Ten years ago today, Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith became the NFL’s All-Time leading rusher breaking Walter Payton’s rushing record.
Smith ended his NFL career with 18,355 rushing yards.
2013 Senior Bowl Review
Here is a quick list of a few players that I think the Dallas Cowboys should take a look at from the Senior Bowl. We all know that the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of holes to fill this year and the players below should be able to come in and make an impact on the field.
College: Central Michigan
Projected Round: 1st round
Fisher is an NFL ready pass protector. He’s a natural athlete that is a dancing bear. His footwork, kick slide are as good as they come His ability to mirror defenders off the edge is excellent. Fisher re-sets really well after initial burst from the defender. His huge frame and vines for arms are evident in pass protection. It takes defenders a long time to get by him with his long arms and nimble feet. The one area that Fisher struggles in pretty consistently is lowering his pad level. Dwight Freeney-esque pass rushers will give him problems if Fisher can’t learn to lower his base and pad level. – NFLsFuture.com
Projected Round: 1st round
Uses his athleticism well, displaying good foot quickness to mirror pass rushers off the edge to deny them the corner and adjust to their inside moves. Easily reaches second-level targets when pulled outside or stepping up in the box, and sustains the block. Generally plays with good pad level and balance despite his height, and can fire out from a three-point stance and generate a bit of push on run plays. Johnson’s feet keep moving through initial contact, allowing him to get into the correct blocking angle while engaged. He also uses his hands and length well to maintain distance with the defender. NFL coaches will like that he plays with an attitude, as he looks willing to hand-fight with defensive ends, usually landing multiple strong punches, and will consistently finish blocks with a strong arm extension.
Projected Round: 5th round
The bread and butter of Williams’ game is his run blocking. He is extremely strong at the point of attack. Williams uses his big body to matchup well against defensive ends, and there are rarely ends who can match his power. Williams’ size allows him to be more effective than the vast majority of tight ends in the ground game. He also has the athleticism to get out in front and hit blocks on linebackers and safeties. The senior is the complete package as a run blocker. – walterfootball.com
Projected Round: 3rd round
22-year-old is a four-time All-American in track and field and even made the 2012 United States Olympic Track Team. During the London Olympics, Goodwin qualified for the finals in the long jump, but manged to only land himself a 10th place finish. Now, we shift to the football field. In Mobile, Goodwin has been catching everything that has been thrown his way. It was important for Goodwin to come to the Senior Bowl and show that he is more than a player with world-class speed. There was some concern that Goodwin could be limited to a 9-route runner in the NFL, but he has shown the league that he is a more complete receiver. On top of the world-class speed and impressive hands, Goodwin has displayed incredibly crisp route-running. – FanSided.com
Projected Round: 4th round
Taylor is balanced runner. He hits the hole with quickness before it can close and has good vision. Taylor is also a patient blocker. He sets up his blocks well and allows his linemen to get to their spots before accelerating ahead. There is no doubt that Taylor has some toughness. He hasn’t missed a game the past two seasons despite being the lead back for Stanford. Taylor also is a physical runner who has the power to push through defenders’ arm tackles and picks up yards after contact. One of his underrated abilities is his short-yardage skills. At the goal line or in third-and-short situations, he is very successful at pushing his way through the pile to get the necessary gain.
As a receiver, Taylor runs good routes and has solid hands. Coming from an NFL style West Coast offense, he should have an easy transition to the passing game at the next level. Taylor really is a good blitz-protector. Stanford trusted him to protect Luck, and the ball-carrier got the job done as a blocker. -walterfootball.com
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will be honored with the 2013 Bart Starr Award, the award is given annually to an NFL player for outstanding character and leadership off the football field.
Witten will be presented with the honor at a Super Bowl breakfast on February 1st in New Orleans, LA.
Dallas Cowboys pro bowl tight end Jason Witten receive the 2013 Bart Starr Award that recognizes NFL players for their outstanding character and leadership in their home, the field, and in their community.
Witten will be announced as this year’s recipient at the annual Super Bowl Breakfast, the NFL-sanctioned event hosted by Athletes in Action, a sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ in New Orleans, LA on February 1st.
The award was named after the Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr and honors his lifelong commitment to serving as a positive role model to his family, teammates, and the community.
The other finalists for the Bart Starr award was Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.
Witten is the second Dallas Cowboys player to receive the award, Cowboys safety Darren Woodson received the award in 2002.
Bart Starr Award winners
|1989||Steve Largent||Wide Receiver||Seattle Seahawks|
|1990||Anthony Munoz||Offensive Tackle||Cincinnati Bengals|
|1991||Mike Singletary||Linebacker||Chicago Bears|
|1992||Reggie White||Defensive End||Philadelphia Eagles|
|1993||Gill Byrd||Cornerback||San Diego Chargers|
|1994||Warren Moon||Quarterback||Houston Oilers|
|1995||Cris Carter||Wide Receiver||Minnesota Vikings|
|1996||Jackie Slater||Offensive Tackle||St. Louis Rams|
|1997||Darrell Green||Cornerback||Washington Redskins|
|1998||Irving Fryar/ Brent Jones||Wide Receiver/ Tight End||Philadelphia Eagles /San Francisco 49ers|
|1999*||Eugene Robinson||Safety||Atlanta Falcons|
|2000||Aeneas Williams||Cornerback||Arizona Cardinals|
|2001||Bruce Matthews||Offensive Line||Tennessee Titans|
|2002||Darren Woodson||Safety||Dallas Cowboys|
|2003||Trent Dilfer||Quarterback||Seattle Seahawks|
|2004||Derrick Brooks||Linebacker||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|2005||Troy Vincent||Cornerback||Buffalo Bills|
|2006||Curtis Martin||Running Back||New York Jets|
|2007||John Lynch||Safety||Denver Broncos|
|2008||LaDainian Tomlinson||Running Back||San Diego Chargers|
|2009||Warrick Dunn||Running Back||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|2010||Kurt Warner||Quarterback||Arizona Cardinals|
|2011||Drew Brees||Quarterback||New Orleans Saints|
|2012||London Fletcher||Linebacker||Washington Redskins|
Mel Renfro was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1964 NFL Draft. Although he had won many accolades as a running back and at the time teams put their best athletes on the offensive side of the ball, Tom Landry looking to build a dominating defense decided to start him at safety. As a rookie he had an impressive season by leading the team with 7 interceptions, the NFL in both punt return and kickoff return yardage and culminated his great campaign with an invitation to the Pro Bowl. In his second year (1965), his 30 yards kick-off return average still remains as a franchise record.
In 1966 coming from an All-Pro season at safety, the Cowboys named him their starting halfback in an effort to improve its offense. He was injured in the opening game against the New York Giants and replaced by Dan Reeves, who was so impressive that Renfro was moved back to defense when he returned to action and would end up being named to the All-Pro team again.
Renfro joined the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1981, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. During his time with the Cowboys, even though one of his teammates was former Olympic gold medalist Bob Hayes, many experts still considered him the best athlete on the team.
The NFL have announced the 2013 NFC Pro Bowl selections. The Dallas Cowboys will only send two this year to Hawaii. Congrats to outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and tight end Jason Witten. This will be Ware’s seventh straight Pro Bowl selection and this will be Witten’s eighth trip to Hawaii.
The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Aloha Stadium.
Here is the full NFC roster for the 2013 Pro Bowl
*-Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Matt Ryan, Atlanta Robert Griffin III, Washington
*-Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Frank Gore, San Francisco
*-Jerome Felton, Minnesota
*-Calvin Johnson, Detroit *-Brandon Marshall, Chicago Julio Jones, Atlanta Victor Cruz, N.Y. Giants
*-Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Jason Witten, Dallas
*-Joe Staley, San Francisco *-Russell Okung, Seattle Trent Williams, Washington
*-Mike Iupati, San Francisco *-Jahri Evans, New Orleans Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants
*-Max Unger, Seattle Jeff Saturday, Green Bay
*-Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants *-Julius Peppers, Chicago Jared Allen, Minnesota
*-Justin Smith, San Francisco *-Henry Melton, Chicago Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay
*-Aldon Smith, San Francisco *-DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Clay Matthews, Green Bay
*-Patrick Willis, San Francisco NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco
*-Charles Tillman, Chicago *-Tim Jennings, Chicago Patrick Peterson, Arizona
*-Dashon Goldson, San Francisco Earl Thomas, Seattle
*-Donte Whitner, San Francisco
Thomas Morstead, New Orleans
Blair Walsh, Minnesota
Leon Washington, Seattle
Lorenzo Alexander, Washington
The Dallas Cowboys (5-5) will host their hated rival the Washington Redskins (4-6) in the annual Thanksgiving game in Cowboys Stadium this year. The Cowboys and Redskins rivalry dates back to October 9, 1960. It was once considered one of the biggest NFL rivalries of all time and one of the greatest in all of pro sports.
In 1960, the National Football League approved a franchise for Dallas, and Murchison, along with Bedford Wynne, was the franchisee or license holder. A motivating factor in the NFL’s decision to award a license for Dallas was the establishment of the American Football League (AFL) by Lamar Hunt, another Dallas area businessman. Hunt, in helping create the AFL, established a professional football presence in Dallas, and the NFL realized the urgency with which they needed to address a potential market gain by the upstart league and a loss for the established organization.
For the most part, Murchison was a hands-off owner, delegating a great deal of operational control of the Cowboys to General Manager Tex Schramm, Coach Tom Landry and Scouting/Personnel Director Gil Brandt. His general attitude was to hire experts and let them execute the aspect of the business that fell in their expertise. Hence, Landry enjoyed absolute authority over the day to day running of the actual team; Brandt was unhindered in the area of drafting and scouting players, and Schramm oversaw many of the team’s day to day administrative concerns. This laissez-faire attitude has been credited by many Cowboys fans as the driving force in the team’s 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1966–1985. By not interfering with his coaches and staff, Murchison did not create an atmosphere of second guessing and arguments over player selection or credit for the team’s success.
In 1984, Murchison sold the Dallas Cowboys to an investment syndicate led by Bum Bright, a Dallas area businessman who had a background in banking/financial services and in oil/gas production. Bright in turn sold the Cowboys to Jerry Jones in 1989 following several losing seasons.
Cowboys and Redskins Team History
“America’s Team” is a popular nickname in the United States that refers to the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. The nickname originated with the team’s 1978 highlight film, where the narrator opens with the following introduction:
I would like to take the time to highlight some of the awesome #CowboysNation fans out there that makes this fan-base so great. Who truly bleed Blue and Silver 24/7 365.
This is the first interview in the TrueBlueNation “America’s Team” Fan Interview Series. The series will feature interviews with many die-hard Dallas Cowboys fans locally and world-wide. I’m so excited to present our TrueBlueNation readers with our first interview: TxShelbyTx
Q: If you don’t mind can you tell my TrueBlueNation readers a little about yourself?
A: I’m a mom, wife, and a Cowboys Fan for life! I was voted “Most Electrifying Cowboys Fan” a couple of years ago and recently inducted into the Pro Football’s Ultimate Fan Association at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
I am known as the ‘Ultimate Fan of the Fans’ because of my respect for all fan-bases but most people know me by the Blue Star hat I wear everywhere.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I’m always looking for ways to help make the community better so I am usually either helping to plan a charity event, attending one or helping to promote one. I believe community involvement is very important. My second favorite thing is helping fans who are making plans to visit the area for a game.
I hope to help them make the most of their trip. Beyond that, I am watching football, planning my next fantasy football win or just spending time with family and friends.
Q: How long have you been a Dallas Cowboys Fan? Are you a season ticket owner? (If so for how long?)
A: Yes. I am a proud Season Ticket Holder! It was priority one when we moved to the area about eight years ago. I have been a Cowboys fan as long as my memory serves and I first verbally shared my passion for the Cowboys while giving some friends a hard time as the Bears was doing the ‘Super Bowl Shuffle’.
Q: Who is your All-Time favorite Dallas Cowboys player and why?
A: My All-Time favorite player would be Roger Staubach but I’m also a big fan of all of our Hall of Famers, Ring of Honor athletes, and several other players I feel are deserving of either honor.
Q: Who is your favorite current Dallas Cowboys player and why?
A: My favorite current player is Jason Witten. Not only is he very fan-friendly, he is also very involved in the community. I have a huge appreciation for him on and off the field.
Q: Who was your favorite Dallas Cowboys Coach?
A: Hands down, Tom Landry.
He was wise beyond his years, Coach Landry was innovative and well-respected among those around him. My favorite times spent with Cowboys legends have been when they shared their experiences with Mr. Landry and I’m always moved by how fond each of them were of this legendary coach.
Q: What was your favorite Cowboys moment and why? What was your least favorite moment?
A: “THE CATCH” will forever be my favorite moment. I still hear about that from time to time. There are so many favorites though! Hail Mary, “Defender of the Star”, and Emmitt Smith’s All-Time rushing record… just to name a few.
Some of my favorite moments don’t always happen on the field or even in relation to players at all. Being able to spend time with a fellow fan as they take in their very first Cowboys Game – live and in person!
What a huge honor that is to be a part of and it always takes me back to my first time, because of all of those fans who have shared that experience I’ll never take for granted that I live minutes from where so many want to be badly.
Q: If you were the owner of the Dallas Cowboys what would you change or what would you do to change the current direction of the Cowboys organization?
A: I would change the separation between team, organization, and the fans. The teams with a strong bond with their fan base typically has the best home field advantage. The Cowboys are a great road team and I give props to the fan-family who attend those games. I have ideas on how to improve this and hopefully, I will get to share them with someone who can help implement those ideas soon.
Additionally, I think the fans are far more knowledgeable about the team than they get credit for… there should be someone who watches their online voices and encourages them to be vocal in a constructive way.
Q: If you could ask our current owner Jerry Jones anything what would you ask him?
A: “Hey Jerry! Would you like a hat?!” HA HA!
Seriously though, I would like to ask him about some of the sound-bites we got early in the season and how we could currently be so far from the encouraging words he gave us all back then. Oh and my third question would be, “What’s in that kool-aid!?” Only because I chug it year after year. I may have a small addiction to it at this point.
Q: Will the Dallas Cowboys make the playoffs this year?
A: I think we have a good chance at it with a few changes. We are not mathematically out of it yet but we’re also not that far away either. I believe our schedule from here out is a benefit to us but I also know that one bad game can make or break this team. We have to play the rest of the games the way they plan to play us – like its their Super Bowl. GO COWBOYS!
Before we end our interview let’s play a little word association…….
Jerry Jones: Business and marketing genius!
Tony Romo: needs protection.
New York Giants: G-men.
Washington Redskins: Who?
Eagles Fans: have a bad rap.
The TrueBlueNation Fan Club would like to thank Shelby for taking time out of her busy schedule to sit down to talk with us. Please visit her website TxShelbyTx and check out her Spirit Star Hat website.
Dear Jerry Jones,
As a result of many years of broken promises you have made to the Dallas Cowboys fan base we are severely frustrated season after season of watching a terrible product you chose to put on the field, this is a disgrace.
What have you done to “America’s Team” my beloved Dallas Cowboys?
Mr. Jones I have been a Cowboys fan my entire life. I was born in a small East Texas town population 5,000 called Gilmer, Texas in 1979, where I was taught to live and breathe any and everything Dallas Cowboys by my grandmother. Till this day our family talks about her and her love for the Dallas Cowboys. I grew up in a family full of Dallas Cowboys fans my parents, brothers, uncles, and cousins. I remember like it was yesterday my family’s Sunday morning routine it was church, then going to my grandparents’ house to eat Sunday dinner, and ending the day watching our Dallas Cowboys play. Now as a husband and father I have passed on this Cowboys family legacy, my daughter and son cry over a loss and want to know why we like this team, I keep telling them about the rich history of this once proud organization, but like me and other frustrated fans history can only last for so long.
Starting my Dallas Cowboys fan club was one of my proudest accomplishments TrueBlueNation and being featured in the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine made all my hard work worth it.
As a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan it saddens me to see how far you have buried our organization, our team standards, and our team image. Jerry, you have turned my beloved Dallas Cowboys into the laughing-stock of the NFL and into a weekly punch line on all the NFL pre game shows.
This is a blemish to the Cowboys legends of the past like Bob Lilly, the great Coach Tom Landry, and Coach Jimmy Johnson to have an owner who has lost the majority of his own fan base and has made a mockery of his own brand. Jerry it seems you only care for the money and endorsements more than having the internal drive to change the trajectory of the Dallas Cowboys into a winning team. Jerry this will not do you are losing us and you have been put on notice.
I want to feel pride again in my Dallas Cowboys football team. Seeing a football team on the field that plays with heart, determination, grit and a hunger for the game is what I fell in love with as a child. I haven’t had a reason to feel that pride in quite a long time.
No one is bigger than the Star Mr. Jones not even you!
Cowboys tight ends Jason Witten can surpass Cowboys Ring of Honor and NFL Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin as the number one pass catcher of all time for the Dallas Cowboys.
Micheal Irvin had 750 receptions for 11,904 yards during his time with the Dallas Cowboys,Witten has 747 career receptions.
Witten is third on the NFL’s tight end career receptions list behind Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (1,195) and NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe (815).
Sunday, October 27, 2002
On this day in Texas Stadium Cowboys Ring of Honor and NFL Hall of Fame member running back Emmitt Smith broke the great Walter Payton’s all time rushing record of 16,726 yards. He would finish the game with 109 yards rushing on 24 carries.
Smith, is the only running back in NFL history to ever win a Super Bowl championship, NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing title, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award all in the same season (1993).
Emmitt Smith would finish his NFL career with 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns.
Here is a list of Emmitt Smith’s greatest accomplishments.
• 3 Super Bowl Championships.
• 1993 NFL Most Valuable Player.
• Super Bowl XXVIII MVP.
• 4 Rushing Titles.
• 9 Pro Bowl Selections.
• 11 straight seasons with 1,000 yards.
• 8 Seasons with 10 touchdowns.
• 74 100-yard rushing games in the NFL.
Let the war of words begin……
Wednesday during a conference call Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was asked about the Cowboys getting their running game going against Baltimore, the Ravens currently ranks 20th against the run.
“I tell you what, they can look to do whatever they want to do, but it ain’t going to be what they think it’s going to be,” Lewis said.
Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers had a few words for Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
“Let me tell you something, I played them (the Ravens) two times a year every year I’ve been in the NFL, right?” Vickers said. “And I’m still here standing. Still mean. Still stiff. They’re going to have to jump me, man. You feel me? They’re going to have to jump me, that’s the way it’s going to be. If you go back watching things, they’re out there jumping me because I’m coming with it. And they know I’m coming with it, just like I know they’re coming with it. Let’s meet in the lines. That’s just how it goes. Names don’t scare me, man. Teams don’t scare me, man. I’m a man before anything, so I’ll just let other men just talk. You see me in between them lines. That’s how I get it done, like that.”
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys Stadium Arlington,Texas ESPN 7:30 pm
Here is a quick glance at the all time series between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears.
Series Record: Cowboys leads the series 13-9.
Last Meeting: Chicago won the game 27-20 at Cowboys Stadium in 2010.
Football Fans nationwide rejoice……
The NFL and the NFLRA have reached an agreement after a three-month lockout for the regular NFL officials to return to work starting tonight for the Cleveland Browns versus the Baltimore Ravens Thursday Night game. The new collective bargaining deal was announced early Thursday morning.
Union officials will meet in Dallas, Texas this weekend to ratify the new eight year deal.
Key Points to the NFL and NFLRA Agreement
*Agreement must be Ratified by the Union.
The NFL has fined Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate 21,000 for the blind side hit on Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Sean Lee. The hit was illegal because Sean Lee was considered a defenseless player since he didn’t see the hit coming according to league rules.
Tate was not penalized for the hit during the game which was puzzling.
Sean Lee was asked how he felt about the hit. “I don’t blame Tate for blocking me, that’s a part of football. Only issue I had a little bit was with him celebrating like he did.”
This day in Cowboys History….
On this day the Dallas Cowboys won their first ever NFL game 27-24 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cowboys kicker Allen Green kicked a 27 yard game winning field goal at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
Dallas would finish the 1961 season 4-9-1.
Could Pro Football become an Olympic Sport? According to NFL Commissioner Goodell taking are looking into it ask we speak.
Roger Goodell told Mike Florio on the Dan Patrick Show that football has taken many of the steps necessary to get recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
“Absolutely. We’re already taking steps to gain that IOC recognition. We have, I think, 64 countries that are playing American football now, and that’s one of the requirements. That’s been growing dramatically — I think it was 40 just five years ago,” Goodell said.
“Our point is just to keep growing the game,” Goodell said. “We’re having a tremendous reaction in London and the UK for the game of football, our regular season game over there is sold out again this year, we are seriously contemplating as early as 2013 playing two NFL games next season and I think we’ll do that. It’s a response to the tremendous fan reaction and the growth of the game. If we can continue to grow the game there and have the fan reaction that we have, there very well may be a franchise in London.”
The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of the three players suspended in connection with the bounty investigation, calling commissioner Roger Goodell “incurably and evidently biased.”
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Source: ESPN.Com and The Associated Press