Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor Selections from YDCFF Staff: K. Sivells

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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.


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.

edjonesYou can read the selections from Bryan Broaddus, Nick Eatman and KD Drummond here;

the selections frrom CowgirlCas here;

and the selections from Tom Ryle (www.bloggingtheboys.com), Rafael Vela (www.cowboysnation.com) and Jeric Griffin (www.rantsports.com) here.

If you would like to share your selections with the YDCFF community, please send a draft to c.josephwright@yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com

Selections from Kevin Sivells:

When asked to put together our top three choices for the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor out of the ten candidates selected, I thought it would be a great challenge. After looking at the list, I do not want to sound like my daughter, but really CJ and Cas?!? REALLY? We have to choose three out of this list of greats? After posting the last person, I went back to refresh myself on the other selections. I have to say I am very happy I am not a part of the selection committee with Jerry Jones if he had to choose from this list of great Dallas Cowboys players. I am really torn on my selections. I feel a few of these guys inductions should occur at the same time. There would not be a set of Triplets in Dallas without Jay Novacek, Darryl “Moose” Johnston, and Erik Williams. In addition, Darren Woodson anchored the back-end of a defense that was a part of the one-two punch the Cowboys handed their opponents. Then you have some of the biggest names on the Dallas Cowboys “Dooms Day Defense”, Harvey “Too Mean” Martin, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, and Everson Walls. You have Charlie Waters and Cornell Green, players that turned the Cowboys secondary into one of the most feared. The only person to really stand out on his own on this list would be Bill Bates. A man who defined how important a special teams player is to his team. Since I cannot send them in as groups, here are my top three choices for the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor…

1)      Everson Walls

2)      Jay Novacek/Darryl Johnston

3)      Cornell Green   

Everson Walls

walls6Everson Walls stats speak for themselves. Coached during his career by some who were considered greats: Eddie Robinson (Grambling State University), Tom Landry, Bill Parcells (New York Giants), and Bill Belichick (Cleveland Browns), I think playing in the I-AA division in college may have hindered his draft stock. Just like with Deion Sanders and Alvin Harper, going to a rival teams does not sit well with die-hard Dallas Cowboys fans. I am not even going to talk about the years Emmitt Smith wore that funny looking bird uniform. He has a Superbowl ring (SB XXV-New York Giants). Even after football, Everson Walls still showed the world how he is the ultimate teammate by donating a kidney to long-time friend and Dallas Cowboys teammate Ron Springs. Everyone knows for some reason it is hard for Cowboys players to reach the NFL Hall of Fame. We can run down a list of players in the hall at every position where their stats don’t shine a light on a Dallas Cowboy of the same position. As Everson Walls kept his head up trying to get to the NFL Hall of Fame, the Dallas Cowboys should honor this great man by placing him in the Ring of Honor.

Jay Novacek

I know I know! I am only supposed to pick three. This one is a toss-up for me. Looking at these two guys, you have to think aboutJay Novacek which one was more vital to the Dallas Cowboys dominance during the 90s. The argument for Jay Novacek is simple. Jay was to Troy Aikman what Jason Witten is to Tony Romo. He was the security blanket if things down field were not there. Defenses always had to accounted for Jay Novacek when they game planned against the Cowboys offense. He was a match-up nightmare for defensive coordinators. Jay was always at the right place at the right time. Troy Aikman counted on him many times for key first downs and red zone touchdowns when Michael Irvin was double or triple covered. Being that underneath threat most defenses feared, Jay Novacek is part of why “The Playmaker”, Michael Irvin, could do just that. Make plays down field.

Darryl “Moose” Johnston

Darryl JohnstonA lot of people will bark at this choice. However,  just as Emmitt Smith said he could not have achieved what he has without being led by Darryl Johnston. Darryl understood when he joined the Dallas Cowboys the system was not very favorable for fullbacks. There would not be a lot of carries or catches out of the backfield. His job would mainly be pass protection or run blocking. He did not moan and groan about his role. Instead he put Emmitt Smith on his hip and plowed the road. Emmitt did have one of the greatest offensive lines in the history of NFL football in front of him. However, in goal-line, red zone,  and short yardage situations, Darryl Johnston would lead Emmitt through the hole and blast any linebacker or defensive back in his way. Big Larry Allen and Nate Newton may have plowed the road, but Darryl was the steamroller that smoothed it out for Emmitt Smith. Everyone had a key role in the Dallas Cowboys offense of the 90’s, and they had to play their role to the letter. Jay Novacek and Darryl Johnston played their roles to the letter! Honestly ask yourself, would the Triplets be as successful without Jay and Darryl supporting roles in the offense?

Cornell Green

Playing football on any level is not easy for some. Playing professional football having never played even college footballCornell Green is a feat in itself. Cornell Green did just that. You take a man out of his element and force him to adapt rather quickly. On a hunch from his college basketball coach, you bring him in and he becomes one of the greatest Cowboys  to ever play two positions, cornerback and safety. In addition, take into consideration the fact this man never missed a game in 13 seasons wearing the Star. Cornell Green not only locked down the Dallas Cowboys defense, Tom Landry trusted him enough to scout talent for the team. This was a big step for a man, who up until he stepped on the Dallas Cowboys practice field, only thought about a career in basketball. He scouted for the Cowboys for 7 years while playing every Sunday. If the Great Innovator Tom Landry trusted this man, who am I to say he does not belong in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.

The ten gentlemen we had to select from all deserves a place in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. They have contributed to America’s Team in their own special way. Anyone from this list is a winner no matter how the votes fall. The rest fell on my list in this order: Charlie Waters, Darren Woodson, Bill Bates, Ed Jones, Harvey Martin, and Erik Williams.

If you would like to share your selections with the YDCFF community, please send a draft to c.josephwright@yourdailycowboysfootballfix.com

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).

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  • Erasmus

    I knew someone would try to get around picking only 3 players, lol.

    • Erasmus hmmm maybe I should have put E Williams/Moose

      • Balou71

        I was waiting for Cas and CJ to send me an email “STICK TO THE RULES”. LOL. I could not pick between the two of them but I had to include someone from Jimmy Johnson’s era of Cowboys football. I also would have felt funny witb Erik Williams witbout Nasty Nate “The Kitchen” Newton.

        • cjwright

          Balou71 Nate just missed the Top 10; he was an honorable mention.

        • cjwright Balou71 out of allen williams and newton, I have to say that newton was in 3rd place so it worked out.

  • cjwright

    A running tally of votes from the Experts.
    1. Cornell Green: 2 votes (KD, Sivells)
    2. Everson Walls: 2 votes (Eatman, Sivells)
    3. Charlie Waters: 1 vote (Cas)
    4. Bill Bates: 1 vote (Broaddus)
    5. Harvey Martin: 6 votes (Broaddus, Eatman, KD, Cas, Ryle, Griffin)
    6. Ed Jones: 0 votes
    7. Daryl Johnston: 1 vote (Ryle)
    8. Jay Novacek: 0 votes
    9. Darren Woodson:  5 votes (Broaddus, Eatman, KD, Ryle, Griffin)
    10. Erik Williams: 2 votes (Cas, Griffin)
    I am not sure what to do with the split vote from Kevin.

    • Balou71

      CJ, give the vote to Jay. Since I listed him first it would o ly be fair.

    • boysdeporvida

      cjwright  my vote is for Jimmy Johnson( How Bout Them Cowboys) , 2.Harvey Martinized Martin, 3. Charlie Waters.  With Darrel Woodson, Erick Williams, Too Tall Jones soon to follow.

      • cjwright

        boysdeporvida cjwright We had a discussion about whether to put Jimmy Johnson in the Top 10. We decided that b/c it seemed so unlikely that Jones would induct Johnson, that it would almost be a “waste” of a spot and there were so many worthy players that we knew that some of them (Calvin Hill, Nate Newton, and George Andrie) would be left out of the Top 10.

  • Defense 28

    come on guys, I am big woodson fan but Waters has to get in sorry

    • Defense 28 I agree: It was a lot harder to play the position back then. Receivers were allowed to be a lot more physical.