When it comes to the National Football League, the Dallas Cowboys have often been the golden standard. In their 50 years of existence, they have won five Super Bowls, and become the most valuable franchise in all of sports.
12 Dallas Cowboys have been inducted into the Football Hall of Fame, and the Cowboys Ring of Honor consists of the 17 best players in the franchises history.
Here are the best players to ever slap a star on the side of their helmet.
During his 13 year NFL career, Mel Renfro was named to 10 Pro Bowls and was awarded Pro Bowl MVP honors in 1970. In 1969, his 10 interceptions led the league, and his 52 career interceptions puts him 24th all time in that category.
Renfro was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1981, and into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996
Honorable mention: Deion Sanders, Everson Walls, Larry Brown
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Ouachita Baptist University, Cliff Harris went from a guy just trying to make the team to one of the best players in Dallas Cowboys history.
He made six Pro Bowls, and was named First Team All-Pro three times in his career. He was named to the 1970's All-Decade team and finished his career with two Super Bowl victories in five appearances.
Honorable Mention: Darren Woodson
The only player from the losing team to win Super Bowl MVP honors, and one of only eight defensive players to win the award (four of those eight were Dallas Cowboys). Chuck Howley was the leader of one of the best linebacking corps in history.
He was named to six Pro Bowls, and earned five First Team All-Pro selections. With the help of his defense, the Cowboys reached two Super Bowls during his career, winning Super Bowl VI.
Honorable mention: Lee Roy Jordan, Dat Nguyen, Demarcus Ware
Known by most as "Mr. Cowboy," Bob Lilly was the leader of the defense nicknamed the "Doomsday Defense" of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960's and 70's.
In his 13 years, Lilly made the Pro Bowl 11 times, and was named First Team All-Pro seven times.
He was named to the 1960's and 1970's All-Decade Teams, as well as the NFL's Seventh Anniversary All-Time Team.
Honorable mention: Randy White, Harvey Martin, Ed "Too Tall" Jones
Likely a first ballot Hall of Famer when he is eligible in 2013, Larry Allen was the heart of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line unit in the 1990's.
He was one of the strongest men the NFL has ever seen, benching over 700 pounds while squatting over 900.
He was named to 11 Pro Bowls in 12 seasons. Also, Allen was selected as First Team All-Pro six times, and Second Team All-Pro once.
Honorable Mention: Rayfield Wright
The only player currently playing for the Cowboys to make the list, Jason Witten will go down as one of the best tight end's to ever play the game when all is said and done.
In his seven year career, he has been named to six Pro Bowls, has received First Team All-Pro honors once, and Second Team All-Pro honors twice.
Witten also holds the record for most receptions in a game with 15.
Honorable Mention: Jay Novacek
Off the field, Michael Irvin was surrounded by trouble and legal issues, but on the field, Irvin was dynamite.
One of the "Triplets," Irvin was consistently among the league's best in regards to receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.
He has five Pro Bowl appearances on his resume, as well as three Super Bowl victories.
Honorable mention: Bob Hayes, Drew Pearson
Most career rushing yards, most career rushing touchdowns, most career rushing attempts, most career 100+ yard games. All of those titles belong to the great Emmitt Smith.
With all that he did in his career, it's hard to believe Smith was only named to eight Pro Bowls, and named First Team All-Pro only four times.
He helped lead the Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories, including Super Bowl XXVIII where he was named Super Bowl MVP.
Honorable mention: Tony Dorsett, Don Perkins
It's the biggest position in all of sports, bringing its holder the possibility of more fame than thought possible, but also more pressure than any other position of any sport.
Names such as Meredith, Aikman, and now Romo have all gone under center for the Dallas Cowboys, but the best to ever do so was Roger Staubach.
In his ten years under center he made six Pro Bowls, five All NFC selections, and five Super Bowl appearances, winning two of them.
He was named MVP of Super Bowl VI, and named to the 1970's All-Decade Team.
He is most famous for his naming of the "Hail Mary Pass" in the post game interview of a regular season game between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings.
Honorable mention: Don Meredith, Troy Aikman
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