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Dallas Cowboys: Ranking the 7 best players in franchise history

The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most storied franchises in NFL history. There have been a lot of special players who have worn the star on their helmet.

There has been a lot of debate over the years about who are the best players in franchise history. Let’s try to settle that right now.

7. Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders only played with the Dallas Cowboys for five seasons, but if he would have played for more he would have been a lot higher on this list. Sanders was a lockdown cornerback and opposing quarterbacks would usually not even look his way because they knew they weren’t going to find any completions.

Sanders was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011.

6. Randy White

Randy White was a problem for opposing offensive lines. From 1978 through 1985 he was in every Pro Bowl. He was also named to seven All-Pro teams. White was also co-MVP of Super Bowl XII. A lot of people forget about just how dominant White was during his days in Dallas.

5. Tony Dorsett

Tony Dorsett played from 1977-1988 with the Dallas Cowboys and was a nightmare for any defenses he would come in contact with. In 173 games with the Cowboys, he ran for 12,739 yards and 77 touchdowns while averaging 4.3 yards per carry. He also caught 398 yards for 3,554 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He was added to the Cowboys ring of honor and the Hall of fame in 1994.

4. Michael Irvin

Statistically, there is no doubt that Michael Irvin is the best wide receiver in team history. Every team that faced the Cowboys had a specialized gameplan on how to try and slow him down. Usually, however, even that wasn’t enough.

Irvin hauled in 750 catches for 11,904 yards, and 65 touchdowns during his time with the Cowboys. He has also averaged an impressive 74.9 yards per game.

3. Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman didn’t have the most impressive numbers, but he won Super Bowls, which trumps everything as a quarterback. He was named to six Pro Bowls and led the Cowboys to three Super Bowl wins. Aikman finished his career throwing for 32,942 yards and 165 touchdowns.

2. Emmitt Smith

One of the reasons the Cowboys didn’t pass the ball a ton was because of Emmitt Smith, who was running wild out of the backfield. Smith led the league in rushing four times and still holds the NFL record for career rushing yards. He also won three Super Bowls during his time in Dallas.

1. Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach is the most recognizable name in franchise history. There really isn’t much argument, he is the clear cut number one on this list. Staubach was the first true star of the Cowboys and finished his playing days with an 85-29 career record in the regular season. He also had an 11-6 record in the playoffs.

When you think of Cowboys history, Staubach is on a pedestal above the rest.