Steelers number of Hall of Famers: 20
Cowboys number of Hall of Famer: 16
Steelers: Terry Bradshaw (27,989 passing yards, 212 touchdowns, 210 interceptions)
Cowboys: Troy Aikman (32,942 passing yards, 165 touchdowns, 141 interceptions)
I chose Bradshaw because Ben Roethlisberger is still playing, and I am comparing the best Hall of Fame players. I chose Aikman because he won more Superbowls than Staubauch in fewer trips and becuase Aikman had slightly better numbers.
So who is better? Honestly I don't know. Bradshaw won one more Superbowl, but Aikman was a better passer. This here is a tie.
Best Running Back
Steelers: Franco Harris (12,120 rushing yards 91 touchdowns, 2287 recieving yards, nine touchdowns)
Cowboys: Emmit Smith (18,355 rushing yards, 164 touchdowns, 3224 recieving yards, 11 touchdowns)
Got to give it to Emmit. He played longer and rushed for more yards and touchdowns than Harris.
Best Wide Reciever/Tight End
Steelers: John Stallworth (8723 receiving,63 touchdowns)
Cowboys: Michael Irvin (11,904 receiving yards, 65 touchdowns)
Even though Irvin played in a more pass-happy era than Stallworth, he still played in a run-first offense. He was also more talented and a bigger threat than Stallworth. Got to give this one to Irvin.
Best Defensive Lineman
Steelers: Mean Joe Greene (78.5 unofficial sacks, 15 fumble recoveries, one interception)
Cowboys: Bob Lilly (94.5 unoficial sacks, 18 fumble recoveries, one interception)
Another tie here. Both players were dominant players on great defenses. I have heard arguments for both and honestly I myself lean towards Lilly, but it is just to close to call.
Steelers: Jack Lambert (1479 tackles, 28 interceptions, 23.5 sacks)
Cowboys: Lee Roy Jordan (1236 tackles, 32 interceptions)
Another Pittsburgh win on defense. Lee Roy was good, but he wasn't even in the Hall of Fame. Jack Lambert is considered one of the best of all time. Easy choice here.
Best Defensive Back
Steelers: Mel Blount (57 interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries)
Cowboys: Mel Renfro ( 52 interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries, three kickoff/punt return touchdowns)
Mel Renfro was a great player. In fact he is one of the best safeties ever, but he just doesn't compete with Blount who redefined the cornerback posistion.
The Steelers get an early advantage in this one based on the fact they had more Hall of Famers. At first when I started with the offensive comparison, it looked like the Cowboys might have a slight advantage. Then I got to the defense and Pittsburgh blew Dallas out of the water. It's a win for Pittsburgh.