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Cowboys CTK: Interception Artist Everson Walls Owns #24

RJ Ochoa



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In three weeks we will have regular season NFL football happening! Isn’t that ridiculously exciting?!

There are three weeks until the Steelers and Patriots game gets going, but an extra 72 hours until the one that really matters. That’s 24 days for all of the math whizzes out there, which means that we are going to continue our Countdown To Kickoff series with the Greatest 24 in Dallas Cowboys History.

The Following Players Have All Worn 24 For The Dallas Cowboys:

  • Marion Barber III, RB
  • Alois Blackwell, RB
  • Larry Brown, CB
  • Morris Claiborne*, CB
  • Tony Dixon, SS
  • Abram Elam, SS
  • Tony Fiammetta, FB
  • Roger Harper, S
  • Dennis Homan, WR
  • Jim Mooty, CB
  • J.D. Smith, FB
  • Omar Stoutmire, FS
  • Everson Walls, CB

*Active player on the Dallas Cowboys roster

Marion Barber III

The Dallas Cowboys thought that they addressed the future of the running back position when they found themselves with Julius Jones in the 2004 NFL Draft. It never hurts to have insurance so the Cowboys took a Golden Gopher out of Minnesota in the 4th round of the 2005 draft.

Barber had an interesting rookie year, but he really drew the eye of the NFL in 2006 when even though he only had 654 yards – he had 14 touchdowns. Marion became widely regarded as a goal line type of back that forced his way through tacklers in a barbaric fashion.

Marion The Barbarian

2007 was even kinder to MBIII as even though he didn’t start a single game, he recorded 975 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. The Cowboys enjoyed a lot of success that season, going 13-3, and a big reason why was they wore their opponents down throughout games.

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Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber (24) evades tackles as Philadelphia Eagles' Moise Fokou (53) gives chase in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

Marion Barber was the reason that the Cowboys wore opponents down as while they were panting with hands on their knees late in the fourth quarter – Marion Barber got stronger. He gained energy as the game went on which made him one of the more incredible running backs at the time.

Marshawn Lynch gets a lot of hype for his style of running, but Marion Barber was just an earlier version of Beast Mode… even wearing the same jersey number. Unfortunately the Barbarian falls short of our Greatest 24 honor, but he is the proud owner of the Greatest 2-Yard Gain in NFL History.

Marion Barber's two yard run against the Patriots

Marion Barber's two yard run against the Patriots

Larry Brown

There was a TCU Horned Frog hanging around on the Dallas draft board when the 12th round of the 1991 NFL Draft hit. The cornerback went by the name of Larry Brown and he fought hard to show what he was made of. He impressed everyone so much that he became the first Cowboy rookie to start at corner since Ron Francis in 1987.

From early on Brown showed that he had the goods to play in the NFL as he started 28 games in his first two seasons. That second set of 16 games led to the Cowboys winning Super Bowl XXVII, a game in which Larry had an interception in the second quarter.

Super Bowl XXX MVP

When the 1995 season started the Cowboys were a hot commodity. They had won two out of the last three Super Bowls and were in contention to sign a prize free agent – cornerback Deion Sanders. When Kevin Smith tore his achilles in the first game of the season Sanders became a priority for the team. With Deion’s signing the corner tandem of Brown and Sanders was born.

Deion Sanders is arguably the greatest defensive back to ever live. With talent like that on one side of the field opposing quarterbacks were forced to throw to Brown’s side… and he made them pay. 1995 was Brown’s finest season in the NFL as he reeled in 6 interceptions, returning 2 of them for touchdowns.

When Dallas reached its third Super Bowl in four years the stage was set, win and you’re a bonafide dynasty. Among a team of superstars at all positions, even his own, Larry Brown shined.

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He picked off Steeler QB Neil O’Donnell twice in the second half, helping to set up touchdowns that put the game away for the Cowboys.

In fact after each of his interceptions, both times it took the Cowboys offense only two plays to get Emmitt Smith in the endzone.

After the victory was well in hand Larry Brown was named Super Bowl XXX MVP, the first and only cornerback to ever receive the award.

Larry Brown was a great Dallas Cowboy and holds a special place in both franchise and NFL History. Unfortunately there’s just one more corner who outdid him for the Greatest 24 in Dallas Cowboys History nod.

Everson Walls

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NFL scouts widely regarded Everson Walls as slow when he ran a 4.72 40-yard dash after his career at Grambling State. This caused one of the greatest cornerbacks in Dallas Cowboys Franchise History to go undrafted. Everson was born in Dallas, so fate rolled his way as his hometown Cowboys signed him and gave him a shot in 1981.

Teams may have avoided him on Draft Day, but Everson made himself known immediately as he led the NFL in interceptions… as a rookie! Walls hauled in 11 opposing passes as the Cowboys marched to the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. The game in question resulted in one of the most iconic moments in NFL History, known forevermore as “The Catch”, when Joe Montana hit Dwight Clark over Everson Walls for the go-ahead score.

Walls Of Interceptions

Sometimes after a star rookie season, players taper off. The NFL catches up to them and opposing teams target them more. After leading the NFL in interceptions in his first year… Everson Walls led the NFL in interceptions in his second year! It only took 7 games this time, but it was a strike-shortened season so there was less opportunity overall.

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Everson Walls went to back-to-back-to-back Pro Bowls in his first three years as a cornerback in the NFL. It is widely known that corner is the most difficult position to transition to from college to the NFL so for Walls to do this so flawlessly was extraordinary. His First-Team All-Pro selection in 1983 was the cherry on top of a stout first three seasons.

Walls would lead the league in interceptions again in 1985, which made him the first player in NFL History to do so three times, Ed Reed has since done it as well.  Within the franchise of the Dallas Cowboys Everson led the team in interceptions 5 times, which is tied for the most with Terrence Newman.

Everson The Teammate

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In 2004 former Dallas Cowboys running back Ron Springs’ Type 2 Diabetes had left him in drastic need of a new kidney. His son Shawn Springs, then starting at cornerback for the Washington Redskins, offered to give up his NFL career and volunteered his. Ron refused.

Right around 2006 Everson Walls, Ron Springs’ old teammate and best friend, had had enough. He volunteered his kidney to Ron and refused to take no for an answer. It was the first time that a former U.S. professional athlete had donated an organ to an ex-teammate.

The surgery went off smoothly and Ron was able to continue enjoying the beauties of life until he passed away on May 12th, 2011.

#24: Everson Walls

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The number 24 became a nightmare for quarterbacks who had to face it under the watch of Everson Walls. Throughout the 1980s Walls was arguably the most feared cornerback in the entire NFL.

Everson’s 44 career interceptions are second all-time in Dallas Cowboys Franchise History. He entered the NFL with one of the biggest bangs that anyone ever has and he exemplified the teammate aspect of life in everything that he ever did. Everson Walls personified excellence both on and off the field, and he is without a doubt the Greatest 24 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 23 in Dallas Cowboys History is!

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Free Agent CB Orlando Scandrick Joining Washington Redskins

Jess Haynie



Orlando Scandrick

Just two days after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Orlando Scandrick has found a new home in the nation's capitol. After 10 seasons in Dallas, Scandrick is signing with the rival Washington Redskins.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Redskins and Orlando Scandrick have agreed to a 2-year deal worth a max value of $10M, source said. From Dallas to a rival.

By joining Washington after leaving Dallas, Scandrick follows in the footsteps of many ex-Cowboys: Terrell McClain, Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, and even Deion Sanders to name a few.

Last week, Orlando reportedly requested his release from Dallas. It was widely expected that he would be a salary cap casualty anyway, though, and especially with the young stockpile of cornerbacks the Cowboys currently have.

Dallas has three young corners they believe in with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown. There is also talk that Byron Jones could be moving back to CB next year.

Scandrick, 31, will get to stay in the NFC East and now cover some of his former teammates. Give the reportedly salary, he should at least be the slot corner for Washington next year if not a starter.

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Upgrading the Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Brian Martin



Upgrading Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Despite the displeasure by the majority of fans, the Dallas Cowboys continue to hold things close to the vest with their approach to free agency. It's definitely not the most popular approach and tends to drive fans crazy, but things could start heating up now that the free-agent market is starting to settle.

Looking from the outside in, we can only speculate as to which positions the Dallas Cowboys may prioritize in free agency and in the draft that matter. Earl Thomas and the safety position has been the most popular topic of discussion throughout the free agency process, but it looks as if the Cowboys are narrowing their focus on upgrading and adding depth to their offensive line.

Marcus Martin

Free-agent C/OG Marcus Martin

This is just speculation of course, but it's based on the fact that the Cowboys are rumored to be bringing in free-agent offensive lineman Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming. And on top of that, it was announced that two of the Dallas Cowboys 30 pre-draft visitors are also offensive lineman, Will Hernandez, who is popular among Cowboys fans already, and offensive tackle Kolton Miller.

I don't know about you, but it looks as if the Dallas Cowboys are certainly focused in on upgrading the offensive line. This absolutely makes sense after what they went through last season with the carousel at the left guard position and Tyron Smith's struggles to stay healthy.

More than anything, the Cowboys need OL depth heading into the 2018 season. There is only really one spot up for grabs at left guard, but the depth across the OL is absolutely depleted unless you want to rely on Chaz Green again.

This is where Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming make a lot of sense. Marcus Martin has the versatility to play center and guard, and has done so already in his NFL career. He could compete for the starting LG position, but if nothing else, could replace Joe Looney as the backup C/OG.

Cameron Fleming could be the more important of the two free agents the Cowboys are rumored to be interested in. At the worst, Fleming would be an upgrade as the swing tackle, something he's done with the New England Patriots throughout his career. But, he could compete to become the starting right tackle, which would kick La'el Collins back inside to left guard.

That's all speculation right now, but the Dallas Cowboys would do what's best for the entire team in order to get the right starting five offensive lineman on the field.

Kolton Miller

Cowboys Rookie prospect OT Kolton Miller

The same can be said about rookies Will Hernandez and Kolton Miller. Hernandez would likely be a plug-and-play left guard if he ended up being the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick. That would keep the offensive line from shuffling and hopefully solidify the unit for years to come.

Kolton Miller on the other hand would be a lot like the Cameron Fleming situation mentioned above. He can probably tackle on the left or right side the NFL, although some draft analysts believe he will struggle as a LT at the next level.

Of course, there is no way of knowing how much interest the Dallas Cowboys have any of these players right now. But to me, it looks as if upgrading the offensive line is certainly one of their top priorities this offseason.

Is upgrading the OL the Dallas Cowboys top offseason priority?

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Cowboys Free Agency: The Thin Line Between Frustration and Comprehension

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys Free Agency: The Thin Line Between Frustration and Comprehension

For die-hard NFL fans, the free agency period is as fun as any other week in the regular season. It's always a fun experience knowing what team is interested in which player and who's visiting who. Heck, there are websites with "free agents trackers" for people who don't want to miss a single thing.

Seeing the huge contracts some players get and discussing whether it's well-deserved money or an overpaid salary provides football fans all around the league with fun football conversations in the middle of March.

This is a period in which, despite not being on the field, every NFL team is doing the same thing. Trying to get better. Which is exactly why most Dallas Cowboys fans are frustrated with how things have gone for their favorite team in this 2018 NFL offseason.

Right now, less than a week after the free agency period officially began, they're the only team left in the NFL that hasn't signed a single free agent.

Surprising? Not at all.

Whether we like it or not, we know how this team likes to operate. A quiet free agency isn't out of the ordinary for the Cowboys. For many years, the NFL Draft has been the priority for them, and they've done a good job at it.

At the end of the day, waiting for the first wave of free agents to pass is smart unless you're looking for a QB or have a huge amount of cap space. When you look at what players are getting, you realize most of them are overpaid. Sammy Watkins got a $48M three-year deal, when he hasn't really proved to be worth it.

I don't think Cowboys Nation would've liked to see the Jones family bring Watkins for that kind of money. Personally, I don't mind the Cowboys' front office letting those first expensive signings occur without them participating in them.

I mean, they've already made a splash, when you think about it. DeMarcus Lawrence was the biggest non-QB free agent of the year and they managed to keep him for at least next season. It's not exactly a free agent signing, but they are paying one of the NFL's best pass rushers more than $17M to wear the Star one more year.

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Former Arizona Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu

Yes, the Cowboys' team-building philosophy is comprehensible. But when do fans like you and me stop understanding their offseason approach and get bothered by it? To me, that frustration came in the form of Tyrann Mathieu signing with the other NFL team in Texas.

If the Honey Badger had signed a super expensive contract, I'd be fine with the Cowboys passing on him. But Houston was able to get him for just seven million dollars on a one-year prove-it deal.

Mathieu is one of the best defensive talents in the league and will be just 26 years old when next season begins. Why didn't the Cowboys tried to land him, if safety is a position of need? I mean, we've been talking about a potential trade for Earl Thomas all year!

Were they hesitant just because the Honey Badger isn't your traditional safety? Are they so conservative that their reason to not go after him was he wasn't a scheme fit? When you're talking about a talent like his, I think you make things work to see him thrive along young and promising cornerbacks like Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie.

The Cowboys can still look at Tier-2 free agents such as TE Eric Ebron or S Kenny Vaccaro over the following days. It could end up working for them, or it could end up just like Nolan Carroll's horrendous game versus the Broncos in week 2 of the 2017 NFL season and his $2M in dead money for this year.

When it comes to the Cowboys' approach to free agency, there's a very thin line between comprehension and frustration. Maybe, just maybe, they make us understand next season when we see results on the field.

For now though, it's tough to stay in the "comprehending" side of things.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Free Agency: The Thin Line Between Frustration and Comprehension" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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