Ranking the greatest players in Dallas Cowboys history

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Emmitt Smith is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher (18,355 yards) and rushing touchdowns (164) and is a three-time Super Bowl champion. /

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In today’s NFL, it would be insane to put a running back ahead of a quarterback on a dynasty. But in the 1990s, that was the case. The Cowboys were the team to beat for most of that decade and while Aikman rightfully deserves his credit for their success, this was a run-first team led by Smith.

The list of accomplishments for Smith seems endless as he was a four-time All-Pro First-Team selection, a two-time Second-Team selection, an eight-time Pro Bowler, a four-time NFL rushing leader, three-time NFL touchdown leader, three-time Super Bowl Champ, and also won the NFL MVP in 1993. As if that wasn’t enough, you could throw in the fact that he won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1990 and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVIII.

Oh, and he also owns the record for the most rushing yardage in NFL history with 18,355 yards in his 15-year career (17,162 of those came with the Cowboys).


Smith was able to notch that many yards thanks to his unbelievable consistency. He topped 1,000 yards in 11-straight seasons and had more than 1,200 in nine of those campaigns. He also topped 20 touchdowns twice and had 153 on the ground and 11 through the air in his Dallas career.

He was so good that he even put up 937 yards and nine touchdowns for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004 at the age of 35. It’s still odd to ever picture him in that uniform but Smith was running hard even after his time with Big D.