#5 The Wide Receivers
There is no doubt that the Dallas Cowboys have had a great run when it comes to issuing the number 88. But it is the other pass catchers that land the wide receiver group as fifth on this list. We can start off with the original 88 and hopefully soon to be Hall Famer Drew Pearson as the catalyst of this list.
Pearson is the only starter of the 1970s All-Decade team not to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame but I fully expect the voters to rectify this travesty in next year’s voting process. Nonetheless, this Ring of Honor and Super Bowl Champion leads the wide receiver group. Who can ever forget that the recipient of the infamous “Hail Mary” play was Mr. Pearson himself.
Following in this group is the “Playmaker” who’s brash bravado made him a favorite of fans but an enemy of all his opponents. Michael Irvin is a three-time Super Bowl Champion and this NFL Hall of Famer is also known for his Dallas Cowboy motivational speeches that are beyond fulfilling.
Wideout Dez Bryant has had a better statistical career than Irvin but that could be attributed to the league becoming more pass-happy. Bryant is near the top of almost every Dallas Cowboys club receiving list which includes the most receiving touchdowns in club history with 73 TD’s. Bryant was a very worthy No. 88 and is only missing a Super Bowl ring to his name.
“Bullet” Bob Hayes remains the only player to win an Olympic Gold Medal and a Super Bowl. The player was affectionately known as the “Worlds Fastest Human” was the original number 22 but played wide receiver. His induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was attributed to his insane 19 percent touchdown rate per catch.
There have been some big-play wideouts such as Alvin Harper, Tony Hill, and Golden Richards that are often forgotten that made some memorable post-season plays for this franchise.
The Pittsburgh Steelers combo of Lynn Swann and John Stallworth could arguably edge out the Dallas receivers while the 49ers trio of Jerry Rice, John Taylor, and Terrell Owens certainly makes a strong claim. I might have to revisit this after Pearson gets selected but for now, I will keep the wideouts fifth on this list.
Lets also not forget that Hall of Fame wide receivers Lance Alworth, Terrell Owens, Tommy McDonald, and Harold Carmichael all once donned the star.
I certainly would have no issue with Cowboy fans calling this team Wideout University, but I think that I have a few more positions ahead of this claim.