September 17, 2011; Gainesville FL, USA; Emmitt Smith is honored before the game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers prior to the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When the Cowboys Ruled the World


It was the fall of 1991 and I was eight. I am willing to bet a lot of money that I was probably the only eight year old girl on the block who wanted to play NFL football when I grew up. To really get the irony of the situation you have to realize that I am a mid-west girl and the game of baseball ruled my family. I was a little girl from Michigan who believed Troy Aikman & the Dallas Cowboys ruled the world.

Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Troy Aikman (R) talks with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during warmups prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t know what caught my attention, I mean let’s look at the facts, I lived 1200 miles from Dallas and the Barry Sanders Era was just beginning in Detroit. It could have been the collaboration of Jerry & Jimmy, the perfect storm of Aikman, Emmit & Irvin, or the fact that they played the Lions in Detroit during the playoffs that year. Something made me take notice. Something about the Cowboys captivated me… I was hooked.

Fast forward 21 years… I am a few days away from 30 and still in love with the Cowboys of the Big D. Only now things are different. I’m not a little girl watching the game with innocence and awe. I’m a grown woman watching the game from a place of knowledge. Like all of us, I am forced to see the politics, the way money talks, the way the game has changed. It’s neither good or bad, but it is different.

What happens when you fall in love with America’s Team and get to witness their greatness, only to watch them stumble and fall?

This off season, we sit, we wait, we wonder… Maybe this is our year. Maybe this is our time. Maybe this is the year we will be great again.

To those of us holding out hope… Cheers, Dez

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  • Ronald W. Jones

    When I was 12 I thought Roger Staubach and the Dallas Cowboys ‘ruled the world’ (I’m 54 years old now)

    • http://www.lifeoutloud.me/ Desireé

      Ha! That is awesome! I love hearing throwback thoughts like this :)

  • Huicho

    When I was 10 years old I saw Dallas loose to the 49ers in the NFC championship game and it broke my heart. For A long time I still believed Danny White to be better than Joe Montana. I know better now.

    • http://www.lifeoutloud.me/ Desireé

      Good old Danny White… He was before my time :)

  • Weezy

    Best and only article I’ve read about the cowboys. Well done!

  • Buford

    Staubach was my hero, Randy was the Manster, and Jackie Smith aw man catch the ball, I have seen America’s Team win 5 and lose 3 and they are still the greatest team to strap on cleats in my opinion. Thanks for the article I enjoyed it my story is much the same.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    I have watched and rooted for the Cowboys since 1963 and saw them rise to the top, fall to the bottom again and rise to the top again. Unfortunately, the poor leadership since Jimmy Johnson was fired has resulted in a situation where the Cowboys will be mediocre as long and Jerry Jones manages the team. The fans who have watched the Cowboys after Jimmy Johnson left are all witnesses to the bad management and the ensuing results. Sure, the Cowboys won one more superbowl after Jimmy Johnson left but it was with the team that Jimmy Johnson had built. Sorry, fans don’t get your hopes too high or you will be badly disappointed.

  • tascosa

    I am 57 now grew up a Cowboys fan in Amarillo, my Dad played football at U of Tx and played again Don Meredith 3 times and they became friends thur their wives.

    My first memories of Cowboys is 1965 about the time they starting making the playoffs. Don Meredith, Craig Morton and many great players. Those guys stuck together and didnt act like the spoiled players Jerry has today. What about the Ice Bowl who could forget that game. The way Jerry handled letting Landry go was pathetic. Anyway all these years later Im still a loyal fan even after living in Chicago 20 yrs and making the Bears my 2nd team. How could I not with Ditka coaching them back when I lived there. Landry was very proud of Ditka and all the many coaches he produced.
    I hope Jerry gets someone to run the team so we can get back to days of Old Glory.