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Although players at other positions have generated more publicity, the Cowboys have had as much success at tight end than any other. With Jason Witten’s selection as an NFC starter in tonight’s Pro Bowl, Dallas has had a tight end playing in a Pro Bowl in 21 of the team’s 51 seasons.
Here’s a list:
|4||Billy Joe DuPree||1976||26||DAL||14||14||42||680||16.19||2||48.6|
|5||Billy Joe DuPree||1977||27||DAL||14||14||28||347||12.39||3||24.8|
|6||Billy Joe DuPree||1978||28||DAL||16||16||34||509||14.97||9||31.8|
ESPN has posted a feature allowing you to choose the greatest Dallas Cowboys team of all time. Hardly an original idea, but it beats griping and complaining.
Some highlights of the voting so far:
* Troy Aikman has a significant lead over Roger Staubach (54.8% to 42%). Tony Romo is a very distant third.
* Deion Sanders has a big lead over Mel Renfro and Everson Walls.
* The #3 running back behind Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett is Herschel Walker rather than Don Perkins.
* Charles Haley has a lead over Harvey Martin, but both trail Too Tall Jones.
* Four players have received at least 90% of the votes so far. This includes Smith (98.1%), Michael Irvin (95.8%), Dorsett (94%), and DeMarcus Ware (92.5%).
For a franchise that has been playing for more than 50 years, the Dallas Cowboys have had relatively few improbable wins. By this, I mean wins where almost nobody gave the Cowboys a shot to come out on top before the game began.
The win over the Giants just has to be on this list. But what about other games? Here is a look at 10 of the most improbable wins in team history. If you another game in mind, please fill in the poll at the bottom of this post.
1960: Dallas 31, N.Y. Giants 31
Okay, so this wasn’t a win. And the Giants weren’t a great team in 1960. But the Cowboys entered the game with an 0-10 record and were playing the Giants at Yankee Stadium. Dallas left without a loss by recording a 31-31 tie.
1962: Dallas 45, Cleveland 21
Cleveland wasn’t having a great year in 1962, but the Browns had destroyed the Cowboys in previous games. Dallas turned the tables on December 2, 1962 by routing the Browns.
1975 playoffs: Dallas 17, Minnesota 14
The “Hail Mary” game is the only playoff game that shows up on my list. The Cowboys had been a Cinderella team in 1975, but the Vikings appeared (even during the game) to be the better squad. The Cowboys shocked everyone when Staubach hit Pearson.
1988: Dallas 24, Washington 17
The 2-12 Cowboys were on a 10-game losing streak and having to play at RFK Stadium. Dallas put an end to its skid by beating Washington 24-17.
1989: Dallas 13, Washington 3
The 1989 squad would only win one game, and that came against Washington in week 9. Paul Palmer led the Cowboys with 110 rushing yards and a touchdown.
1991: Dallas 24, Washington 21
Okay, so maybe wins over the Redskins shouldn’t make the list. But we’ll add this one anyway. Dallas was 6-5 and playing the 11-0 Redskins at RFK. Troy Aikman was knocked out of the game early in the second half, and the Cowboys were left with backup Steve Beuerlein. Thanks to a touchdown pass from Beuerlein to Michael Irvin, though, Dallas handed Washington its first loss of the season.
2001: Dallas 27, San Francisco 21
One year after Terrell Owens infamously celebrated on the star at midfield at Texas Stadium, the 4-10 Cowboys handed the 11-3 49ers a stunning loss. The Cowboys’ kicker? Jon Hilbert. The first touchdown was scored thanks to the classic teaming of WR Darrin Chiaverini and QB Quincy Carter.
2006: Dallas 21, Indianapolis 14
Dallas was just 5-4 when it faced the 9-0 Colts at Texas Stadium. Thanks to a strong second half on both sides of the ball, Dallas emerged as a 21-14 winner.
2009: Dallas 24, New Orleans 17
This was yet another game on the list where the Cowboys knocked off an unbeaten team. Dallas was 8-5 and reeling after two straight losses. The Saints were 13-0 and appeared ready to finish the season undefeated. Dallas put an end to that with a 24-17 win.
2010: Dallas 33, N.Y. Giants 20
The Giants had won five straight and were considered the team to beat in the NFC. The Cowboys were 1-7 and playing with an interim head coach. But thanks to big plays and an inspired effort on defense, Dallas walked away with a 33-20 win.