Drew Pearson will be the next player inducted into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, is the rumor floating around Cowboy Nation.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, citing an anonymous source, reported Saturday that Pearson is the one. And last fall, Roger Staubach told a Dallas TV station that Pearson would be the next player added to the list.
The Ring of Honor has 15 players in it, plus Tom Landry and Tex Schramm. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is the sole decision-maker and hasn’t added anyone since Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin went in during the 2005 season.
Jones said Saturday that he intends to add a player to the team’s Ring of Honor at Cowboys Stadium this season, though he wouldn’t name the player.
“We would like to make that announcement separately, but we are; we are planning to,” Jones said.
There has been speculation for a while that Pearson would be Jones’ choice. Pearson played for the Cowboys from 1973-83 and had 489 catches for 7,822 yards and 48 touchdowns. He was a three-time All-Pro and was named to the league’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s.
Pearson first made the No. 88 famous in Dallas, with more big catches than any other receiver in the team’s history. His Hail Mary reception in the waning moments of a 1975 playoff game against the Vikings is one of the most famous in NFL history. He also clinched a ’73 playoff victory over the Los Angeles Rams with a touchdown catch, and he was on the receiving end of Clint Longley’s pass in the 1974 Thanksgiving Day comeback against the Redskins. He also had two touchdowns in a playoff victory over the Falcons in 1980. Pearson’s big catches earned him the nickname “Mr. Clutch.”
Pearson said he would welcome inclusion into the Ring of Honor.
“Every time I stepped on that Texas Stadium turf to play a game for the Dallas Cowboys, I looked up at that Ring of Honor,” he recalled. “I wanted to be the kind of player who deserved that type of recognition. It motivated me. This would be the highlight of my career.”
Deion Sanders’ name has been rumored also. I read that he didn’t feel comfortable about it because he only played half of his career with the Cowboys. I’m one of who those that believe that the Ring of Honor should be reserved for those that have spent their entire career or at least most of it as a Dallas Cowboy.
For more on Drew Pearson read this post by Joe D who included him in his “Legends” series.