The construction of a ‘Super’ Dallas Cowboys lineup
By Tyrone Starr
QUARTERBACK – Troy Aikman
Super stats: 3 games, 3 wins, 56/80 for 689 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception (111.9 rating)
Aikman gets the nod of his 70’s counterpart, Roger Staubach, in large part because he never lost a Super Bowl and threw three less interceptions. This was, by far, the closest decision of any offensive position.
RUNNING BACK – Emmitt Smith
FULLBACK – Daryl Johnston
Super stats: 3 games, 3 wins, 70 rushes for 289 yards and 5 touchdowns. Six receptions for 27 yards.
Smith amassed more than double the carries and almost double the yards of the next two best options. He’s also the only non-quarterback to win a Super Bowl MVP for the Cowboys on offense.
As for “Moose,” his contribution had little to do with numbers and everything to do with Smith’s success as he paved the way for all of Emmitt’s legendary runs.
WIDE RECEIVERS – Michael Irvin and Drew Pearson
Irvin’s Super stats: 3 games, 3 wins, 16 catches for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Pearson’s Super stats: 3 games, 1 win, 7 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.
The first and second members of the “88 club,” Pearson and Irvin gave Staubach and Aikman legit outside weapons in which to throw the ball. No receiver in Cowboys history has more Super Bowl yards or touchdowns than Irvin.
TIGHT END – Jay Novacek
Super stats: 3 games, 3 wins, 17 catches for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Novacek was without question the Cowboys best tight end in the biggest games. His 17 receptions is the club record for the Super Bowls.
Ralph Neely – three Super Bowls, one win, 2x Pro-Bowler, 3x All-Pro.
Nate Newton – three Super Bowls, three wins, 6x Pro-Bowler, 2x All-Pro.
John Fitzgerald – four Super Bowls, two wins.
Larry Allen – one Super Bowl, one win, 11x Pro-Bowler, 6x All-Pro, Hall of Fame.
Rayfield Wright – five Super Bowls, two wins, 6x Pro-Bowler, 3x All-Pro, Hall of Fame.
Neely, Fitzgerald and Wright were three-fifth’s of a unit that never allowed a sack in the Super Bowl. Newton was one of the best guards of his era, while Allen is one of the best offensive linemen to every play.