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”

Cowboys Extra Points: Stars Shine Bright

extrapts2Our great Jason Witten will be honored by a hospital in his home state. Witten made a donation of $200,000 to Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee. The Emergency Department will be renamed and the waiting room has been redecorated in his honor. Witten and his lovely wife Michelle are expected to be present at the ceremony.

The King of Pop Michael Jackson who left this earth yesterday had a connection with our Dallas Cowboys. If you remember the nineties Super Bowls you remember Michael Jackson performed the halftime show for Super Bowl XXVII. The Cowboys played the Bills at the Rose Bowl and the final score was 52-17.

There will be no new Ring of Honor inductees this season.

At the Texas Stadium tree transfer this morning, Jerry Jones said there would be no new members added to the Ring of Honor at Cowboys Stadium this season.”We of course are excited about what we’re doing in the Ring of Honor. We won’t be doing anything in the Ring of Honor this year as far as any new inductees,” Jones said. “But it’ll be every bit as emphasized in the new stadium as it was in Texas Stadium.”Currently the Ring has 17 members. A spokesman for the venue hinted the team would wait to unveil many of the building’s “bells and whistles” at the regular season opener Sept. 20. No new Cowboys have been enshrined since 2005, when Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin were honored together at halftime of a game against the Washington Redskins.- Josh Ellis of

Defensive tackle La’Roi Glover announced his retirement this week. The 6-time Pro Bowler played for Dallas from 2002-2005. He led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2000 and finished his career with 83.5, tied for 37th on the all-time list. He was tied for fifth among active players.

Public tours of the new Cowboys Stadium begin today. Stadium tours, at $15 for adults and $12 for children, will be conducted every half-hour and last up to 75 minutes. The tour includes the high-tech scoreboard control room, the press box, the Cowboys’ locker room and limited field access.

Check out this cool article about Cowboys great Randy White as he talks about charity and football: Cowboys legend White talks charity, football

Turn Out the Lights… The Party Is Over


It’s different for everyone. For some, the party ended in Philly. For
others it ended at the farewell ceremony. For ME? The 2008 season may
be done but the 2009 season started before I could leave the Super Bowl

While we’re on the subject, how was your Super Bowl Party? Do you have
any interesting stories to share? My friends and I went to the House of
Blues in Dallas for the DFW Big Game Watch Party. Proceeds benefited
the CAN! Academies of DFW. Our hosts were: Randy White, Tony Casillas,
T. Choice and D.Ware.  They had a nice buffet, prizes and vendors. The
hosts were awesome with the fans; signing autographs, taking pictures
and chatting. I had my picture taken with everyone but Choice. I don’t
know how he managed to get away from me a second time! I did get each
of them to autograph my helmet and Ware signed my jersey. You know that
thing is getting framed!! :)

If you haven’t heard, check out the event at Texas Stadium the weekend
of the 20th. I think it would be neat if we could make a big showing! I
found it on the Dallas Cowboys website then received the newsletter. (Sign up for that! It’s great!) Check it out and
let me know if you can make it!

So, which Super Bowl commercials were your favorites? Were there any
you could do without? I’m not going to give my opinion just yet. I will
put that in a comment later. I will say this: my favorite is
“Generations”.  Of course, I’m a big fan of all of Budweiser’s Super
Bowl commercials.

Before I go, I want to remind you that Valentine’s Day is around the corner!
Start planning for your sweetie now!

Next week, we will revisit Marty B TV, I will have pictures
to share and hopefully we are making progress on plans for the weekend
of the 20th! Plus, I should have information about an exciting
opportunity for ALL Cowboy Fans!

As our friend Roy says, “COWBOYS RULE!!”

See ya next week!

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.