The Dallas Cowboys have 19 people associated with its franchise in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Only nine teams have more, and all of them but one were established in the NFL at least 10 years before the Cowboys.
That remaining team, the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, began in the AFL in the same year (1960) the Cowboys began play in the NFL.
However, of that number, six players (Herb Adderley, Lance Alworth, Mike Ditka, Forrest Gregg, Tommy McDonald and Jackie Smith) earned their enshrinement with other teams and played late in their careers in Dallas.
Two others, Tom Landry and Tex Schramm, were excellent as coach and general manager, respectively, but did not play their way for years into the hearts of fans who saw them on the field.
The remaining 11 are the core of the Cowboys Hall of Fame group, and should be known to all fans: Troy Aikman, Tony Dorsett, Bob Hayes, Michael Irvin, Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Randy White and Rayfield Wright. For a franchise that has enjoyed as continued success historically as the Cowboys have, that number seems a little low.
Therefore, I would like to offer a "Magnificent Seven" of Cowboys players who have made those of us who watched them hopeful for their chances at permanent recognition of the highest football order.