Six Cowboys Make Super Bowl Golden 50 Team
This week the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed their Super Bowl 50 Golden Team and there were a total of six Cowboys who made the side.
In a weeks time the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will take to the field to participate in the 50th Super Bowl. Dallas Cowboys fans really felt this was their year; but isn’t it always?
Of the 49 previous Super Bowls the Cowboys have participated in 8 of them – that’s a little over 16%. That’s a great percentage in the grand scheme of things but next week marks the 20th year since the team last appeared in the final. Five Super Bowl appearances in the 70’s delivered two rings, and a golden spell of three rings from three appearances within four years of the 90’s makes the modern barren era even more painful.
This week the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed their Super Bowl 50 Golden Team and there were a total of six Cowboys who made the side with many more who would’ve been considered.
"“The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee have chosen the “Super Bowl 50 Golden Team” in honor of Super Bowl 50, celebrating the best overall career performances in the Super Bowl.”"
Larry Allen – Guard
Larry Allen played for the Cowboys between 1994-2005 and in his 14 years in the NFL was an 11 time Pro Bowler who was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. He was also name to the NFL All Decade Teams of the 90’s and 00’s. With so many accolades it’s perhaps a surprise that Allen won just the one Super Bowl Ring.
Charles Haley – Defensive End
With an incredible five Super Bowl appearances and five Super Bowl rings, it’s beggars belief that Charles Haley was only inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Haley spent five years in the blue and silver of Dallas and eight in the red of the San Francisco 49ers. In those five Super Bowl appearances Haley had a total of 4.5 sacks. Judging on football alone, including Haley was an no brainer.
Jay Novacek – Tight End
Tight end Jay Novacek’s inclusion in the team is one of the more surprising choices. In his six years as a Cowboy, Novacek won three Super Bowl rings. Across the three finals he had 17 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Novacek is a much under appreciated former Cowboy, but as Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News points out, perhaps the likes of Marv Flemming were more deserving of a spot in this Golden 50 team.
"“Fleming was an elite blocker during an era when tight ends were more than just pumped-up wideouts. Fleming played in five Super Bowls for a pair of run-centric franchises and won four rings. His blocking helped the Packers win consecutive Super Bowls in 1967-68 and the Dolphins win consecutively in 1973-74.”"
Deion Sanders – Defensive back
In a 14 year NFL career, Deion Sanders made nearly 60 interceptions for 5 different teams. Arguably one of the greatest defensive backs to play the game, Prime Time won two Super Bowl rings, one with Dallas and the other with the 49ers. Sanders is second on the all time leader of non offensive touchdown scorers with a total of 19 (just one behind leader Devin Hester).
Emmit Smith – Running back
If only one of the Cowboys Triplets were to feature in this Golden 50 team, it was going to be Emmitt Smith. Smith won rings on his three visits to the Super Bowl and was also the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP. In the three games Smith rushed for 289 yards from 70 attempts and scored 5 touchdowns. With 175 career touchdowns #22 ranks second behind wide receiver Jerry Rice for most touchdowns. Could feasibly be the first name on this team sheet.
Randy White -Defensive Tackle
Heading into this years draft, the Cowboys may well be on the look out for a defensive tackle and they’d certainly like to land themselves another Randy White. The nine time Pro Bowler is the soul Cowboy from the 70’s era that makes the Golden 50 team. White won one ring from three Super Bowl appearances. Alongside that ring came an MVP worthy performance- an honor he shared with his defensive line team mate Harvey Martin. Half man, half monster it’d take a foolish person to overlook the Manster.
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