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It’s Time For More Ring Of Honor Inductions

It’s been five seasons since a player was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor. Actually, three players were inducted back in 2005, when Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were all inducted on the same day. Five years is too long to go without a player being inducted. Especially with a team like the Cowboys that is so deep with great players.

It’s time for the Cowboys to start honoring more players in the new stadium and give them their place in history. I can probably name about 15 to 20 players who deserve to be honored, but there are two that always come to mind first. They were great players for the Cowboys through most of the 1970s and early 1980s. They helped make the Cowboys what they are today. They put their mark on the organization as well as the NFL. They dominated their positions around the same time in their careers and received many of the same honors. Those players are Harvey Martin and Drew Pearson.

Harvey Martin, 1973-1983    

Harvey Martin was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 1973 draft. In his ten seasons with the Cowboys he was elected to four Pro Bowls (1976, ’77, ’78 and ’79), he was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1977 and was also on the NFL 1970s All-Decade team.  In 1977, after helping the Cowboys win their second Super Bowl Championship, Harvey Martin was selected as co-MVP of Super Bowl XII along with Randy White as they dominated the Denver Broncos. Harvey Martin, aka “Too Mean” became one of the most feared defensive linemen in the NFL.  

Martin became part of the Cowboys Doomsday Defense II, along with Randy White and Ed (Too Tall) Jones.  At the beginning of his career he was able to learn from the great Bob Lilly. Martin led the Cowboys in sacks seven times in his career. Although the NFL did not officially start recording sacks until 1982, it was Harvey Martin who collected 23 sacks during the 1977 season in only 14 games. Those 23 sacks would be the all-time record today over Michael Strahan who had 22 ½ in 2001. Martin had 14 sacks in 1978 as he once again helped the Cowboys to the Super Bowl where they lost to the Steelers in Super Bowl XIII. Martin still holds the record for most career sacks for the Cowboys with 114.    

Harvey Martin had his share of problems off the field after his retirement in 1983. Those problems plagued him until the mid 1990s when he was able to turn his life around. Martin gave anti-drug speeches to school children and recovering addicts in hopes that they would listen and not make the same mistakes he made.

Harvey Martin’s life was cut short on December 24, 2001 when he died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 51. By his bedside that day was teammate and good friend Drew Pearson. Martin will most likely never make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which is a disgrace in my opinion. Martin belongs in the Cowboys Ring of Honor because of the kind of player he was and what he did for the Cowboys. His name needs to be displayed with the other Cowboys greats and honored for his ten seasons with the Cowboys

Drew Pearson, 1973-1983    

Drew Pearson was signed as a Free Agent by the Cowboys in 1973 and went on to become one of the greatest wide receivers in Dallas Cowboys history.  Pearson became known as “Mr. Clutch” in his career for always making the big reception for the Cowboys. In 1974 he caught the game winning touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Clint Longley on Thanksgiving against the Redskins. In the 1975 playoffs he caught the game winning “Hail Mary” touchdown pass from Roger Staubach against the Vikings. In the 1980 playoffs he caught the game winning touchdown pass from Danny White against the Falcons. Pearson finished his career with 489 receptions for 7,822 yards and 48 touchdowns. He was elected three Pro Bowls (1974, ’76 and ’77). Pearson was also selected to the NFL 1970s All-Decade team. Drew Pearson was a member of three Cowboys Super Bowl teams in 1975, 1977 and 1978.

     Like Harvey Martin, Pearson will most likely never make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Pearson’s numbers compare and even go beyond some of his fellow NFL receivers at the time like Lynn Swann (336 receptions for 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns) and John Stallworth (537 receptions for 8,723 yards and 63 touchdowns). Both Swann and Stallworth have been elected into the Hall of Fame.    

Drew Pearson’s career came to an end after the 1983 season when the car he was driving crashed into a truck killing his younger brother. Pearson suffered a lacerated kidney in the accident and had to retire from the NFL. To this day Pearson does not remember anything about the accident.

Harvey Martin and Drew Pearson both belong in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. Jerry Jones and the Cowboys organization need to do the right thing and place their names in Cowboys stadium for all to see. Although Harvey Martin is no longer with us, I’m sure it will make his family, friends and former teammates proud to see him finally make it. Drew Pearson needs to be honored the same as fellow receivers Bob Hayes and Michael Irvin.

Other Cowboys greats in the Ring of Honor…

Bob Lilly, 1975

Don Meredith, 1976

Don Perkins, 1976

Chuck Howley, 1977

Mel Renfro, 1981

Roger Staubach, 1983

Lee Roy Jordan, 1989

Tom Landry, 1993

Tony Dorsett, 1994

Randy White, 1994

Bob Hayes, 2001

Tex Schramm, 2003

Cliff Harris, 2004

Rayfield Wright, 2004

Troy Aikman, 2005

Emmitt Smith, 2005

Michael Irvin, 2005

Harvey Martin, ??

Drew Pearson, ??

Some pictures provided by the following books, “The Super Bowl” and “Dallas Cowboys, Our Story”

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

If you’re like me, your Sundays just aren’t the same these days. Although there are many holidays, celebrations, and events that we attend throughout the year, there is no time of the year like football season and watching my beloved Dallas Cowboys on the football field. I think back to how and when I jumped on the bandwagon as we all have at one point or another. 

It was the 1977-78 season which was a great year to become a fan, of the Dallas Cowboys that is. My best friend Greg got a new game for his birthday and it was the coolest thing I ever saw. It was an electric football game with individual players that you could position and attempt to direct on a scaled down version of a football field (it didn’t always work so well). Once each player had it’s offense and defense set up, you would flick the switch and the field would vibrate causing your players to go or not go in the direction you chose. When we played my friend Greg always got to be the Dallas Cowboys. After all… it was his game. That year we watched the Dallas Cowboys go to Super Bowl XII and defeat the Denver Broncos 27-10. From then on, my life would never be the same.

 My heroes went from Batman and Superman to Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett. After all, at age 8, it was much more acceptable to wear a jersey than a cape to school. I remember guys like “Butch Johnson” (No. 86). Johnson’s touchdown celebration was known as the “California Quake”. He would simulate pulling guns out of holsters and proceed to shoot them and shake. When I played football with my friends and scored a touchdown, I would do the same. I remember my first jersey. No. 33 “TD” Dorsett. If I could have, I would have worn it everyday. One day it was thrown in the wash with a bright red shirt. UGH!! It came out pink. I wore it anyway.

 As I sit here in front of my computer writing my first blog and reminiscing, I remember watching the Cowboys every year on what has become my favorite holiday of the year..Thanksgiving! What fan could ask for more? I remember the heartbreaks and losses too…like the famous play in the 1982 NFC Championship game known as “The Catch”. Where one of my heroes Everson Walls, couldn’t jump as high as 49er Dwight Clark to catch Joe Montana’s miracle touchdown throw with 51 seconds left in the game. I cried and cried that day.

 I’ve grown up watching this team. Many great super bowl wins along with playoff losses too. Many years of great bbq’s or parties with friends and family. Watching my favorite players come and go. Now my two sons are Cowboys fans (of course) and the tradition continues. I have to try not to draft all Cowboys on my fantasy football team (it’s hard). It’s been some time since we’ve been to the big game but I feel we are very close and I just can’t wait for training camp. The Boys are loaded with talent, and with a healthy season, I feel our time is now. Yes, I jumped on the bandwagon and I never jumped off. I bleed blue and silver and like good ol’ Willie Nelson sang…My heroes have always been Cowboys.

Cowboys 2009 Opponents And My Predictions

Well I have decided to list our 2009 opponents and my win and loss predictions even if the case is that the dates have not been released for the games.

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New York Giants-W

Philadelphia Eagles-W

Washington Redskins-L

Atlanta Falcons-W

Carolina Panthers-L

Seattle Seahawks-W

Oakland Raiders-W

San Diego Chargers- L

Away

New York Giants-L

Philadelphia Eagles-W

Washington Redskins-W

New Orleans Saints-W

Tampa Bay Buccaners-W

Green Bay Packers-L

Denver Broncos-W

Kansas City Chiefs-W

My predicted record: 11-5.

I see us sweeping Philly because our rivalry with them hit a new high at the end of last season. Well for the 5 losses I predict let me explain those to you. Washington will beat us at home because they are our toughest divison opponents ever no matter what the records of either are or what players are on the teams and I just see that being our first loss at our new stadium.

Carolina I dont think that we will be able to contain Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams because Carolina mixes the pass and run so fluidly in my opinion.

San Diego only one name needs to be said Darren Sproiles, I believe he is just to quick and elusive and will tear us apart because he is not some over-hyped running back like we usually face and stop.

New York Giants just dont think we can sweep them this year cant really explain why though but I do know that Chris Canty is one reason.

Green Bay they just always pose a threat and it is one of our greatest non-divisonal rivals and we’ve beat them the past two years and I just feel that they will have our number this year.

Well thats how I feel about 2009. Let me know how you feel about my opinion and what your opinion is by commenting. I look foward to seeing what you guys think.

Cowboys-Cardinals…Heating Up in the Desert!

Good Morning Cowboy Fans:

Home cooking for the Arizona Cardinals used to be literally baking in triple-digit heat rising from the metal bleachers of a mostly empty Sun Devil Stadium.

Coach Phillips talked some this week about “how he played there a lot of times, and remembers way back when he was with the Denver Broncos, shoot, the whole crowd was a Denver crowd, and there wasn’t a big crowd.”
Oh my… how things have finally changed.

Entering their third season in a raucous – and air conditioned – home of their own, the Cardinals finally have a true home-field advantage and the record to prove it.

Arizona is 8-2 at University of Phoenix Stadium since Ken Whisenhunt took over as coach in 2007 and is riding a five-game winning streak there. In their two home victories this season – over Miami and Buffalo – the Cardinals have outscored their opponents 72-27, including a 41-17 win over the previously unbeaten Bills last Sunday.

Whisenhunt said “he knows that they have an appreciation of home-field advantage as a football team. I think our fans are starting to get a sense of that as well,” Whisenhunt said. ”I compliment them on how they’ve been for us. At times it’s as loud as many of the louder stadiums that I’ve been in.”

If Arizona can win a few away from home, the team could be in great shape down the stretch. The Cardinals are now 3-2, alone atop the NFC West, three of its last four and four of its last six games are at home.

The Cardinals have sold out all 18 regular season games since moving in to the 64,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof in the west Phoenix suburb of Glendale. In previous years in 72,000-seat Sun Devil Stadium, on the campus of Arizona State University, sellouts were extremely rare, usually occurring when the Cowboys came to town.

The three largest crowds for the Cardinals, and six of their biggest nine, came in their old stadium came against Dallas.

So, with that said it brings us to this weekend. The Cowboys return to the desert, just as they did a year ago when the Pittsburgh Steelers visited, many Arizona fans are expected to sell their tickets.

”Kurt Warner talked about “how he thinks it stinks, ”it’s always hard to tell somebody not to sell something when they can make money off of it, but we just want our advantage. I think we’ve fought hard for that.”

Many Cardinal’s fans are just using their heads, knowing that much if not most of the cost of a season ticket can be made up by selling away just this one game. Arizona’s players, though, want their fans to be using their heart.

Warner went onto to say this week, “I think our fans have done a tremendous job of sticking with us and now we are developing something. I just hope it gets to the point where it doesn’t matter who comes into this building.’

It’ll be like old times Sunday in Arizona when the Dallas Cowboys face the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The two teams used to meet twice a season as part of the NFC East from 1970 to 2001. As part of the 2002 NFL realignment, the Cardinals were placed in the NFC West with St. Louis, San Francisco and Seattle.

Dallas leads the series 55-28-1 and won their previous meeting 27-10 on Nov. 12, 2006.

According to Coach Phillips, safety Roy Williams and guard Kyle Kosier are both out for week six. We’ll also be playing without Terrance Newman. If it wasn’t for Boldin being out as well, that would have this writer a little worried.

I thought “Pacman” did a good job going against Houshmanzadeh and Johnson last week, so I’m interested to see if he can continue his progression lining up against Fitzgerald.

Key Match-Up’s:

1. Ware/Ellis vs. Gandy/Brown

2. Tony Romo vs. Arizona secondary

3. Kurt Warner vs. Dallas secondary

Depending on how much pressure Dallas can get on Warner, and how well our secondary performs I can see Dallas winning this one. If we aren’t able to get a lot of pressure on Warner and he has time to throw…I could see this being a high scoring affair with the less penalized/less mistake-prone team winning it.

As far as a prediction goes, I’ll say it’ll be a 31-21 game at this point, with Dallas pulling out its fifth win of the season.

No Country For Old Men…With Bad Knees

I think everyone would agree that getting old sucks. I turned 40 on Monday so I know first-hand the magnitude in which it can suck! But on the bright side, the older you get the more memories you have. I have tons.

For instance, watching The Doomsday Defense dismantle the Denver Broncos and former Cowboy Craig Morton in Super Bowl XII. Then after the game I watched as Harvey Martin crushed an "Orange Crush" pop can during the locker room celebration.

Then there are not so fond memories like Super Bowl XIII against The Steelers. The horrible pass interference call against Benny Barnes when his feet got tangled with Lynn Swann’s which led to a Steelers score. And of course Jackie Smith. The drop. Dallas should have been the first team to win 3 Super Bowls. WE WERE ROBBED!!

Of course there was "The Catch". Montana to Clark in the NFC Championship. Should be called "The Lucky Catch". I also remember "The Fumble" by Danny White, deep in 49er territory on the ensuing drive.

And I could write a 10,000 word essay with one hand tied behind my back about the greatest dynasty in NFL history. Who might that be you ask? The 90’s Cowboys of course. This team could have and SHOULD have won at LEAST 4 in a row.

But this blog isn’t as much about my memories as it is about what it must be like to be an NFL player in the twilight of your career. Specifically Terry Glenn. Glenn’s career has had its ups and downs. He’s only played a full 16 weeks in 3 of the 12 seasons he’s been in the league so far. With 2 of those being for The Cowboys.

I think Glenn is a great player. Very professional. Super hands. Bad wheels. He’s struggled with injuries throughout his career and now time is not on his side. This will be his 13th season if he even plays at all. I personally think he should sign the $500,000 injury settlement. This way everyone is covered. Seriously, Jerry Jones could just cut the guy and he’d get nothing. He can’t pass a freakin physical and Jones is offering him 500 G’s! Not quite as sweet as the deal Glenn got last year. $5 million for 4 plays.

I feel for Terry Glenn. To a point. But he’s almost 34 with a huge bank account and he’s had the honor of playing for the greatest sports franchise on the planet. But he has bad knees. I’m 40 living paycheck to paycheck and I drive a truck for a living. And I also have bad knees.

Terry, you have my sympathies…

Cowboys Record Against Other NFL Teams

Just in case you have ever wondered how the Cowboys have matched up against other NFL teams through the years, I have put together something you might be interested in.

Below you can see the Cowboys win/loss record against each team in the NFL since 1960. I snagged the info from the 2006 media guide and updated the records by adding the wins/losses from the 2007 season. The totals below are from the regular season and the playoffs. It does not include pre-season play.


Arizona Cardinals55-28-1
Atlanta Falcons    
15-8
Baltimore Ravens   
0-2
Buffalo Bills      
7-3
Carolina Panthers
7-3
Chicago Bears
13-8
Cincinnati Bengals
5-4
Cleveland Browns
11-17
Denver Broncos
5-5
Detroit Lions
12-10
Green Bay Packers
15-12
Houston Texans
1-1
Indianapolis Colts
8-6
Jacksonville Jaguars
2-2
Kansas City Chiefs
5-3
Miami Dolphins
5-7
Minnesota Vikings
14-12
New England Patriots
7-3
New Orleans Saints
14-8
New York Giants
54-36-2
New York Jets
7-2
Oakland Raiders
3-6
Philadelphia Eagles
54-43
Pittsburgh Steelers
15-14
St. Louis Rams
14-14
San Diego Chargers
6-2
San Francisco 49ers
14-16-1
Seattle Seahawks
6-5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9-3
Tennessee Titans
7-5
Washington Redskins
56-38-2

Keep in mind that these records reflect games with Dallas when some of these teams were under other names and/or played in other cities than they do now. 

For example, the record against the Tennessee Titans also reflects games played against the Cowboys when the Titans were known as the Houston Oilers.

It is interesting to note that out of the 31 other teams in the NFL, the Cowboys have a winning record against 22 of those teams, they have a losing record against 5 teams (Ravens, Browns, Dolphins, Raiders and 49ers), and their record is at .500 with 4 teams (Broncos, Texans, Jaguars, and Rams). 

The Dog Days in Dallas

The Denver Broncos will be in town a few days earlier than expected. The Cowboys and Broncos will have practices outdoors on Wednesday and Thursday. The guys will get a look at what they are up against for Saturday’s preseason game. This will also give the team some training with someone other than themselves. 

The temperature in Dallas will be in the upper 90’s and beyond all week. Hopefully with the Boys training in this sweltering heat, tempers won’t flare up between the players.

Saturday’s preseason game will begin at 7pm and is hosted by Blue Star Media.

Legends of the Star – Randy White

 

 

This weeks "Legend of the Star" is the great defensive tackle, Randy White. Randy hailed from the University of Maryland where he was All-American and won many awards including the Outland Trophy, the Lombardi Award, and the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. His heroics and gamesmanship landed him in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

After a successful college career, the Cowboys drafted Randy White with their first round pick in 1975, he was the second player selected overall. For the first two years he played middle linebacker for the Cowboys, but it wasn’t until they switched him to the right defensive tackle position, that Randy White emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the NFC. For 14 spectacular seasons Randy dominated the league as evidenced by his string of nine consecutive Pro Bowl selections. What was also amazing during that stretch was that he missed only 1 game in 14 years spanning a total of 209 games. In 1978 he had his best season and was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year. He also led the Cowboys to victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII, which earned him the Super Bowl MVP.

Charlie Waters, the Cowboys safety, nicknamed Randy the "Man-ster" because he said he was half-man and half-monster. He was among the most gifted athletes ever to wear a Cowboys uniform and he used his quickness, balance, and ability to excel like nobody else did at his position. When Randy White’s stellar career was finally over, he set team records with 1,104 tackles, 701 solo tackles, and 111 sacks.

He was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994, and is ranked number 51 on the Sporting News’ 100 Greatest Football Players.

 

Legends of the Star is an exclusive weekly feature found only on StarStruck. Each week we will profile one of the many interesting personalities that have played for the Dallas Cowboys. 

Wade Phillips to be Cowboys Head Coach

 

  A formal announcement will be made today at 5 p.m., but reports are saying Wade Phillips is the Dallas Cowboys next head coach. Phillips was the only candidate who would keep the 3-4 defense and Jerry Jones did not want to have a losing record for 2 years while a coach came in and redesigned the team. Phillips was also supportive of Jason Garrett the new offensive coordinator hired by Jones.

The San Diego Chargers went 14-2 in the regular season with its defense run by Wade Phillips. Phillips was the head coach of Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills with a 48-39 record.