Dallas Cowboys: 50 Greatest Players

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Dallas Cowboys: 50 Greatest Players
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The National Football League has been around in one form or another since 1920.  When the league started, most of the teams were concentrated in the Eastern part of the country. Dallas, at the time, was not considered and probably did not care to have a professional football team.

As teams gradually started moving West, Dallas became a contender for a franchise.

When the American Football League opened shop in 1960, the NFL expanded by two teams, adding the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys were just awful when they started out, going 0-11-1 in their first season, and did not enjoy a winning season until 1966, going 10-3-1, starting 20 consecutive above .500 seasons. 

This was followed in 1986 by three losing seasons, resulting in the dismissal of the Cowboys only coach ever, Tom Landry.  His place was taken by Jimmy Johnson.

After two more bad seasons, including an embarrassing 1-15 campaign in 1989, the Cowboys returned to glory.  They have been .500 or better in 14 of the last 20 seasons.

What follows is a list comprised of the 50 Dallas Cowboys who have made the most of their time in Dallas.  The list was based on the approximate value statistic, provided by www.pro-football-reference.com

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