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That’s Gold Jerry, Gold!

 

50 Seasons

434 Wins

30 Postseason Appearances

50 Playoff Games

28 Playoff Wins

8 Super Bowl Appearances

5 Super Bowl Titles

16 NFC Championship Game Appearances

8 NFC Championships

21 Eastern Championships

26 Seasons with 10+ Wins

20 Straight Winning Seasons from 1966-85

12 Hall of Fame Players

7 Super Bowl MVPs

This all adds up to one the best, if not the best organization in the NFL.

Roger Staubach’s 50 yd Hail Mary pass to Drew Pearon against the Vikings in ’75

Butch Johnson’s 45 yd TD catch against the Broncos in Super Bowl XII in ’77

Tony Dorsett’s 99 yd TD run against the Vikings in ’82

Clint Longley’s 50 yd Thanksgiving TD pass to Drew Pearson against the Redskins in ’74

Alvin Harper’s 71 yd catch and run against the 49ers in ’92

James Washington’s 46 yd fumble return for a TD against the Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII in ’93

Ken Norton’s stop of the Bills Kenneth Davis at the goal line in Super Bowl XXVII in ’92

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Bob Lilly’s 29 yd sack of Bob Griese against the Dolphins in Super Bowl VI in ’71

Danny White’s 23 yd TD pass to Drew Pearson against the Falcons in ’80

The stadium with the famous hole in the roof

Emmitt Smith beats the Giants with one arm in ’93

Rodger Staubach’s last regular season TD pass of his career to Tony Hill to beat the Redskins in ’79

Tom Landry’s fedoras

Full of History and Pride

Your Dallas Cowboys!

Happy 50th Anniversary!

Pictures provided by the following books, “The Super Bowl”, “Greatest Team Ever”, “Dallas Cowboys, Our Story”, “The Boys are Back” and “Sports Illustrated” magazine.

A Walk Down Memory Lane

I thought I would do something a little different this week. I completely agree with Rob V.  Believing in our team, knowing that the “turnaround” will come. Year in and year out, the waiting is starting to wear on me. So I think to myself, how did this all begin, how did I become a fan, better yet, how am I still a fan of a team that has not won a playoff game in 12 years.  So I decided to look back at the Dallas Cowboys history and remind myself, what is it about the Dallas Cowboys that keeps me fighting for them year after year

December of 1959, the NFL decided to add an expansion team to the league, and thus began, THE DALLAS COWBOYS.  Throughout the years, coaches and players alike have come and gone, and throughout the years, legends were born and history was made.

Don Meredith was the starting QB for the Dallas Cowboys. They went 0-11-1 in their first season in the NFL. September 17, 1961, they won their first game against Pittsburgh, 27-24. By December of 1967, even though the Dallas Cowboys had lost 2 consecutive championship games, history was on their side.  Mike Gaechter, a cornerback, returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown, and in the same game, Amos Marsh returned a kickoff for 101 yards for a touchdown. Making that the first game in NFL to have 2 returns for 100 yards or more in one game.

January 1972, With Roger Staubach as quarterback, the Cowboys win their 1st Super Bowl against Miami, 24-3. Thus beginning the run of 5 Super Bowl championships. In 1975, the Dallas Cowboys franchise began, what they called, “THE RING OF HONOR”. Honoring the greats that graced the fields week in and week out.  Bob Lilly, Don Meredith, Don Perkins, Mel Renfro, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Roger Staubach, the list goes on and on.  20 players in all have been inducted into the Ring of Honor, and I am certain that there is plenty more to come.

February 1989, for me was a sad day.  Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys, and ended one of the, if not THE greatest coaching careers of all time.  Jerry replaced Tom Landry with Jimmy Johnson as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Over the course of the next 4 years the Dallas Cowboys won 3 Super Bowl championships, had 2 players, Tony Dorsett and Randy White, and Coach Tom Landry, inducted into the Hall of Fame.  They sent 22 players in 4 years to the Pro Bowl, and Emmitt Smith became a legend winning 3 consecutive rushing titles.

Since Jerry Jones replaced Tom Landry as head coach, Dallas has had 6 head coaches and several other staff come and go, with no results.  However, players like Darryl “Moose” Johnston, and Jay Novacek, kept me watching the Dallas Cowboys week in and week out. Yes, it has been far too long since Dallas has won a championship, or even a playoff game for that matter. But as I look back at the history of our team, donned “America’s Team” by Bob Ryan after the 1978 season, I think to myself.  How could I cheer for another team, it would be like turning my back on my family.

This week, was a very tough loss for me. A very tough loss for all of us. But just like the history shows, we will bounce back.  We will prevail! This is only the 4th game of the season, and there is plenty more football to play.  So let’s get behind our team, let’s show them our support, and show them no matter what happens, we are behind them 100%.  Let’s show our “RING OF HONOR” we will NEVER let them down.  GO COWBOYS!!!!!!

Cowboys National Monument

If there was a national monument built for the Cowboys, what would it be? I think it should be just like Mount Rushmore.

Lets call it Mount Cowboys. Now we have to decide who we think should be on this national monument. If any Cowboys player or staff member had an impact on the Cowboys they should be on this monument. Here are my choices and why I think they deserve to be on Mount Cowboys.

My first choice is the legendary coach Tom Landry. Landry had 20 consecutive winning seasons, 2 Super Bowl titles and was 1966 NFL Coach of the Year. He was the only coach the Cowboys knew until Jerry Jones took over.

My second choice is Roger Staubach. Tom Landry’s quarterback throughout the 69′ to 79′ seasons. He also won 2 Super Bowl titles for coach Landry. Roger was a 6 time Pro-Bowler. Earn the nickname of “Captain Comeback” for many of his come from behind victories.

The third choice for the Mount Cowboys monument is number 22, Emmitt Smith. He is the NFL’s All-Time leading rusher. Just that enough earns him a spot on the monument. Emmitt was elected to the Pro-Bowl 8 times. He was the first player in NFL history to have 5 straight seasons with at least 1,400 rushing yards.

My final and last choice for the Mount Cowboys is Jerry Jones. I know, Some people don’t like Mr. Jones, but what he did was made the Cowboys a dynasty in the 90’s. His buying and trading of Free Agents made all the moves to win 3 championships. He will do everything he can to ensure the Cowboys go to or at least have a shot at being a contender for the Super Bowl. It will be very interesting in the new stadium and the season without T.O.

Here is my choices for the fictional Mount Cowboys monument. If anybody else has another person who deserves to be on this monument let me know. I came up with this as a way to tribute to the Cowboys from past and present. I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I had fun writing it.

Roger Staubach will present Bob Hayes at HOF Ceremony

It was announced on the Pro Football Hall of Fame web site that Roger Staubach will present Bob Hayes at the Ceremony on August 8, 2009. Janice Hayes Mohl who is the ex-wife of Bob Hayes has said that there will not be any acceptance speech. There will be a video tribute instead and I for one can not wait for that. It’s been too long of a wait for Bob Hayes to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It’s just too bad that “Bullet” Bob Hayes is not around to enjoy what he deserves. Bob Hayes Jr. will join Staubach on stage for the unveiling of Hayes’ Hall of Fame bust.

Bob Hayes will become the 11th member of the Dallas Cowboys to make the Hall of Fame joining…Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Tom Landry, Tex Schramm, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Mel Renfro, Troy Aikman, Rayfield Wright and Michael Irvin. Emmitt Smith will be eligible for the first time in 2010.

Other presenters for this years Hall of Fame class…

Randall McDaniel selected O.K. Fulton who was his high school athletic director and assistant principal.

Bruce Smith selected his former defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills Ted Cottrel.

The family of Derrick Thomas has asked Carl Peterson the former President of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ralph Wilson has selected ESPN personality Chris Berman.

Rod Woodson selected his good friend and business associate Tracy Foster.

Who Should Be In the Ring of Honor Next???

I have tried to debate this for awhile now with people that I know, but can’t seem to get anyone to bite back. Maybe now is the time. Who should Jerry Jones put in the Ring of Honor in the new stadium? It has been a long time since the Triplets where inducted into it. I have my opinions, which I don’t think a lot of people will agree on, but it is my opinion. I will throw out a few names for you and see if you agree.

My first choice is Danny White. Yes, I know he never took the team to the Super Bowl but he had some really big shoes to fill with the retiring Roger Staubach. He did take them to some Championship games but never really over the hump. He also played another role in punting for the Cowboys. I think he has been given a bad rap for not getting the boys the Super Bowl. But most people think, Danny will always but the butt of jokes for not being the QB that Roger was.

My second choice is Drew Pearson, the original 88. I kind of forgot about him but the Top Ten Cowboys List on NFL Network reminded me that he isn’t in the Ring of Honor. Who was Roger’s go-to guy? Drew. Who made the most famous Hail Mary catch? Drew. When Roger needed some yardage good ole 88 was there. Shoot, I think he should be in the Hall of Fame. What a great talent he was.

Who would you choose for the Ring of Honor with the current roster? Tony Romo, Jason Witten, DeMarcus Ware? Who knows. Tony won’t if he doesn’t win it all, just like Danny. That’s why I hear some fans put Tony and Danny in the same sentence. Jason is a solid TE for the Boys. If he keeps playing the way he has it shouldn’t be a debate about that one. And then there is DeMarcus ‘Sack Master’ Ware. Out of the three he should be the next great who is put up around the ring of the stadium.

You could agree or disagree with some of my choices or have some of your own. But in the end we have had some great teams and players throughout the years. Enjoy the memories and the future seasons to come. And last but not least – How ’bout them Cowboys!!

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.

When Are Legends Born?

 When Emmitt Smith was drafted in 1990, the first thing I said was “Who is this guy and what the hell is he wearing??”.  All reports said he was too small and too slow to be a feature back in the NFL. Then we all watched him evolve from this kid in the ugly jumpsuit into a Pro Bowler, then an All Pro, a Super Bowl MVP, NFL’s All Time Leading Rusher and in 2010, a Hall Of Famer.

Ever stop to think when is that pivotal moment when a player becomes a legend? Is it after they retire? Is it a particular game that elevates them to the next level?

It seems to happen without us knowing it. Sorta like how your kids grow up right in front of you. They seem to go from playing tee-ball one day to graduating high school the next. Of course you watched it happen, yet it’s all a flash to you now. Or is it just me?

Troy Aikman looked like a fish out of water his rookie year. I personally saw him as a draft bust after that miserable 1-15 season.  I knew this guy couldn’t take Dallas to the Promised Land. He seemed to have all the tools but I wasn’t confident at all in his ability to run a team. Then we all watched him evolve into a Pro Bowler, an All Pro, a true leader, a field general, a Super Bowl MVP,  the winningest QB in a single decade (90 wins in the 90s) and a Hall Of Famer.

Obviously Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith are once in a generation players.  But so were Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett. All is not lost when the legends retire from the game. Shoes have to be filled. History in Dallas has proven it is not a matter of if they will be filled but when they will be filled.

Today’s Cowboys are no different than the ones of Cowboys’ past. We will watch in disgust and dismay as they make their own mistakes and pay their own dues. We will watch these young men and not even realize that they’re evolving right before our eyes. When the rookies become stars and the stars become legends.

Watching these kids become men and these men become legends is a gift one will learn to appreciate more as the years go by. I know I have.

So Long and Farewell Texas Stadium

This place has come a long way!!!

From Big Tex to Bob Lilly. From great leaders like Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, “Bullet” Bob Hayes, and the Triplett’s… Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Micheal Irvin. Texas Stadium will always be remembered as not only the stadium with the hole in the roof, but she is a star among stars.

Showcasing some of the most memorable moments in NFL history. From Tony Dorsett’s record breaking 99 yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings to Emmitt Smith’s rush into history becoming the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. It is also home to 3 NFC championship game victories, and some of the world’s greatest fans, including the late Wilford “Crazy Ray” Jones, the greatest fan ever!

It is home to not only the NFL’s elite, but the world’s most beautiful and entertaining Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders! She even appeared in the intro on the 80’s drama “Dallas”.

And who can forget the memorable performances for the Salvation Army campaign on Thanksgiving day, and the electric performances and appearances by such stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Eagles, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and the Jonas Brothers. Not to mention today’s stars like Tony Romo, Terrell Owens, and Marion Barber. It is also the place where the legendary quarterback Brett Favre never won a game.

There is only one thing left to say about Texas Stadium. “It is home” and will always be home. It’s the signature to stars and a place where lives were changed and legends were made. She will always be missed hosting games to the world’s greatest football team ever – The Dallas Cowboys!

So long and farewell Texas Stadium.

 

Written by Cowboys fan Terry Monroe

An Evening with The Stars

Wow wow wow wow wow! What a night we had last night. My son and I were fortunate enough to have been invited to volunteer at the bowling night fund raiser for The Gift of Life Foundation. The Foundation was started by Everson Walls and Ron Springs to raise money and awareness for organ donation.

We were advised to get there early so we could choose our job. Well we were the first ones and man did we get the best job in the house! We worked the Celebrity sign in table. When we saw the list of who was coming, we could hardly wait until 6. It was only 3:30 so we had to keep ourselves occupied or the anticipation would have driven us insane.

Everson Walls and several members of the Springs family were there when we first arrived. Everson came by the table looking for some muscle to carry some boxes in. I asked JD if he would like to help Everson and he nearly tripped over himself. I didn’t see him again until 6 rolled around because he was helping do all the guy stuff and making friends with everyone. It paid off for him later!

The first person we checked in was Tony Dorsett. He has several companies and sponsored two lanes. All of his offspring and his beautiful wife were with him. Tony looks like a million bucks and his eldest son Anthony looks like a movie star. A couple of guys came in after that and I had to ask them who they were unfortunately. Then they came in droves. It was overwhelming. Three guys sauntered up to the table together arms around each other and all I could think of is that I wished my mom was there to see these three. It was Roger Staubach, Billy Joe Dupree and Tony Hill. My night could have been complete then. They kept coming in so fast, so many stars (Mel Renfro, Drew Pearson, Robert Newhouse, Michael Downs, Doug Donley, Too Tall Jones, Timmy Newsome, Russell Maryland, and more) that I didn’t really absorb what had just passed before me until later.

Once everyone had been checked in, we were able to mingle. It was really an awesome sight to see. All these pro athletes retired, and current players, gathering to honor Ron Springs and help raise money for those needing a transplant. But for me as a fan, I loved watching the reunion between them all. I loved seeing the young players like Tyson Thompson and Jason Hatcher paying respect to the retired guys. What a privilege this was to be such a huge Cowboys fan and see all these generations of Cowboys in the same place together, just being regular people and bowling, and visiting with each other and entertaining the fans that had paid to be there. This was a corporate thing. If a company made a sizeable donation, they were able to come and play with a celebrity.

Every person I asked to take a picture with JD was very kind about it. Tyson Thompson and Shawn Springs even stopped to talk to him a minute. They had all seen the kid working at the event and were thanking him for his help. Everson Walls was calling him by his first name and acknowledging him every time he saw him. What a class act Everson Walls is.

(My son with Everson Walls and Shawn Springs)

 

This was a wonderful event. I was so proud to be a Cowboy fan last night. I never asked for an autograph or picture for myself. I really didn’t even think about it because my son was having the time of his life. Just as I had realized we didn’t get any autographs and that we needed to head home, my son appeared with a football autographed by every Cowboy player that was there. These were for the corporate sponsors that had paid to be there. I am not going to rat anyone out for sneaking this football to him but let me tell you that it was the end to an evening most kids may never even dream of. My son the jock who thinks he is too cool to be excited was squealing. It was a night neither of us will soon forget. The Dallas Cowboys are a first class organization with a long list of first class players that treated us with such kindness last night. I wish all of you could have been there with us. We’re still on cloud nine 24 hours later.

p.s.       I copied the list of people I checked in and here are a few more that I didn’t mention previously: JOSH HOWARD, KEVIN BURNETT, ERIC STRICKLAND, CORTNEY BROWN, MIKE JEFFERSON, JAKE REED, BIG TUCK, ISIAH ROBERTSON.

The Media Distraction Factor: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I am tired you guys. Tired of all the naysayers saying Dallas is going to lose. Tired of all the Romo bashing. Tired of all the Jessica Simpson backlash. Tired of all the skeptics. Just plain tired and I gotta vent. Vent because, never in my 31 years on earth have I seen a team so disrespected. Never have I seen a team be so low-balled as my and your Dallas Cowboys.

This team is 13-3 yet the media portrays them as a 7-9 team who had divine intervention in making it to the playoffs. We have a quarterback who broke almost every team record this year. Romo surpassed Hall Of Fame quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman and even Danny White in the you name it stats. Yet, Romo will choke under this barrage of pressure on Sunday come game time as stated by hundreds in the media frenzy.

No R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

We have two of the games premiere players in Terrell Owens and Jason Witten, who were selected All-Pro’s this week, yet we get no R-E-S-P-E-C-T. We have one of the games premiere defensive players in Demarcus Ware, an All-Pro at that as well, yet we get no R-E-S-P-E-C-T. I could go on and on guys about how good or great a team we are but it isnt gonna matter. Not matter to anyone outside the Cowboys fan Brotherhood and Sisterhood(for all the lovely ladies out there).

I know what this team is capable of. I know what this team can do when it clicks on all cylinders. I know for a god-given fact that this team can and will steamroll through the playoffs and to Superbowl 42 in Arizona and make you and I proud. There is too much tradition and history in this team.This team is the epitome of Sports Franchises globally. People on all corners of the world know who the Dallas Cowboys are. They are America’s Team. They have a Stadium with a hole in the roof so god can watch his Cowboys play.

Now grant it, I know that the Dallas Cowboys of the 70’s and 90’s and the success that came during those eras have been missing here lately, but I know it’s coming. It’s coming in a huge way and I hope America is ready for it. I honestly believe that Jerry Jones has this team primed to dominate the NFC for the next 5-10 years. We are not a elite team by any standards, I am not naive, but we are a good if not great team at the moment. Can this team turn it up a level?

Well according to one of the All-Pro players on this team, who shall remain nameless at this time, they know of all the doubters and disrespect that has been given to them this week.

"We have 12 Pro Bowlers, 5 All-Pro’s, should of been 6 with Tony, and an NFC best 13-3 record. I have never been on a team that has been this disrespected and we are gonna show the world come Sunday, believe it!"

Thats the exact quote I got from this Cowboys All-Pro. Thats why I decided to write this letter here on StarStruck. So if your going to the game on Sunday, wear white and scream to lungs out. Lose your voice and bring the house down on the G-Men because now it’s US against the world.

Contributed by Fredooch

 

Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium

 

 

 

On Tuesday morning the 32 football owners awarded North Texas the Super Bowl bid for 2011. The game will be played in the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington that is still under construction.

North Texas beat out bids by Indianapolis and Arizona. Former Cowboys quarterback, Roger Staubach led the bid committee.

"This is a thrill of a lifetime," Staubach said. "We’re thrilled to bring the Super Bowl to North Texas and this magnificent stadium. There’s a lot of work to be done. But it will really get cooking here in the near future. We’re going to work real hard to live up to the responsibilities that go along with this bid."

Congratulations North Texas! Lets just pray that the Cowboys are the ones playing in their home stadium for Super Bowl XLV!

A “Big D” Super Bowl

 

 

The next NFL owner’s meeting will be on May 23rd in Nashville, Tennessee. The NFL expects to vote on the site of Super Bowl XLV in 2011. Candidates for the host city include North Texas, Indianapolis and Phoenix. The Cowboys’ new stadium is currently under construction but is expected to be completed in 2009. That will give team officials two years to prepare for America’s biggest game. The City of Dallas has passed two resolutions to support the bid, despite the new stadium’s location in neighboring city Arlington.

The team’s hopes are in good hands with former Cowboy Roger Staubach leading the charge. Roger, is part of the committee responsible for convincing the NFL to consider Arlington for football’s biggest game.

The Cowboys have never hosted a Super Bowl, however I really like our chances this time around. Especially when we are the only team offering a brand new, luxurious, ultra-modern sports arena, the likes as has never been seen before, as the venue. The dimensions are astronomical measuring 2.3 million square feet with the seating capacity of up to 100,000 people. The stadium is so huge, that it could even house the Statue of Liberty.

I really think this bid is a shoe-in. After all, the Cowboys are five time Super Bowl Champions. There is no greater passion for the game of football than right here in the state of Texas. Texans eat, sleep, breath football. If you’ve ever been to a Texas high school football game you know exactly what I’m talking about. Its more than a game, its a way of life. Start saving your money now because come 2011, America’s Team will be hosting America’s Game!

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