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Cowboys CTK: Super Bowl Hero James Washington Takes #37

RJ Ochoa

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Welcome one and all, to football season.

Two days from now we are going to have an NFL game to watch. Yes, really. From that moment on we will have NFL action every week from now through the rest of 2015. COMMENCE CELEBRATION!

Before we get too worked up remember that it’s Friday and you have to finish your day at work. We also have to finish 37 more days before the Cowboys take on the Giants in the first regular season matchup of the season. Dial the excitement back up as we continue our Countdown To Kickoff series with the Greatest 37 in Dallas Cowboys History.

The Following Players Have All Worn 37 For The Dallas Cowboys:

  • Phil Clark, CB
  • Perry Lee Dunn, RB
  • Abram Elam, FS
  • Jim Jensen, FB
  • Matt Johnson, SS
  • Bryan McCann, S
  • Dennis Morgan, RB
  • C.J. Spillman, S
  • Ike Thomas, CB
  • James Washington, SS
  • Gerald White, RB
  • Tyrone Williams, CB

Troy Aikman, the number one overall pick in 1989, was drafted out of bright and sunny UCLA. He joined the Cowboys and revolutionized the offensive side of the ball. One year later in 1990 one of his former Bruin teammates joined the team and helped revamp the defensive side of the ball.

James Washington

When James Washington was around you knew it, because he was going to hit you with everything that he had. During his time in Dallas, Washington became known as one of the hardest hitting safeties in the NFL.

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Washington started at both safety positions for four out of his five years as a Cowboy (he lost the starting gig in 1993 with the emergence of new Ring of Honor member, Darren Woodson). In each of the four years that he started (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994) James led the team in interceptions.

Super Bowl Hero

The Dallas Cowboys took on the Buffalo Bills for a second straight time in Super Bowl XXVIII. James Washington made the start at free safety and wound up making an enormous impact.

The Buffalo Bills came out swinging in the first half, so much so that the Cowboys felt a bit demoralized heading into the locker room at the break trailing 13-6. Three plays into the second half Thurman Thomas fumbled, and James Washington picked it up and took it all the way to the house… tying the game.

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This was a huge turning point as it completely shattered all of the confidence that the Buffalo Bills had. They had lost three consecutive Super Bowls to this point, and the momentum gained by Washington’s scoop and score gave them a “oh no…not again” vibe.

#37: James Washington

James Washington helped the Dallas Cowboys win back-to-back Super Bowls in the early 1990s. He established a high level of authority both in his physicality and leadership as Washington served as the defensive signal caller.

The triplets get a lot of the credit for the success of those Cowboys, as they rightfully should, but the playmakers on the defensive side of the ball were critical to everything that they accomplished. James Washington was an essential piece of the puzzle that came together for the Cowboys, and he is a piece of our Countdown To Kickoff puzzle as he is the Greatest 37 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 36 in Dallas Cowboys History is!


Want to share your opinions on who should be featured on our Countdown To Kickoff? Email me at rjochoa@insidethestar.com or Tweet @rjochoa.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys CTK: Super Bowl Hero James Washington Takes #37" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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Why I’m Not Buying The Jason Witten Rejuvenation Story

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Jason Witten, FOX Sports, and the Future at Tight End for the Dallas Cowboys
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Last week, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett made headlines with some quotes about the return of Jason Witten. Neither Garrett nor Witten tend to make headlines with their words often, but the two combined to do so with a quote this week.

“Yeah, absolutely. He’s been excited about every part of it ever since I met him and that hasn’t changed,” coach Jason Garrett said. “The work that he’s done in the weight room in the off-season program has been outstanding. His testing numbers and all of that are what they’ve been or even better. And he just has an unbelievable way about him. Tremendous passion for the game. And he demonstrates that every day. Witt looks good. He’s excited to be back and we’re certainly fortunate to have him back.” - Jason Garrett on Witten.

Multiple Cowboys' media outlets ran with these quotes, looking to show that the Cowboys have found a version of Jason Witten that they have not seen in quite some time. They are, publicly, stating that they believe a year away from the game did Witten some good, and that he will be a much healthier and fresher player in 2019 than he was back when he last played in 2017.

As a fan of the team, I sure hope this is the case. But as a realistic human being, I can't get behind this at all.

Jason Witten hasn't been very good for quite some time now. I know he's a Cowboy legend, and will forever be a fan favorite, but the facts are the facts. As a run blocker Witten has regressed greatly in his later years. More often it seemed he was re-adjusting his jersey after a missed block than he was making blocks to spring Ezekiel Elliott on the edge.

As a receiver, Witten's much slower than he used to be. And while he was never a blazer who relied on his speed to win, his lack of speed certainly holds him back in today's game. And if the Cowboys want to be multiple and versatile on offense, I'm not sure how a greatly-aged tight end helps them to do so.

He's still the smart, instinctive route runner he's always been, but at 37 years old what can we realistically expect from him?

I'll be honest, I'm very skeptical that Jason Witten is going to give the Cowboys anything in 2019. Maybe earlier in the season he will look better than expected, but can he withstand a full NFL season? It's impossible to say for sure now, but I'm absolutely not buying that he's rejuvenated or extra-fresh after a year off from football.



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Connor Williams Hopes Added Weight, Experience Aids Him In 2019

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Offensive lineman Connor Williams had himself an interesting start to his young career. The second round pick was expected to be a plug-and-play guard for the Cowboys, earning the starting left guard spot from just about the first day of training camp.

The results from Williams' play were mixed, however. At moments Connor Williams looked like his athletic, technically sound self, working well on the Cowboys outside zone runs. Other times, though, he was simply overpowered by bigger and stronger defensive tackles.

Williams lost his left guard spot due to injury late in the season, and when Xavier Su'a-Filo came in and played relatively well, fans soured a bit on the then-rookie lineman. Still there was no question that Williams was the better player between the two, and he rightfully started in both the Cowboys playoff games last season.

Now entering year two, and with third round pick Connor McGovern potentially competing for a guard spot and rumors of a move to right tackle swirling around him, Williams believes he's done enough to improve before his Sophomore year.

Connor Williams spoke to DallasCowboys.com, and gave some decent quotes on what his offseason preparation has looked like thus far. Williams emphasized that his main goal was to add strength and size, something he looks to have clearly done based on recent photographs.

“I think I’ve put myself in a good position. Now it’s just about refining the technique and feeling comfortable.” - Connor Williams

According to Williams he played at a "light 300" pounds in 2018, but is now tipping the scales at 315 pounds. That's quite the difference, especially considering that Williams carries the weight pretty well in his frame.

All Pro veteran guard Zack Martin has taken Williams under his wing, as the young lineman credits Martin for being his lifting partner this offseason.

Right tackle might be in Connor Williams' 2020 future, but as of now, he has to ready himself to compete at left guard against the heavier defensive tackles he once struggled with. It's very encouraging to see the progress he has made so far.



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Travis Frederick’s Return Highlights Start Of Cowboys’ OTAs

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The Cowboys opening of voluntary OTAs came with some serious excitement from football-starved fans. But as we all know, these workouts are just about meaningless in terms of storylines for the upcoming season.

I say "just about meaningless" because there are some storylines which matter, though. Travis Frederick's return, of course, is one of those storylines.

After missing all of 2018 due to Guillain-Barre syndrome, Frederick appears to have gained his strength and ability back heading into 2019. Now he is back where he belongs, as the starting center for the Dallas Cowboys.

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@tfrederick72 🔙 at it! 💪🏼 #OTAs https://t.co/wht2Lh5yr5

Travis Frederick's importance to the Cowboys cannot be understated. In addition to being one of the best linemen in all of football, the All-Pro veteran center is responsible for much of the pre-snap communication across the offensive line. His absence was clearly felt in 2018, even as Joe Looney played well-above the preseason expectation level.

Frederick returns to anchor an offensive line which is surrounded with some serious pre-season hype. With Zack Martin back to full health, Connor Williams having a year under his belt, and newly-drafted Connor McGovern comes in with high hopes of starting on the interior.

Regardless of how the rest of the Cowboys' offensive line works itself out, it was great to see Travis Frederick back in action, even if it was during a non-contact voluntary practice.



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