Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame Players
Since the Dallas Cowboys were born through today, they’ve consistently added players, coaches, and presidents into the Football Hall of Fame. Through each decade, the Cowboys had their share of superstars, and through the Hall of Fame, many of these stars have been recognized.
The 60’s & 70’s
Lilly was added to the Football Hall of Fame in 1980. He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1961 until 1974. Nicknamed, “Mr. Cowboy”, he attended 10 Pro Bowls in a row and in 1961 was named Rookie of the Year. Lilly was one of the greatest defensive tackles ever produced from the Cowboys.
It is difficult to think of the history of the Dallas Cowboys, without discussing one of their most famous quarterbacks. Staubach was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985 and was drafted to the team in 1964. He was the MVP of Super Bowl VI and finished out his career with 153 touchdown passes and 22,700 passing yards.
Renfro was a defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys from 1964 through 1977. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. When he first arrived to the team, he was one of the most sought after running backs coming out of college football. However, it didn’t take him long to develop into the great defensive back he was. Renfro made four Super Bowl appearances.
Rayfield was one of the best offensive lineman in the league. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1967 until 1979. In 2004, he was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor. He participated in six Pro Bowls and five Super Bowls.
Hayes was added into the Hall of Fame in 2009. He was a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys from 1965 until 1975. Hayes was known as “The World’s Fastest Human.” He modernized the receiver position and helped turn it into what it is today, full of speed. He attended three Pro Bowls and continues to hold several of the teams records.
The 70’s and 80’s
Dorsett was a Pittsburgh Heisman Trophy winner, and highly sought after by the Dallas Cowboys. He played from 1977 through 1987 as a running back. His rookie season he had a total of 1,007 rushing yards, and he ended his career with 12,739 yards. Dorsett was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.
White was a defensive tackle from 1975 until 1988 with the Dallas Cowboys. He attended the Pro Bowl nine times and was considered one of the most feared men in the league. In 1978 he was the NFL’s defensive player of the year and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.
Landry was the coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 until 1988. He was a key factor in starting up the franchise and ended his career with a 270-178-6 record. He led his teams to two Super Bowls, five NFC titles and 13 divisional titles. He was added to the Hall of Fame in 1990.
Schramm was the president of the Dallas Cowboys from 1959 through 1989. He was the overseer of the inception of the franchise and a key factor in creating many of the team’s innovation. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
The 80‘s, 90’s, & 2000’s
Aikman was a number one draft pick in 1989 and played quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys from 1989 until 2000. He led his team to three Super Bowl victories and holds the franchise title for passing yards and touchdown passes. He was added into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
Irvin was a wide receiver and played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys from 1988 through 1999. He went to five Pro Bowls and three Super Bowls. Irvin tied and broke many of the records for the franchise. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.
Smith holds the record for the all time leading rusher in the league with 18,355 yards. He played with the team from 1990-2004 as a running back. He has the most rushing touchdowns in the history of the league, with 164. Smith went to the Pro Bowl eight times and was MVP of Super Bowl XXVIII. He was added to the Hall of Fame in 2010.
Sanders was a cornerback with the Dallas Cowboys from 1995 until 1999. He was added to the Hall of Fame in 2011. Sanders played on several of the top NFL teams, throughout 14 seasons. He once led the NFL for the record in punt returns and made eight Pro Bowl appearances.
Several other players that played for the Dallas Cowboys made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but these players were part of the franchise for a large portion of their career. The Cowboys continue to draft and keep some of the greatest football players in the league.