5 best quarterbacks in Dallas Cowboys history

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It’s hard to find any position in sports where there’s more scrutiny than what the quarterbacks of the Dallas Cowboys receive.

The team has had several stars throughout its existence. While some of their signal-callers might be superior to many others throughout the league, they get labeled as overrated if they don’t win it all multiple times.

Some might consider it unfair, but each player who has ever taken a snap under center for Dallas is willing to take that heat in order to try and become a legend. With that being said, here we look at the five best quarterbacks to ever wear the star on their helmets.

The 5 best quarterbacks in Dallas Cowboys franchise history


Sept 20, 1987; E. Rutherford, NJ, USA; FILE PHOTO; Dallas Cowboys quarterback (11) Danny White in action against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Photo By USA TODAY Sports (c) Copyright USA TODAY Sports

Danny White
QB 1976-1988

Danny White, a former standout at Arizona State, joined the Cowboys in the 1976 season after playing for the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League. He had some big shoes to fill when he became a starter in 1980.

White took over for Roger Staubach, one of the first true superstars for this storied franchise. He was up to the task, however, leading them to three-straight NFC Championship appearances from 1980 through 1982.

Unfortunately, he didn’t lead them to the Super Bowl in any of those games and that led to a lot of criticism for him. He also didn’t endear himself to other players when he sided with the owners during the infamous 1982 NFL strike.

He did win a ring as a backup but never as the starter, which is the one blemish on his record. Overall, White was 62-30 as a starter but lost his job in 1988 when Steve Pelluer beat him out. Of course, Pelluer didn’t last long because 1989 was the year Troy Aikman came in.

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