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Cowboys Midsummer Madness, Round One: Too Tall Jones vs. Erik Williams

As we head into the summer doldrums, BTB introduces its own form of March Madness to get you through the slow period until training camp: a 64-player "Best Cowboy of all time" tournament! Today’s first round match-up features eighth seed Too Tall Jones facing off against ninth seed Erik Williams

Today, we find the first of our most tightly-seeded contests, those between the eighth and ninth seeds. In the NCAA basketball tourney, these tend to be "pick-em" games, and I'd expect the eight-nine contests in our little tournament to follow that pattern. This particular match-up features two big men: defensive end Too Tall Jones and offensive tackle Erik Williams.

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Player: "Too Tall" Jones

Position: defensive end

Seed: 8

Essentials:

Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Edward Lee Jones
1974-89 129
3
1
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Bio: Jones was the first player selected in the 1974 draft, becoming a starter at left defensive end during his second season and, two years later was part of a defensive line that dominated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII. After playing five years for the Cowboys left football while in his prime to attempt a professional boxing career. Jones returned to football in 1980, earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors three times from 1981 to 1983. When he retired at the end of 1989 season, having never missed a game, Jones had played more games than any player in Cowboys history (232), and is tied with Mark Tuinei and Bill Bates for most seasons (15).

Selected by Dallas in first round (17th player overall), 1990 … Won rushing crowns in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 … Led NFL in rushing touchdowns three times … Major contributor to Cowboys Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII, XXX victories … Named first-team All-Pro 1992-95 … In 1993, named NFL’s MVP and MVP in Super Bowl XXVIII … 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons … Became NFL’s all-time rushing leader in 2002 … Career totals: 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns rushing; also had 515 receptions … Born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=291#sthash.i2MiaRqc.dpuf

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Player: Erik Williams

Position: offensive tackle

Seed: 9

Essentials:

Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Erik George Williams
1991-2000
81
4
3
no
no

Bio: Williams was selected in the 3rd round of the 1991 NFL Draft, and earned a startign role the following season, when he became widely known for being the league's only offensive lineman capable of shutting down Reggie White.  Williams's physical play and aggressive attitude made him the top offensive lineman in the NFL in the mid-90s; indeed, he once dominated the Eagles' William Fuller so completely that Philadelphia coaches refused to show their players the game tape. He was never the same after a 1994 car accident, but was still a three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler. Given his dominance, many believe that, if not for the injuries he suffered in his car accident, Williams would have finished his career as one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history.

Alright, BTBers, which man advances to the next round?

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