With the NFL season just months away, the Dallas Cowboys will soon be playing home games in what I'm going to go ahead and have to call the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Even though the stadium is new and is located in a different city that yet again is not Dallas, some old franchise traditions with be upheld.
There's still going to be a hole in the roof, albeit a retractable one. So God will still be able to watch His favorite team play. Just as long as The Almighty provides the Metroplex with sunshine minus the life sucking heat, and no chance of precipitation.
Think of it as The Jetsons meets Texas Stadium and Steroids all at once. The new digs have the same basic shape, with a noticed increase in size, and a much needed technological update.
Of course, the new stadium would not be complete, or feel like home, without the Cowboys' trademark Ring of Honor.The Ring currently has 17 members including 15 former players, long time head coach Tom Landry, and the teams' first general manager ,Tex Schramm.
As hallowed as the Ring of Honor has become since Bob Lilly was the first to be inducted in 1975, it has not been without its controversies.
For example, it is a bit embarrassing when the Hall of Fame inducts former Cowboys before we can find the time to honor them as a franchise. Tom Landry, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, and Tex Schramm, all made it to Canton before Jerry Jones found it fit give them their due.
On the other hand, Jerry has honored other Cowboys from the franchise's storied past who weren't already in the Ring when he took ownership. Bob Hayes, Rayfield Wright, and Cliff Harris are all players from the 60's and 70's that Jerry Jones has decided to add to the club.
In the cases of Bob Hayes and Rayfield Wright, who were inducted into the Ring in 2001 and 2004 respectively, it put them back into the spotlight enough to lead to their eventual trips to the Hall of Fame a few years later.
How could Cowboy fans justify pressing the Hall of Fame Committee for more players in Canton if the franchise doesn't even have them in their own version of the Hall. With that being the case, there are some ex-Cowboy greats that are overdue for some Ring of Honor induction ceremonies.
The last time there was a Ring of Honor ceremony in Texas Stadium was 2005. Maybe it was appropriate that the "triplets" were the last ones to go in at the old house. But we all know that dynasty was built on much more than Emmitt, Aikman, and Irvin.
There are other Hall of Fame players that were a part of that 90's team, as well teams of the past ,that must be added to our Ring of Honor to make it complete.
But first, we must set some criteria. To do so we will look at the Ring of Honor's current members.
The Ring is made up 15 players with an average of 12 years as a Cowboy. In fact, only Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith spent any time with another franchise in the NFL.
All of the Ring of Honor inductees were Pro Bowlers on multiple occasions. The average amount of Pro Bowls for these players was just above six in their career.
Being an NFL First Team All Pro doesn't hurt a player's cause, but is not a prequisite for Ring of Honor induction. For example, no Cowboy quarterback has ever recieved First Team All-Pro honors, but Meredith, Staubach, and Aikman are all in the Ring despite this omission.
However, every other former player in the Ring of Honor was a First Team All-Pro selection atleast once. Bob Lilly and Randy White share the franchise record for receiving this honor seven times each.
Only the two Dons, Meredith and Perkins, were inducted into the Ring without winning a Superbowl. On average, these members have one and a half championships a piece.
So with some guidelines to work from, we are set to determine who belongs in the next generation of the Ring of Honor.