Today we embark upon the first of our regional finals, with an epic struggle between two men where were the best players on all-time great units. In one corner, we have top seed Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, and the legs that powered the great 90s Cowboys. On an offense loaded with All-Pro caliber weapons - Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Alvin Harper, Jay Novacek - Smith was the man that rival offensive coordinators professed they had to stop if they wanted to have any chance of beating Dallas. In the other corner sits second-seeded Randy White, the fierce, unblockable force in the center of the best defensive line in Cowboys' history. On a D-line featuring Too Tall Jones and Harvey Martin, it was the Manster who kept opposing offensive coaches - not to mention rival offensive guards - up at night. Which one will cut down the nets and represent the Bert Bell Regional in the Final Four? Read the bios and comments and take a peek at the videos, then cast your votes, good people!
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Player: Emmitt Smith
Position: running back
How he got here: defeated Larry Cole, 1108-46; defeated Too Tall Jones, 861-140; defeated Tex Schramm 434-169
|Name||Years||Career AV||Pro Bowls||All-Pro||RoH||HoF|
|Emmitt James Smith III||1990-2002||170||8||4||yes||yes|
Bio: Smith was selected in the first round of the 1990 draft, and, after a 937 yard rookie season, took over the league. In 1991, he led the NFL in carries and yards, the first of five consecutive seasons in which he rushed for more than 1,400 yards (making Smith the first back in league history to accomplish the feat). In 1993, he led the league in rushing for the third consecutive season, and became the the only running back to ever win a Super Bowl championship, the NFL MVP award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl MVP award all in the same season. Smith led the league in rushing and won the Super Bowl in the same year three times (1992, 1993, and 1995).
Smith's career reads as a long list of awards and "best of"s. Obviously, he is the NFL's all-time rushing leader. He is the first player in NFL history with 11 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons and the first to post eleven 1,000-yard rushing seasons in a career. Smith is the only player to post three seasons with nineteen or more touchdowns. In 1995, he set the record for most games in a season with a touchdown and most games in a season with a rushing touchdown, as well as the record (since broken) for touchdowns in a season. He leads all running backs with 164 career rushing touchdowns, and his 175 total touchdowns ranks him second only to Jerry Rice's 208.
The total of his rushing and receiving yards gives him a total of 21,564 yards from the line of scrimmage, making him one of only four players in NFL history to eclipse the 21,000-combined yards mark. He is one of only four running backs to lead the NFL in rushing three or more consecutive seasons, doing so from 1991-93. He is also one of only two non-kickers in NFL history to score more than 1,000 career points (the other being the aforementioned Rice). Smith also accumulated numerous NFL postseason records, including rushing touchdowns (19), consecutive games with a rushing touchdown (9), and 100-yard rushing games (7). His 1,586 postseason rushing yards is a record, as is his playoff touchdown mark of twenty-one. Smith was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2005 and was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, in 2010.
NFL ALL-TIME Rushing CHAMPION Trumps everybody except ONE
Why oh why oh why can't we just say it on a Cowboys blog? He was THE best ever! No reason to justify it or feel guilty.
He had the all around game, caught passes, blocked, was a leader emotionally, could get tough yards and break long runs. He performed great in the biggest games, in the playoffs, in the SB’s, against the best.
|michael07960||Like the playmaker said, "Catch 22 and you ain’t caught him yet."|
Player: Randy White
Position: linebacker; defensive tackle
How he got here: defeated Mark Stepnoski, 892-23; defeated Darren Woodson, 644-92; defeated Mel Renfro, 601-76
|Name||Years||Career AV||Pro Bowls||All-Pro||RoH||HoF|
|Randy Lee White
Bio: White was the Cowboys' first round pick (second overall) in the 1975 draft and, as one of twelve rookies from that class to make the team, was part of the famed "Dirty Dozen." As a rookie, he was moved to middle linebacker, where he backed up aging legend Lee Roy Jordan for two seasons. Never particular adept as a linebacker, White was moved to right defensive tackle during his third season (1977), where he blossomed, earning his first All-Pro and Pro Bowl nods, and, at the campaign's end, sharing Super Bowl MVP honors with Harvey Martin.
At defensive tackle, White presented a terrifying combination of quickness, balance, toughness (he played the final four games of the 1979 season with a broken foot), and raw, brute strength (he had 21" biceps and was the first Cowboy to bench press 500 pounds). Moreover, he had an incredible work ethic, lifting weights and practicing martial arts year round. His hustle was evident during a game against Philadelphia wherein he rushed upfield toward quarterback Ron Jaworski, who hit a receiver on a slant. White peeled off, raced downfield and caught the receiver from behind...49 yards downfield.
In 1978, the "Manster" was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year after terrorizing rival QBs (and garnering a whopping 123 tackles and 16 sacks), and received the second of nine consecutive Pro Bowl nominations (and the first of eight All-Pro nods). In 1982, he was named NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year; from 1983-85, he registered at least 10.5 sacks per season. White finished his career with 111 sacks and more than 1,100 tackles.
From 1975-1985, the Cowboys made the playoffs every year save one (1984). In his career, White played for five division champions, in six NFC Championship Games and in three Super Bowls, missing only one game in his storied fourteen-year career. At the time of his retirement, he had played the second games most of any Dallas Cowboy in history, with 209. White was named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 1980s. In 1994, White was placed in the Cowboys Ring of Honor and given a bust in Canton.
THE MANSTERQuite simply the most dominant player I’ve ever seen play the game of football and a great Cowboy.
Randy White is a top 5 Cowboy. There's a reason observers keep comparing JJ Watt to Randy White.
And White was the only Cowboy to make the 1980s All Decade team. He was easily the team’s greatest player for a big chunk of its history, probably from Staubach’s retirement after 1979 through at least the mid 80s, before injuries started taking their toll.
Randy White-My 2nd favorite Cowboy of all time
-Best nickname ever
-Went to the U of M…..FEAR THE TURTLE!
-Named my black Lab "Whitey" in honor of him when I was a kid. My parents thought I was being an ungrateful smartass because I had asked for a white dog.
-His number was ‘54’……Once went 54 hours straight without sleep while in a kissing marathon. Would’ve won, but my sister has no stamina.
-He looked just like my Mom’s brother. Except Uncle Sal had much more hair in his ears...
Alright, BTBers, which man advances to the Final Four?