Dallas Cowboys: 15 greatest quarterbacks in franchise history

Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images)
Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images) /
1 of 15
Randall Cunningham, Dallas Cowboys
Randall Cunningham, Dallas Cowboys. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport /

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback is one of the most glamorous and scrutinized positions in all of sport. Here we look at the 15 best to ever line up under center for America’s Team.

Note: This article was updated on 3/31/2021 by The Landry Hat site expert, Steven Mullenax

It’s a double-edged sword to play quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. On one hand, there’s no more high-profile position in the entire NFL. Even households that don’t religiously follow the sport often know the name of the signal-caller in Big D.

The flip side of that is how scrutinized the position is. No matter how much success a player has in this role, they are considered a disappointment unless they end up winning it all.

Dallas earned the moniker ‘America’s Team’ due to their winning ways in the 1970s and that set them up for a higher bar than many other franchises. Here, we will look at the 15 best players to ever try their hand at leading the most prominent team in all of sport.

player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. (2000). RandallCunningham. 15. QB. 123

Once a hated rival, Randall Cunningham joined the Cowboys in 2000 after spending three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and his first 11 in the league with the archrival Philadelphia Eagles.

A dual-threat quarterback, Cunningham was brought in to back up Troy Aikman and he was pressed into action once concussions took their star player out of the game.

The team struggled mightily that season and finished 5-11, but Cunningham played well in his three starts. Dallas wound up losing two of those games, but he did take them to overtime against his former team in the Eagles and nearly pulled off that win.

Overall, Cunningham completed just under 60 percent of his passes for 849 yards with six touchdowns and four picks. He even added a rushing touchdown, but unfortunately, at the age of 37, he wasn’t the runner Dallas was used to facing for years while he was with the Eagles.