The Dallas Cowboys are extremely lucky to have three great running backs. I think its safe to say that each of these players could easily be starters for any other team, but the Cowboys choose to use them as a three-headed monster.
Marion Barber – Barber was drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. During the 2007 season, Barber’s power running back style earned him the nickname Marion the Barbarian and he was the league leader in breaking tackles, reflecting his personal mantra of “hit or get hit.” Barber rushed for 975 yards on 204 carries and 10 rushing touchdowns with a 4.8 yards-per-carry rushing average. He caught 44 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns. On December 18, 2007, he was named to his first Pro Bowl despite officially being a backup. On May 20, 2008, he signed a seven-year deal, $45 million with the Cowboys with $16 million guaranteed. The emergence of Tashard Choice and Felix Jones, and injury problems limited his success during the 2009 season. However, he played in 13 games despite a torn quadricep muscle.
Felix Jones – Jones was drafted by the Cowboys 22nd overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He has developed the nickname of Felix “The Cat” Jones for his quick movements and speed. He signed a professional contract on July 26 for $10.53 million, with $7.67 million guaranteed, including a $3.57 million signing bonus. On 15 September 2008, during a Monday Night Football game versus the Philadelphia Eagles, Jones returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. In his 3rd NFL game, Jones ran for a 60-yard touchdown against the Green Bay Packers on September 21, 2008. In Week 6, in the game against the Arizona Cardinals, Jones injured his left hamstring and would be out for the rest of the year due to a torn ligament suffered during rehab of that injury. In his second season in the NFL Jones has received more carries per game than his rookie year, despite being one of three running backs used in the Cowboys offense. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has slowly been giving him more rushing attempts. Jones believes that “Patience is a virtue. You need it. You need to have patience. Just wait, your time is coming.”
Tashard Choice – Choice was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. His first career carry came in the season opener against the Cleveland Browns, where he had 5 carries for 26 yards. He was used primarily on special teams during his rookie season. After injuries to Marion Barber and Felix Jones, Choice had his largest workload of the year against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had the league’s best rushing defense. Choice amassed 23 carries for 88 yards, and caught 5 passes for 78 yards. The following week against the New York Giants, Choice scored his first career touchdown. He finished his rookie campaign with 472 yards rushing, 185 yards receiving, and 2 touchdowns. In 2009, Choice began the season behind Marion Barber and Felix Jones on the depth chart, but injuries gave Choice more playing time in week 3 against the Carolina Panthers. Choice had 18 carries for 82 yards and one touchdown in a Dallas win. Choice was used by the Dallas Cowboys mostly in what they called the Razorback formation, a variation of the Wildcat offense. Choice finished the season with 349 yards rushing, 132 yards receiving, and 3 touchdowns.
Bio source – wikipedia.com
The fun buttons were a blast to make the other day, so I decided to make a few more. Please feel free to offer your own suggestions.
Special thanks to our Facebook friend Kino for the idea
David Buehler – Buehler was drafted in the 5th round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2009 NFL Draft, and the first kicker taken. At the end of his rookie year, Buehler finished the regular season with 29 touchbacks, the most of all NFL kickers. That number also set a new franchise record for most touchbacks in a single season. The previous record was 27 by Lin Elliot in 1992. As of July 2010, Buehler is the only placekicker on the Cowboys roster. So far this preseason, Buehler has made six of seven attempted field goals.
L.P. LaDouceur – Ladouceur joined the Cowboys three games into the 2005 season and has provided consistency at long snapper. He has made clean snaps on 276 punts, 109 field goals, and 176 PATs in his career, including the playoffs. He made his NFL debut at Oakland and snapped cleanly on five punts and two field goals. He finished the season with clean snaps on 70 punts, 25 field goals and 28 PATs. He was flawless on every snap attempt of the season while also contributing three special teams tackles.
Mat McBriar – McBriar was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys from the University of Hawaii. In 2006, McBriar made headlines with a 75 yard punt which made the record books as the second longest in Cowboys’ history. Also in 2006, he has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice for his outstanding punting ability. On February 28, 2007, the Cowboys extended McBriar’s contract to a 5-year, $8.5 million contract. He also received a $2.5 million signing bonus. This contract makes McBriar the highest-paid punter in the league.
Bio source – wikipedia.com
Here’s some fun buttons of four of my favorite players who also happen to be essential pieces to a winning team.
Despite it only being preseason and everything we could point out wrong with the last few games, these Cowboys are going places. With or without expectations from the newspapers, magazines and sports television, this team controls its own destiny.
Are you ready for some 2010 Cowboys football?
Driving home Friday night, I was blasting the local classic rock station and singing my little heart out. I’m one of those people who listen to the lyrics and find meaning in music. I always find it interesting that music can be interpreted so many different ways.
Take one of the songs I heard last night, “Shooting Star” by Bad Company. Now I know that song is about a man who had a dream to be a rock star, and his dream comes true and in the end his life is taken in the same way as many famous musicians.
But the chorus alone could easily be related to our beloved Cowboys, and that’s how I chose to interpret it.
Here’s my latest graphic…
“Don’t you know that you are a shooting star
And all the world will love you just as long as you are.”
~ Bad Company
No great football team is complete without a defensive star. DeMarcus Ware has been a strong force since 2005 and will be for years to come. Continuously challenging for the league lead in sacks, DeMarcus is a major factor to the Cowboys success. A strong leader and a family man the Pro Bowl linebacker puts fear into the eyes of every quarterback who faces him. Just ask Eli Manning… he knows the power of the Ware-wolf oh too well.
Talk about hot, Jason Witten has only missed one game in seven years. Where would the Cowboys be without the warrior? A great guy on the field as well as off, Jason is a leader and a role model in a league where the bad guys seem to get most of the attention. He doesn’t care, he does what he’s done since being drafted back in 2003, blocking, catching, leading and whatever else he can do to make this team win.
Hats off to Jason Witten, you are one of the best we’ve ever seen!
What’s a star quarterback without his number one man? Miles Austin has earned himself a starting position on the team as well as in our hearts. I dare you to try to find a Cowboys fan who doesn’t love Miles… well except maybe Roy Williams mother (just kidding!).
After a game the field fills up with paparazzi and media snapping photos, video and begging for interviews. This new series of graphics, entitled Hot Flashes, reminds me of the rock star atmosphere that comes with being one of the biggest stars on the Dallas Cowboys.
First up none other than the leading star of the team, Mr. Tony Romo.
It certainly is hard to believe the Dallas Cowboys have only been around for 50 years. When you think about it 50 years isn’t that long. Heck, it was enough time for our team to win five Super Bowls. It took the New Orleans Saints longer to get just one and the Pittsburgh Steelers 27 years longer to get six.
1960, the year our beloved Dallas Cowboys were born, was a very memorable year. The announcement that 3,500 troops would be sent to Vietnam was made in March of 1960. The great John F. Kennedy was elected president in November, and ironically later was assassinated in Dallas only three years later. The U.S. launched the very first weather satellite. Ben-Hur won a record breaking eleven Oscars.
In 50 short years the Cowboys have become the highest valued sports team with a worth of approximately $1.65 billion. They are also the wealthiest team earning $269 million a year, in great part of it’s enormous fan base spanning not only the United States but the entire world.
If that’s not a jaw dropper then Emmitt Smith isn’t a Hall of Famer. 😉
Here’s to another great 50 years of football to come, and as Tony Romo would say, “Enjoy the journey!”
Below is the graphic of the day, a nice schedule graphic – Cowboys celebrating 50 years.
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