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PFT’s “Mt. Rushmore” series launches next month

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As we slide into the slow time of the NFL calendar, it’s time to start manufacturing topics for discussion and debate.

For the TV version of this specific web destination, which airs every weekday at 5:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, we’ll be unveiling next month the “Mt. Rushmore” for every NFL franchise.

Basically, we’ll name the four persons whose heads would appear on a very large stone sculpture depicting the organization.  Players, coaches, administrators, owners, whoever.

The talking heads on Pro Football Talk will have our own opinions on the four stone heads, and we’ll also unveil the four persons per franchise on which you have voted.

Before we can identify the finalists on which you’ll vote, we need nominees.  And we invite you to make your nominations below.

First up:  The Dallas Cowboys.

Go.

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122 Responses to “PFT’s “Mt. Rushmore” series launches next month”
  1. micknangold says: May 7, 2013 9:12 AM

    Tom Landry is an obvious choice. I’d add in Staubach, Jerry Jones, and Ted Lilly

  2. suprinelolskins says: May 7, 2013 9:13 AM

    Jerruh, Landry, Emmitt and Staubach.

  3. alehleha says: May 7, 2013 9:13 AM

    Tom Landry. Bob Lily. Emmitt Smith. Roger Staubach.

  4. mitchitized says: May 7, 2013 9:16 AM

    Roger Staubach
    Tom Landry
    Jimmy Johnson
    Tony Dorsett
    Bob Lilly

    And I’m a Steelers fan, fer cryin’ out loud! hehe

  5. shukey11 says: May 7, 2013 9:19 AM

    Jerry jones
    Tom Landry
    Troy Aikman
    Roger Staubach
    a case could be made for Emmit Smith to oust Tory Aikman.

  6. The Spins Media says: May 7, 2013 9:20 AM

    Hubris, Greed, Vanity, and the guy that cleans Jerrah’s glasses.

  7. gixrider says: May 7, 2013 9:21 AM

    I like alehleha’s four, but I would go Landry, Staubach, Smith, and Aikman.

  8. rhamrhoddy says: May 7, 2013 9:26 AM

    Hate the Cowboys but you would be hard-pressed to narrow it down to 6, let alone 4.

  9. stlunatik says: May 7, 2013 9:27 AM

    Jerry Jones, Jerry Jones, Jerry Jones, Jerry Jones

  10. logicalrob says: May 7, 2013 9:27 AM

    Landry, Staubach, Emmitt, Dorsett

    Jerry has presided over the worst performance history of the organization… nope!

    Armen Terzian (look it up — hail mary 1974)?

  11. CKL says: May 7, 2013 9:29 AM

    Landry and Staubach for sure. I think Gil Brandt deserves a place too. He had some revolutionary ideas that are now common practices as far as personnel goes. Not sure on the fourth one.

  12. romoscollarbone says: May 7, 2013 9:30 AM

    Landry
    Bob Lilly
    Staubach
    Emmitt
    Ware

  13. phrogger says: May 7, 2013 9:31 AM

    Clint Murchison
    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Jimmy Johnson

    Troy Aikman is first runner-up.

  14. jpb12 says: May 7, 2013 9:32 AM

    Jerry. Stephen and Jerry Jr.
    There’s room for a 4th?

    Younger version of Jerrah.

  15. cometkazie says: May 7, 2013 9:32 AM

    Landry on the positive side and Jones on the negative.

    Fill in two people in between.

  16. Stiller43 says: May 7, 2013 9:33 AM

    To fill more time until training camp, you could also do the mt rushmore of the nfl overall, and/or position by position.

  17. jason49er says: May 7, 2013 9:33 AM

    Landry, Emmitt, Aikman, then probably Staubach.

    Surprised no one has mentioned Michael Irvin yet.

  18. matt2calvin says: May 7, 2013 9:36 AM

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Bob Lilly
    Larry Allen

  19. illiniftw says: May 7, 2013 9:37 AM

    All 4 heads should be Jerry Jones. One as owner, one as GM, with the other two Jerry heads congratulating them on the great job that they have done.

  20. hbdbrowns33 says: May 7, 2013 9:38 AM

    Tom Landry Roger Staubach Troy Aikman Michael Irvin.

  21. jawnyblaze says: May 7, 2013 9:38 AM

    With 3 Super Bowls in 4 years I think it could be none other than Jerruh and the triplets – Aikman, Emmitt and Irvin.

  22. 23chameleons says: May 7, 2013 9:41 AM

    Guys, it’s just 4 heads, not 5. Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Jimmy Johnson & Emmit Smith.

  23. pj1983a says: May 7, 2013 9:44 AM

    I nominate North Texas Football Cathedral Jumbotron. After all, it’s already roughly the right size to put on Mt Rushmore, no sculpting necessary.

  24. himcdonough says: May 7, 2013 9:46 AM

    Michael Irvin’s drug dealer
    Troy Aikman’s beard
    Jerry’s plastic surgeon
    Leon Lett

    OK…that was just the Eagles fan in me coming out.

    Seriously:

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Tony Dorsett
    Emmitt Smith

  25. raiderufan says: May 7, 2013 9:46 AM

    You have to start with Landry and Staubach….Cowboy fans would tear the mountain down before it was finished if they weren’t included.

    Considering he has the all time rushing record Smith goes up well before Aikman should ever be considered.

    And finally….Bill Bates.

  26. crf4dan says: May 7, 2013 9:47 AM

    Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Emmit Smith, Tony Dorsett

  27. matt2calvin says: May 7, 2013 9:49 AM

    Anyone that mentions Aikman or Irvin must not be much of a historian…

    While great players in their time, they certainly don’t rank among the top 5 of Cowboy history.

    I could understand a vote for Emmitt Smith based on numbers, but Aikman wasn’t even the best at his position in Cowboy history.

    Just because they were the latest doesn’t automatically mean they were the greatest…

  28. tibetanterror says: May 7, 2013 9:57 AM

    I am going to have to go with Herschal Walker, Mike Lynn, those two made the Cowboys of the 90s.

    Otherwise Landy and Staubach sound good.

  29. PackersHome.com says: May 7, 2013 9:58 AM

    Starting off with the Dallas Cowboys? I suppose, might as well start from the bottom with America’s Joke.

    Speaking of joke, I can see picture Alvin Harper basically sitting on top of Terrell Buckley’s head catching a pass in the endzone for a score. Good times … good … times.

  30. bsagain says: May 7, 2013 9:58 AM

    Dallas Mount Rushmore:
    Clint Murchison
    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Gil Brant

    Honorable Mention:
    Tex Schramm
    Bob Lily

  31. swede700 says: May 7, 2013 10:01 AM

    Tom Landry, Emmitt Smith, Tex Schramm, Roger Staubach

  32. blackchief29 says: May 7, 2013 10:02 AM

    Lamar Hunt

  33. lemonhead7 says: May 7, 2013 10:02 AM

    Larry Brown, Jerrah, Neil O’Donnell, and whoever else paid Neil O’Donnell

  34. doubleogator says: May 7, 2013 10:19 AM

    Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Emmit Smith, Too Tall Jones

  35. Norseman says: May 7, 2013 10:21 AM

    Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Bob Lilly would be a good list.

    An alternative: A three-sided face of Jerry Jones with Walt Garrison above, spitting out his chew.

  36. dccowboy says: May 7, 2013 10:22 AM

    Tom Landry
    Gil Brandt
    Jerry Jones
    Roger Staubach

  37. tcb2nyc says: May 7, 2013 10:23 AM

    Tom Landry
    Bob Lilly
    Roger Staubach
    Michael Irvin

    I know the Irvin choice is a little odd over the other two triplets, but he was the heart and soul of those three championship teams.

  38. ngatasteelersfan says: May 7, 2013 10:30 AM

    Roger Staubach
    Tom Landry
    Jimmy Johnson
    Giant TV Screen

  39. dalanz28 says: May 7, 2013 10:31 AM

    Landry, Staubach, Lilly, Jordan

  40. briansalo1 says: May 7, 2013 10:32 AM

    Terrell Owens, Roy E. Williams, Julius Jones, and Jerry Jones.

    Lol

  41. tuckernyg says: May 7, 2013 10:32 AM

    Clint Murchison
    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmitt Smith

  42. redandgold11 says: May 7, 2013 10:36 AM

    Tom Landry, Emmitt Smith, Randy White and Roger Staubach. As much as I hate the cowgirls, they have been a historically great franchise with historically great players and coaches.

  43. jbl429 says: May 7, 2013 10:37 AM

    Troy Aikman was going to be on it, but he said Romo deserves to take his place.

  44. citizenstrange says: May 7, 2013 10:50 AM

    1) Jerry Jones (of course)
    2) Stephen Jones
    3) Quincy Carter
    4) Bobby Carpenter

  45. packerfantastic says: May 7, 2013 11:17 AM

    Tom Landry
    Tex Schramm
    Roger Staubach
    Bob Lilly
    Randy White

  46. mjz0236 says: May 7, 2013 11:18 AM

    Landry. Staubach. Emmitt. Aikman

  47. FinFan68 says: May 7, 2013 11:19 AM

    Hard to get down to 4. Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Randy White, Emmitt Smith

  48. CowboyErik says: May 7, 2013 11:34 AM

    I got 250,000 miles on a car before I was an adult going to Cowboys games cause I couldn’t afford airfare under Reagan,Bush I mostly; I seen it all: LANDRY, STAUBACH, EMMITT, AIKMAN. To many to list, and alot of guys I still talk about to people to this day from Herschel, the Manster, To Tall, Don Meridith, Bob Lilly to Walls, Fellows, Bates, and Downs as a secondary unit. Trail of Glory leading to/thru the east coast, sl,louis, chicago, florida, midwest and west coast; America’s Team on Tour. Need a VIETNAM size wall for this team! By the way I still have the car as a static display model restored, won’t run!!!

  49. aboutamoo says: May 7, 2013 11:36 AM

    No love for Randy White?

    Staubach, Emmitt, and Landry for the other three.

    Jerry’s influence (good and bad) is undeniable, but he’s too polarizing to go up there.

  50. gurnblanstonreturns says: May 7, 2013 11:40 AM

    Tony Romo, Terrence Newman, Marion Barber and Jackie Smith

  51. mazblast says: May 7, 2013 11:42 AM

    Tom Landry
    Bob Lilly
    Jimmy Johnson
    Emmitt Smith

    Honorable mention–Staubach, Larry Allen, Gil Brandt, Tex Schramm, maybe the severely overrated Randy White and Troy Aikman

    I can hardly wait to see the four for such franchises as the Cardinals, Jaguars, and Bagels.

  52. BringBackTheFlex says: May 7, 2013 11:44 AM

    Mount Rushmore has four of the most influential presidents in the first half of this country’s history. Arguably, we would still be the United States without them. For Dallas, I’d put

    Landry,
    Shramm,
    Staubach,
    Lilly

    You don’t have today’s Cowboys without these four men.

  53. foosballisthedevil says: May 7, 2013 11:59 AM

    Schram, Landry, Staubach, Lilly

  54. mrexcite721 says: May 7, 2013 12:01 PM

    Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson
    Lance Rentzel
    Leon Lett
    Terrel Owens

  55. elyasm says: May 7, 2013 12:21 PM

    I would have to go with:

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmit Smith
    Tony Dorsett

    …but Leon Lett is still my favorite Cowboy of all time.

    Tex Schramm, Bob Lilly, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson all get honorable mentions.

  56. mshawn75 says: May 7, 2013 12:31 PM

    Jerry Jones, the stadium, the Jumbo-tron, and the Victoria’s Secret Store. Runner-up… His wifes art collection that NBC insists on showing us everytime they have a Sunday night game.

  57. apmn says: May 7, 2013 12:36 PM

    Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Cheerleader, and Hank Hill.

  58. edrooneyjr says: May 7, 2013 12:56 PM

    Landry Staubach and Emmitt for sure. Lots to pick from for the last.

  59. listenupcupcake says: May 7, 2013 12:58 PM

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Jimmy Johnson
    Herschel Walker

  60. forty9asty says: May 7, 2013 1:05 PM

    John Wayne
    The Lone Ranger
    “The naked cowboy”
    The Marlboro Man

    Honorable mention to Garth Brooks, the cast of City Slickers and Kid Rock

  61. jasongentile says: May 7, 2013 1:09 PM

    Tom Landry
    Jimmy Johnson
    Roger Staubach
    Troy Aikman

  62. wvuandsteelers says: May 7, 2013 1:21 PM

    Tom Landry (got em to all those Super Bowls)
    Jerry Jones (got em to all those other Super Bowls)
    Roger Staubach (face of the Cowboys back in the day)
    Emmitt Smith (best player on the 2nd wave of Dallas teams and held NFL rushing title)

  63. thejimthorpejamsession says: May 7, 2013 2:03 PM

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Randy White
    Jimmy Johnson

    Honorable Mentions:

    Bob Lilly
    Bob Hayes
    Ed “Too Tall” Jones
    Emmit Smith
    Tony Dorsett
    Herschel Walker
    Tex Shramm
    Don Meredith
    Michael Irvin
    Troy Aikman
    Jason Witten
    Larry Allen

  64. homeorange says: May 7, 2013 2:41 PM

    Staubach
    Landry
    Jerry Jones
    Emmit Smith

  65. supesfan34 says: May 7, 2013 2:46 PM

    How did my post get deleted from this one! Seriously!!

    I’ll try again:

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmit Smith
    Randy White

    Tough to leave off, but honorable mentions to:

    Harvy Martin
    Ed “Too Tall” Jones
    Bob Lily
    Tony Dorsett
    Jimmy Johnson

  66. davekva72 says: May 7, 2013 3:10 PM

    I just can’t put Jerry up there, even though he is sadly the face of the franchise right now. So here’s who I vote for:

    Tom Landry – He has to be there
    Roger Staubach
    Tony Dorsett
    Emmitt Smith

    It was hard to decide between Emmitt and Troy, but Emmitt is the All Time leading rusher, and he was NFL MVP, and SB MVP. So hard to narrow it down to only 4.

  67. longsufferingbillsfan says: May 7, 2013 3:58 PM

    Landry, Staubach, Emmitt Smith, Bob Lilly.

  68. halfdoctor84 says: May 7, 2013 4:04 PM

    landry, staubach, jerry jones, emmitt smith

  69. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 7, 2013 4:24 PM

    Landry, Staubach, and Smith seem to be the most obvious choices. I’d go Aikman, Dorsett, or Too-tall Jones for the fourth. Anyone suggesting Michael Irvin needs to be banned from this site.

  70. CowboyErik says: May 7, 2013 5:52 PM

    funny it’s easier to make the all shame list:

    Rafeal Septien, Duane Thomas, Quincy Carter and ….. Hollywood Henderson? Coach knuckhead, guy after Jimmy Johnson is close, 4get his name at the moment….

  71. lakermetskins says: May 7, 2013 8:30 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings for trading for Herschel deserve a spot.

  72. porksoda23 says: May 7, 2013 9:55 PM

    Landry, Lilly, Staubach, Emmitt

  73. cowpiesnotcowboys says: May 7, 2013 10:07 PM

    Tony Romo (for holding placekick in Seattle, and his own throat so many other times)
    Leon Lett (showboating turnover in Superbowl, touching blocked kick on Thanksgiving day)
    Jerry Jones (multiple GM moves, like Galloway and Roy Williams trades)
    Jason Garrett (outstanding playcalling)

  74. cowpiesnotcowboys says: May 7, 2013 10:09 PM

    Michael Irvin could not be in a Mt. Rushmore sculpture, as there is not enough white powder on earth to fill his nostrils.

  75. cowboysandspursfan says: May 7, 2013 11:48 PM

    Tom Laundry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmitt Smith
    Bob Lilly

    No Jimmy Johnson…he wanted to leave
    No Jerry Jones….he helped Jimmy and Emmitt to leave.
    Troy Aikman…honorable mention
    Tex Schramm…honorable mention
    Randy White.. honorable mention
    Rayfield Wright…honorable mention

  76. thestatsishere says: May 8, 2013 1:04 AM

    Staubach, Lilly, Emmitt Smith, and Landry. I don’t know if you can make a list without Landry on it.

  77. twayward says: May 8, 2013 2:03 AM

    Landry, Staubach, Lilly, E. Smith

  78. predatorpeppers says: May 8, 2013 2:45 AM

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmitt Smith
    DeMarcus Ware

    HM: Bob Lilly, Randy White, Jerry Jones, Jimmy Johnson, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin

  79. truecowboyfan says: May 8, 2013 5:15 AM

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Bill Bates
    Emmitt Smith

  80. mrexcite721 says: May 8, 2013 7:03 AM

    Just thought of this as well . . . Tom Landry cannot be on the list. That hat brim is impossible to carve out of rock and maintain a safe environment for visitors . . .

  81. musicman495 says: May 8, 2013 10:20 AM

    Redskins fan here, listing the Cowboys I most admired (grudgingly, after they retired, of course):

    Tom Landry
    Roger Dodger
    Bob Lilly
    Emmitt Smith

    Highest possible honorable mention for Randy White, both for being unstoppable in his heyday, and for being man enough to help get Russ Grimm into the Hall of Fame.

    To those listing Jerry Jones or Michael Irvin, don’t make me laugh.

    For anyone listing Harvey “Funeral Wreath” Martin, don’t get me started.

  82. In the Weeds says: May 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    Bob Lilly
    Tom Landry
    Emmitt Smith
    Roger Staubach

  83. w2lucky says: May 8, 2013 11:57 AM

    Tom Landry
    Troy Aikman
    Bob Lilly
    Emmitt Smith

    Honorable Mention:
    Randy White
    Jason Witten
    Larry Allen
    Michael Irvin
    Rober Staubach
    Gil Brandt

  84. cajuncocoa says: May 8, 2013 1:27 PM

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmitt Smith
    Troy Aikman

  85. crussell75 says: May 8, 2013 1:56 PM

    Danny White, Tony Romo, Leon Lett, and Jason Garrett.

    Oh wait – those are the Redskins’ favorite Cowboys.

  86. eagleempire says: May 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    Dave Campo, Luis Zendejas, Quincy Carter, Babe Laufenberg

  87. bigbluefan11 says: May 8, 2013 10:47 PM

    Giant fan showing respect for the Star.

    Tom Landry
    (MUST include the fedora or it’s not Coach Landry)
    Roger Staubach
    Emmitt Smith
    Randy White

    Aikman was very close to being there, he’s a close 5th. But Emmitt to me represents the great Cowboy teams of the 90’s more than Aikman. Too Tall Jones was also on my radar, as was Dorsett. White was more consistently dominant that Jones. And Emmitt did it better and longer than Dorsett. Tex Schramm did a lot for this franchise, but I couldn’t bump any of those 4 for him.

    Cowboys were, by far, the most challenging team to pick for. A lot of NFL history has happened in Dallas.

  88. holdup08 says: May 9, 2013 2:07 AM

    Roger Staubach, Tom Landry, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Jones

  89. flavadave10 says: May 10, 2013 5:03 PM

    Roger Staubach
    Emmitt Smith
    Jerry Jones
    Randy White

    HM:
    Rayfield Wright
    Troy Aikman
    Michael Irvin

  90. jonato7 says: May 10, 2013 5:23 PM

    Tom Landry
    Emmitt Smith
    Tony Dorsett
    Roger Staubach

  91. jonato7 says: May 10, 2013 5:29 PM

    scratch my previous answer. it SHOULD be:

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmitt Smith
    Jimmy Johnson

    being that the Cowboys have had so many stars through the years, the best method is to take the Head Coach behind their 2 greatest eras and couple them with the most iconic player from each era.

  92. anonymousjbl says: May 10, 2013 10:09 PM

    Emmitt Smith
    Michael Irvin
    Tom Landry
    Larry Allen

  93. princepluck says: May 12, 2013 1:50 PM

    I think that, because the subject line does not include Dallas Cowboys, there are half the posts here.

    That said,

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmitt Smith
    Bob Lilly

  94. larryboodry says: May 16, 2013 8:27 PM

    Landry
    Staubach
    Aikman
    E. Smith

  95. badkarma56 says: May 16, 2013 8:46 PM

    Landry
    Staubach
    Aikman
    E. Smith

  96. cing73 says: May 16, 2013 8:48 PM

    Staubach, Emmitt, Landry, Lilly

  97. mackcarrington says: May 16, 2013 9:05 PM

    Duane Thomas
    Bob Hayes
    Dan Reeves
    Drew Pearson
    Chuck Howley
    Ed Jones
    Walt Garrison
    Don Perkins
    Preston Pearson
    Don Meredith
    Bob Lily

  98. mikesowers1 says: May 16, 2013 9:17 PM

    Landry, Staubach, Emmitt are locks……. I think the fourth should be Aikman. Many think his stats do not warrant inclusion but he was a leader and did win 3 rings. Without Emmitt he would have had much better stats. When he needed to throw to win he did. Cannot fault him for stats when he has something no other Cowboy QB has, 3 Super Bowl victories. Plus he is the best commentator for the NFL now hands down.

  99. bvandy says: May 16, 2013 10:08 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t mention Mr. Cowboy should be automatically disqualified. Should be:

    Bob Lily
    Emmitt Smith
    Mel Renfro
    Roger Staubach

  100. stompuout says: May 16, 2013 10:49 PM

    Jerry Jones, Steven Jones, Dave Campeau, Jason Garrett

  101. kevin7777777 says: May 16, 2013 11:23 PM

    Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Honorable Mention- Bob Lilly, Tony Dorsett, Randy White

  102. dirtyharry44 says: May 16, 2013 11:29 PM

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Bob Lilly
    Jethro Pugh

  103. mik888 says: May 17, 2013 2:30 AM

    Lots of interesting posts here. Having considered what everyone else has said I propose:

    Leaving Landry off the list. Rumor has it that when God coaches football in heaven He wears a fedora. Landry more than deserves it, but there’s only four people that can be selected. Knowing the kind of man that Landry was, he would want it to go to the players.

    So here’s my breakdown in order of importance:

    1) Roger Staubach. Quarterbach (sic).

    The reason anyone over 40 uses any means necessary to indoctrinate their kids into being a Cowboys fan (I told my daughter the other teams are robots trying to beat the good guys with the star on their helmets – she bought it) is Staubach.

    Let’s face it, not only was he the greatest, not only did you know that when Dallas was down by 17 with 5 min left that he would somehow score 21 (while you were sneaking a glimpse of the MNF game behind your parents on a school night), he was our IDOL. Captain Comeback defined a generation of Cowboys fans.

    In an era before replica jerseys, we all had the blue and silver baseball shirt with #12 on it. Admit it!

    2) Troy Aikman. Quarterback. Ridiculously accurate. Worked as hard as anyone who has worn the star and did it with honor (no off field issues in a time where there were off field issues). Most importantly, the dude won three Super Bowls – most by a Cowboys QB. Anyone who says voting for Troy Aikman is for fans who don’t know the complete history of the Cowboys is wrong. The guy is the second most important player we have ever had. Maybe not second best, but definitely second most important.

    3) Emmit Smith. Running Back. ALL TIME LEADING RUSHER IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL.

    Many great running backs have come and gone. Some can be seen playing the game today – Adrian Peterson comes to mind.

    However, in the final analysis there are four running backs who are known as the greatest – Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, and Barry Sanders.

    The game has changed so much that Brown’s accomplishments become less relevant as the years go by (especially in a year when he opens his mouth).

    So, let’s answer the Barry Sanders question once and for all.

    “IF” Barry was the better pure runner, then Emmitt was the closest second in the history of close seconds.

    Regardless, the fact remains that Smith was better at picking up the blitz and catching the ball out of the backfield. He was the more complete running back.

    Many people argue that if Barry played on those Cowboys teams of the 90’s he would have done even better.

    Well, here’s the counter-argument: Emmitt won three Super Bowls. On the same team, Barry would have only won two. Why?

    On the way to one of those Super Bowls, with the playoffs on the line against the Giants, Emmitt separated his shoulder in the first half. In excruciating pain, he got back on the field and won the game for Dallas. If it had been Barry Sanders, he wouldn’t have made it back to the field (let alone played another two playoff games and then the Super Bowl with a 3rd degree separation).

    When there was no way out for Barry Sanders, he quit.

    When there was no way out for Emmitt Smith, he scored.

    That’s the difference between the two men summed up in one of the greatest moments in the history of running backs.

    Many fans still need more statistical proof that if Barry had been on a better team, he would have beaten Emmitt.

    Well, here it is: The average record of both men’s teams over the course of their careers is the same. 8-8. They had the same opportunity.

    18,355. Deal with it.

    Emmitt’s true competition was with Walter Payton. Payton is the only other complete running back of the group – runner, a defender of the blitz, and pass catcher. As Emmitt was getting closer to breaking Walter’s record he befriended him and even agreed to look after his son once it was clear the elder was going to pass. That’s the heart of a champion and a gentleman in my book.

    Bob Lilly. Defensive everything. All decade team 1960’s and 1970’s. For those of you counting at home, that’s TWO decades – ’nuff said.

    Honorable mentions:

    Mt Rushmore Siamese twins:

    Harvey Martin and Randy White.

    Besides their illustrious careers, they are the only Co-MVP’s of a Super Bowl.

    Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters. Safety net.

    Legend has it that Cliff showed up to practice with one of those helmets with a siren on top – a testament to the menace the pair dished out on Sundays.

    Never Forgotten.

    Chuck Howley. The original #54. He was the monster before the manster. Only Super Bowl MVP designated from the losing team.

    Runner Up:

    Michael Irvin. Receiver. Off field issues, but owned up to them.

    I frequented the Cowboys training camp practices in Austin back in the day. The most interesting part was watching Irvin force rookie QB Jason Garrett (now the Cowboys coach) to throw him passes for 30 min after every practice. Jerry Rice was the best, but no one did more before 9am than Michael Irvin.

  104. evilglazers666 says: May 17, 2013 7:07 AM

    Larry Allen
    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmitt Smith

  105. 3lmt says: May 17, 2013 9:01 AM

    I’ve ALWAYS hated the cowboys, but they have a long, terrific history.

    From a cowboy-hater, here’s the list (a serious one):

    Landry, Staubach, Aikman, Emmitt Smith

    Many other honorable mentions, but those are who I think about when Cowboys come to mind.

  106. The Prophet says: May 17, 2013 9:57 AM

    Roger Staubach (established Cowboys)
    Tom Landry (legendary iconic coach)
    Troy Aikman (3-time SB champ)
    Emmitt Smith (all-time rusher)

  107. bcgreg says: May 17, 2013 10:44 AM

    Landry, Staubach, Emmitt, Bob Lilly

  108. redsoxu571 says: May 17, 2013 12:38 PM

    I think Tom Landry, Emmitt Smith, and Roger Staubach are mortal locks (how do so many people leave Smith off?). Tough call for #4…suppose I have to agree with the many Bob Lilly nominations out there.

    Plenty of honorable mentions…Aikman, White, Allen, Woodson, Irvin, Dorsett…shocked that few if anyone nominated DeMarcus Ware, though. As acclaimed as he is, he’s somehow managed to be underrated.

  109. gammynomnom says: May 18, 2013 5:36 PM

    Troy aikman was a completely mediocre QB on some great teams, Nothing more.

  110. notthesicko says: May 18, 2013 7:00 PM

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmit Smith
    Tony Dorsett

  111. sundevil17 says: May 18, 2013 9:16 PM

    Tom Landry
    Gil Brandt
    Roger Staubach
    Jimmy Johnson

    Honorable Mention
    Troy Aikman
    Michael Irvin
    Bob Lilly
    Emmit Smith
    Randy White
    Ed “Too Tall” Jones
    Charlie Waters
    Mel Renfro
    Tony Dorsett
    Drew Pearson
    Jason Witten

  112. a82g says: May 19, 2013 3:38 PM

    Staubach
    Aikman
    E. Smith
    Landry
    Dorsett

  113. canedaddy says: May 21, 2013 3:26 PM

    Emmitt Smith
    Michael Irvin
    Jimmy Johnson
    Bob Lilly

  114. ngarren13 says: May 22, 2013 4:04 AM

    landry
    staubach
    ed jones
    emmitt

  115. mikegilbert83 says: May 24, 2013 11:23 AM

    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmitt Smith
    Jerry Jones

  116. dezthenew88 says: May 27, 2013 3:38 AM

    start with Landry…Staubach was the leader of the Cowboy’s in his era and Emmitt in the next dynasty but the 4th is a toughie. No Jerry, bad enough we need to see his face now but for eternity? maybe Jimmy but that would only be to stick it to Jerry so spite shouldn’t be the reason, Irvin had too many off field transgressions and the original 88 Drew was good but not as good as he remembers…if a 88 goes up I’d rather see Dez but it’s too early for him…So the no brainers are Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Emmitt Smith and for the 4th? Whatever owner brought the Cowboys to Dallas would be a good one to add..was it Clint Murchinson?

  117. dezthenew88 says: May 27, 2013 7:20 AM

    On further thought put Troy Aikman as the 4th.

  118. eljara says: May 27, 2013 2:53 PM

    Tom Landry
    Bob Lilly
    Roger Staubach
    Troy Aikman

  119. dbn102 says: May 27, 2013 7:15 PM

    I’d say we ought to include some names from those earlier years should be part of the initial 12 nominations
    Tom Landry
    Gil Brandt
    Roger Staubach
    Don Meredith
    Troy Aikman
    Eddie La Barron
    Randy White
    Ed “Too Tall” Jones
    Charlie Waters
    Mel Renfro
    Tony Dorsett
    Mike Ditka

  120. jkb0162 says: May 27, 2013 10:24 PM

    Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Emmit Smith. If you include coaches sub in Landry for Aikman.

  121. stevedee2013 says: May 29, 2013 5:16 PM

    Roger Staubach, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, Tom Landry

  122. jmar17 says: May 29, 2013 6:55 PM

    1st team All-Mount Rushmore
    Tom Landry
    Roger Staubach
    Emmitt Smith
    Michael Irvin (Great team in the 90’s, but I believe there is zero Super Bowls without him)

    2nd All-Mount Rushmore
    Troy Aikman (1st Alternate)
    Jerry Jones
    Bob Lilly
    Larry Allen

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