Seven Cowboys who deserve a home in Canton



It seems to me that there are a few faces missing here.

For a franchise that has more appearances in the Super Bowl than any other team, and is second in Super Bowls won; it seems to me that having only eleven men enshrined in the Hall of Fame is a low total. Granted that Larry Allen will soon be taking his place among football's elite, but there are other men who should also be immortalized in that hollowed hall. Lets take a brief look at some deserving Cowboys.

Everson Walls

Walls ranks 12th on the all time interception list with 57 career picks, 44 of those came while wearing the silver and blue. This total ranks him second in Dallas history. Three consecutive years, Everson led the league in interceptions. Only one other man, Ed Reed, has accomplished this feat. While a Cowboy, Walls made four trips to the Pro Bowl and three of those seasons he also earned All Pro honors. After leaving Dallas, Everson became a NY Giant, where he earned a Super Bowl ring, before moving on to finish his career as a Cleveland Brown.

Darren Woodson

The Cowboys all time leading tackler, Woody made 1350 career tackles. During the course of his career, he was the general who ran the back end of the defense for three Super Bowl winning teams; and also helped put quite a few chiropractor's kids through college thanks to his ability to deliver a hit. Five times during his career Darren Woodson was selected to represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl. Three times he was honored as being All Pro.

Chuck Howley

The fourth man to be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor, Chuck Howley was also the first defensive player to be named as the Super Bowl MVP. He remains the only player from the losing team to be so honored. The season following this effort, Chuck won a Super Bowl ring and finished second to Roger Staubach for MVP honors. Over his career Chuck Howley recorded 25 interceptions and 18 fumble recoveries while racking up 6 Pro Bowl invitations and being named All Pro five times.

Cliff Harris

Like Howley, Cliff Harris is a six time Pro Bowler and 5 time All Pro. He too is a member of the Ring of Honor, as well as one of the few players named as part of the NFL All Decade team for the 1970's to not be in Canton. Captain Crash earned two Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys. Along with close friend and teammate Charlie Waters, he helped form the greatest safety tandem of his era.

Ed "Too Tall" Jones

"Unofficially" credited with 106 sacks, Too Tall ranks third in Cowboys history. He also recorded over 1000 career tackles despite being "retired" for two seasons in the middle of his career. After returning from his stint as a professional boxer, Ed was even more productive than in his first stint in Dallas. Due to his height and arm length, Jones was so proficient at batting down passes that he forced the NFL to start keeping track of this new statistic.

Drew Pearson

Mr. Clutch for the Cowboys, Drew Pearson recently became a member of the Ring of Honor. Like Cliff Harris, Pearson is one of the guys from the 70's All Decade team who has to buy a ticket to get in to the Hall of Fame. For his career, which was cut short due to injuries from a car accident, Drew caught 489 passes for 7,288 yards and 48 touchdowns. Three times he went to the Pro Bowl and was named first team All Pro. For good measure, he was also named second team All Pro once.

Harvey Martin

First on the Cowboys all time sack list with 114 "unofficial" sacks, Harvey also recorded 23 in 1977 alone. This is a half sack ahead of the official record held by a certain NY Giant. For that incredible season Martin was named Defensive Player of the Year. Along the way he led the Cowboys in sacks for 7 of his 9 years in the league. Four times a Pro Bowl and All Pro selection, Too Mean was one of the most feared pass rushers of his day. He also became the third Cowboy to pick up a MVP award at the Super Bowl. Harvey Martin is another member of the All Decade team from the 70's who has yet to take his place in the Hall of Fame.

All seven of these gentlemen have earned the opportunity to become immortals of the game, yet they have not been given the honor. One can only wonder what fate might have held for them had they worn the black and gold of Pittsburgh or maroon and gold of San Francisco. In any case, it is pretty clear that these Cowboys have been snubbed by the sportswriters who make up the HOF Selection Committee.

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