NFL.com Picks Four Cowboys As Top NFL Players Of The ’90s

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Oct 31, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL Network analyst and former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin before a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • Adela Benavides

    Emmitt Smith is hands down the best all pro player of his time.

    • hakskull

      Except the playmaker is my favorite Cowboy of all time.

  • David

    How Larry Allen is not on that list is a travesty.

  • TexasCowboy

    I would certainly rank Irvin, Deion and Troy higher then they were ranked 3 titles in 4 years
    nobody not even Favre or Elway were ever able to accomplish that

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    If it weren’t for Deion shooting off his mouth all the time I would have had no problem including him on the list. As it is now, I would leave him off the list and include Larry Allen.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Emmitt was the #1 player. No matter how much of a beating he took, he would still play and win the game.