Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been a Dallas Cowboy fan. I remember spending Sunday’s with my uncle watching Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Ed “Too Tall” Jones and the rest of the Doomsday Defense dominant our Sunday afternoons.
Being from the South, you had no choice but to become a Cowboys fan because both the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons were terrible at the time. I love that blue star on their helmets and what it stood for: a great team, great organization and the best and prettiest cheerleaders in the league; in short America’s Team.
I was with the Cowboys through the dominance of the 1970’s and early 1980’s and stood with them though that 1-15 season in 1989 as well. It was hard being a Cowboys fan back in those days because new teams were emerging such as the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears.
Also, we were losing the familiar faces of Tex Schramm and Tom Landry. When Jerry Jones took over in the 1989, I hated the way he did things. He made a clean sweep of the whole organization which I thought at the time was crazy. How do you get rid of the people who help build America’s Team?
He brought in cocky Jimmy Johnson as head coach from the University of Miami and what was even worse; they were getting rid of the team’s best player in Hershel Walker for a bunch of unknown draft choices. Little did I know or realize at that the time what Jones was doing would help in the resurgence of the Cowboys. The Walker trade to the Minnesota Vikings was the biggest blockbuster trade in NFL history. My ex-boyfriend, who is a huge Vikings fan, still despises the Cowboys to this day because of that one trade.
That trade changed the Cowboys future forever. In trading that one fading star, we got two future Hall of Famers in Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith along with a young Michael Irving also a future Hall of Famer who was picked up already by the Cowboys in a previous draft. But who knew that at the time they would be the foundation for Jones’ teams for years to come and by which every Cowboys team since would be compared to.
That’s why I think the 1992-93 Cowboys meant so much to me. It was the first time in 14 years that the Cowboys went to the Super Bowl. I was too young to appreciate those early Super Bowl victories, so technically this was the first time in my life that my favorite football team would win a Super Bowl.
That team reestablished the dominance of the Cowboys. They would win two more Super Bowls after that, but no team was greater then this one. I remember how feared Charles Harley and Ken Norton Jr. were on defense and how big those holes were for Emmitt created by Moose Johnson, Nate Newton and the rest of the guys on that unsung offensive line. I remember how crisped Troy’s passes were to tight end Jay Novacek and Michael Irving who would push off just enough to make room for him to make a spectacular catch then dash his way into the end zone. I also remembered the long passes to wide receiver Alvin Harper as well who was very dangerous in one on one coverage.
I will always love and cherish this team for their dedication and hard work into bringing meaning back to that bright Texas star.