Dallas Cowboys: Highest Ranked Players of All Time

Larry Allen is among the Top 50 offensive players of all time. http://giphy.com/gifs/xVrNaYcxv9NYI

Larry Allen is among the Top 50 offensive players of all time. http://giphy.com/gifs/xVrNaYcxv9NYI

Pro-Football-Reference.com has engaged in a project for some time now that allows users to vote on the all-time rankings of every NFL player. The project is known as Elo Rater.

Cowboys’ fans will not be happy to see the current rankings, as no Dallas player appears on the top 10 list for offense and only one player appears in the top 10 on defense.

Before I point out some B.S., here are the Cowboys rated in the top 50 for offense and defense:

Offense

17. Roger Staubach
26. Larry Allen

(I am not counting Lance Alworth, though he was a member of the Cowboys towards the end of his career. He ranks 10th.)

Defense

9. Bob Lilly
49. Deion Sanders

(Similarly, I am not counting Forrest Gregg as a Cowboy.)

Now for the criticism.

How many real experts would place Len Dawson in the top 20 offensive players of all time? Yes, he is a Hall-of-Fame player, but #15 overall?

Jim Brown ranks at #3. Gale Sayers is #5. Walter Payton is #6. Barry Sanders is #9. Emmitt Smith, who outrushed all of them? He ranks #130 behind the likes of Chuck Muncie, Calvin Hill, Bob Vogel, James Brooks, Jim Hart, and Jim Langer.

Sure.

I am somewhat less critical of the defensive rankings, though I would rank Darren Woodson higher than #245 overall.

Animated Trivia: Bob Lilly Tackle vs. Cleveland Browns

We’ve been recovering from a flooded house, so no trivia during the past couple of weeks. Sorry.

Here is a play showing Bob Lilly tackling a Cleveland Browns running back. Trivia questions follow the image.

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Questions:

(1) During what year did this play occur?

(2) What was the significance of this game?

(3) Cleveland quarterback Bill Nelson threw three interceptions in the game. Charlie Waters picked off one of those passes. Who recorded the other two interceptions?

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