Who’s on the Mount Rushmore of most hated figures in Dallas Cowboys history?

Cowboys, Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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You don’t get the nickname “America’s Team” without having a history full of beloved figures. That’s been true of the Dallas Cowboys, who have had names such as Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Emmitt Smith on their sidelines.

However, there have also been plenty of ‘Boys who have drawn the ire of the entire fanbase. Here, we look at those who were the most loathed, with this Mount Rushmore featuring the four most hated figures in Cowboys history.

Dallas Cowboys Mount Rushmore of hated figures

Cowboys, Taco Charlton
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Taco Charlton, Former Cowboys Defensive End

It might seem weird to put a player on this list that suited up for just 27 games with the Cowboys, but Taco Charlton makes the mountain not only for what he failed to do, but also due to what the team missed out on when drafting him.

Dallas has been solid when it comes to drafting over the past decade-plus, but when they get into trouble is when they focus on a position rather than their board. That’s what happened in 2017, when they made sure to go after a prototypical defensive end rather than the top player available.

This led to the selection of Taco Charlton out of Michigan at No. 28 overall. Charlton, who stood 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, looked the part of an NFL defensive end, and Rod Marinelli (who should be an honorable mention) believed he was a better option than T.J. Watt, who didn’t fit his scheme.

Of course, Charlton turned out to be a major bust, as Watt went on to become one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. The DE’s not too sad about it, though, as Charlton had no problem making fun of Jerry Jones this offseason when the owner tried to blame his son for the failed pick.