THE HONORABLE MENTIONS
They did not make the final cut of the Top 10 Dallas Cowboys who deserve to be considered for induction into the Ring of Honor, but they were awfully close. Those 3 players are: Calvin Hill, Nate Newton, and George Andrie.
Calvin G. Hill: “He played in the NFL for 12 years, from 1969 to 1981. He played for the Dallas Cowboys for the first 6 years, and then the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. In 1975, he played for The Hawaiians of the World Football League.
In 1972, he became the first Cowboy’s RB to have a 1,000 yard rushing season (with 1,036 yards rushing); he repeated the feat in the following season with 1,142 yards rushing.” (from Wikipedia)
Calvin was the first player from an Ivy League School (Yale) to ever be drafted in the 1st round of an NFL Draft. Despite starting training camp at LB and TE, Hill was moved to RB where eventually won Rookie of the Year and went to the Pro Bowl.
He helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl VI and 2 NFC Championships. He made the Pro Bowl 4 times in his six seasons in Dallas (1969, 1972, 1973 and 1974), and he was named an All-Pro twice.
C. Joseph Wright: Hill did not make my list, for 3 main reasons:
- he only played 6 years as a Cowboy
- he played for the Redskins
- in Super Bowl VI, which the Cowboys won, he had fewer carries (7 for 25 yards) than Duane Thomas (19 for 95 yards) and Walt Garrison (14 for 74 yards).
Nate Newton: His rise to Super Bowl and Pro Bowl stardom began with a very humble beginning. Nate was signed as an undrafted FA in 1983 by the Washington Redskins; he was cut in training camp. In 1984 and 1985, he played for the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL. When it folded, Newton signed with the Cowboys as an lineman.
Newton started at LG for the Boys in 1987. When Jimmy Johnson arrived in 1989, he moved Nate to RT. In 1992, he was moved back to LG because of the emergence of Erik Williams.
Nate was a solid part of one of the best offensive lines (along with Erik Williams, Mark Tuinei, Mark Stepnoski, and Larry Allen) in NFL history.
He was widely considered one of the best guards in the NFL for over a decade.
Nate made the Pro Bowl six times. The only Cowboy OL to make more Pro Bowls is Larry Allen (10). Rayfield Wright and John Niland also have six.
Despite being a huge part of blocking for Troy Aikman and Emmit Smith during their three Super Bowl victories, Nate Newton is most commonly remembered for his nickname; they called him “The Kitchen” because he was so much bigger than the Chicago Bear’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry. His actual playing weight is listed differently in different sources, some of them were as light as 335, others had him closer to 370 lbs in 1991. Either way, Nate truly was a behemoth.
C. Joseph Wright: All I can say is that if Nate didn’t make the final 10, the standards must be pretty damn high. The thing I will remember most about Nate (other than his mauling style of dominating defenders and his king-sized belly) is that he admitted to hiding candy bars in his pants during games.
George Andrie: Andrie was drafted as a DE in the 6th round of the 1962 NFL Draft despite the fact that he didn’t even play football in his senior year at college because his school, Marquette University, terminated the football program.
He started at RDE and made the NFL All-Rookie team. At 6’6” and 250 lbs., he was big and strong enough to hold his ground in the running game, but he was also quick and fast enough to be a threat as a pass-rusher.
For much of his career, he played next to Hall of Fame DT Bob Lily. They were the original anchors of the “Doomsday Defense” that terrorized NFL offenses for the better part of two decades.
He played his entire 11 year professional career with the Cowboys.
Andrie is best remembered for a few big plays/games:
- his fumble recovery and return for a TD in the 1967 NFL Championship Game (The Ice Bowl).
- he allegedly knocked Johnny Unitas out in the 2nd quarter of Super Bowl V.
- he had an INT against John Brodie in the 1971 NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers that gave the Cowboys the ball at the SF 2 yard line.
- he was part of the defense that held the Miami Dolphins to a FG in Super Bowl VI, still the fewest points ever given up in a Super Bowl, and the only Super Bowl in which the defense did not surrender a single TD.
He was named to the Pro Bowl five straight times (1965-69). He was an All-Pro once and 2nd team All-Pro three times.
The NFL did not start keeping an official record of sack statistics until 1982. According to Dallas Cowboy records, Andrie had 97 sacks in his career. He best year was 1966, when he has 18.5 sacks.
He is the 5th most prolific sack artist in Dallas Cowboy history behind Harvey Martin (113), Randy White (111), Ed Jones (105 or 106 depending on source), and DeMarcus Ware (99.5).
C. Joseph Wright: Andrie was before my time; I defer to those who actually saw him play. I tried to make room for him in my Top 10, based largely on Shady’s recommendation, but I was unwilling to remove any of the other choices.
Next week we will begin our presentation of the Top 10 Dallas Cowboys Who are Not Already in the Ring of Honor. Once we have featured the Top 10, we will then ask you the Landry Hat Readers who you think should be the next Cowboy(s) to enter the Ring.
You should be able to figure out who most, or even all, of the 10 players that we will feature in our list of the TOP TEN Dallas Cowboys Not Already in the Ring of Honor. If you feel strongly about a particular player, feel free to email me your reasons why you think they deserve to be in the Ring of Honor, and I may include your thoughts with the profile of that player. Similarly, if you have a favorite story or memory about one of the players, email me that and I may include it. My email is [email protected]
Click on the last link for a list of the 20 men who are currently in The Ring of Honor.