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 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.
Given 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 Tom Ryle, and Jeric Griffin for taking the time to share their thoughts with our readers. Be sure to check out their other Dallas Cowboys posts and follow them on twitter (links below).
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Tom Ryle (Blogging the Boys):
I am glad that additions to the Cowboys Ring of Honor have always been handed out sparingly. It gives a certain cachet to the original team roll of outstanding players, coaches and staff. But clearly, there are some names absent from the ROH that I think should be included. In no particular order, here is my list of three players, each of whom was arguably the best the team has ever seen at his position, that should be next to join that list.
Not only was he the best safety the team has ever seen, he was one of the best in the league at a position that is not often cited for standout performance. And, as was stated so clearly in the article here on him, he was phenomenally versatile. Imagine him in Monte KiffinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hands. Besides, I give him more credit for the defensive success of the Cowboys than Charles Haley. Just my opinion, of course, but I think he is more deserving of a spot.
How can you argue with the numbers? His forever unofficial one year sack record of 23 alone is argument for his inclusion. He was Randy WhiteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s partner in terrorizing opposing quarterbacks. He was the best defensive end to ever play exclusively at that position (which is a nod to DeMarcus Ware, who may be the best edge rusher the team has ever seen, but that detracts nothing from MartinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s accomplishments).
Moose gets my vote for a couple of reasons. Of course, everyone knows how important he was to Emmitt Smith, but that is really not why. Johnston was the ultimate team player, a man who was never going to get the spotlight, but who worked his butt off on and off the field to be the best he could, and to help the team win. He is a blue collar style of player, and to me, those guys are the real heart of the NFL. Those flashy stars with the big numbers could not make it without the hard working role players doing their part. And Moose was one of the best in any uniform. Besides, he has long been my favorite all time Cowboy. Just check out my avatar @TomRyleBTB.
Jeric Griffin (Rant Sports):
The Super Bowl MVP is one of the more underrated players in Cowboys history, but was an important part of Dallas’ second-generation Doomsday Defense. The East Texas State alumnus was an unheralded hometown hero among a group of a superstars, but he was just as — if not more important — than any member in that epic era of Cowboys defense.
2. Darren Woodson
At the turn of the century, many Cowboys fans looked to Darren Woodson as the last player to remind us of the glory days. After Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman were gone, Woodson was the only player who remained from the dynasty of the 1900s. He was a quiet star who led by example and it’s a shame that he’s often overlooked in the discussions of great defensive backs because he’s one of the underrated best in all of NFL history, not just that of the Cowboys.
3. Erik Williams
Had he not suffered through injury so much after the Cowboys’ first two Super Bowl wins, Erik Williams might have been considered one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history. His power and incredible improvement as a player early in his career propelled the Cowboys’ offense from good to great as it made life a lot easier on Emmitt Smith. Williams was the best member of arguably the best offensive line in NFL history. That’s saying something.
Check our homepage on Sunday to see more Ring of Honor selections from Dallas Cowboys experts, including Jesus Flores and Ben Grimaldi (www.rantsports.com) and Todd Toombs (www.thelandryhat.com). Check back at 11 am today for the selections of Kevin Sivells.