Dallas Cowboys: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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29. player. 123. . Cornerback. (1962-1974). Cornell Green

Here’s a name lost to many in Dallas Cowboys’ history. But Cornell Green has the accolades and Super Bowl ring to prove he belongs on this list.

A five-time Pro Bowler and four times named an All-Pro, Green joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent way back in 1962 having played college basketball, not football.

The 6-foot-3, 208-pound defensive back was amazingly athletic enough to make the transition to professional football seamlessly, earning a spot on the NFL All-Rookie Team in his first year with the Cowboys. Talk about finding a hidden gem!

The versatile Green played both cornerback and safety during his thirteen-year NFL career, helping Dallas win Super Bowl V. A true Ironman, Green never missed a single game during his tenure with the Cowboys. He also ranks fifth all-time in franchise interceptions with 34 career picks.

Cornell Green is an unheralded name amongst most fans, but he shouldn’t be. But make no mistake. His presence in the secondary helped to place Dallas on a path of unprecedented success in the 1970s.