Pearson, Allen, and Haley Make the Ring of Honor
The Dallas Cowboys of the 1970s would have had quite a different story were it not for Drew Pearson, and his induction into the Ring of Honor is long overdue. The wait is over for him, fortunately, now that Jerry Jones announced Pearson’s induction today.
There have been a bunch of other names thrown around as potential inductees, including Harvey Martin, Too Tall Jones, Charlie Waters, Darren Woodson, Daryl Johnston, Bill Bates, and so forth.
The second name added today was also among the names commonly thrown around. Larry Allen made the All-Decade teams for both the 1990s and 2000s, and I don’t think anyone would question that Allen is the best lineman in team history.
The third is a bit of head-scratcher. Haley was instrumental to the team’s success during the 1990s. Nevertheless, it’s hard to say that he meant more to this franchise than Martin (Super Bowl XII co-MVP and member of the All-Decade Team of the 1970s) or Jones (15 years in Dallas compared with 5 for Haley).
In any case, Pearson’s selection alone means that Jerry got this one right no matter whether we agree with the other selections. It’s a good day.