Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys: Tackles
This is part of the series on the All-Time Team of Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys have one tackle in the Hall of Fame (as well as the Ring of Honor), so the clear-cut choice as the greatest tackle in team history is Rayfield Wright.
As for the other tackle, there are some good choices. On ESPN’s poll, Erik Williams took the second spot by receiving 58.1% of the votes.
That leaves several other quality tackles for our All-Time Team of Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys.
Here are the ESPN poll results.
1. Rayfield Wright (68.9%)
2. Erik Williams (58.1%)
3. Flozell Adams (44.1%)
4. Mark Tuinei (19.6%)
5. Pat Donovan (5.6%)
6. Ralph Neely (3.6%)
Rather surprisingly, Wright does have the highest approximate value of the tackles according to Pro Football Reference. Here is the list:
From this, four candidates emerge:
1. Ralph Neely: 2-time Pro Bowler & 3-time First-Team All-Pro. Neely was the starter at left tackle for both Super Bowl championships of the 1970s.
2. Flozell Adams: 5-time Pro Bowler. Adams took over at left tackle in 1999 and lasted there for a decade.
3. Mark Tuinei: 2-time Pro Bowler. Tuinei was originally a defensive tackle but became a starter at left tackle by 1989.
4. Pat Donovan: 4-time Pro Bowler. Donovan was a starter when the Cowboys reached three NFC championship games in a row in the early 1980s.
We’ll also throw in Marc Columbo, who has been a starter for five years but who has not made a Pro Bowl.
Here are the results:
Other (nonsense), 2%