More on Danny White

[tags] Dallas Cowboys, Danny White, Trivia[/tags]

Danny WhiteMelonball made a good point in the comments to yesterday’s post, noting that Danny White is “incredibly underrated and underappreciated by Cowboys fans.” I agree entirely. Here is what I wrote a few weeks ago about White:

I don’t think any player in team history has been under more pressure to perform than White. Few players are more underappreciated. Meredith had to survive criticism, but he wound up in the Ring of Honor, and most of the negativity surrounding him has long since vanished. White is still criticized for not taking the team to the Super Bowl, even though White’s accomplishments compare quite favorably to Meredith’s (not to take anything away from what Meredith did, mind you).

Consider White’s record as a starter– in five full seasons as a starter, White led the team to the playoffs five times and to the NFC Championship Game three times. Prior to his injury in 1986, his record as a full-time starter beginning in 1980 was 62-24 (the team went 5-6 in games that he did not start during that time period). The team’s record for the remainder of the decade after he suffered his injury was 11-36, with no winning seasons. There were, of course, other factors involved, but the sharp contrast of the team before his injury compared to what happened afterward shows his value.


Here are some trivia questions for today:

1. In 1991, the Cowboys beat Washington 24-21 in a game that sparked a five-game winning streak and sent the Cowboys to the playoffs with an 11-5 record. Some questions: (1) During that game, Michael Irvin made a juggling catch on a pass from Steve Beuerlein and got past Darrell Green for a 23-yard touchdown. What was the score at the time that Irvin scored? (2) What milestones did Irvin and Emmitt Smith accomplish for the first time in this game? (3) Which skill player on offense missed this game due to an injury?

2. In which game (year and opponent) did the Cowboys first have a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher, and a 100-yard receiver?

3. Which player was the first in team history to gain more than 100 rushing and 100 yards receiving in a single game? What year? Who was the opponent?

Career Passing Records

[tags] Dallas Cowboys, Quarterback, Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, Danny White[/tags]

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman holds virtually every career passing record in the history of the Dallas Cowboys. It helps, of course, that he played not only during a pass-friendly era, but he also played in a system that took advantage of his amazing accuracy.

As you might expect, Roger Staubach takes second in several of these catagories, although some may be surprised how high Danny White appears on these lists.

These lists are limited to the top five in each category, with the exception of passer rating.

Career Passing Attempts

1. Troy Aikman, 4715
2. Roger Staubach, 2958
3. Danny White, 2950
4. Don Meredith, 2308
5. Craig Morton, 1306

Career Passing Completions

1. Troy Aikman, 2898
2. Danny White, 1761
3. Roger Staubach, 1685
4. Don Meredith, 1170
5. Craig Morton, 683

Career Completion Percentage (min. 500 career attempts)

1. Troy Aikman, 61.46%
2. Danny White, 59.69%
3. Drew Bledsoe, 58.38%
4. Roger Staubach, 56.96%
5. Steve Pelleur, 56.40%

Career Passing Yards

1. Troy Aikman, 32942
2. Roger Staubach, 22700
3. Danny White, 21959
4. Don Meredith, 17199
5. Craig Morton, 10267

Career Yards/Att. (min. 500 career attempts)

1. Craig Morton, 7.86
2. Eddie LeBaron, 7.70
3. Roger Staubach, 7.67
4. Don Meredith, 7.45
5. Danny White, 7.44

Career Touchdown Passes

1. Troy Aikman, 165
2. Danny White, 155
3. Roger Staubach, 153
4. Don Meredith, 135
5. Craig Morton, 80

Career TD% (min. 500 career attempts)

1. Eddie LeBaron, 6.50%
2. Craig Morton, 6.13%
3. Don Meredith, 5.85%
4. Danny White, 5.25%
5. Roger Staubach, 5.17%

Most Interceptions in a Career

1. Troy Aikman, 141
2. Danny White, 132
3. Don Meredith, 111
4. Roger Staubach, 109
5. Craig Morton, 73

Lowest Int. % in a Career (min. 500 career attempts)

1. Troy Aikman, 2.99%
2. Roger Staubach, 3.68%
3. Drew Bledsoe, 3.75%
4. Quincy Carter, 3.99%
5. Steve Pelleur, 4.12%

Career Passer Rating (min. 500 career attempts)

1. Roger Staubach, 83.4
2. Danny White, 81.7
3. Troy Aikman, 81.6
4. Drew Bledsoe, 80.1
5. Craig Morton, 75.5
6. Don Meredith, 74.8
7. Steve Pelleur, 71.7
8. Quincy Carter, 70.0
9. Eddie LeBaron, 67.2
10. Gary Hogeboom, 65.4

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