Top 10 Traitors in Cowboys History

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Nov 18, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (28) runs with the ball during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Felix Jones’ decision to join the Philadelphia Eagles “Dream Team” for 2013 left some fans wishing him well and others wishing him Hell. It got me to thinking: who are some of the worst quislings in Cowboys lore? Sure, the Dallas Cowboys has its loyal heroes like Roger Staubach, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and the like. Every storied franchise does, just as it also has its turncoats: players who left Dallas for more money or for a “better” opportunity, because allegedly that exists outside of associating with America’s Team. In any event, here’s a look at who I consider to be the Top 10 Traitors in Cowboys History.

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  • Old Frog

    Ken Norton, Jr.

  • Renny Mason

    That’s what I try and tell everyone when it comes to “Bum.” He was ready to simply call a press conference announcing the retirement of Landry. As I just reported in my Top 10 list, Jerry was not wrong to fire Landry, even wanting to do it face to face by flying to Austin with Tex to notify Tom. But he WAS wrong in how and when he did the firing. Bright was the “bad guy” and Jerry just the did the dirty work that no one else (namely Tex) wanted to do after being with Landry for 29 years. Jerry was also not sensitive to the history and great tradition of the Dallas Cowboys. He came across as callous and wanted to win and win now disregarding and ignoring Landry’s rich past, and that is what rubbed the masses the wrong way. As he has admitted to, Jerry regrets fumbling the Landry firing so badly. Oh well, ‘ol “Bum” succeeded. Great piece Mark!

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      Jerry did in fact “fumble” the Landry firing and has been fumbling since that time. Jimmy Johnson bailed him out temporarily by winning three superbowls. Thereafter the Cowboys have suffered immensly due to Jerry Jone’s fumbling ways.

      • Renny Mason

        Not many would argue with you there Gene. Ol’ Jerry came in at #2 on my Top 10 list of reasons why people hate our Dallas Cowboys. #1 was us of course…The Fans.

  • NYCowboysFan

    Emmitt Smith. As funny as that sounds, he did go play with the Cardinals after leaving Dallas.

  • fgoodwin

    Leaving a team that doesn’t want you and playing for another team (even a division foe) hardly earns one the title of “traitor”. If that is the criterion, then Emmitt Smith, Everson Walls, Larry Allen, Flozell Adams, Jim Jeffcoat, Mark Stepnoski, Bob Hayes, Lance Rentzel and Tony Dorsett are all “traitors”.

    I put Deion in a different class: he’s a mercenary, not a “traitor”. He never had any loyalty to the Cowboys or any other team he played for. I’d put Terrell Owens in the same group.

    Finally, what do you call players who LEFT another team to JOIN the Cowboys, like Jay Novacek, Mike Ditka, Lance Alworth, Preston Pearson, or Charles Haley? Are they “traitors” to their original teams? A player would be stupid not to do what’s best for himself and his family, which is why I dislike the use of the term “traitor”.