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Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys: Guard

This is part of the series on the All-Time Team of Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys have had decent luck at the guard position, with several of guards in team history trips to the Pro Bowl.

The most obvious candidate for best guard in team history is also a candidate for best guard in NFL history. That guy is Larry Allen, who earned 11 trips to the Pro Bowl along with six selections as All-Pro. In the ESPN poll, 97.7% of respondents included Allen on the greatest team.

The other choice at guard was Nate Newton, who made six Pro Bowls.

Here is the final tally for the guards in the ESPN poll:

1. Larry Allen (97.7%)
2. Nate Newton (85.8%)
3. John Niland (13.2%)
4. Herb Scott (2%)
5. Blaine Nye (1.3%)

This list also covers the candidates for most underappreciated guard. Before we get to that, here is the approximate value rankings for all the guards in team history:

Rk From To G Pos AV ?
1 Larry Allen 1994 2005 176 G 110
2 Nate Newton 1986 1998 191 G 93
3 John Niland 1966 1974 124 G 89
4 Herbert Scott 1975 1984 140 G 70
5 Blaine Nye 1968 1976 125 G 59
6 Leonard Davis 2007 2010 64 G 40
7 Kevin Gogan 1987 1993 103 G 32
8 Kurt Petersen 1980 1985 84 G 30
9 Kyle Kosier 2006 2010 64 G 27
10 Bob Fry 1960 1964 66 G 27
11 Crawford Ker 1986 1990 75 G 26
12 Leon Donohue 1965 1967 42 G 19
13 Burton Lawless 1975 1979 73 G 16
14 Dale Memmelaar 1962 1963 28 G 14
15 Marco Rivera 2005 2006 30 G 13
16 Howard Richards 1981 1986 60 G 13
17 Andy Cvercko 1961 1962 25 G 13
18 Torrin Tucker 2003 2005 36 G 11
19 Jake Kupp 1964 1965 28 G 11
20 Everett McIver 1998 1999 20 G 9
21 Joe Bob Isbell 1962 1964 31 G 8
22 Mike Falls 1960 1961 25 G 8
23 Cory Procter 2007 2009 44 G 7
24 Ray Schoenke 1963 1964 23 G 6
25 Lynn Hoyem 1962 1963 28 G 6
26 Kelvin Garmon 2001 2002 21 G 6
27 Duane Putnam 1960 1960 12 G 5
28 Alan Veingrad 1991 1992 27 G 4
29 Rodney Wallace 1971 1973 37 G 3
30 Ron Stone 1994 1995 32 G 3
31 Tony Hutson 1997 1999 17 G 3
32 Montrae Holland 2008 2010 21 G 3
33 Jeff Zimmerman 1987 1989 27 G 2
34 Steve Wright 1981 1982 25 G 2
35 Ross Tucker 2002 2002 7 G 2
36 Fred Whittingham 1969 1969 7 G 1
37 Broderick Thompson 1985 1985 11 G 1
38 Tom Randall 1978 1978 11 G 1
39 Lance Poimbeouf 1963 1963 1 G 1
40 Tom Myslinski 1999 1999 10 G 1
41 Gene Killian 1974 1974 7 G 1
42 Mitch Johnson 1965 1965 12 G 1
43 Bob Grottkau 1961 1961 13 G 1
44 Jorge Diaz 2000 2000 9 G 1
45 Bob Asher 1970 1970 6 G 1
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/15/2011.

Niland accomplished as much as Newton did on paper, including six Pro Bowl trips and two selections as All-Pro. He was a starter on four Super Bowl teams between 1970 and 1975.

Scott made three Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro twice. He was the “Scott” in “Four Irishmen and a Scott.”

Nye made two Pro Bowls, including a selection after his final year in 1976.

Current starters Leonard Davis and Kyle Kosier deserve to be mentioned here. Davis has made three trips to the Pro Bowl as a Dallas guard, which exceeded expectations most had when Dallas signed him in 2007. Kosier has not made a Pro Bowl, but he has been a solid member of the line since 2006.

Kevin Gogan was also a starter at guard (he actually started at guard when Newton was the starting tackle), but he make a Pro Bowl until after he left Dallas.

Here are the poll results:

Niland, 31%
Scott, 22%
Gogan, 19%
Nye, 9%
Kosier, 9%
Davis, 6%
Burton Lawless, 3%

The All-Time Team of Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys

Several weeks ago, ESPN ran an poll identifying the Dallas Cowboys Greatest Team. The results were an acceptable mix of old school and newer players. However, fans who participated did not vote for a few players who should have had more support.

Pro-Football-Reference.com has a feature where it attempts to reduce each player’s seasonal and career performance to a single number. This Approximate Value ranking is interesting in that it provides a single measure for all players, including lineman. Although the results may be subject to debate, the rationale for and methodology behind the ranking is solid. Incidentally, Bob Lilly ranks first on the all-time list, followed by Emmitt Smith, Randy White, Mel Renfro, and Too Tall Jones.

Assuming the ESPN generally reflects the sentiments of most fans, and assuming the AV rankings from PFR fairly reflect each player’s value, the two lists provide an opportunity to identify the All-Time Team of Underappreciated Dallas Cowboys.

(Unfortunately, the list does not include special teams players, so we’ll have to deal with those differently).

For the first entry, we’ll take a look at the centers. Mark Stepnoski was the fan choice on the ESPN poll, receiving more than half the votes. Here’s the total:

1. Mark Stepnoski (57.8%)
2. Andre Gurode (21.9%)
3. Tom Rafferty (14.6%)
4. John Fitzgerald (4.9%)
5. Dave Manders (.8%)

As for the AV rankings, Stepnoski only ranks third and in a tie with Gurode. Two others rated higher than both. Here’s a look:

Rk From To G Pos AV ?
1 Tom Rafferty 1976 1989 203 C 87
2 John Fitzgerald 1971 1980 137 C 64
3 Mark Stepnoski 1989 2001 133 C 59
4 Andre Gurode 2002 2010 138 C 59
5 Dave Manders 1964 1974 139 C 48
6 Mike Connelly 1960 1967 106 C 34
7 Malcolm Walker 1966 1969 47 C 17
8 Ray Donaldson 1995 1996 28 C 16
9 Al Johnson 2004 2006 48 C 12
10 Clay Shiver 1996 1998 44 C 11
11 Dale Hellestrae 1990 2000 176 C 11
12 Derek Kennard 1994 1995 24 C 9
13 John Houser 1960 1961 25 C 8
14 Matt Lehr 2002 2004 35 C 7
15 Robert Shaw 1979 1981 33 C 5
16 Wayne Hansen 1960 1960 12 C 5
17 Brian Baldinger 1982 1986 52 C 5
18 Dave Widell 1988 1989 29 C 4
19 Bob White 1987 1989 24 C 4
20 Tyson Walter 2002 2004 39 C 4
21 Mike Kiselak 1998 1998 15 C 4
22 Frank Cornish 1992 1993 25 C 4
23 Bruce Walton 1973 1975 33 C 3
24 Halvor Hagen 1969 1970 18 C 3
25 Jackie Burkett 1968 1969 14 C 3
26 Ben Fricke 2000 2000 8 C 2
27 John Flannery 1997 1997 16 C 2
28 Jim Arneson 1973 1974 26 C 2
29 Mike Zentic 1987 1987 3 C 1
30 Tony Slaton 1990 1990 6 C 1
31 Jeff Grau 2002 2002 16 C 1
32 Jim Eidson 1976 1976 9 C 1
33 Kyle Davis 1975 1975 14 C 1
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Generated 2/13/2011.

Neither Rafferty nor Fitzgerald ever made the Pro Bowl or an All-Pro team in their careers. However, both played significant roles in team history. Rafferty was a starter at guard until 1981. By then, Fitzgerald had retired, and Robert Shaw suffered a career-ending injury. Through the rest of the 1980s, Rafferty was the starter at center.

Fitzgerald was originally a tackle before converting to center before the 1972 season. He and Dave Manders split time at center in 1973 and 1974 before Fitzgerald became the full-time starter.

Unlike Fitzgerald and Rafferty, Manders made one Pro Bowl team during his 10-year career.

Another center on the list worth noting is Ray Donaldson, who was voted to two Pro Bowls in his two seasons with Dallas.

Vote: Select between Rafferty, Fitzgerald, and Manders as the most underappreciated center in team history.

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Rating Jon Kitna’s Performance as a Backup in 2010

Jon Kitna took over for Tony Romo during the first half of the Cowboys’ week 7 loss to the Giants. Kitna then started nine games, going 4-5 in the process.

The question for the day: Where does Kitna’ performance rank among other backup quarterbacks in team history?

Only two other true backups in team history have had to start as many games as Kitna did in 2010, so it is difficult to rank all of them. One of those QBs was Craig Morton, who lost the starting job in 1971 but then started all 14 games in 1972 because of an injury to Roger Staubach. The other QB was Steve Pelluer in 1986, who struggled to replace an injured Danny White. Pelluer started a total of nine games in 1986 but only went 1-6 after White was injured for good against the Giants that season.

As for other quarterbacks, a few have started at least three games as replacements for injured starters. Others have started a few games during seasons in which the team lacked a clear-cut starter. Such was the case during the early 2000s, when Dallas went through the likes of Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Clint Stoerner, and so forth.

The list below includes those quarterbacks who started at least three games as injury replacements for firmly established starters. Kitna’s overall performance falls somewhere in the middle of this list.

Year Age Tm G GS QBrec ? Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Lng Rate
Steve Beuerlein 1991 26 DAL 8 4 4-0-0 68 137 49.6 909 5 2 66 77.2
Craig Morton 1972 29 DAL 14 14 10-4-0 185 339 54.6 2396 15 21 46 65.9
Craig Morton 1967 24 DAL 9 3 2-1-0 69 137 50.4 978 10 10 64 67.7
Jason Garrett 1998 32 DAL 8 5 3-2-0 91 158 57.6 1206 5 3 80 84.5
Jon Kitna 2010 38 DAL 10 9 4-5-0 209 318 65.7 2365 16 12 71 88.9
Steve Pelluer 1986 24 DAL 16 9 3-6-0 215 378 56.9 2727 8 17 84 67.9
Randall Cunningham 2000 37 DAL 6 3 1-2-0 74 125 59.2 849 6 4 76 82.4
Brad Johnson 2008 40 DAL 16 3 1-2-0 41 78 52.6 427 2 5 36 50.5
Steve Walsh 1989 23 DAL 8 5 1-4-0 110 219 50.2 1371 5 9 46 60.5
John Roach 1964 31 DAL 9 4 0-4-0 32 68 47.1 349 1 6 37 30.8
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/9/2011.

Here’s a brief review of these players:

Steve Beuerlein, 1991

Beuerlein took over the starting position when Troy Aikman was hurt against the Redskins in week 11. The Cowboys improved from 6-5 to 11-5 thanks to Beuerlein’s play during that time.

Craig Morton, 1972

One year after the Cowboys won Super Bowl VI, Roger Staubach suffered a shoulder injured that kept him from playing most of the season. Morton returned to the starting role and led Dallas to another playoff appearance.

Craig Morton, 1967

The Cowboys were trying in 1967 to accomplished what they couldn’t in 1966: An NFL Championship. The 1967 season was tough, though, as Dallas struggled to a 9-5 record. Starting QB Don Meredith suffered some injures, but the Cowboys were able to turn to Morton, who went 2-1 as a replacement.

Jason Garrett, 1998

Many remember Garrett’s Thanksgiving performance in 1993, but he also started five games in 1998 when Aikman broke his collarbone. Garrett’s play was inconsistent, but he managed to post a 3-2 record that season.

Jon Kitna, 2010

Kitna didn’t bring everything that Romo could, but Kitna appeared to be a more vocal leader after Romo’s injury. Kitna’s 4-5 record could have been better had Dallas pulled out wins against the Saints, Eagles, and Cardinals (though he was injured during the Arizona game).

Steve Pelluer, 1986

Pelleur didn’t look terrible in 1986 when Danny White was temporarily injured. However, when White was lost for the season with a broken wrist, Pelluer looked awful. Thanks to the team’s 1-6 record in the final seven games, Dallas finished with a losing record for the first time since 1964.

Randall Cunningham, 2000

Aikman suffered through injures and boos during his final season in 2000. Cunningham showed flashes of his great play from 1998 as a replacement with the Cowboys, but Cunningham could only manage a 1-2 record as a starter.

Brad Johnson, 2008

Johnson had won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay in 2002, but by 2008, he had a dead arm. He posted a 1-2 mark as a starter, but one loss was to the woeful Rams and one of the wins was thanks mostly to a defensive effort against Tampa Bay.

Steve Walsh, 1989

Walsh didn’t set the world on fire in 1989, but he led the team to its only win of 1989 by defeating the Redskins.

John Roach, 1964

Roach had played with the Cardinals and Packers before joining the Cowboys in ’64. He made fans miss Eddie LeBaron by going 0-4 as an injury replacement for Don Meredith that season. Point of interest: he was the only player besides Roger Staubach to wear #12 for the Cowboys.

Poll: Rate the Performances

Imagine the Dallas Cowboys of the 1970s Without Drew Pearson

Drew Pearson's induction into the Ring of Honor is long overdue.

In 1974, the Cowboys were in a state of transition. Many of the legendary players had retired or were about to retire, and team needed to restock. This was one year before the Dirty Dozen draft, and the team struggled to an 8-6 finish.

It was during that disappointing season that an undersized receiver from the University of Tulsa developed into one of the best receivers in the game. It was thanks to Pearson that we have memories such as the following:

Pearson played during a time when few receivers surpassed the 1,000-yard mark. Between 1968 and 1979, no NFL receiver surpassed 1,200 yard in a single season (though to be sure, some AFL receivers in late 1960s had more yardage), and it was hardly surprising that Pearson led the league in receiving yards in 1977 with only 870 yards. Those stats reflect the era, not the quality of the receivers.

Lynn Swann never had 1,000 yards in a single season, but he made the Hall of Fame. Both Pearson and Swann earned first-team selections on the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s.

Imagine the images from the 1970s if we removed Swann’s performances in Super Bowls X, XIII, and XIV. Swann caught a total of 16 passes in those Super Bowls, and it was those receptions that put him in the Hall of Fame.

Pearson doesn’t have a realistic shot at the Hall of Fame, bu this omission from the Ring of Honor is ridiculous. Take away Pearson and you take away the Hail Mary play. More importantly, take away Pearson, and there’s a pretty good chance the Cowboys don’t appear in three Super Bowls in a four-year period from 1975 to 1978. The Cowboys struggled for years to replace Pearson after his premature retirement following an auto accident in 1984.

Earlier this week, Roger Staubach strongly endorsed Pearson’s bid for a Ring of Honor induction. Our Friend Jerry then almost predictably blurted out,

“We have yet to address that,” said Jones. “There is no decision there at all. Obviously, it’s always been a question of your Hall of Fame players that deserve a lot of consideration there.

“But there has been no plan, and right now there is no plan to have an inductee into the Ring of Honor this next season. There’s no plan.”

Pearson deserved a place in the Ring of Honor by the end of the 1980s. He should be first in line in 2011 to receive that honor.

Anyway, here are his stats:

Receiving
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G
1973 22 DAL wr 88 14 6 22 388 17.6 2 40 1.6 27.7
1974*+ 23 DAL WR 88 14 0 62 1087 17.5 2 50 4.4 77.6
1975 24 DAL WR 88 14 0 46 822 17.9 8 46 3.3 58.7
1976*+ 25 DAL WR 88 14 0 58 806 13.9 6 40 4.1 57.6
1977*+ 26 DAL WR 88 14 0 48 870 18.1 2 67 3.4 62.1
1978 27 DAL WR 88 16 0 44 714 16.2 3 53 2.8 44.6
1979 28 DAL WR 88 15 0 55 1026 18.7 8 56 3.7 68.4
1980 29 DAL WR 88 16 15 43 568 13.2 6 30 2.7 35.5
1981 30 DAL WR 88 16 16 38 614 16.2 3 42 2.4 38.4
1982 31 DAL WR 88 9 8 26 382 14.7 3 48 2.9 42.4
1983 32 DAL WR 88 14 13 47 545 11.6 5 32 3.4 38.9
Career 156 58 489 7822 16.0 48 67 3.1 50.1
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/2/2011.

Former Cowboy Cornell Green Named AFC Scout of the Year

Former Cowboy great Cornell Green was named AFC Scout of the Year.

One of the underappreciated greats of the Dallas Cowboys is former cornerback and safety Cornell Green, who earned five trips to the Pro Bowl and three awards for All Pro. He helped to lead the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl title in 1971 before retiring after the 1974 season.

Green was one of Gil Brandt’s great finds, as Green did not play college football. He instead played basketball at Utah State University before signing with Dallas as a free agent. In his second season in 1963, he led the Cowboys with seven interceptions. He played cornerback until the 1970 season, when he moved to safety after Dallas acquired Herb Adderley from the Packers.

Green started scouting for the Cowboys in 1970, even before his playing career was finished. He has been a scout with the Broncos for the past 25 years.

On Monday, the Fritz Pollard Alliance announced that Green has been named AFC Scout of the Year. He will be honored in Indianapolis on February 25.

This is from the story linked above:

“Cornell is a vital part of our scouting department, and I’m thrilled that the Fritz Pollard Alliance is honoring him with this prestigious award,” Broncos general manager Brian Xanders said. “He is a winner who brings vast experience and wisdom to our scouting process. Cornell’s track record of success as both a player and talent evaluator in the NFL is a unique combination, and we’re fortunate to have him with the Denver Broncos.”

Below are Green’s career statistics, which are impressive:

Cornell M. Green

Position: DB
Height: 6-3    Weight: 208 lbs.

Born: February 10, 1940 in Oklahoma City, OK
College: Utah State

Weighted Career AV (100-95-…): 97 (167th overall since 1950)
5-time Pro Bowler & 3-time First-Team All-Pro

Def Interceptions Fumbles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Int Yds TD Lng Fmb FR Yds TD
1962 22 DAL 34 14 3
1963 23 DAL LCB 34 14 0 7 211 0 55 0 1 20 1
1964 24 DAL LCB 34 14 0
1965* 25 DAL LCB 34 14 0 3 49 0 43 0 2 9 1
1966*+ 26 DAL LCB 34 14 0 4 88 1 41 0 1 0 0
1967*+ 27 DAL LCB 34 14 0 7 52 0 28 1 0 0 0
1968 28 DAL LCB 34 14 0 4 74 1 55
1969+ 29 DAL LCB 34 14 0 2 0 0 0
1970 30 DAL SS 34 14 0 1 59 0 59 0 1 0 0
1971* 31 DAL SS 34 14 0 2 16 0 12 1 0 0 0
1972* 32 DAL SS 34 14 0 2 1 0 1
1973 33 DAL SS 34 14 0 0 1 0 0
1974 34 DAL SS 34 14 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 0
Career 182 3 34 552 2 59 2 7 29 2
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Generated 1/31/2011.

Brief History of Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl Selections: P

Mat McBriar earned his second Pro Bowl berth in 2010, marking only the fifth time in team history that a Dallas punter has made a Pro Bowl roster.

The list:

Games Punting
Rk Player Year
Age Tm G GS Pnt Yds Y/P Blck
1 Sam Baker 1963 34 DAL 14 0 71 3138 44.20 0
2 Ron Widby 1971 26 DAL 14 0 56 2329 41.59 1
3 Danny White 1982 30 DAL 9 9 37 1542 41.68 0
4 Mat McBriar 2006 27 DAL 16 0 56 2697 48.16 0
5 Mat McBriar 2010 31 DAL 16 0 65 3115 47.92 1
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Generated 1/30/2011.

Brief History of Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl Selections: DT

Thanks to the long and distinguished careers of Bob Lilly and Randy White, the Cowboys have had more Pro Bowl selections at defensive tackle than any other position. Jay Ratliff earned his third Pro Bowl selection in 2010.

Below is the list:

Games Sacks & Tackles
Rk Player Year ? Age Tm Lg G GS Sk Tkl Ast
1 Bob Lilly* 1964 25 DAL NFL 14 0
2 Bob Lilly* 1965 26 DAL NFL 14 0
3 Bob Lilly* 1966 27 DAL NFL 14 0
4 Bob Lilly* 1967 28 DAL NFL 14 0
5 Bob Lilly* 1968 29 DAL NFL 14 0
6 Bob Lilly* 1969 30 DAL NFL 14 0
7 Bob Lilly* 1970 31 DAL NFL 14 0
8 Bob Lilly* 1971 32 DAL NFL 14 0
9 Bob Lilly* 1972 33 DAL NFL 14 0
10 Bob Lilly* 1973 34 DAL NFL 14 0
11 Randy White* 1977 24 DAL NFL 14 14
12 Randy White* 1978 25 DAL NFL 16 16
13 Randy White* 1979 26 DAL NFL 15 14
14 Randy White* 1980 27 DAL NFL 16 16
15 Randy White* 1981 28 DAL NFL 16 16
16 Randy White* 1982 29 DAL NFL 9 9 2.5
17 Randy White* 1983 30 DAL NFL 16 16 12.5
18 Randy White* 1984 31 DAL NFL 16 16 12.5
19 Randy White* 1985 32 DAL NFL 16 16 10.5
20 Russell Maryland 1993 24 DAL NFL 16 12 2.5 56
21 Leon Lett 1994 26 DAL NFL 16 16 4.0 36 13
22 Leon Lett 1998 30 DAL NFL 16 15 4.0 30 6
23 La’Roi Glover 2002 28 DAL NFL 16 16 6.5 39 11
24 La’Roi Glover 2003 29 DAL NFL 16 16 5.0 33 16
25 La’Roi Glover 2004 30 DAL NFL 16 16 7.0 31 10
26 La’Roi Glover 2005 31 DAL NFL 16 13 3.0 23 5
27 Jay Ratliff 2008 27 DAL NFL 16 16 7.5 33 18
28 Jay Ratliff 2009 28 DAL NFL 16 16 6.0 29 10
29 Jay Ratliff 2010 29 DAL NFL 16 16 3.5 23 8
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Generated 1/30/2011.

Brief History of Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl Selections: OLB

DeMarcus Ware earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection in 2010 after recording 15.5 sacks. His selections represent nearly a third of the total number of outside linebacker selections for the Cowboys, though it is difficult to compare players because Dallas ran a 4-3 for most of its history.

Ware’s accomplishments are more comparable to those of Dallas defensive ends, who earned a total of 16 Pro Bowl berths.

Below are lists for both the outside linebacker and defensive end positions.

Outside Linebacker

Games Sacks & Tackles Misc
Rk Player Year ? Age Tm G GS Sk Tkl Ast AV
1 Chuck Howley 1965 29 DAL 14 0 10
2 Chuck Howley 1966 30 DAL 14 0 16
3 Chuck Howley 1967 31 DAL 14 0 14
4 Chuck Howley 1968 32 DAL 14 0 16
5 Chuck Howley 1969 33 DAL 14 0 13
6 Chuck Howley 1971 35 DAL 14 0 11
7 Thomas Henderson 1978 25 DAL 15 13 10
8 Dexter Coakley 1999 27 DAL 16 16 1.0 62 14 12
9 Dexter Coakley 2001 29 DAL 15 15 0.0 72 23 10
10 Dexter Coakley 2003 31 DAL 16 16 1.0 73 25 11
11 DeMarcus Ware 2006 24 DAL 16 16 11.5 59 15 11
12 Greg Ellis 2007 32 DAL 13 10 12.5 24 7 9
13 DeMarcus Ware 2007 25 DAL 16 16 14.0 60 24 13
14 DeMarcus Ware 2008 26 DAL 16 16 20.0 69 15 15
15 DeMarcus Ware 2009 27 DAL 16 15 11.0 45 12 16
16 DeMarcus Ware 2010 28 DAL 16 16 15.5 56 10 11
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Generated 1/30/2011.

Defensive End

Games Sacks & Tackles Misc
Rk Player Year ? Age Tm G Sk Tkl Ast Yrs PB AP1 AV
1 Bob Lilly* 1962 23 DAL 14 1 1 0 9
2 George Andrie 1965 25 DAL 14 1 1 0 10
3 George Andrie 1966 26 DAL 14 1 1 0 11
4 George Andrie 1967 27 DAL 14 1 1 0 12
5 George Andrie 1968 28 DAL 14 1 1 0 11
6 George Andrie 1969 29 DAL 14 1 1 1 13
7 Harvey Martin 1976 26 DAL 14 1 1 0 14
8 Harvey Martin 1977 27 DAL 14 1 1 1 15
9 Harvey Martin 1978 28 DAL 16 1 1 0 11
10 Harvey Martin 1979 29 DAL 16 1 1 0 11
11 Too Tall Jones 1981 30 DAL 16 1 1 0 14
12 Too Tall Jones 1982 31 DAL 9 6.0 1 1 1 18
13 Too Tall Jones 1983 32 DAL 16 7.0 1 1 0 12
14 Charles Haley 1994 30 DAL 16 12.5 42 9 1 1 1 16
15 Charles Haley 1995 31 DAL 13 10.5 31 3 1 1 0 9
16 Tony Tolbert 1996 29 DAL 16 12.0 45 16 1 1 0 15
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Generated 1/30/2011.

Brief History of Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl Selections: C

The Cowboys have had a center in the Pro Bowl 11 times. Andre Gurode accounts for nearly half of these selections.

Interestingly, Gurode has earned only 22% of the votes in the voting for the greatest team in franchise history, trailing Mark Stepnoski by several miles. However, at least on paper, Gurode has accomplished nearly as much (save for the postseason success).

(And no, I didn’t vote for Gurode either).

Here are the Pro Bowl selections at center. The note for AV stands for Approximate Value, which is an interesting tool developed at Pro-Football-Reference.com.

Games Misc
Rk Player Year
Age Draft Tm Lg G GS Yrs PB AP1 AV
1 Dave Manders 1966 25 DAL NFL 14 0 1 1 0 11
2 Mark Stepnoski 1992 25 3-57 DAL NFL 14 14 1 1 0 11
3 Mark Stepnoski 1993 26 3-57 DAL NFL 13 13 1 1 0 8
4 Mark Stepnoski 1994 27 3-57 DAL NFL 16 16 1 1 0 11
5 Ray Donaldson 1995 37 2-32 DAL NFL 12 12 1 1 0 8
6 Ray Donaldson 1996 38 2-32 DAL NFL 16 16 1 1 0 8
7 Andre Gurode 2006 28 2-37 DAL NFL 16 16 1 1 0 11
8 Andre Gurode 2007 29 2-37 DAL NFL 14 14 1 1 0 8
9 Andre Gurode 2008 30 2-37 DAL NFL 16 16 1 1 0 8
10 Andre Gurode 2009 31 2-37 DAL NFL 16 16 1 1 0 10
11 Andre Gurode 2010 32 2-37 DAL NFL 16 16 1 1 0 8
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Generated 1/30/2011.

Brief History of Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl Selections: WR

Miles Austin made this year’s Pro Bowl team as a replacement for DeSean Jackson. Whether Austin deserved it is a matter of debate, given that Austin started off as an All-World candidate but then all but disappeared later in the season. Nevertheless, this year represents the 18th time that a Dallas receiver has made the Pro Bowl.

The list:

Games Receiving
Rk Player Year
Age Tm G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Y/G
1 Bob Hayes* 1965 23 DAL 13 0 46 1003 21.80 12 77.2
2 Bob Hayes* 1966 24 DAL 14 0 64 1232 19.25 13 88.0
3 Bob Hayes* 1967 25 DAL 13 0 49 998 20.37 10 76.8
4 Drew Pearson 1974 23 DAL 14 0 62 1087 17.53 2 77.6
5 Drew Pearson 1976 25 DAL 14 0 58 806 13.90 6 57.6
6 Drew Pearson 1977 26 DAL 14 0 48 870 18.13 2 62.1
7 Tony Hill 1978 22 DAL 16 0 46 823 17.89 6 51.4
8 Tony Hill 1979 23 DAL 16 0 60 1062 17.70 10 66.4
9 Tony Hill 1985 29 DAL 15 14 74 1113 15.04 7 74.2
10 Michael Irvin* 1991 25 DAL 16 16 93 1523 16.38 8 95.2
11 Michael Irvin* 1992 26 DAL 16 14 78 1396 17.90 7 87.3
12 Michael Irvin* 1993 27 DAL 16 16 88 1330 15.11 7 83.1
13 Michael Irvin* 1994 28 DAL 16 16 79 1241 15.71 6 77.6
14 Michael Irvin* 1995 29 DAL 16 16 111 1603 14.44 10 100.2
16 Terrell Owens 2007 34 DAL 15 15 81 1355 16.73 15 90.3
17 Miles Austin 2009 25 DAL 16 9 81 1320 16.30 11 82.5
18 Miles Austin 2010 26 DAL 16 16 69 1041 15.09 7 65.1
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Generated 1/30/2011.