With three Super Bowl championships in a decade, you’d expect a large number of that team’s players to be atop a list of the best of that decade. And NFL.com has done exactly that by ranking four former Dallas Cowboys players as the best of the 1990′s. Elliot Harrison, NFL Media analyst, ranked the top 20 NFL players of that decade. And in the following pages, you’ll find out where your favorite Cowboys were ranked and what my personal take on each ranking is. And we start off with The Playmaker himself…
13) Michael Irvin, Wide Receiver
NFL.com: “When it comes to the best receiver of the era, Irvin gave Jerry Rice competition. His numbers from 1991 to ’95 represent the best five years a wideout ever had in terms of individual stats (7,093 yards, 38 touchdowns) and team accomplishments (three Super Bowl titles).”
My Take: Sometimes seen as the lesser of the Triplets, Irvin was unquestionably the emotional leader of the Cowboys in the 90′s. And he’s brought that same tenacity and personality to his broadcast now, as an NFL analyst. But Irvin was also as much of a troublemaker as a playmaker. But through all the partying and arrests, which Irvin seemed to be the ringleader of, no one could question his work ethic and dedication. In some ways, Irvin had to work harder then the other Triplets for the same respect. And that fact might make him the best of the three. Irvin being the highest ranked receiver on this list, outside of Jerry Rice, seems fitting.