Do The Dallas Cowboys Need DeMarco Murray To Rush For 1000 Yards

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Emmitt Smith had an incredible eleven straight 1000 yard seasons in his thirteen years in Dallas. Had things been handled slightly differently he would have done it all thirteen years. In other words, the man was amazing, but we all know that.

Joining Dupre on this list of leading the team in rushing are Don Perkins (7 times), Dan Reeves, Calvin Hill (4 times), Duane Thomas (twice), Robert Newhouse, Rick Dennison, Tony Dorsett (10 times), Herschel Walker (twice), Paul Palmer, Emmitt Smith (13 times), Troy Hambrick, Julius Jones (3 times), Marion Barber (3 times), Felix Jones, and now DeMarco Murray (twice). Barring a major disappointment Murray is expected to add a third season leading the team in rushing in 2013; but I still haven’t discussed whether he needs to break 1000 yards or not.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against New Orleans Saints cornerback Elbert Mack (44) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It took the Cowboys thirteen years to finally have a 1000 yard rusher. Calvin Hill tallied 1036 yards in 1972 to be our very first to do it. Hill accomplished this feat twice when he did it again in 1973. By the time Calvin did it the Cowboys had been to two Super Bowls after the 1970 and 1971 seasons. They won Super Bowl VI after the 1971 season, so having a 1000 yard rusher was not needed then.

In 1977 Tony Dorsett became the first and only rookie RB to ever accomplish rushing for 1000 yards for the Cowboys. It was the first of his eight times to accomplish the feat. As mentioned, the strike year he was on track to do it, and that would have made nine straight years he accomplished this feat in Dallas.

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