Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor Selections from CowgirlCas

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When Dallas Cowboys Owner and GM Jerry Jones inducted Drew Pearson, Larry Allen, and Charles 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.

pearsonGiven 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.

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

Selections from CowgirlCas:

I spent weeks trying to make a decision on my top 3 selections for the Dallas Cowboys Ring Of Honor. To be honest, it’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. That being said, I felt that I needed to do it the diplomatic way because all of the candidates deserve a spot. I figured the best way to make a decision was to base it on seniority. I decided to choose 2 players from the Tom Landry era and 1 from the Jimmy Johnson era. It’s fair because they have been waiting longer to be inducted.

1. Harvey Martin  #79, defensive end:

  • HarveyMartin3Date of birth: November 16, 1950
    Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
    Date of death: December 24, 2001 (aged 51)
    Career information
    College: East Texas State
    NFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 3 / Pick: 53
    Debuted in 1973 for the Dallas Cowboys
    Last played in 1983 for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Career history
  • Dallas Cowboys (1973-1983)
  • Career highlights and awards
  • 4× Pro Bowl selection (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
    1× First-team All-Pro selection (1977)
    3× Second-team All-Pro selection (1976, 1979, 1982)
    NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
    NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1977)
    Super Bowl XII MVP
  • Career NFL statistics
  • Sacks     114
  • Games     158
    Interceptions     2

HarveyMartin1This is a no brainer here. Harvey Martin was the heart and soul of the “Dooms Day Defense”. There have been some dominant players throughout the history of the NFL. Then there have been guys like Harvey Martin who have slipped though the cracks. Martin doesn’t seem to get the recognition he deserves as a player. Harvey Martin ended his career with 114 sacks. Many, myself included, believe it was actually more than that because the NFL didn’t start keeping track of sacks as a stat until 1982. Considering he played in 158 games, you can clearly see that he averaged pretty close to one sack a game. (0.72). In 1977 he logged 23 sacks in a 14 game season  (1.6 per game). The NFL doesn’t recognize this as a single season sack record. Had Martin played in a different style of defense, he would have even more sacks to his credit. He wasn’t an every down pass rusher like Richard Dent or Mean Joe Green. In the words of our staff historian Michael Valentino,

Harvey Martin played in a read-and-react, gap control style of defense that keyed the run first before linemen were allowed to turn up field. When all of this is taken into consideration, I contend that if Richard Dent is a member of the Hall of Fame, so should Harvey Martin be.

Harvey Martin more than deserves a spot in the Ring of Honor.

2. Charlie Waters #41, Safety:

  • CharlieWaters7Personal Information
    Date of birth:     September 10, 1948 (age 64)
    Place of birth:     Miami, FL
    Career information
    College:     Clemson
    NFL Draft:     1970 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
    As player:
    1970-1981     Dallas Cowboys
    Career highlights and awards
    Pro Bowls:     1976, 1977, 1978
    Honors:     2 Super Bowl rings

If there is one player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys who has never gotten the recognition he deserves, it’s Charlie Waters. He was buried on the depth chart behind Cliff Harris and Cornell Green. In spite of his dominant special teams play, Waters was a back up for 5 years. Waters was eventually moved to strong safety in 1975 to replace the legendary Cornell Green.  He amassed 3 interceptions for 55 yards and a touchdown his first year as a starter. That same year, the Dallas Cowboys ended up going to Super Bowl X, but they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

CharlieWaters-CliffHarrisWaters became an All-Pro as a safety. Playing along side All-Pro Cliff Harris, they formed one of the most dominant and feared safety tandems in NFL history. Charlie Waters was like a coach on the field. Utilizing his excellent instincts and freakish athletic ability, he became one of the league’s top defensive players of the decade. He was selected All-Pro twice (1977 and 1978) and to the Pro Bowl three consecutive seasons (1976-1978).

Charlie Waters injured his knee prior to the start of the 1979 season. As a result, he was forced to sit out the entire year. Waters returned to the starting line up  in 1980 and had 5 interceptions. After getting 3 more interceptions in 1981, he retired with 41 interceptions, (5.8 per season, which is third-most in franchise history). However, when you consider that Waters only started at SS for 7 years, it has got to be a record for that time span. Logging that many interceptions as a strong safety is pretty much unheard of. There are many great CB’s who never reached that mark.  Charlie Waters also played in 25 playoff games (5th in NFL history.).

Charlie Waters played 12 seasons in the NFL. He  never experienced a losing season and only missed the playoffs one time during that span. Waters played in five Super Bowls: V, VI, X, XII, and XIII, with victories in VI and XII. He holds the all time NFL record for the most playoff interceptions with 9, including 3 in one playoff game which is also a record. Charlie Waters holds another record  of blocking 4 punts in 2 consecutive games. He was also the team’s holder for kicks.

To this day, Charlie Waters is one of the most revered and respected players in the Dallas Cowboys franchise history. Waters was selected to the Dallas Cowboys Silver Anniversary Team in 1984. To sum things up, Charlie Waters was “Mr Clutch” on defense. He always came through with big plays in big games. There is not a doubt in my mind, that Charlie Waters has earned a spot in the Dallas Cowboys Ring Of Honor.

ErikWilliams83. Erik Williams #79, offensive tackle:

  • Personal information
  • Date of birth: September 7, 1968 (age 44)
  • Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Career information
  • High school: Philadelphia (PA) Bartram
  • College: Central State (OH)
  • NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70
  • Debuted in 1991
  • Last played in 2001
  • Career history
  • Dallas Cowboys (1991–2000)
    Baltimore Ravens (2001)
  • Career highlights and awards
  • 4× Pro Bowl selection (1993, 1996, 1997, 1999)
    3× All-Pro selection (1993, 1995, 1996)
    3× Super Bowl champion (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
  • Career NFL statistics
    Games played     146
    Games started     133
    Fumble recoveries     1

ErikWilliams6I can’t think of a better player to have inherited the number that Harvey Martin wore. When I think of Erik Williams, only one word comes to mind: “NASTY”. I don’t care what anyone says, Williams was the most dominant right tackle to ever take the field. He didn’t just block guys, he literally kicked their ass for 60 minutes. You hear talk about defensive linemen being feared by quarterbacks in the NFL. I am here to tell you that defensive linemen feared Erik Williams. The name Reggie White is also associated with the word nasty. He is recognized as one of the greatest pass rushers of all time. As a rookie, Erik Williams didn’t allow a single sack against him and as a result, inherited the nickname, “Big-E”. Williams put fear in to White. He literally mauled him in games and it was reported that he poked White in the eye, slapped him in the head, punched him in the throat etc. (The NFL had to make a rule to stop him: no hands to the face). He took one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the history of football and reduced him to just another player. If he could do that to a Hall of Fame pass rusher, there is not a doubt in my mind, that Erik Williams has earned a spot in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, along side his long time teammate, Larry Allen.

Check our homepage on Friday to see contributions from Cowboys experts including Tom Ryle (www.bloggingtheboys.com), Rafael Vela (www.cowboysnation.com) and Jeric Griffin from (www.rantsports.com) at 7 am and YDCFF’s Kevin Sivells at 11 am.

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  • johnx55

    but but but Cas .. what about Barbie Carpendar? LOL .. love the list, all just get it done lunch pale football players who love football !! Mean and Nasty E Williams .. the big E, we need more OLineman like him

    • johnx55 We don’t have any “NASTY” on the OL at all! Whats sad is Smith was a 9th overall pick and Williams was a 3rd round pick. When I compare their rookie seasons I get sick. Even sicker for the 2nd season.

  • johnx55

    my favorite quote .. sloberknockle .. in the trenches ..  Nate Newton LOL

  • johnx55

    I know Cas right .. No more mean and nastys .. they paved the way for the all time leading rusher in the history of the NFL .. and we still don’t get it, we still don’t get what works .. unreal right .. Step, Tui, Newton, Allen, Big E .. we need to get some Nastys LOL

  • johnx55

    and don’t forget our pave the way FB DJ .. You know what’s funny .. teams knew by most of our formations and down and distance what we were going to do .. but guess what .. that didn’t matter .. even if they knew what we were doing we would still out execute them .. it just didn’t matter .. 3rd down and short you never had to hold your breathe .. we used to dare them to stop us and most times they just couldn’t do it .. miss those days in the trenches ..

    • johnx55 moose was my runner up for the ROH

    • when u have a dominant OL you can take a nap in the pocket and dare teams to blitz you put Brady or P Manning behind ours they turn in to instant chumps

    • cjwright

      johnx55 that was my favorite part about the 90’s Cowboys: whether it was multiple runs by Emmitt inside the 10 or that out to Irvin or the deep fly patterns to Harper – defenses knew what they were going to do and just couldn’t stop them.

  • johnx55

    JJ u stupid head LOL

  • Defense 28

    great choices cowgirl. Big E was awesome. the car crash slowed him  but was dominant for years

    • Defense 28 Thank You: it really makes you wonder what his career would have turned in to if it wasn’t for the wreck.

  • boysdeporvida

    1) Jimmy Johnson “How Bout Them Cowboys”, 2). Harvey ( Martinized) Martin, 3) Charlie Waters.

    Darrel Woodson, Erick Williams, Too Tall Jones,  to follow soon…

    • boysdeporvida Jimmy Johnson wasn’t a true cowboy: He wasn’t with the team long enough and the biggest reason, he abandoned his team to coach in Miami. Landry was a true Cowboy and stayed with his team until he had no choice.

      • boysdeporvida

        CowgirlCas22 boysdeporvida I agree with him beaning here for a short time, But the two Super Bowls and how he build the back to back team is worth the ROH to me. If Charles Haley made it in, definitely J.Johnson has my vote.

        • boysdeporvida CowgirlCas22 Don’t get me wrong: I love me some Jimmy Johnson, he belongs in the HOF. i think the ROH should be for people who were exclusive to the Cowboys. Charles Haley belongs in the HOF, but not the ROH.

        • boysdeporvida

          CowgirlCas22 boysdeporvida cass I agree with that, that’s why I’m saying if Haley made it in. Why not Jimmy ? when they put Haley in they open the door for others.

        • cjwright

          CowgirlCas22 boysdeporvida “exclusive” is a tough one – Emmitt and Dorsett bothed played for other teams. I agree that Haley doesn’t pass the “exclusive” test, but I am not sure about Jimmy. I think he might.

  • cjwright

    Biggest surprise here: Cas was the first person to not include Darren Woodson, I think.

    • cjwright It had to be about seniority! can’t have 2 safeties in the sane induction. Waters has been waiting over 30 yrs

    • cjwright  your trying to bait me: LOL I wont feed in to it! don’t try an put me on your level of intelligence! I am a psyche major and see right through it!

      • cjwright

        CowgirlCas22 cjwright No just making an observation. I still haven’t decided on my 3. I have eliminated a few people, but I haven’t decided.

        • boysdeporvida

          cjwright CowgirlCas22 I agree with cass, one( position-player) at a time, and  Waters is first and then Woodson to follow soon after.

        • boysdeporvida cjwright CowgirlCas22 Thank You for understanding my logic

  • knudsen88

    Love the fact that we get to do this for our fans and readers.  And we get to professionally disagree, which in and of itself, is also a beautiful thing.  I firmly believe there is no such thing as “seniority” when it comes to the ROH.  If “seniority” were a criteria, Drew Pearson would have been put in more than a decade ago.  Erik Williams, great and contributing player, but nowhere near ROH worthy.  He might have been had he not made the dreaded and fateful decision to drive drunk, out of control, crash his car and end his playing days early.  He was never the same after the car accident.
    Jimmy Johnson not a “true” Cowboy?  Not the fort.  If not for Jimmy Johnson, there would absolutely be no Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII and XXX.  None!!!  Jimmy Johnson was single-handedly the “architect” of the early 90’s Dallas Cowboys.

    • cjwright

      knudsen88 Brad and Brady and I discussed whether Jimmy Johnson could be one of the 10 that we each submitted before making a final list of 10. We decided that since there was no chance of Jerry Jones ever putting Jimmy Johnson in, there was no point in “wasting” one of the 10 spots when we knew we would have to leave at least a few players out of the top 10 (we ended up doing honorable mentions for Calvin Hill, Nate Newton, and George Andrie for almost making the Top 10).