Herschel Walker and Julius Jones are the only other RBs to ever top 1000 yards for the Cowboys. Each did it one time and Julius was the last to accomplish it back in 2006. That’s right, it has been six seasons since a Cowboys RB reached this milestone statistic. That drought is only eclipsed in Cowboys history by the twelve years from 1960 to 1971.
The Cowboys first three Super Bowl teams did not have a 1000 yard rusher, their last five Super Bowl teams had two by Tony Dorsett, and three by Emmitt Smith, and in all three times he accomplished the feat, he led the entire NFL in rushing. The first RB ever to lead the NFL in rushing, and be a Super Bowl Champion, and he did it three times. In 1995 he had his greatest season as he gained a Cowboys record 1773 yards, and scored a then NFL record 25 rushing TDs.
The Cowboys have made it to the Post Season thirty one times in their History. Twelve times that they accomplished this milestone they did not have a 1000 yard rusher. So back to the question I asked earlier. Do we need Murray to top 1000 yards in 2013? Or anyone else if he is injured? The answer is no, we do not. The Cowboys have made the playoffs and even won a Super Bowl without a 1000 yard rusher.
So why are so many Cowboys fans anxious to get Murray to this milestone? The truth is it really isn’t totally about Murray at all. When the Dallas Cowboys have had a vaunted, feared, or respected rushing attack, they have been true contenders for the NFL Crown. Duane Thomas never topped 1000 yards. Ask anyone who remembers the 1970 and 1971 seasons if Duane Thomas was not a catalyst player to the Cowboys success. I loved Calvin Hill as a kid and was stumped why the Cowboys took Duane Thomas in the first round the year after they did the same with Calvin Hill. Hill led the Cowboys in rushing more than Thomas did, and had two seasons over 1000 yards as mentioned. Yet it was Thomas more than Hill who was crucial to the Super Bowl seasons. In fact, if the Cowboys did not have Hill on their teams, I have little doubt at all that Thomas would have been the first RB in Cowboys History to top 1000 yards in a season.