As of January 2017, there are 12 Dallas Cowboys sitting happily in the Hall of Fame. Pop Quiz: Can you name them all?
Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Mel Renfro, Troy Aikman, Rayfield Wright, Michael Irvin, Bob Hayes, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, and Larry Allen!
Bob Lilly, AKA Mr. Cowboy, was the first ever player drafted to the Dallas Cowboys. He showed his loyalty by sticking with the Cowboys for the span of his entire career, starting in 1961 and going all the way to 1974. He began as a defensive tackle, but eventually moved to defensive end.
Bob Lilly does not lack stats! He made the pro bowl for 10 years straight, from 1964 to 1974. He was key player of the “Doomsday Defense” and star of one of the most iconic defensive plays of all time. We’re talking about his 29-yard sack of Dolphin quarterback Bob Griese, which by the way is an NFL Record. He was officially inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1980, becoming the first Dallas Cowboys player to do so!
Quarterback Roger Staubach played in the NFL from 1969 to 1979. He was a loyal Cowboy and stuck with the team throughout his entire career. What’s interesting about Staubach is that he was originally drafted in 1964, but couldn’t begin playing until he completed his military contract in 1969.
Staubach dug the cowboys out of 4th quarter deficits a total of 23 times. They didn’t call him “Captain Comeback” for nothing! He boasts seven division titles with the Cowboys, and two Superbowl victories. He was officially inducted in the hall of fame in 1985.
Running Back Tony Dorsett played in the NFL from 1977 to 1987. He was a Cowboy for 10 of those years, from 1977 to 1987.
During Dorsett’s first year in the league, he rushed a record-breaking 1,007 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Unsurprisingly, he was recognized as Rookie of The Year. In 1983, Dorsett broke a 99-yard touchdown run against the Vikings, breaking an NFL rushing record. He has a total of 4 Pro Bowl honors, a Super Bowl Win and a Cowboys Ring of Honor under his belt. Dorsett was inducted into both the College Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
Defensive Tackle Randy White played for the Cowboys the entire span of his career, from 1975 to 1988. He was better known as “The Manster,” for being half-monster and striking fear into his opponent’s heart. White boasts 9 pro bowl honors, a Super bowl championship, NFL defensive-player of the year, and a Super Bowl co-MVP honor. During his 14 seasons, he played 209 games. In fact, he only missed one game during that span. He was inducted into the College Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
Cornerback Mel Renfro was a Dallas cowboys for the entire span of his career, from 1964 to 1977. He was originally a running back and a halfback. However, he was moved to cornerback in his fifth season for the Cowboys. His background in track was a huge asset to his game, and made him a huge threat to competitors. He still holds an all-time Cowboys record of 52 total interceptions throughout his 50 year career and a career kickoff return average of 26.4 yards. Renfro boasts 2 Super Bowl championships, a Pro Bowl co-MVP honors, and a Pro Bowl co-MVP honor. He was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996
Considered the No. 1 overall draft pick, Troy Aikman played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1989 to 2000. During his rookie year, he threw a record 379 yard throw against the Arizona Cardinals. During the Cowboys Superbowl XXVIII victory, i Aikam broke a passing completion record. When asked about his recollection of the game, he did not even remember playing due to.
Aikman boasts a Super Bowl MVP honor, 3 Super Bowl Championships, and an NFL Man of the Year award, and a Super Bowl MVP honor, where he threw four touchdown passes in a 52-17 win. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Rayfield Wright was a Dallas Cowboys player from 1967 to 1979. In 1970, he became a starting right tackle for the Cowboys. Wright is remembered as one of the best lineman in Dallas Cowboys history. He was known for his strong performance, has 2 Super bowl championships and is a six-time Pro-Bowler. Wright was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2004 the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Michael Irvin was a wide receiver, playing for the Cowboys from 1988 to 1999. He picked up the nickname “The Playmaker” along the way, because of his inspirational leadership on the team. Irvin has racked up a total of 10,265 yards over an eight-year span, and was a top receiver for 8 consecutive years. He boasts a franchise record of 111 receptions, 3 Super bowl championships, and 5 Pro-Bowls. Irvan was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
Wide Receiver Bob Hayes played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1965 to 1974. He was better known as “Bullet Bob.” Hayes was even called “The World’s Fastest Human” by the Cowboys. Outside of football, Hayes has broken 100m dash olympic records and an 4×100 meter relay record. He boasts a 20 yards per catch average, a Super Bowl championship and 11 cowboys records and 3 Pro bowls. He was inducted in the the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
First-Round draft pick Emmitt was running back for the Dallas cowboys from 1990 to 2002. He is the one of the most decorated Dallas Cowboys to date. His first year, he was award NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. At the time of his retirement, Smith was NFL’s all-time rushing leader (18,355 yards) and had scored more rushing touchdowns (164) than any other player in NFL history. Smith boasts 4 consecutive NFL rushing titles, 3 Super Bowl Championships, 2 NFL MVP awards, and He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
Cornerback Deion Sanders played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1995 to 1999. He is the only man in history to play in both a Super Bowl and World Series, as he played in the NFL and MLB at the same time. Sanders is known for his speed, and was once the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. Sanders boasts 2 Super Bowl Championships, 8 pro-bowls, and an NFL defensive player of the year award. He was officially elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.