Next to Nate in the anchor at Center was five time Pro Bowl honoree Mark Stepnoski. To his right was John Gesek, and another monster was Tuinei’s bookend at RT. His name was Erik Williams. If you never saw Big E play then you have no idea how dominant he was. This man regularly stonewalled the greatest Defensive End in NFL History, Reggie White. Heck, he didn’t just stonewall him, he flat out beat the hell out of him. For a couple of years he was, without a doubt, the fiercest, most feared Offensive Lineman in the NFL. He was a four time Pro Bowl RT, and a three time All Pro. He was vicious, and he probably would be in the Hall of Fame if it were not for a car wreck he suffered a few years later.
This wrecking crew paved the way for Emmitt Smith to lead the NFL in rushing and win a Super Bowl, a feat never before accomplished. They allowed Troy Aikman to own Pasadena, and go on to MVP of Super Bowl XXVII. They were the genesis of an O-line that more people argue about than any other in History. Was Emmitt great because of them, or were they great because of Emmitt.
Shut up, they were all great together.
In 1993 a bully named Kevin Gogan replaced Jon Gesek at RG, and this wrecking crew once again bulldozed everyone, and Emmitt repeated as rushing champ despite missing two games in a holdout. He was the MVP, and the MVP of the Super Bowl as well. Ask Emmitt if his OL had anything to do with his incredible success. Written into his contract that year was a $50,000 bonus for each of his Linemen, if he won the rushing title. The year before he bought them all Rolex watches, as a thank you. In other words, he knew how great they were, and that they, as much as the glory guys, were the reason we won Super Bowls.
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