Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys: Fullback
This is part of the series on the All-Time Team of Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys.
The ESPN poll for the Dallas Cowboys Greatest Team does not include the fullback position specifically. This explains why Daryl Johnston did not receive any votes. However, other players who were fullbacks in Tom Landry’s system earned votes, including Don Perkins and Walt Garrison.
Pro-Football-Reference must give more weight to yardage than to other considerations for its AV rating, such as blocking. Accordingly, Johnston only ranks fifth on the list of players who primarily served as fullbacks. Below is the complete list.
For this poll, I am not going to exclude anyone for being “too” appreciated. Instead, we will focus on these players:
1. Perkins. He was the first star back on the Cowboys, earning a position in the Ring of Honor. He received .7% (that’s point-seven percent) of the ESPN votes.
2. Garrison: Still among the most popular Cowboys in history, he earned a few votes on the ESPN poll.
3. Newhouse: Newhouse was the team’s leading rusher in 1975 before taking more of a complementary role for the rest of his career.
4. Johnston: “Moose” rivals any player as the most popular in team history. Unlike the others on this list, he served primarily as a blocker for nearly his entire career.
5. Newsome: Newsome was the last of the Landry-style fullbacks. He had only one season where he gained more yards on the ground than as a receiver.
Here were the results: