Bob Lilly Named “Greatest Cowboys Defender”

    Today marks the last Monday of June, a month which doesn't have much for us football fans to get excited about.

    Sure, there was the mandatory mini-camp and we are all still riding a little bit of that post-draft high, but for the most part, we are stuck in a football rut.

    Since we are still weeks away from opening up and eleven full Sundays from the Cowboys regular season opener against the , why not take a step back from the current team's players and problems, and appreciate some Cowboys instead?

    Feeling the effects of this football lull himself, Elliot Harrison of decided to list each NFL team's greatest defensive player of all time, slating as the Cowboys' best.

    It is really hard to argue with Harrison on this one.

    Bob Lilly is, without question, the greatest defensive player in Dallas Cowboys history.

    In fact, he might be the greatest Cowboy ever regardless of position or side of the ball.

    Lilly, commonly referred to as Mr. Cowboy, was the team's first ever draft pick in 1961 when the Cowboys took him with the thirteenth overall selection. Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys on the Clock: Bob Lilly, #13 Overall

    The only man to ever wear #74 for the Cowboys was named to two All-Decade teams, accumulated seven first team All-Pro selections, is a champion, and is, of course, a Pro Football Hall of Famer.

    While he is credited with 94.5 (an unofficial number as sacks weren't recorded officially until 1982), 4 career touchdowns, and 196 consecutive games played and started, Lilly's signature play came during , the Cowboys first ever world championship.

    Trailing the 3-0, the Cowboys needed Lilly to come up with a big defensive play. And boy did he deliver.

    Lilly sacked Dolphins Bob Griese for a 29-yard loss, the largest negative play in Super Bowl History. Of course, the Cowboys then went on to dominate the Dolphins, 24-3.

    Lilly's greatness and importance to the Cowboys as a franchise cannot be understated, and to be quite honest, I have not done it complete justice. Inside 's very own RJ Ochoa and Sean Martin have each written profiles of the great Bob Lilly before, and I would encourage you to read those in order to fully appreciate Lilly's excellence.Cowboys Headlines - Bob Lilly Named "Greatest Cowboys Defender"

    Normally when I write about these national media outlet's lists, I am out for blood, as I was when discussing 's defensive triplets just yesterday.

    But I have to give Elliot Harrison credit here, because he got this one completely right.

    As a first ballot Hall of Famer and inaugural Cowboys inductee, Bob Lilly was the first in a long line of greats. It was Lilly would laid the foundation for the dynasties to come, and as the first selection of the Cowboys first ever draft, Lilly is certainly the greatest Cowboys defensive player of all time.

    If you'd like to read the full list of players, follow the link below:

    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Brady
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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