Since the beginning of time, NFL time that is, the Dallas Cowboys have always been the most loved team in the world. Funny thing about it is that they have been the most hated team as well. Like the old saying goes, “There’s a thin line between love and hate”, this couldn’t have more truth for the Dallas Cowboys. The reasons the fans love them are the same reasons that others hate them. They are always good. Of course they have bad years but overall they are always good.
One thing not many have realized is the quarterback history. If you evaluate all other teams quarterback history you will not find any others as talented as the Dallas Cowboys. From the 60’s to the present the quarterback position has always been solid.
In 1960 the Dallas cowboys got the first step to creating America’s Team by drafting Don Meredith. Don played with the team until 1968, but in his 9 years he made it to the Pro-Bowl 3 times. Don Meredith is also in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. That alone tells you how good he was.
After Don left the Dallas Cowboys they got the one and only Roger “Captain Comeback” Staubach. Roger Staubach is arguably the best QB to ever play the game. Staubach was not only a great player for the Cowboys but a great citizen. He served with the Navy and did a tour in Vietnam before joining the Cowboys. Roger Staubach’s career consist of 5 NFC Championships, 2 Super Bowl Championships, and 6 Pro-Bowls. He is also in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor and in the Hall of Fame. He had 11 amazing seasons with the Cowboys.
Staubach’s replacement would be Danny White. White backed up Roger for a few years and that is most likely why is was as talented as he was. He learned from the best. Danny may not have had the post season success that Staubach had but his stats were almost identical. In 1982 Danny White went to the Pro-Bowl being rated as the 2nd best passer in the league behind Joe Montana. White never made it to the Super Bowl or inducted into the Hall of Fame. That would be different if it wasn’t for Joe Montana’s final play in the 1982 NFC championship game, or better known as “the catch”.
Danny left after the 1988 season but was replaced by none other than Troy Aikman. The number 1 overall pick in the ’89 draft turned America’s Team around and won 3 Super Bowls. Troy Aikman was a 6 time Pro-Bowler and passed for almost 33,000 yards. That is great for a guy that played alongside the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. Troy Aikman was unbeatable in the post-season; he went 10-1 in his first 11 playoff games. Aikman made it into the Hall of Fame with ease.
By 2001 Aikman was retired and the next few years were one of the worst displays of quarterback play in the Cowboys history. In 2003 the Cowboys took a chance and picked up an undrafted rookie but did not know what they were getting. In the middle of the ’06 season the Dallas Cowboys made this undrafted QB the starter. Yes this QB is Tony Romo.
Tony Romo has been the starting QB for the Cowboys ever since. Romo hasn’t won a Super Bowl but still has probably 5 years to do so. His abilities differ from any of the other Cowboys greats. His release is fast, his abilities to scramble and keep plays alive are unreal. Just like Danny White and Don Meredith, Romo can’t claim Hall of Fame until he wins a super Bowl. Romo has made it to the Pro Bowl 3 times in his 6 seasons as the starting QB. His stats are amazing as he is always in the top 5 in almost every category.
In the last 46 years the Dallas Cowboys have produced a QB in 19 Pro-Bowls. That is very impressive and I can’t recall any other team that has that much quarterback success. We love them because we got them, all others hate them because they wish they had them. This is America’s Team.