought. I will tell you that they didn’t want to buy a new table; they needed to buy the new coffee table due to a little accident, which did not involve me. You see, my father was a huge Giants fan and later in life after I became a football fan I found out that the Giants weren’t very good in the 1970s. While my father was watching a Giants game one Sunday he got so angry that he slammed the coffee table with such force with his fist that he split the table in two pieces. To say that my Mother wasn’t happy with what happened is an understatement. Now the new coffee table sat where the old one had been. My father sat ready for the game along with one of my brothers and a few of his friends. They were about to cheer for this team dressed in orange shirts called the Denver Broncos. Who? From what my family was saying these Broncos were the team that was going to beat up on the other team that was playing. The Orange Crush is what I heard them all yell as they sat on the couch, but as I looked over at the new coffee table I saw none of that orange soda anywhere and I really wanted some. What were they talking about? I was a very confused, but I sat down in front of the television and started to watch.

I will be honest and tell you that I had no idea what was happening during the game. Yes, my father was a lifelong Giants fan as well as my brothers, but I never had any interest in football up to that point. All I cared about were my Matchbox cars and cartoons. To take me away from those things was very difficult. As I sat there watching this game I noticed something that I thought was really cool. There were these bright and beautiful blue stars on the helmets of the other team. These stars were like bright lights that I couldn’t look away from. Now I started to pay a little more attention to what was going on. I asked who the other team was with the stars on their helmets and with a groan from the others watching they said “Dallas”. Hmmm. Dallas sounded nice, so I decided to stick around to see what these blue stars were all about. I really didn’t get any more information out of anyone, so I decided to just sit and watch as I kept reaching for the chips. One reason for the lack of information to my questions was because the game was on, which meant talking to the TV was more important than talking to me. The second reason was because there seemed to be an overwhelming hatred towards this Dallas team called the Cowboys. Why? Why so much hate? What did this team do to be hated so much? Due to the fact my questions were being ignored and most of the chips were being inhaled by these people, I wanted very much for these guys with the blue stars on the helmets to do something good, whatever that was.

As the game was being played this Dallas team scored something called a touchdown. The moans and groans started from behind me, which told me that a touchdown was something good. There were no curse words from anyone because my father would never allow it and there was no slamming of fists on the coffee table because my mother would not allow it, for obvious reasons. OK, I was on to something now with this Super Bowl game. My father, brother and his friends hated when the Dallas team did something good. I could have joined in with them and cheered for this Denver team who had really ugly orange shirts on. But like I said before, being ignored didn’t sit well with me. I had questions and wanted answers, especially when it came to those guys with the blue stars on their helmets. So I decided to go against this crowd sitting in my living room as they continued to eat all the chips and pretzels. I became a pain in the butt nine year old and every time I heard moans and groans from those cheering for Denver, I would just turn around and smile at everyone. Almost as if I knew what was going on in the game.

This Super Bowl game reached something called halftime and both teams left the field. Was the game over? If it was then the Dallas team with the nice blue stars on their helmets had 13 points and the Denver team with the ugly orange shirts had no points. I guess that was a good thing, but I wasn’t sure if everything was over. Could I go back to playing with my Matchbox cars now? My father said it wasn’t over yet and sure enough the teams started playing again soon after that. I continued with my own little show of smiling every time I heard the moans and groans from the crowd behind me. As the game played on and the yelling started to increase, my smiles became larger because I knew Dallas was doing well. I also found it funny that everyone was yelling at the television almost as if those guys playing the game could hear them. My father and my brother along with his friends were not happy as they talked about what a joke this Orange Crush was. Again, I looked over at the new coffee table for that orange soda that I really wanted, but still didn’t see any.

I found it amazing that I was doing something other than playing with my Matchbox cars or watching cartoons and I was actually having fun. I never would have imagined that happening. Watching this Dallas team with the bright blue stars on their helmets was very addicting after a while. I kept looking through my McDonald’s magazine hoping to see a few pictures of players with stars on their helmets, while I continued to glance up at the television to see what was happening.

At one point there seemed to be a lot more people on the field and not all of them had uniforms on. Now what was happening? Then I looked behind me and my brother and his friends had finally removed themselves from my couch. The same couch that no one offered me to sit on in my own house, which was why I was on the floor. My father told me that the game was over which would explain why all those people were now on the field. Then I noticed a man wearing a hat on the shoulders of a few Dallas players. Wow, I thought to myself. How cool is it to be carried like that and who was this guy? This Dallas team must have done something pretty good considering all the attention they were getting. I also could not get out of my mind how nice those blue stars were and how shiny they were.

I had fun watching this game called the Super Bowl. I also had fun being a pain in the butt nine year old to these guys sitting behind me as they moaned and groaned in frustration as the Cowboys did something great, I think! Or was it because this Denver Broncos team did not do as well as my family had hoped for? They seemed to have high hopes when the game first started just hours before. But now as everyone got up to leave the living room, all I heard was grumbling about how Denver messed everything up and that the Orange Crush was a big joke. Well, it must have been a joke because once again I looked over at the new coffee table for the orange soda that everyone kept talking about, but I could never find. There was so much I just didn’t understand.

So many famous and popular Cowboys finished their careers with other teams

With the way Free Agency is today in the NFL it’s very hard to get attached to many players because it’s so uncertain that players will stay with the same team their entire career. Those times that fans do get attached to some players they end up leaving and fans are left with those players jerseys hanging in their closets. Every offseason fans watch as players move from team to team. It’s amazing how the game has changed from when I was growing up. For the most part in the 70s and 80s players didn’t really move around a lot from team to team. Players on your team stayed for their whole careers for the most part or until they got older and management thought it they couldn’t help the team anymore. Since another round of Free Agency is coming up soon it got me thinking about the Cowboys Hall of Fame players and some popular Cowboys players over the years and how their careers ended.

– Hall of Fame wide receiver, Bob Hayes played for the Cowboys from 1965-1974. Hayes finished his career with the 49ers in 1975.

– Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett played for the Cowboys from 1977-1987. Dorsett finished his career with the Broncos in 1988.

– Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith played for the Cowboys from 1990-2002. Smith finished his career with the Cardinals from 2003-2004.

– Offensive lineman John Niland played for the Cowboys from 1966-1974. Niland finished his career with the Eagles in 1975.

– Quarterback Craig Morton played for the Cowboys from 1965-1974. Morton then played for the Giants from 1974-1976 and finished his career with the Broncos from 1977-1982.

– Running back Calvin Hill played for the Cowboys from 1969-1974. Hill then played for the Redskins from 1976-1977 and then finished his career with the Browns from 1978-81.

– Wide receiver Golden Richards played for the Cowboys from 1973- 1978. Richards finished his career with the Bears from 1978-79.

– Linebacker Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson played for the Cowboys from 1975-1979. Henderson then finished his career with the 49ers and Oilers in 1980.

– Running back Ron Springs played for the Cowboys from 1979-1984. Springs finished his career with the Buccaneers from 1985-1986.

– Cornerback Dennis Thurman played for the Cowboys from 1978-1985. Thurman finished his career with the Cardinals in 1986.

– Wide receiver Butch Johnson played for the Cowboys from 1976-1983. Johnson finished his career with the Broncos from 1984-1985.

– Cornerback Everson Walls played for the Cowboys from 1981-1989. Walls then played for the Giants from 1990-1992 and finished his career with the Browns from 1992-1993.

– Cornerback Michael Downs played for the Cowboys from 1981-1988. Downs finished his career with the Cardinals in 1989.

– Cornerback Ron Fellows played for the Cowboys from 1981-1986. Fellows finished his career with the Raiders from 1987-1988.

– Defensive lineman Jim Jeffcoat played for the Cowboys from 1983-1994. Jeffcoat finished his career with the Bills from 1995-1997.

– Linebacker Eugene Lockhart played for the Cowboys from 1984-1990. Lockhart finished his career with the Patriots from 1991-1992.

– Offensive lineman Nate Newton played for the Cowboys from 1986-1998. Newton finished his career with the Panthers in 1999.

– Running back Herschel Walker played for the Cowboys from 1986-1989. Walker played for the Vikings from 1989-1991. He played for the Eagles from 1992-1994. He played for the Giants in 1995 and finished his career back with the Cowboys from 1996-1997.

– Wide receiver Kelvin Martin played for the Cowboys from 1987-1992. Martin then played for the Seahawks from 1993-1994. He played for the Eagles in 1995 and then finished his career back with the Cowboys in 1996.

– Linebacker Ken Norton Jr. played for the Cowboys from 1988-1993. Norton finished his career with the 49ers from 1994-2000.

– Offensive lineman Mark Stepnoski played for the Cowboys from 1989-1994. Stepnoski then played for the Oilers from 1995-1998 and finished his career back with the Cowboys from 1999-2001.

– Cornerback Kenny Gant played for the Cowboys from 1990-1994. Gant finished his career with the Buccaneers from 1995-1997.

– Wide receiver Alvin Harper played for the Cowboys from 1991-1994. Harper then played for the Buccaneers from 1995-1996. The Redskins and Saints in 1997. He finished his career back with the Cowboys in 1999.

– Defensive lineman Russell Maryland played for the Cowboys from 1991-1995. Maryland then played for the Raiders from 1996-1999 and finished his career with the Packers in 2000.

– Cornerback Larry Brown played for the Cowboys from 1991-1995. Brown then played for the Raiders from 1996-1997 and finished his career back with the Cowboys in 1998.

– Offensive lineman Erik Williams played for the Cowboys from 1991-2000. Williams finished his career with the Ravens in 2001.

– Defensive lineman Leon Lett played for the Cowboys from 1991-2000. Lett finished his career with the Broncos in 2001.

– Offensive lineman Larry Allen played for the Cowboys from 1994-2005. Allen finished his career with the 49ers from 2006-2007.

– Linebacker Dexter Coakley played for the Cowboys from 1997-2004. Coakley finished his career with the Rams from 2005-2006.

– Offensive lineman Flozell Adams played for the Cowboys from 1998-2009. Adams finished his career with the Steelers in 2010.

Many of these players I remember leaving for other teams, but there were a few that caught me by surprise. There are not too many players in the NFL who will stay with the same team for their entire career. Some of the all-time greats have left over the years like Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Earl Campbell, Franco Harris, Roger Craig, Bret Favre, Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Eric Dickerson, Marcus Allen and so many others. So, whenever you start thinking that there is no way your favorite players would ever leave for another team, just remember this list.



State of the Cowboys as they enter the 2013 offseason

2010: 6-10

2011: 8-8

2012: 8-8

No Playoffs in the last three seasons.

Three straight third place finishes.

Two straight years losing the final game of the season with the NFC East title on the line.

Horrible game management from the head coach at times. Receivers running the wrong routes.

There was Confusion on defense at times, while also getting the team into large deficits and as well as surrendering leads.

That pretty much sums up the Dallas Cowboys over the last few seasons. Of course with all of that Jerry Jones figured that changes were needed within. Running backs coach Skip Peete was let go and so was special teams coach Joe DeCamillis to go along with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Of course there is also the question whether an offensive coordinator will be hired so that Jason Garrett can focus on being just the head coach. I’ve read reports that Garrett won’t be letting go of the play calling and I’ve also read reports that Garrett is open to doing anything in the best interest of the team.

My opinion is that letting Rob Ryan go was the right move. I understand that he did a decent job in 2012 after losing starters on defense like Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and Barry Church. But the fact is that between last season and this season there were countless times were the defense looked confused. Players seemed like they didn’t know where to line up. Players were seen pointing at each other as if they weren’t sure of their assignments. Not to mention the many times that Ryan admitted that he had horrible game plans as his defenses time and time again could not hold leads or were even beaten soundly over the course of the last two seasons.

On the other side of the ball is how Jason Garrett calls a game. From a fans point of view his play calling is horrible most of the time. His game management is even worse. At times it seems as though he has no game plan at all. He just seems to pick plays off of his play sheet randomly. Maybe he just has two much on his plate as far as being the head coach and offensive coordinator. Let’s not forget that Tony Romo should not have to tell his receivers were to line up. These are not new receivers and they should know what they need to do when the play is called.

Now that the Cowboys are into the offseason the questions about this team have multiplied.  How many more coaches will be let go? Now that Monte Kiffin is the new defensive coordinator, does the team have the right personal to make the switch to the 4-3? How long before players catch onto the new defensive system? What about the Cowboys list of free agents like Anthony Spencer, Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins? The Cowboys are $18 million over the salary cap at this point. Where do they get the money to pay for any of these players or any outside free agents? Do they franchise Anthony Spencer again and pay him over $10 million in 2013 if they cannot get a long-term deal done or do they just let him walk? They also have to deal with the second part of the $5 million cap penalty from last season. If all their key free agents leave due to lack of money, then they are dealing with even more depth issues. Do they sign Tony Romo to a contract extension as he goes into the final year of his contract? Knowing that they have the 18th overall pick in this year’s draft, do they select the best player on the board or trade down to get more picks?

With all the unanswered questions regarding this Cowboys team, I guess it’s not fair to look ahead to 2013 and who the Cowboys will be playing, but let’s do it anyway. Outside of their divisional games, they have home games against the Packers, Vikings, Rams, Broncos and the Raiders. Then they have to travel to play the Bears, Lions, Saints, Chiefs and Chargers. As many of us do we can run down the list of teams and say this is game is a win and that game is a win. Fans can also say that the Cowboys will have no trouble with the Rams or Chiefs. But remember one thing about this Cowboys team over recent seasons, they make nothing easy.

What’s my point to all my rambling in this article? Well, with all these questions how can Cowboys fans expect anything better than another 8-8 season in 2013? With the recent history of the Cowboys I would think that none of what I’ve mentioned in this article will be easy to address and the 2013 season will be a difficult one. I really hope I’m wrong, but at this point I really don’t think so. This team just might have to deal with getting worse in order to start getting better. That is a horrible thought, but it also could be a realistic thought.

Another final game of the season for the Cowboys means another chance for the Playoffs

Even with the Cowboys sitting at 3-5 or even 5-6 and what seemed like season ending injuries happening every week, they are still in position to win the NFC East title and head into the playoffs. The 8-7 Cowboys are currently preparing for their title match against the rival 9-6 Redskins who beat them back on Thanksgiving, 38-31. It’s very simple for the Cowboys. Beat the Redskins and win the NFC East or lose and go on home until next season. As the Cowboys prepare for their do or die match-up with the Redskins this coming Sunday, it brings back memories of recent seasons when it came down to the last game of the season for the Cowboys.

– Back in 2008 the 9-6 Cowboys traveled to 8-6-1 Philadelphia for the last game of the season. A win would earn the Cowboys a Wildcard spot in the playoffs and send the Eagles home. It didn’t work out for the Cowboys as they were humiliated by the Eagles, 44-6.

– Back in 2009 the 10-5 Cowboys once again traveled to 11-4 Philadelphia for the last game of the season with the NFC East title on the line. The Cowboys bounced back from their horrible loss to the Eagles in 2008 and beat them 24-0 to earn the NFC East title based on head-to-head win percentage vs. the Eagles. The Cowboys would also beat the Eagles in the Wildcard round the next week 34-14.

– Last season it once again came down to the last game of the season with the NFC East title on the line. The 8-7 Cowboys traveled New Jersey to play the 8-7 NY Giants. The Cowboys quickly went down to the Giants 21-0 and ended up losing 31-14. Not only did the Cowboys lose out on another division title, but the loss allowed the Eagles to take over second place in the NFC East and dropped the Cowboys into a third place finish for the season.

So, for the fourth time in the last five seasons the Cowboys have a chance to make the playoffs if they can win the final game of the season. Also, for the third time in the last four seasons the last game of the season will be for the NFC East title.

The Cowboys have won three of the last four games since that Thanksgiving loss to the Redskins. The offensive line has played better as of late which has allowed Tony Romo to play better. Over his last five games Romo has thrown for 1,769 yards, 13 touchdown passes and only 3 interceptions. The Cowboys will also have a healthy DeMarco Murray for the Redskins game that they did not have back on Thanksgiving. Dez Bryant, even with a broken finger caught 9 passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns in a loss to the Saints last week. The Cowboys offense is as ready as it can be as they look to continue their good play that will hopefully get them into the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Rob Ryan has done everything possible to keep his defense afloat even after season ending injuries to Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Jay Ratliff, Barry Church, Orlando Scandrick and Kenyon Coleman. Not to mention players like DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher and Gerald Sensabaugh who are dealing with injuries. All three are expected to play against the Redskins. There seems to be no quit with this defense as they continue to put new players on the field like Ernie Sims, Michael Coe, Eric Frampton, Sterling Moore, Charlie Peprah and Brady Poppinga.

It once again comes down to the final game of the season for the Cowboys. Will they continue to fight through everything that they have faced this season or will things finally catch up to them? Even though the Cowboys lost to the Redskins a month ago I believe it will help them as they once again have to deal with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. This is the exciting part of football as team’s battle for a chance to get into the playoff tournament where anything can happen.

As far as this Cowboys fan is concerned I see the Cowboys taking care of business against the Redskins on Sunday night, winning the NFC East and then getting themselves ready for a home playoff game against the Seahawks where some payback will be in order.

Surging Cowboys A 3-Point Home Favorite Versus The Saints

Dallas Cowboys v New Orleans SaintsThe Dallas Cowboys will look to stay hot and remain in contention for the NFC East title in a Sunday home tilt against the New Orleans Saints.

This week’s NFL odds have the ‘Boys, who are in a three-way tie for the division lead at 8-6, as a 3-point favorite versus the Saints. The over/under is put at 51.5 points.

Dallas has won three straight games and five of its last six to storm back into playoff contention, and all of those wins came in close decisions. Last week, the Cowboys continued the trend by surviving in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24.

The Saints fell out of the playoff hunt with a three-game losing streak, but certainly rose to the occasion a week ago in a 41-0 throttling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During this latest run, Dallas has seemed to have found its rhythm offensively thanks largely to the return of running back DeMarco Murray from injury and the continued emergence of wide receiver Dez Bryant. Murray finished with 81 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against the Steelers while Bryant, playing with a broken finger, caught four balls for 59 yards with one all-important touchdown.

Dallas has been ravaged by injuries on the defensive side of the ball, but coordinator Rob Ryan has managed to keep the unit competitive during this Cowboys run. They were without six defensive starters against the Steelers, including cornerback Morris Claiborne, who is listed as probable to play against the Saints. The Cowboys rank 15th in total defense and have begun to get timely turnovers, none more so than Brandon Carr’s interception in overtime against the Steelers that set up the winning field goal.

Dallas certainly appears dangerous moving forward, but you have to wonder when all the injuries will become an issue. It could be this week when Drew Brees and company hit town.

This One Hits Home, Who Are We To Judge?

Josh Brent’s appearance in last Sunday’s game has media and fans in an uproar.  My opinion on this subject may surprise many people who know me personally, or it may not. I shared a good friend’s view of the subject matter on our Facebook page on Monday and it got a good share of responses for and against. At first I wasn’t sure about my stance on the situation. In case you’ve been living under a rock for 10 days or just not up on the times let me get you up to date.

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent and practice squad player Jerry Brown were in a devastating car accident together on December 8th. Brent was driving under the influence of alcohol and wrecked the car, and his best friend Jerry Brown was killed. Brent has been charged with manslaughter. Surprisingly, Brent was spotted on the sidelines of the game on Sunday, Dec. 16 during the home game vs. Pittsburgh.

Now let me share with you my friend Nate Trumble’s status that I posted on Facebook and Twitter the day after the game:

Hey NFL, you trot rapists (Roethlesburger) dog killers (Vick) and murderers (Ray Lewis) out on the field every week. The Cowboys put Josh Brent on the sideline yesterday and you call it disgraceful??? It was his mother’s wish for the team to be with him…To support him…The kid needs family right now and the Cowboys ARE HIS FAMILY!!! It does not send a message to kids that drunk driving is ok…It says his family will support him through this awful tragedy…Brent made a terrible CHOICE…Im not saying what he did wasnt wrong, but some people need to get off their soap-box…It was the Cowboys family supporting one of their own…period…end of rant… – Nate Trumble Current Dallas Cowboys News and Discussion

Many people believe that we are condoning drunk driving. That is not the case at all. We are supporting family and friends and standing behind someone you love and care for in their most desperate time of need. Look, I’ve been on the outside looking in at close family members and friends who chose to drink and drive and had to face the consequences. I don’t drink and am strongly against anyone who chooses to get behind the wheel when they’ve been drinking or doing drugs. I am also a strict law abiding citizen and always follow the rules and believe heavily in karma. Not that I don’t make mistakes, but I always try to make the right and moral decision.

Getting in that car after a night of drinking was the wrong decision for both men. Jerry Brown lost his life [May he rest in peace] and Josh Brent lost his best friend, his career, everything. I want to make it clear that I am not sticking up for Brent. He is clearly guilty and in the wrong and will carry this for the rest of his life and beyond. I’ve read articles that say he will face prison and some say he could get off with probation. But I am not judge nor jury and my opinion is just that, my own. It means nothing. And if you’re a Christian or of a faith that believes in a higher power, you too know that his judgement day will come.

Tonight I read this article on CBS Sports that completely choked me up and provoked me to do something I haven’t done in quite some time, share my feelings here. I would like to share parts of it with you, and encourage you to go read it for yourself. According to this article Josh Brent will not be seen again on the Cowboys sidelines. Ever.

Brent deserves prison, but getting banned from sideline is cruel

Josh Brent won’t be on the sideline Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys’ home finale. Satisfied? That’s what you wanted, right?

That’s what the Cowboys reportedly want — they want Brent banished from the sidelines, hidden from nosy TV cameras and shrieking TV analysts. At least, I hope it’s what the Cowboys want. I hope they’re not merely bowing to pressure from people who don’t matter.

People like you. And me. This whole story is emotional and awful and centered around an issue, drunk driving, that affects many of us — but Josh Brent’s sideline plans aren’t my business. Or yours.

As Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett learned later, Brent was there because he’d been asked to be there by his teammates.

The author goes on to explain what he believes Josh Brent deserves…

For drinking and driving and killing one person and jeopardizing the safety of everyone who shared a road with him that night, Josh Brent deserves to go to prison.

He deserves other things as well. He deserves to be treated humanely, even kindly, especially by those who care about him. Look, few people in this world — Jerry Brown’s parents, but maybe nobody else — lost as much as Josh Brent lost on Dec. 8. He lost his best friend. He killed his best friend. He lost his dream career. He lost his freedom, most likely, after the courts are through with him. He lost his reputation. He lost damn near everything that night, and now we’re going to complain because he’s standing on the sideline a week later with his friends and teammates?

Brent was seen on the sidelines and called out by the game announcers and social media blew up!

The outrage was so loud and moving so fast, Brent heard it on the sideline … and left in the third quarter.

And now he won’t be back. The Cowboys have seen to that, though Brent probably wouldn’t have shown up Sunday against the Saints, not after what happened last weekend. But who knows? Maybe teammates were going to ask him, insist to him, that he come back. They’re closer to the situation than we are, and they know Jerry Brown’s parents would approve. Brown’s parents urged the Cowboys to support Brent in any way they see fit. Whatever Brent needs from the team that employed their son, Brown’s family wants the Cowboys to give it.

Who are we to say it’s wrong?

And here is where I started to choke up. Because he’s right!

I hear the “it sends the wrong message” argument, but think it through. If Josh Brent were on the sideline again Sunday, people would be talking about his story — which means talking about the dangers of drunk driving. That’s a conversation that can save lives. Maybe your kid’s life, years from now, if he were to ask you, “Why does everyone care if that man is on the sidelines?”

You could have told your kid why, and talked about what Josh Brent did Dec. 8. About drinking and driving. About the friend he killed.

And you could have told your kid about Josh Brent’s other friends, the ones supporting him through his lowest moments. That’s a great story, but one that will go untold.

We all have our opinion, and thanks to the internet and social media its broadcast loud and clear. Was Josh Brent’s appearance on the sideline wrong? It’s not really for me to say. I was definitely surprised and initially wasn’t sure what my opinion was about it. When I learned that Jerry Brown’s mother forgave Josh Brent, first I had much respect for her ability to forgive, God knows I probably couldn’t find the strength to find forgiveness that soon. Secondly, I felt pride in my team and their love and support for one of their own. Lastly, I felt sad for the player who would never take that field, would never wear the helmet with that beautiful star again, who’s life was taken way to soon.

Tragedies are way too common for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans. We will get past this one, as we have many others, and go on to enjoy life and the game of football but Jerry and Josh won’t. May God bless their loved ones and be with them both. Let Him be the judge.

Please, don’t drive if you’ve been drinking. Go Cowboys!


Dallas Cowboys Look to Surprise as a Home Underdog Against Pittsburgh Steelers

Tony RomoOne of the marquee matchups of this week’s NFL slate pits the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. Both of these marquee franchises are fighting to stay in the playoff races of their respective conferences and in desperate need of a victory.

This week’s NFL odds have the Steelers installed as a 1 1/2-point favorite with the over/under pegged at 44 points. Dallas comes in off an emotional last-second victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday, while Pittsburgh enters off one of its worse performances of the year in a loss to the San Diego Chargers that also marked the return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The Cowboys this week continue to deal with the tragic death of Jerry Brown in a car accident over the weekend, which was allegedly caused by teammate Josh Brent driving under the influence. The Dallas organization held a private ceremony to honor Brown Tuesday and Brent was in attendance (at the request of the Brown family) after being released from jail on bail. There was no immediate word on the playing status of Brent. The nose tackle has been one of the Cowboys’ best run-stuffers this season.

The question now is, how much will these developments impact the Cowboys preparation? It obviously has to be a distraction to some extent, and that’s not what you’re looking for heading into the biggest game of the season.

Other bad news out of Dallas is wide receiver Dez Bryant could miss this game and perhaps more because of a fracture to his left index finger. Bryant has emerged the last few weeks as the playmaker the Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo have been desperately seeking. If he is out against the Steelers it would be a huge blow to the Cowboys chances.

Dallas will certainly be playing with heavy hearts, but they could be catching the Steelers at just the right time. Roethlisberger looked nowhere near 100 percent against the Chargers last week and the lack of pass-rush from the once-feared Steelers defensive unit is a growing concern. The Cowboys look fully capable of springing a straight-up win as a mild home underdog.

Cowboys Are An Underdog In Key Matchup With Bengals

The Dallas Cowboys travel to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in a Week 14 matchup of two potential playoff teams in desperate need of a victory. According to the Week 14 NFL odds, the Bengals are a 3-point favorite with the over/under listed at 45.5 points.

Both these teams sit currently outside the playoff picture in their respective conferences, but very much in the hunt. Dallas (6-6) is one game behind the Seattle Seahawks for the final NFC Wild card berth, while the Bengals are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7-5 for the last spot in the AFC playoffs, but lose the tiebreaker because of their head-to-head loss to the Steelers earlier this year.

Dallas kept its playoff hopes alive last week by escaping the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-33. Quarterback Tony Romo had a big game going 22 of 27 for 303 yards with three touchdowns. The Cowboys also received a boost with the return of DeMarco Murray, who had 83 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in his first game-action in seven weeks. Wide receiver Dez Bryant also had a touchdown to continue his recent emergence as the deep threat the Cowboys crave.

The Bengals enter this as one of the hottest teams in the league having won its last four games, which includes a 20-13 victory on the road against the San Diego Chargers last week. Cincinnati used a balanced attack to beat the Chargers led by the passing combination of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green and the running of BenJarvis Green-Ellis, who carried 25 times for 118 yards in his one of his best games of the season.

This has the potential to be one of the best game’s of this week’s NFL slate when you consider the stakes and the fact both teams come into this feeling good about themselves. With Murray back in the fold and the emergence of Bryant on the outside, the Cowboys could be poised to make a winning run to close out the season. Of course, it remains difficult to have much confidence given the maddening inconsistency Dallas has displayed all season. Look for this one to stay close and be decided by a field goal either way.