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Anyone Have Any Spare Receivers?

Good morning Cowboy fans,
 
The Cowboys got out of Texas Stadium with another pre-season win (and thank goodness the last one) or should I say they limped out? That’s right if you happen to be to busy to attend the game or watch on television because you knew it would be a “roster cut” game then you missed Sam Hurd go out with a sprained ankle. Hurd was expected to be the third receiver when Terry Glenn was cut 30 minutes after camp started. Is this an omen? Does Terry Glenn have some kind of spell over the Dallas receivers? Well this writer has never been superstitious, but I have been known to change my Cowboys jerseys 2 or 3 times during a game if things are not going well! Hurd was the third casualty at the receiver position in the pre-season after losing Miles Austin and Isaiah Stanback in earlier pre-season games. None of the injuries are season ending ones but all will require a few weeks to get back and none of the three will be ready for the Cleveland opener.
 
Seriously we are just experiencing a series of bad luck in the receiver core and it will get better. We were fortunate the last couple of years that we were virtually injury free. I guess it is just our turn, or maybe it is the Terry Glenn hoax. Either way we are left with actually two experienced receivers in Terrell “T.O.” Owens and Patrick Crayton. I guess they will have to be our “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” when the Cowboys ride into the “Dog Pound” this Sunday. The most interesting thing about the receiver injury situation though is that “cut down” day to the magic 53 is Saturday. Who would have ever thought Danny Amendola or Mike Jefferson would now look so valuable to the Cowboys roster?
 
Now the rumors still continue to fly that the Cowboys are talking to Atlanta about veteran Joe Horn and Anquan Boldin still wants out of Arizona. The only problem with those two prospects is that Horn is almost as old as “Crazy Ray” and earlier in the year when Jerry Jones talked to Arizona about Boldin, the price was way to steep. Well Jerry if you still have any ideas about acquiring Boldin now, after the rash of injuries we have had, I would only venture to guess the price just went up!
 
I will close with good news that most of you already know. Adam “Pacman” Jones is now officially a Cowboy after receiving word from the Commissioner’s office he has been reinstated. Now “Pacman” spend your evenings with quality friends and prove to me what I have been preaching to the nay-sayers and the haters ever since I got word you would be wearing the sacred star. You truly are a superstar on and off the field. Good luck Adam, I am rooting for you as all true Cowboy fans are.
 
GO COWBOYS!!

The Ralph Neely Bowl and the Governor’s Cup

Cowboys fans no need to worry or go find the highest building with a very small ledge. A 0-2 start in pre-season, as long as it’s not accompanied by crippling injuries, means absolutely nothing. I think all coach Phillips really wants is to get to the Sept. 7 opener in Cleveland with all hands on deck.

I think the coaching staff has been very encouraged with camp and the pre-season so far. The Cowboys have definitely upgraded their personnel over the one that posted a 13-3 season in 2007 and at this point good health is all that counts.

So this brings us to Friday night when the state’s two NFL teams collide on national TV  at Texas Stadium. As preseason football goes, this will be as good as it gets. I have heard that both teams plan to play their starters into the third quarter. There may even be more than the usual intensity.

After all, the Governor’s Cup is on the line!!

As far as bad blood, however, none really exists between the two teams. The Texans, though they are responsible for the single most embarrassing moment in (what a lot of football purist say) Dallas’ history they will never be a rival to “America’s team”. Still Jerry will not ever forget what happened in 2002 when the Texans became the first NFL team in 41 years to win an expansion season opener at the expense of our beloved Cowboys.

Jerry Jones has never been one to take anything lying down. The Cowboys have since rebounded to become one of the top three or four teams in the NFL and they are playing their final season in Texas Stadium. Next year they move into the spectacular “JerryWorld”, which by most accounts is the be all and end all of modern stadiums. So Reliant stadium get ready to take a back seat again!

Now lastly let me close with some history that most Cowboy fans may or may not know. Back in the mid 1960’s when the Houston Oilers (now Texans) were part of an upstart American Football League. I have to tell you it was all out war between the AFL and the NFL. The two operations held separate drafts and were hot on the heels of college stars like Billy Cannon and Joe Namath.

But it was an offensive lineman from Oklahoma named Ralph Neely who turned the Oilers into longtime Cowboy’s owner Tex Schramm’s mortal enemy. Both Houston and Dallas signed Neely. At that time Oiler’s owner Bud Adams promptly filed suit against the Cowboys.
In a Houston courtroom, Dallas seemingly won the battle and lost the war. Neely was awarded to the Cowboys, but at a steep price. The judge ruled that Houston would get Dallas’ No. 1, No. 2 and its two No. 5 picks in the 1967 common draft between the newly merged NFL and AFL.

As if the draft choices weren’t a bitter enough pill for Schramm and the Cowboys to swallow, the judge decreed that Dallas must play five preseason games against the Oilers, with three of them in Houston. Nevertheless, the Cowboys dutifully came to Houston to play the Oilers at Rice Stadium in 1967 for the first of a series of exhibitions that came to be known as the Ralph Neely Bowl. Neely, by the way, quickly became an All-Pro tackle and started 12 years for Tom Landry.

They have played over 30 more times in pre-season since that 5 year shotgun wedding we had to go through.

The Governor’s Cup still means a lot to some, but will never mean what it meant to Tex Schramm and Bud Adams.

UNLEASH THE BEAST ! ! !

“No Need To Stand And Applaud”

Please, Please…Take your seats! 

Yup, that’s right ladies and gentlemen. I have risen out of the nasty stench left behind from our ‘Boys 2007 season exit.  Sorry for the long absence. It has taken me seven months to digest the playoff loss and pass it like some bad fish at a cheap sushi bar!  

 I’m feeling better now!

I’m ready to get pumped up for this upcoming season!!

So I take back what I said!…Everyone get back up outta those seats, pump your fists, raise the roof, and get ready for another Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Run!  Time to ‘Unleash The Beast’!  They’re not gonna know what hit ‘em!

Training Camp 2008 

Training Camp is just three days away. Players are preparing to leave, reporters are setting up shop, and Oxnard, CA. is on “High Alert” because of a Dallas Cowboys invasion. I’m so happy for the fans in that area to get another chance to witness history. San Antonio was supposed to have us locked up for a few years, but certain circumstance kept that from happening.

So glad for you all!

You have been blessed with not only the opportunity to see the greatest team in the NFL preparing for the upcoming season, but the opportunity to witness history in the making.

The Cowboys are preparing to enter their final season at Texas Stadium and there’s a strong desire to enter this season with Super Bowl hopes. For a lot of people out there its Super Bowl or Bust. 

 Not mad at ya a bit!

What better way to enter a new home then to have the proper pillar in the foundation. That proper pillar is the soon to be sixth Lombardi trophy. With the talent that we have locked up, there’s no other reason not to think this team will go all the way.

The Cowboys have made some moves, and locked up key guys that can dominate this league for many years to come. The pursuit of perfection and urgency is held so high in the air, it is bound to smack fear into all opposing teams that stand in our way. This is our year… our time.

I’ll be watching Hard Knocks.  I’ll be watching for you Oxnard fans to represent with class and embrace the moment.  We Are America’s Team! 

Hold up some “HI CHUCK” posters for me!  Ha Ha 

What Are Some Of Your Expectations For Training Camp?

I would like to ask you all to let me know what you would like to see addressed in training camp. Me personally, I would like to see special teams addressed the most. 

If Adam Jones gets reinstated, I’m eager to see the return game improve. Having a good return can take the edge off of a two or three score lead early in the 4th quarter with us trailing. I would like to see a long touchdown return and make it easier for the offense to come back in that situation. (hence the Patsies game last year.)  I’m sure we will have those games. We always do! 

Also…

 Rest The Vets!

Get the younger guys primed and ready. There’s no reason to push these 6 + year guys to the breaking point. One-a-days are enough for these guys (unless willing), but the main focus needs to be keeping these guys healthy. 

It’s a long season, and with the Terry Glenn saga still continuing, backup QB doubts, and a young receiving corps (Minus T.O.), we are only one injury away from worry.  

I have faith in the coaching staff and the organization to make the right decisions to get this team ready to get started on the right foot. 

I wanna hear from you guys… LOUD AND PROUD!!!!

GO COWBOYS!! 

The Sunday Spot by Fredooch

Hey guys, whats up? Well a few things on today’s agenda. First off, by the end of the day today, the 2007 season officially will be over and all things associated with it. Once the clock strikes 0:00 in Honolulu, we can start looking forward to free agency and 2008, which starts at the end of the month. So let’s do that, who’s going and who’s coming to Big D?

I have stated and will reiterate that Jerry Jones will go all out this off-season in free agency to make the Cowboys practically indestructable in 2008 for 3 main reasons.

  • Last year at Texas Stadium. With so much history and tradition associated with Texas Stadium and all the great Dallas Cowboys teams that have come and gone, Jerry Jones would love nothing more but to leave Texas Stadium as Super Bowl Champs. Opening up at the new 90,000 plus stadium in Arlington as Super Bowl Champs would give it the nostalga and carry on the tradition of Cowboys football. Now, anyone want to tell me that Jerry Jones isn’t thinking this way? 
  • Wade Phillips is on the HOT SEAT. With all these new coaches coming to Big D, you can’t help but think that Jerry Jones is assembling these former NFL coaches to come in to Big D with the WIN NOW mentality. For any of you that think Wade Phillips has absolutely anything to do with this process, well you all just need to come back from fantasyland. If the Boys don’t win Super Bowl 43, Wade Phillips will be looking for another job in 2009 and in steps Jason Garrett.
  • The loss to the Giants in the divisional round has been made even harder due to the fact that the Giants won the Super Bowl. As I stated before, Jerry Jones took the loss to the Giants pretty DAMN HARD. Jerry was even giving away tickets to the NFC Championship game in Dallas to players before the Giants game. Now knowing that, do you think Jerry isn’t waking up in the middle of night in a cold sweat nowadays dreaming of a Super Bowl lost? I would be SHOCKED if Jerry doesnt make some wheeling and dealing to land Samuel or Trufant if he isn’t franchised.

Those are the three main reasons I believe Jerry Jones will have Dallas primed to be Super Bowl favriotes come July. Way too much is on the line for Jerry and he knows it. Several media outlets have started reporting this same kind of reaction coming from Jerry, so it isn’t only myself that sees this coming. If they are available, expect either Trufant or Samuels to be wearing silver and blue next season. I am going out on a limb here and am going to guarantee that. Only if they are available though.

Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin has been trying to persuade both Samuels and Trufant to come to Dallas by sending them lavishing gifts in Hawaii while they are there for the Pro Bowl. Isn’t that Jerry’s job? It wouldn’t shock or surprise me as well if Dallas doesn’t trade away it’s draft picks for already established players. I think that if Arizona comes to Dallas or vice-versa and inquiries are made about Larry Fitzgerald, I think both Arizona and Dallas can work some kind of trade only if Fitzgerald agrees to a re-worked contract extension to make this trade possible. Keep your eye on that. Arizona has a huige financial burden with Fitzgerald and Im sure they are shopping him.

Here are some other names that might land in Big D via free agency or trade on draft day. Denver WR Javon Walker, I think we can get him for a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Chicago WR Benard Berriman in free agency. Patriots WR Randy Moss in free agency. Now don’t be shocked but if New England doesnt franchise the guy, don’t be surprised if in March he comes to Dallas on a visit with Jerry Jones. And San Diego CB Drayton Florence in free agency.  

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Now, I have been toying with the fact that I want to get into the Graphics Design industry and have novicely started out trying to learn both Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw on my own. I plan on going to school in the fall here at the local technical institute to learn the trade but I have been recieving pointers from both Kelly and Tiffany here at StarStruck. Thanks guys, love ya! I have had Photoshop for maybe a month or so now and Corel Draw for two months now. Both these programs cost me about the value of a good car down payment but I think in the end it will be worth it. I have also changed my myspace page to all things Dallas Cowboys and have created an alter-ego for it called ‘Cowboys Alliance’.

For those of you who are on my Myspace friends list you have maybe started recieving my bulletins of Cowboys graphics I have made. Although they are not even remotely anywhere near the quality of LoneStarStruck or StarGazzing Graphics, I think they arent that bad considering I am only a month or so into this thing. If you have any Cowboys graphic requests please send them to me at my Myspace page and I will get right on them. Any of you who want to be on my Myspace friend’s list here is my link: Fredooch. There are also a few graphics here that I made, hope you enjoy them and you can find more on my Myspace page.

So thats all for now kiddies. See you next time! Same Cowboys Place! Same Cowboys Time! Same Cowboys Channel!

 

 

 

Giants and Cowboys Have an Appointment With Destiny

The New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today in the NFC wildcard game, advancing the Giants to the next round. The G-men will travel to Texas Stadium to face the #1 seed Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. The game will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. central standard time.

The Cowboys and Giants have met twice this year, both times resulting in Cowboys’ wins. The two teams started off their seasons with a rivalry match-up on the first NFL Sunday Night game of 2007. The Cowboys came away with a huge victory, 45-35. The 90 points scored were the most in a Giants-Cowboys match-up in history. In addition, Dallas scored the most points in a season opener since 1971, a year in which the Cowboys won their first Super Bowl Championship.

The second game played by the two teams the Cowboys also came away with the "W" with a score of 31-20. Dallas scored a touchdown in every quarter plus a field goal in the 2nd quarter. The Giants had the ball nearly 10 minutes longer than the Cowboys but just couldn’t seem to click.

On December 17th the Giants suffered a huge loss when Jeremy Shockey was placed on injured reserve ending his season. They also have 9 other players out for the year plus 10 more on the injury report this past week. They will need to really focus and bring their top game if they plan to match up against the Dallas Cowboys.

On the other hand, the Cowboys need to come into this game level-headed and full-hearted. Other than determining home field advantage and bracket spots, the playoffs give every team a clean slate. Tony Romo needs to play like he did early in the season and prove to the nation that he is among the big game quarterbacks.

If the ‘Boys do everything right and play like they did all season, with exception of the last 3 games, they’ve got it in the bag. The Dallas Cowboys have the opportunity to go all the way, it just depends on how bad they want it as a team. I have a great feeling they want it so bad they can taste it! Go Cowboys!

 

Home Sweet Home

What a nice Christmas present, huh Cowboys fans! With Green Bay’s loss to Chicago today, the Cowboys have clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. No matter the outcome of week 16’s games, the Cowboys will have the comfort knowing they will be home because they defeated the Packers back in November.

Dallas has not been the No. 1 Seed in the NFC since 1995, which is also the last time they won a Super Bowl. Coincidence? Only time will tell!

Following the last game of the regular season next week, the Cowboys won’t play again until January 12-13 for the NFC Divisional round. This will give some of our recently banged up players a chance to rest up and get ready.

"This weekend’s results give me a great feeling of pride in the job that has been done by our players and our coaching staff," Jerry Jones said in a statement. "I am particularly pleased for the Dallas Cowboys fans who have given us so much support. They are truly deserving of being able to share in the experience of bringing NFL playoff football back to Texas Stadium. We know that our home crowd will make a positive difference in the outcome of our games in January."  

Way to go Cowboys!

 

What’s wrong with Roy “The Hitman” Williams? I know! I know!

I vividly remember the day, Saturday April 20, 2002. The day Roy Williams became a Dallas Cowboy. Now, myself not really being a big college fan at the time, I had heard through NFL Draft Analysts how Dallas was targeting either Roy Williams that day or Ed Reed. Most analysts stated that Roy Williams was the bigger and better suited safety, noting nothing about his coverage skills at that point. I even remember one analyst stating that Roy Williams was a shoe in Hall of Famer whether Dallas got him or not. He has Ronnie Lott’s box presence and ferrosciousness and could cover out of the slot, so said one NFL scout. So then came Dallas pick #6 in which Dallas traded down 2 places with Kansas City and then selected DB Oklahoma Roy Williams with the 8th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. I was elated and ecstatic! We already had Woody back there and adding Roy Williams? Damn, I immediately had visions of having the best 2 safety tandem in the NFL by far.

Fast forward to 2005. Roy Williams has been everything I expected. A big stout safety who is considered a spark plug on a good defense. Roy excelled his first 4 years in the league. Even starting for the # 1 defense in the league in 2003 and making his first pro bowl. He had at least one bone crunching hit in every game and led the league in interceptions as a rookie in 2002. You can safely say and argue the fact that from 2002-2005, Roy was the Cowboy’s best and most marketable player. His #31 jersey sold like hotcake’s and could be easily seen in Texas Stadium every Sunday afternoon. I myself was even guilty of this feat. I saved up $300.00 in 2003 to get my authentic Roy Williams throwback from the Cowboys pro-shop. It was my most prized possession for quite awhile.

The decline. I really didn’t want to believe that Roy’s skills were suspect. The big warning came in 2004 when Woody went down a had to retire. Roy was exposed! He couldn’t cover the deep receiver. Although Roy had great 2004 and 2005 campaigns, Roy gave opposing defenses an attack plan. Even though Roy was exposed, he was still that bone crunching hitter. He still instilled fear in opposing wide receivers that came over the middle. That just hasn’t been the case lately.

Fast forward to this season. Up until this year, I had been the biggest Roy Williams supporter. This season he has not only been suspect in coverage but he has suffered when playing in the box against the run. The last two weeks I have seen Roy take two bad angles on huge TD runs by the Packers and Lions. I even remember seeing Roy stiffed arm badly by an opposing RB earlier in the year. I don’t want to think that his skills as a football player are on the decline because he is only 27 years old and at times this season he has looked like he is 37 back there. So what’s wrong with Roy Williams you say? I have the answer or answers………..read on.

Answer # 1. Confidence. Most people who have ever played the game of American football will tell you that confidence in one’s own abilities is a big factor on how the athlete plays. Lately I believe that Roy has began to question his own abilities. His ability to not only cover but to hit as well. I believe he has began to hear and believe all the naysayers and boo-birds in the media and at games and it has begun to cast doubt. Once that doubt sets in, the player becomes vulnerable and susceptible to mistakes and that’s exactly what’s been happening lately to Roy.

Answer # 2. Fame and money. The say that Fame and Money changes a person for the worse. Roy just signed a 4 year extension in 2006 making him the highest paid safety in the league. Players become totally entrenched in things on the outside and forget the things that made them rich and famous in the first  place like playing football. I believe this answer is common for many athletes in the NFL today. I honestly believe that more than half of all NFL players are in it more for the money than for the love of the game. They start to forget how hard and grueling the road to the NFL was. It’s not an easy task people. Roy is a humanitarian. He spends alot of time helping charities and foundations he has set-up. Hey you all have seen those United Way commercials. I believe this answer does not apply to Roy for that fact, but hey I could always be wrong.

Answer # 3. He just doesn’t want to be a Cowboy. I know this is a little far fetched and out there but anything’s possible. The only reason I bring this answer up is because I have tried to keep an eye on Roy this year seeing what he does on every play. There are times in the game when the defense comes up with a big play and Roy has no reaction. Like he doesn’t care. I have seen this reaction a few times. Roy, at least to my knowledge, has always been an emotional player. Every time he made a big hit or big play in the past, he has always shown alot of emotion. Same when someone else on defense had a big play. You would always see Roy be one of the first players to show some congrats. Haven’t seen that lately as well.

So there you have it. Some of you might agree with what I have to say and some of you may not. I honestly believe that if Roy was playing the way we are used to seeing Roy Williams play in previous years, this defense would be special. I have always been a great Roy Williams supporter but lately, like this whole season, its been hard to defend the guy. I would love nothing more than to have Roy turn around and start hitting some people like he used to. During the Green Bay game a few weeks ago I saw a flash of the old Roy when he came up on a running play and decleated Ryan Grant at the line after he was stood up by Canty. That was the old Roy I came to love watch play. The only time this season I saw Roy knock someone silly. Anyone out there know where that Roy is?          

Contributed by Fred the Fredooch

 

Even Troy Agrees That Romo Is Among The Elite

The Cowboys will be in D-Town to face the Lions on their home turf, Ford Field. Last year the Cowboys almost beat the Lions on December 31, 2006, but the Lions won 39-31 at Texas Stadium. This was the last game of the season, and after once being 8-4 and riding a four-game winning streak, the Cowboys limped to the regular-season finish line, winning one of the last four games and finishing with a 9-7 record for the second straight year. But unlike last season, at least the Cowboys aren’t completely finished….

They’ve had an awesome season thus far with the help of Wade Phillips. The chemistry has been phenomenal and just like last year the Cowboys are heading into the playoffs once again. Only this time they have finally gained the respect they deserve. They’ve proven to everyone that they are and will always be America’s team!

With an incredible record of 11-1 this season, and the only loss they had was to the spy cheating Patriots. Nothing would satisfy me more than watching my Boys take on the Patriots one more time for a head to head match up. Oh, wouldn’t that be sweet!

Have you heard what Troy Aikman recently said about Tony Romo?

When it comes to analyzing great quarterbacks, there aren’t many who do it better than Troy Aikman. After all, he was one for more than a decade. So when Aikman is ready to put another quarterback into the category of "great," it carries more weight than the average guy. And on the subject of Tony Romo, Aikman has simply seen enough.

The Cowboys Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor legend was at Valley Ranch on Thursday and will call Sunday’s game between the Cowboys and Lions (noon, CST) for Fox. Aikman spoke on several NFL topics, but the conversation kept going back to Romo.

Not only is Aikman ready to place the greatness tag on Romo, but he doesn’t understand why Romo’s name isn’t mentioned more with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Here is what he said…

"Over the last several weeks, there’s always the debate – who do you take, Brady or Manning?" Aikman said. "Somewhere in there is Tony Romo… why is anyone reluctant to put Romo up there with those guys?"

"He’s playing at as good a level as anyone in the league. Granted, you have to do it over a period of time. I get that part. But he’s a terrific player."

Romo is having an even better season. In fact, he’s on pace to have the best season in Cowboys history, as far as statistics. One might argue that a season should only be judged on the outcome at the end, but even Aikman said it’s hard to argue with what Romo is doing this season. He has already shattered Danny White’s single-season touchdown record of 29, by piling up 33 touchdowns with four games still left to play.

Most important, Aikman said he doesn’t expect the Cowboys to lose another game in the regular season, which would give them an unprecedented 15-1 record. The Cowboys have never finished better than their 13-3 record in 1992, Aikman’s first of three Super Bowl seasons in a four-year span.

All the signs point to Tony Romo having the best season of any Cowboys quarterback, and Troy Aikman certainly agrees.

I will be at the game on Sunday and I am counting on all of you my friends to cheer our Cowboys on and make some noise…and ya better get ya popcorn ready!!

Go Cowboys!!!

Submitted by Mayra Amaro

 

Remember the Alamodome

The final Training Camp workout at the Alamodome is scheduled for tomorrow at 11 a.m. Afterwards, the team will head back home to get ready for Thursday’s Preseason game against the Colts. The game will be nationally televised on FOX beginning at 7 p.m. Central. Broadcasters will be Troy Aikman and Joe Buck along with Pam Oliver on the sidelines.

There is concern about the heat. The temperature is expected to be in the mid to upper 90s and in Texas Stadium it could be over 100 degrees. There are 85 players available so I wouldn’t expect to see any particular player on the field for too long. The trainers plan to keep the guys hydrated and have talked to them about heat exhaustion and the effects of dehydration.

Overall Training Camp went really well. Alot of fans came out and enjoyed seeing the Cowboys in action. There were also several visits from past Cowboys such as Deion Sanders, Troy Aikman and Lee Roy Jordan. Other than a few injuries, the worst being Terry Glenn’s knee, everyone had nice productive workouts. It will be good for the ‘Boys to go up against an opponent wearing another jersey for a change!

Have a safe trip home ‘Boys and we’ll see ya on the big screen on Thursday night!

 

Legends of the Star – Daryl Johnston

 

Daryl Johnston gained national attention while playing for Syracuse University. He rushed for 1,830 yards and caught 46 passes during his collegiate career and once gained 138 yards rushing, the most by a Syracuse running back since Larry Csonka rushed for 154 yards in 1967. He was an All-American and All-East pick in 1988.

Johnston was drafted by the Cowboys in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft.

On the day he arrived for his first mini camp, he was nicknamed "Moose" by former teammate Babe Laufenberg. Babe remarked, who’s that big ol’ moose over there during his first team meeting and the name stuck.

Johnston started out as a reserve, but became a full-time starter in 1991 and was a key member of the Cowboys’ three Super Bowl winning teams in 1993, 1994 and 1996. He played 12 seasons for the Cowboys before retiring in 2000. He was a fierce ball carrier but was best known for being the lead blocker for all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith.

He was also a true iron man, having never missed a game in his NFL career, playing in 143 straight games. Every time Johnston touched the ball, "Moose" chants can be heard resonating at Texas Stadium.

He finished his career catching 294 passes for 2,227 yards and 14 touchdowns, as well as 232 rushes for 753 yards and eight touchdowns. He had a career-high, 50 receptions in 1993.
 

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. 

Legends of the Star – Don Perkins

Don Perkins attended the University of New Mexico and played running back and kick returner. He won many awards during his college career and in 1958 he led the nation in kickoff returns.
 
Although being initially drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 1960 NFL Draft, he was awarded to the Dallas Cowboys who had signed him to a contract before the draft. The Colts were awarded a compensation pick instead.
 
Don immediately became the Cowboys starting running back and their first legitimate star. Along with his quarterback Don Meredith, they became the face of the Dallas Cowboys. He became the first Dallas Cowboy to rush for 100 yards in a game when he racked up 108 yards against the Minnesota Vikings on September 24th. Don was named the NFL rookie of the Year in 1961 with 815 yards rushing. He made his first Pro Bowl the following season after another big season in which he rushed for 945 yards. During his 8 seasons with the Cowboys, Don was named to the Pro Bowl 6 times and was the Cowboys career leading rusher with over 6,000 yards when he retired.
 
When all was said and done, he rushed for 6,217 yards on 1500 carries and 42 touchdowns. He also caught 146 passes for 1,310 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is currently third all time in career rushing yards for the Cowboys, behind Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett.
 
In 1976, he was inducted into the Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium.
 
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. 

Legends of the Star – Chuck Howley

  

Chuck Howley was originally drafted out of West Virginia University by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1958, but after a seaon ending injury in 1959 he was forced to announce his retirement. However, in 1961 Chuck Howley decided to make a comeback, and the Dallas Cowboys traded draft picks to the Chicago Bears for his rights, and thus began his remarkable career as one fo the best defensive players in team history.

Chuck Howley had a punishing style of play and was known for his ability to impact a game with his deceptive speed and blistering tackles. He was one of the best outside linebackers in the league and certainly one of the best ever to play for the Dallas Cowboys.

He played 14 seasons for the Cowboys tying him for the second longest tenure in franchise history, and was selected to six Pro Bowls during that span. Howley helped lead the team to five Eastern Conference Titles, two NFL Championship games and two Super Bowls. He holds the distinction of being the first defensive player ever to win a Super Bowl MVP, as well as being the first player from a losing team ever to named MVP in Super Bowl V.

 In 1976, Chuck Howley was the fourth player to be inducted into the Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium.
 

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.