Cowboys Ring of Honor Selections from the Experts (Toombs, Flores, Grimaldi)

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When Dallas Cowboys Owner and GM Jerry Jones inducted Drew Pearson, Larry Allen, and Charley Haley in to the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, it created questions about whether Charley Haley deserved to be in The Ring. While there were a variety of objections to Haley’s induction, the most common cause of displeasure was that so many other Cowboys players seemed more deserving. That controversy led some of us to start thinking about who should be the next to get inducted in to the Ring. As a result, we created a Top 10 Candidates for the Ring of Honor.

As many of you know, YDCFF recently completed our series on the Top 10 Candidates for the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.

You can read about the methodology our panel used to create the list and the Honorable Mentions for players (Calvin Hill, Nate Newton, and George Andrie)who almost made the list here. You can read the profile of all finalists in the Top 10 (Cornell Green, Charlie Waters, Everson Walls, Bill Bates, Harvey Martin, Ed Jones, Darren Woodson, Jay Novacek, Daryl Johnston, and Erik Williams) here.

bates2Given that Jerry Jones has inducted three players in the Ring the last two times he inducted anyone, we decided to select the three players who most deserve to be inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.

Before we get to the selections of the YDCFF staff, we are fortunate enough to be able to share the selections of several Dallas Cowboys experts with our readers. YDCFF would like to give our sincerest thanks to Todd Toombs, Jesus Flores, and Ben Grimaldi for taking the time to share their thoughts with our readers. Please follow them on Twitter and check out their recent Dallas Cowboys work at their respective websites (links below).

You can read the selections from the experts (Bryan Broaddus and Nick Eatman, an KD Drummond) here;

you can read the selections from’s founder, CowgirlCas, here.

you can read the selections of Tom Ryle (, and Jeric Griffin ( here;

and you can read Kevin Sivells selections here.

If you would like to share your selections with the YDCFF community, please send a draft to

Todd Toombs (The Landry Hat):

waters1. Charlie Waters

If you are going to put Cliff Harris in the ROH, then you have to include Charlie Waters.  Those two combined to be one of the premier safety duos in their day.  Waters played 12 seasons with the Cowboys and appeared in 5 Super Bowls – V, VI, X, XII, and XIII.  He is one of three players to ever record 9 playoff interceptions – still an NFL record today.  He finished his career with 41 interceptions, third best in franchise history.  Cliff Harris – a deserving ROH inductee – only had 29 interceptions in his career.  Waters should be a shoo-in!

2. Harvey Martin

Although DeMarcus Ware is doing his best to eclipse him, Martin is easily considered the best defensive end to ever play for the Cowboys.  A member of the famed “Doomsday Defense”, Harvey Martin was the co-MVP of Super XII and was voted to the Pro Bowl four times in his 10-year career with the Cowboys.  He still holds the record for sacks in a season with 23 in 1977 and for a career with 114 sacks.  Having never played a home game outside of Texas at any level (HS, College, or NFL), he deserves now to be in the Cowboy’s Ring of Honor.

woodson33. Darren Woodson

The last truly great Cowboys safety, Woodson was drafted out of Arizona State University in 1992 and quickly became a contributor on both defense and on special teams.  He was a unique talent that could deliver a blow, could more than hold his own in run support and still had the speed to cover slot receivers and tight ends (in a “pre Gronkowski and Graham era).  Woodson made the Pro Bowl 5 times, was a major part of the Cowboys Super Bowl teams in the ‘90s when they won 3 of 4 consecutive championships, and still holds the franchise’s all-time record for tackles with 1,350.

I know these are all defensive players (7 of the 10 nominees were on defense) but I truly believe of the list, these are the most deserving.  That takes nothing away from the others as a case could be made for every single one of them to be included.  But, as big as it is, there is only so much room in the Ring of Honor and some players will get in and some players won’t.  Not to mention we still need to leave room for players that are still playing.  You can’t tell me that Jason Witten, for example, won’t one day deservedly see his name in the Ring.

You can follow Todd Toombs on Twitter here and read his recent articles at The Landry Hat here.

Ben Grimaldi (Rant Sports):

jay1. Jay Novacek

The original “BFF” tight end in Dallas, and it should have been called the Big Four because Novacek was as big a part of the Cowboys offense as Aikman, Smith & Irvin were. Aikman’s security blanket, 5 All-Pro seasons (all in Dallas), and a 3-time Super Bowl winner with the Cowboys.

2. Erik Williams

One of the more underrated Cowboys’ players during their run in the early 90’s. He dominated with his power, aggressive nature & nasty disposition. Team wasnt the same without him after his car accident in ’94 and he never returned to be as dominant but still a great player in Cowboys history.edjones

3. Ed “Too Tall” Jones

His stats didnt say he dominated but he was a great player on the Cowboys for 15 seasons. Then again, he played 8 years before sacks became an official stat. A 3-time All-Pro in the early 80’s and a Super Bowl winner. His size allowed him to knock down plenty of passes and blocked the QB’s line of sight enough to help the Cowboys secondary pick off more than a few passes. One of the great forgotten players in Cowboys history.

You can follow Tom Ryle on Twitter here and read his recent articles at Rant Sports here.

Jesus Flores (Rant Sports):

jay21. Jay Novacek

He was one of the guys who helped transform the TE position into what it is now. His five Pro Bowl selections and three Super Bowl rings in eight years as a Cowboy should be enough reason to get him consideration.

2. Harvey Martin

He was the definition of the “Doomsday Defense.” Martin led the Cowboys in sacks 7 years in a row, made four Pro Bowls and was co-MVP of SB XII. How is he not in the ROH already?moose5

3. Daryl Johnston

This man changed the perception of the FB position. There’s no denying that he was a crucial piece to those ’90s Cowboys teams; Emmitt said it himself at his induction to the HOF.

You can read Jesus Flores’ recent articles at Rant Sports here and follow him on Twitter here.

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  • cjwright

    A running tally of votes from the experts:

    Harvey Martin: 8 votes (Broaddus, Eatman, KD, Cas, Ryle, Griffin,
    Toombs, Flores)

    Darren Woodson: 5 votes (Broaddus, Eatman, KD, Ryle, Griffin,
    Woodson, Toombs)

    Jay Novacek: 3 votes (Sivells, Flores, Grimaldi)

    Erik Williams: 3 votes (Cas, Griffin, Grimaldi)

    Cornell Green: 2 votes (KD, Sivells)

    Everson Walls: 2 votes (Eatman, Sivells)
    Charlie Waters: 2 votes (Cas, Toombs)

    Daryl Johnston: 2 votes (Ryle, Flores) 
    Bill Bates: 1 vote (Broaddus)

    Ed Jones: 1 vote (Grimaldi)

    • boysdeporvida

      cjwright my vote is for 1)Harvey (Martinized) Martin, 2. Charlie Waters, and 3. Jimmy Johnson ( How Bout them Cowboys)

      • cjwright

        boysdeporvida I think I already explained the Jimmy Johnson deal.

        • cjwright

          boysdeporvida fair enough. In the circumstances,I think the methodology was sound.

        • boysdeporvida

          cjwright boysdeporvida I know but don’t agree with not recognizing a Player or Coach that deserves to be mention just cuz its thought that JJ won’t induct.

  • Balou71

    Great selection guys!!! I see Jesus got both of my #2 choices in his top three! LOL. Makes me feel good!!

    • Balou71 It blows my mind how few of the panelists recognize what an impact  Charlie Waters made.

    • Jesus Flores

      Great minds think alike Balou

  • cjwright

    The interesting thing to me is that Martin is running away with #1 and there was some discussion whether he should even make the Top 10 due to off-field issues. I am glad we included him.

    • cjwright you just can’t deny what Martin meant to that defense. He had his issues, but at the same time he was a genuine teammate. He practically lived at the hospital following Pearsons’ wreck.

  • Jesus Flores

    I don’t think it’s that we don’t recognize that Waters was a crucial piece of the puzzle Cas. Personally, I’d just like to see some of these other guys make it first.

    • Jesus Flores Waters has been waiting over 30 years. I think he deserves to go in before the 90’s players.

      • cjwright

        CowgirlCas22 Jesus Flores I am still dreading the selection of my 3 b/c there is no way to include everyone I think should go in; I think that 6 or 7 of them are automatic.

        • cjwright CowgirlCas22 Jesus Flores don’t pull a Kevin and sneak in an extra lol

        • cjwright

          CowgirlCas22 cjwright Jesus Flores I was ticked he already played that card

        • cjwright CowgirlCas22 Jesus Flores trust me: I was tempted lol I wanted to do moose and williams

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  • waynoootn

    I think you got the top three correct. They should have been inducted a long time ago.J.J. prefers players that played during his ownership instead of the players that made the Cowboys Americas team.