I love seeing Dallas Cowboys players have success. One of my favorite things to do each week is to see where successful players rank against the History of the game, and the History of the team. For example, last year Tony Romo passed for the most yards in Cowboys History. He came within 94 yards of eclipsing 5000 yards on the season. That feat has only been accomplished 6 times in NFL History, and 3 of those times have been by Drew Brees. Tony Romo’s 4906 yards rank 9th on the all time single season passing yards list.
Tony also moved past Troy Aikman for the most passing TDs in team History. It is the only career record he holds for the Cowboys. He is chasing Troy Aikman for yards, attempts, and completions. Tony is also 52nd in NFL History with 177 career TD passes. Let’s say for the sake of building a scenario that in 2013 he were to equal 2012 and throw 28 touchdown passes. In that case he would move his total to 205 and he would pass at least 18 retired players on the all time list, including Hall of Famers Bob Griese, Bobby Layne, and Sammy Baugh. This would move him near the top 30 TD passers of all time.
To me, stuff like that is fun to know. Each week I keep track of our players who are doing well. It began with tracking Emmitt Smith’s rise up the rushing ranks. I knew exactly when he was passing Tony Dorsett for most rushing yards in team History. I knew exactly when he was passing Marcus Allen for most rushing TDs in NFL History. I knew how close LaDanian Tomlinson was getting. I also knew LT was going to fall short of the great Emmitt Smith. We all knew when he was surpassing Walter Payton for the most rushing yards in NFL History. That record was like the Holy Grail of NFL Records because it was a record held by such greats as Jim Brown and Payton.
As Emmitt stood on the sidelines hugging Daryl Johnston and thanking him for all he sacrificed for Emmitt more than a few of us had something in our eyes that was making them water. When he asked Moose to stand at his Hall of Fame induction, and he expressed his love for him, that same foreign object in our eyes was back. You see, it’s important to note that no record falls because of one man, and one man alone. Football is and always has been a team effort, and there are always unsung heroes like Johnston who make them happen. Daryl Johnston never had the fame that Emmitt enjoys, but he is as big a part of that record and the career rushing TDs record as Emmitt himself is.