Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys: Quarterback
This is part of the series on the All-Time Team of Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys.
There was most certainly no doubt that the battle for the QB of the Dallas Cowboys Greatest Team would come down to Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach. In a slight surprise, Aikman received more than 56% of the votes. Here is the summary:
1. Troy Aikman (56.5%)
2. Roger Staubach (41.4%)
3. Tony Romo (1.4%)
4. Don Meredith (.4%)
5. Danny White (.3%)
It was not surprising that Romo received some votes, but I expected him to receive a few more given that many younger fans probably never saw Aikman (let alone Staubach) play. As for approximate value, Staubach had a slight edge over Aikman. Romo, on the other hand, trails Danny White and Don Meredith but is ahead of Craig Morton. Here is the list:
As for the poll, we are not going to consider either Aikman or Staubach for the most underappreciated. Here are the contenders, listed in chronological order of their playing days:
1. Eddie LeBaron: He was the first starter in team history and posted some impressive yardage numbers on teams that lacked talent.
2. Don Meredith: The team’s first player was gutsy in more ways than one. He took a beating on the field and a beating from the fans, but he finally earned some appreciation after his playing days ended.
3. Craig Morton: Morton was the full-time starter for two years, and he led the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl appearance.
4. Danny White: White led the Cowboys to three consecutive championship game appearances, but he never matched Staubach’s feats. The Cowboys took a nose dive when he was injured in 1986.
5. Tony Romo: Romo has put up huge numbers as the starter for most of the past five years, but the team has had no playoff success with him at QB.