Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys: Guard
This is part of the series on the All-Time Team of Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys have had decent luck at the guard position, with several of guards in team history trips to the Pro Bowl.
The most obvious candidate for best guard in team history is also a candidate for best guard in NFL history. That guy is Larry Allen, who earned 11 trips to the Pro Bowl along with six selections as All-Pro. In the ESPN poll, 97.7% of respondents included Allen on the greatest team.
The other choice at guard was Nate Newton, who made six Pro Bowls.
Here is the final tally for the guards in the ESPN poll:
1. Larry Allen (97.7%)
2. Nate Newton (85.8%)
3. John Niland (13.2%)
4. Herb Scott (2%)
5. Blaine Nye (1.3%)
This list also covers the candidates for most underappreciated guard. Before we get to that, here is the approximate value rankings for all the guards in team history:
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Niland accomplished as much as Newton did on paper, including six Pro Bowl trips and two selections as All-Pro. He was a starter on four Super Bowl teams between 1970 and 1975.
Scott made three Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro twice. He was the “Scott” in “Four Irishmen and a Scott.”
Nye made two Pro Bowls, including a selection after his final year in 1976.
Current starters Leonard Davis and Kyle Kosier deserve to be mentioned here. Davis has made three trips to the Pro Bowl as a Dallas guard, which exceeded expectations most had when Dallas signed him in 2007. Kosier has not made a Pro Bowl, but he has been a solid member of the line since 2006.
Kevin Gogan was also a starter at guard (he actually started at guard when Newton was the starting tackle), but he make a Pro Bowl until after he left Dallas.
Here are the poll results:
Burton Lawless, 3%