Three former Dallas Cowboys have been announced as semifinalists for possible induction into the the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
As of today, the Dallas Cowboys have 23 former players, coaches or executives currently enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Next year, America’s Team could add up to three more members to that prestigious club.
On Tuesday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that they have narrowed down a list of 108 candidates to just 27 semifinalists for possible induction in 2018. And that list includes three former Cowboys. They are head coach Jimmy Johnson, cornerback Everson Walls and wide receiver Terrell Owens.
Johnson coached the Cowboys for five seasons, between 1989-1993, winning two Super Bowls in that span. He also coached the Miami Dolphins and has spent nearly two decades as a football analyst for FOX NFL Sunday.
Walls was signed as an undrafted free agent by Dallas in 1981 and would go on to led the league in interceptions for three of his nine seasons with the Cowboys. The four-time Pro Bowler would end up playing for the New York Giants late in his career, winning a Super Bowl with them in 1991. This is Walls’ first time to make the semifinalist list.
Finally, Owens started his career with the San Francisco 49ers back in 1996. But the dominate receiver didn’t land in Dallas until 2006, and spent three seasons with the Cowboys, recording 235 receptions for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will cut the 27 semifinalist candidates down to 18 finalist (15 modern-era, three contributors and/or seniors) in January. According to their rules, no more than four to eight new members can be voted into the Hall each year. And only five of those selections can be from the modern-era. The official 2018 Hall of Fame class will be announced the day before the Super Bowl.
Here’s the rest of the semi-finalist list for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as provided by NFL.com.
The 23 Dallas Cowboys currently in the Hall of Fame include Herb Adderley, Troy Aikman, Larry Allen, Lance Alworth, Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Forrest Gregg, Charles Haley, Bob Hayes, Michael Irvin, Jerry Jones, Tom Landry, Bob Lilly, Tommy McDonald, Bill Parcells, Mel Renfro, Deion Sanders, Tex Schramm, Emmitt Smith, Jackie Smith, Roger Staubach, Randy White and Rayfield Wright.