The Dallas Cowboys’ off-season is up and running with week two of OTAs pretty much in the books. As the position battles heat up on the field there is another race that should be addressed off the field. Which former Cowboys deserve to be in the Hall of Fame but haven’t been able to break through yet?
One Cowboy is going in this year in former guard Larry Allen, and he deserves it. Allen was an 11-time Pro Bowler and six-time first-team All-Pro who anchored the Cowboys’ offensive line during their last Super Bowl-winning season. He was a man among boys with ungodly strength and a nose for finishing off his opponent. The list of his greatness could go on for a while, but I regress.
So who else deserves the nod? Here’s my top three former Cowboys who should be elected into the Hall of Fame.
Daryl “Moose” Johnston
When you think of Hall of Fame candidates you think of players that put up huge numbers, won multiple championships, been voted to a number of Pro Bowls, and/or transcended the game. Positions like quarterback and wide receiver are some of the more frequent ones inducted, but you almost never hear of a fullback inducted.
If any player can change that pattern it’s Daryl Johnston, or Moose as Cowboys fans affectionately call him.
His numbers don’t jump off the board (1,000 career rushing yards, 294 career receptions, 22 career touchdowns and only two Pro Bowl selections) but what other fullback helped pave the way for the league’s all-time rusher in Emmitt Smith. Emmitt himself stated in his HOF induction speech that his success would not have been possible without Johnston. That statement alone should carry a great deal of weight when considering if Johnston is Hall of Fame worthy or not.
Generally safeties don’t put up huge numbers, but like fullbacks, their impact on the game isn’t predicated on the numbers they put up, but rather how their unit performs under them. Darren Woodson was the quarterback of a defense in Dallas that performed at a high level and was a big part of the success the Dallas Cowboys had during the 90′s.
With five Pro Bowl appearances, three first-team All-Pro selections, and three Super Bowl rings to his credit he has the resume to garner a selection. That, along with the fact the Cowboys have not been able to successfully replace him and his level of play since his retirement following the 2004 season are solid reasons why he should not be overlooked any longer.
Probably the biggest name on any list of regular Hall of Fame snubs, Charles Haley put together a career that will probably never be matched.
Haley is the only player to have won five Super Bowl championships and notch more than 100 career sacks and has yet to break into the Hall of Fame. His numbers make him more than worthy, and yet he still is on the outside looking in. The only thing that has kept him out has been his eccentric personality and the problems it caused between him and his teammates. But like I’ve said before, if you want to be a disruptive force of his caliber, don’t you have to be a little crazy?