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Cowboys news: The original #88, Drew Pearson, makes the NFL Hall of Fame

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Drew Pearson Gets Long-Awaited Hall Of Fame Call - Rob Phillips, The Mothership

It’s done. Drew Pearson get his just rewards.

Drew Pearson’s Hall of Fame wait is over. The Cowboys legend and Hail Mary co-author has finally, rightfully, been elected to Canton.

Saturday, Pearson received the necessary 80%-plus vote for election from the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 48-member selection committee. As a Senior Finalist, Pearson’s candidacy was voted on separately from the other finalists.

Pearson’s election was announced Saturday during the “NFL Honors” award show on CBS.

Pearson, a Cowboys Ring of Honor member and one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, is the 20th person selected to the Hall of Fame based off their accomplishments with the Cowboys. Former head coach Jimmy Johnson and safety Cliff Harris were elected to the 2020 Hall of Fame “Centennial Class,” but the enshrinement ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One year after breaking his heart, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opens its doors to Cowboys legend Drew Pearson - Staff, DMN

Pearson reflects back on his time in the league, and about the legacy of 88.

“I never thought I was the best,’’ Pearson said. “Charley Taylor (Washington) was still in the league, and I had too much respect for him to think I was better. I did feel I was one of the best.

“But at the same time we had a system that humbled you, OK. There was no go-to guy. No matter what I did, I was not the go-to guy. We didn’t have that. We had too many weapons you had to respect.’’

Pearson played in seven championship games and three Super Bowls before his career was done. His No. 88 isn’t retired, but it’s been held and passed down as part of a proud tradition.

Michael Irvin, Dez Bryant and now CeeDee Lamb have all worn that number for the franchise since Pearson’s retirement.

“When I retired, I started calling myself the original No. 88,’’ Pearson said. “Then here comes Irvin, and he did what he did. Now we’ve got a legacy going.

“Individuals can’t create a legacy. A true legacy is taking what you did then passing it onto the next guy. That’s what I told Michael. He took it to the next step, the next level.

“The Cowboys hold that number for someone special to take it next. I’m honored they treat it like that.’’

Aikman’s thoughts on if Kellen Moore is Cowboys HC-in-waiting - K.D. Drummond, Cowboys Wire via Yahoo Sports

Is Kellen Moore the head-coach-in-waiting?

When asked about the notion the Cowboys are preparing [Kellen] Moore for an eventual takeover, [Troy] Aikman responded thoroughly, saying,

“It’s a good question. I do think this situation is different than the one that Jason Garrett found himself in. There was a real history there with Garrett and the Jones family, from his playing days of course. The familiarity, the respect that they had for Jason as a player, and then when he went into coaching. My guess is that when Jason was brought in as the offensive coordinator, he was viewed as a future candidate to be the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. I don’t know that Kellen Moore was thought of that way when he went from the playing field to the coaching staff.”

While the two situations unquestionably do have their similarities, Aikman is right to point out the history that closely connected Garrett to the Jones family.

Aikman would elaborate on his answer, and acknowledge that he does believe Moore would be a real candidate to replace McCarthy, should that become necessary.

“But my guess is, and I feel confident saying this, Jerry Jones is hopeful that Mike McCarthy will be the head coach for the next 10 years, because that means a lot of good things are happening. If that’s not the case, yeah I think Kellen Moore would certainly be a candidate. Whether or not they view him as , “We’ve got our next head coach in the building,” I’m not so sure that that is an accurate statement.”

Mike McCarthy fondly recalls days leading up to Super Bowl XLV, Arctic conditions that accompanied it - David Moore, DMN

Mike McCarthy reflects on his Super Bowl win 10 years ago in an icy Metroplex.

There are memories that fade over time, details that get jumbled or lost the further you get away from an event.

Not in this case.

Mike McCarthy casually moves from one story to the next from Super Bowl XLV with remarkable recall. Moments big and small receive the same, vivid retelling.

Before he gets underway, McCarthy wants to say he can’t believe it’s been 10 years since his Green Bay team traveled to North Texas and beat Pittsburgh. Those days hold a special place in his heart.

Soon after becoming the head coach of the Cowboys 13 months ago, McCarthy came to understand locals remember the week less fondly. He’s greeted with tales of woe about the Artic conditions and the frustration the region feels over being unable to put its best boot forward and show the world what Texas hospitality is all about.

He’s never sure how to respond.

“I mean, that was the best week of my professional career,” McCarthy said.

Chase Young earns Defensive Rookie of the Year - Charean WIlliams, PFT

The Cowboys are going to be dealing with this guy for a long time.

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young appeared the safest choice in the 2020 draft, and he lived up to all expectations in his first season.

The Washington defensive end capped off his debut season with Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. He received 42 1/2 votes to 4 1/2 for Panthers safety Jeremy Chinn. Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen received two and Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr. one.

“Definitely, I feel like that [having fun] is the reason I play the game,” Young told the Associated Press. “Even from the first time I was a kid, I loved the game. I definitely like to have fun when I am out there playing.”

In the final seven games of the season, the No. 2 overall choice totaled four sacks, eight quarterback hits, five tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles and a touchdown. It helped Washington secure the NFC East title.

Young finished the year with 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Philadelphia Eagles expected to trade QB Carson Wentz soon, sources say - Chris Mortenson, Adam Schefter, ESPN

And it looks like the Cowboys won’t be dealing with this guy any longer.

The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to trade Carson Wentz in the coming days in what would be the latest blockbuster quarterback deal to rock the NFL, league sources told ESPN.

The most pertinent questions now become where, when and for what. But it could happen as early as this coming week, per league sources, even as the Eagles continue to insist to other teams that they would be happy to bring Wentz back to Philadelphia.

The Eagles are said to be looking for, in the words of one well-placed source, “a Matthew Stafford package,” in return for Wentz. The Lions traded Stafford to the Rams last weekend for a third-round pick this year, two future first-round picks and quarterback Jared Goff, the player selected directly in front of Wentz as the top two picks in the 2016 NFL draft.

Among the teams that have expressed some level of interest in Wentz are the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts, sources told ESPN, although other teams also have called to gauge the market and see what a package for the Eagles’ quarterback would look like.

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