Cowboys on Pro-Football-Reference’s All-Decade Teams

Pro-Football-Reference has created its own version of All-Decade teams using its formula for calculating approximate value. This is an effort to provide an objective measurement of each player’s value, so it is (or should be) less subjective than other similar lists.

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The Cowboys are not especially well-represented. For instance, only two Cowboys made the list for the All-1970s team even though the Cowboys went to five Super Bowls during the decade.

I have compiled the list below that identifies the Cowboy players who made each all-decade team. I only included players who actually played for the Cowboys during the respective decade. Thus, I included Mike Ditka for the 1960s team because he played for Dallas in 1969. However, I excluded Herb Adderley, who made the 1960s team but did not play for Dallas until 1970.

Key: Position, 1st or 2nd Team: Name, Years Played for Dallas During the Respective Decade

1960s

RB, 2nd Team: Don Perkins, 1961-1968

WR, 2nd Team: Tommy McDonald, 1964

TE, 1st Team: Mike Ditka, 1969

DT, 2nd Team: Bob Lilly, 1961-1969

LB, 2nd Team: Chuck Howley, 1961-1969

CB, 2nd Team: Cornell Green, 1962-1969

1970s

QB, 1st Team: Roger Staubach, 1970-1979

S, 2nd Team: Cliff Harris, 1970-1979

1980s

RB, 2nd Team: Tony Dorsett, 1980-1987

DE, 1st Team: Too Tall Jones, 1980-1989

DT, 1st Team: Randy White, 1980-1988

1990s

RB, 1st Team: Emmitt Smith, 1990-1999

WR, 1st Team: Michael Irvin, 1990-1999

C, 2nd Team: Mark Stepnoski, 1990-1994, 1999

PR, 1st Team: Deion Sanders, 1995-1999

2000s

WR, 2nd Team: Terrell Owens, 2006-2008

G, 2nd Team: Larry Allen, 2000-2005

DT, 2nd Team: La’Roi Glover, 2002-2005

LB, 2nd Team: DeMarcus Ware, 2005-2009

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