We Dallas fans, excepting the very young, know and lover Darren Woodson. Per Wikipedia
"During his career he was elected to five Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro three times by the AP. He was a member of all three Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion teams of the 1990s. He was described in Sports Illustrated as "one of the hardest hitters in the NFL.""
Problem is, Mr Woodson played in an era where safeties were entirely eclipsed in fame by the 2 wonderful Cornerbacks of that era. Ever since Ed Reed and Roy Williams were taken in the 1st round, safeties have increased in stature. I am confident the relevance of Darren Woodson brought those players to the 1st round.
As close following Dallas fans we know what he brought to that position. How can we increase the general conversation about Darren Woodson so that he's not marginalized or totally washed over when his time comes?
He has one intrinsic advantage, he's on TV. That is immense. His historical legacy can always be brought to the forefront. But as members of a new era in media, I think we BTB fans can do more.
For example, the Giants D has fallen apart this year. Writers say its all about "want to" but thats hog wash. It's all about an excellent safety being injured for the Giants. By emphasizing that the Giants outstanding safety is hurt when we critically analyze whats happend to the Giants, we emphasize the value of great safety play. Given how often Dallas played great D in the 1990s, we re-enforce the role Darren Woodson played in that.
Often the contributions of great safeties are marginalized, much the way Guards and Centers are. What ways do y'all think we could continue to bring up Darren Woodson and what he did, in relationship to the way the NFL is now? Changing the way a position is played is the surest way to make the HOF. Woodson brough Corner skills and LB hitting, and made those talents a necessity to delineate the elite players at Safety.