This list, as the title implies, pays tribute to greats NOT in Canton.
The Dallas Cowboys are a team that has etched a significant image in the NFL landscape over a short period of time.
Their inception year was 1960, and this was also when the legendary trio of Tom Landry, Gil Brandt, and Tex Schramm came on board to the team.
This group of men worked quickly into building the Cowboys as a perennial contender. They would appear in back to back NFL Championship games within just seven years, and would soon set an NFL record for having a winning record twenty straight seasons.
The Cowboys also went to the playoffs eight straight years, an NFL record, then broke that streak by appearing in the playoffs nine straight years. They also have appeared in a record eight Super Bowl games, winning five.
They are a team most either love or hate. This might have mostly spawned from an NFL Films editor dubbing the Cowboys "America's Team" just before the 1979 season.
This expression has brought the team and league a lot of coin. The Cowboys have sold out a record 160 games in all stadiums they have played in since the 1990 season.
Though Dallas has not been to the Super Bowl since 1995, they are a team most fans speak of as a contender yearly. This aura was created by that trio of Tom, Tex, and Gil, and it should continue in the foreseeable future.
I hope you enjoy the list, and any debate on my selections is welcome.
The Almost All-Time Defense will my next post in the upcoming days, so keep your eyes peeled for that.