A Few Surprises on the Cowboys’ 50th Anniversary Team
Over the weekend, I am going to post a review of Jeff Sullivan’s America’s Team: The Official History of the Dallas Cowboys. Among the book’s great features is the unveiling of the Cowboys’ Golden Anniversary Team.
In January 2009, I posted a list of those who made the 25th Anniversary Team, along with the names of several of those who have played since 1984 and who might make the Golden Anniversary Team. There were a few mild surprises. Here are some highlights:
1. Dandy Don Didn’t Make It
Don Meredith is the only player in the Ring of Honor who did not make the 50th team. It won’t take much guessing to figure out who did.
2. Moose Lost Out to Don Perkins
Many younger fans would expect Daryl Johnston to make the team as the fullback. However, that honor went to Don Perkins.
3. Irvin Is the #88 on the 50-Year Team
Drew Pearson has been left out of not only the Hall of Fame, but also the Ring of Honor. Now he hasn’t even made the 50th team. The other #88 did, as Michael Irvin joined the list.
4. Erik Williams Instead of Ralph Neely?
Erik Williams was a good offensive tackle for the Cowboys from 1991 to 2000. He dominated Reggie White few others. However, was he really better than Ralph Neely? Neely was named All-Pro three times compared with Williams’ two selections.
5. Darren Woodson over Charlie Waters
Charlie Waters made three Pro Bowls and had some of the great playoff games among any defensive player in team history. But this one had to go to Woodson, who made five Pro Bowls and was dominant at a time when Dallas was at the top of the league.
6. Danny White Doesn’t Make It as a QB or Punter
No surprise at all that Danny White didn’t make the list as a quarterback. But it was a bit of a surprise that he didn’t make the list as a punter. That honor went to Mat McBriar.
7. Deion Made It. And So Did Bill Bates!
The 50th team had more slots for special teams players. Bill Bates made the team under the label “Special Teams.” As for Deion, he did not make it as a cornerback, but he did make it as the best punt returner in team history.
The rest of the list is interesting, but the details will need to wait a couple of days. The team is pretty well balanced between the 1970s Cowboys and the 1990s Cowboys, with a few from the 1960s and 1980s throw in. Only two current Cowboys made the team—Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware.