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D.D. Lewis Kicks Off The Year Of #50

RJ Ochoa



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Welcome to the 50th installment of our Countdown To Kickoff series here at Inside The Star! It seems fitting that this number would be a big deal, as Super Bowl 50 will be played at the culmination of the 2015 NFL season. Speaking of 50s, isn’t there a special one who’s coming back this year?

Consider this your halftime show for our Countdown To Kickoff series as we whittle away at the remaining days of this offseason. If you really want I’ll throw on some Taylor Swift and perform. I will definitely need backup dancers though so if you’ve got some skills let me know.

I brought up whittling for two reasons: 1) it is so much fun to say AND 2) I may or may not have whittled you all a treat. It started out as a bird feeder, but that didn’t seem practical or shareable. Fortunately I am easily adaptable and shifted gears to fashion you the Greatest 50 in Dallas Cowboys History.

The Following Players Have All Worn 50 For The Dallas Cowboys:

  • Bobby Abrams, LB
  • Akin Ayodele, LB
  • Jamal Brooks, LB
  • Darrick Brownlow, LB
  • Scott Fujita, LB
  • Dave Harper, LB
  • Steve Hendrickson, LB
  • Sean Lee*, LB
  • D.D. Lewis, LB
  • Justin Rogers, LB
  • Jeff Rohrer, LB
  • Clay Shiver, C
  • Jerry Tubbs, LB

*Active player on the Dallas Cowboys roster

As we are at the midpoint in our countdown it only makes sense to examine both the past and the future. The number 50 is the perfect reflection point as there is plenty to be proud of in the past and excited about in the future.

Sean Lee

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The 2010 NFL Draft is most remembered by Cowboy fans as the one that gave us Dez Bryant. The next man in line who was given a helmet with a Star was the stud linebacker out of Penn State, Sean Lee.

Sean Lee is one of the more talented linebackers in the NFL today. While he has had many injuries that have limited his playing time over the last five seasons, when he has played he’s been special.

Jet Lee

Hold your jaw because it’s about to hit the floor…Sean Lee has 11 career interceptions. That’s amazing for a linebacker who has played every game since 2010, let alone only 46 games.

NFL Network on Twitter

Since 2010, there isn't a linebacker in the NFL with more interceptions than Sean Lee. (And he's missed 34 games)

Speaking of Sean Lee interceptions, want to know something amazing? I’m serious. This is the kind of thing that when you’re arguing with your friends/co-workers/family/Madden opponent you can just lay the ace card with.

Sean Lee is one of only two linebackers to ever intercept both Tom Brady AND Peyton Manning.


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Sean Lee and I in the summer of 2013.

Lee is a captain on the team and the quarterback of the defense. He brings the mental focus of Tony Romo and the passion of Dez Bryant to his side of the ball. Lee’s teammates managed to win the division and a playoff game in 2014 without his services. He heads into 2015 fully healthy and is a prime candidate for Comeback Player of the Year come February of 2016.

D.D. And The ‘Boys

They don’t make them like D.D. Lewis anymore. D.D. was drafted in the 6th round of the 1968 NFL Draft out of Mississippi (spelled it right on my first try!) State University. He fell as far as he did because most teams, groan if you’ve heard this before, thought that he was too small to play linebacker.

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The Cowboys actually tried him out at center before letting him stay at the linebacker spot. How are those two positions even closely related? Ok maybe if there’s a corner we can try him at safety, see Byron Jones, but linebacker and center?! Was Chip Kelly in charge?

Lewis The Linebacker

Thankfully D.D. played linebacker in 1968. The following year D.D. actually didn’t play a down in the NFL so that he could fulfill a commitment to the United States Military - How awesome is that?

D.D. finally found himself in the starting role at the weakside linebacker spot in 1973, a position that he held for 8 straight seasons. In the 1975 NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams, Lewis intercepted two passes that would help the Cowboys advance to Super Bowl X...making them the first wild-card team to punch a ticket to the big dance.

#50: Lewis And His Legacy

D.D. Lewis played for 13 years and started 135 consecutive games. He is one of only eight NFL players to have played in five Super Bowls (V, VI, X, XII, XIII). He is one of the more revered players in Dallas Cowboys History and had a quote that echoed across time in 1982.

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When asked about the hole in the roof of Texas Stadium D.D. Lewis famously said…

“Texas Stadium has a hole in its roof so God can watch His favorite team play.”

With two Super Bowl rings to his name D.D. Lewis hardly needs any more accolades. In the year of #50 where so much of the current Cowboys’ season depends on the #50 of today, it only seems fitting to give D.D. one more - The Greatest 50 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 49 in Dallas Cowboys History is!

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

Tell us what you think about "D.D. Lewis Kicks Off The Year Of #50" in the comments below. You can also email me at, 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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Xavier Woods, the Real Reason Cowboys Didn’t Pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

Brian Martin



Cowboys Have Their Version of Tryann Mathieu in Xavier Woods?

It's not uncommon for Dallas Cowboys fans to zero in on certain free agents in hopes that they will bring their talents to America's Team. In fact, just about any "big name" player to hit the open market is often linked to the Cowboys in some way or another. That was the case when the Arizona Cardinals decided to move on from Tyrann Mathieu.

Once Tyrann Mathieu became available, Cowboys fans immediately wanted to see him with a star on his helmet. But, despite the fans petitioning, the Cowboys brass seemed to show almost zero interest in the former Cardinal.

The decision to not pursue Tyrann Mathieu certainly didn't sit well with a lot of Cowboys Nation, but I think it was the right decision.

Despite Mathieu's perceived talents and youth (he's just 25), the Cowboys weren't interested in paying the price to bring him to Dallas, especially since they already have a similar player on their roster.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods

It may sound crazy, but I think the real reason the Dallas Cowboys didn't show much interest in Tyrann Mathieu is because of Xavier Woods.

I honestly believe Xavier Woods and Tyrann Mathieu have a similar skill set. Both players are little undersized to be a full-time safety in the NFL, but each of them have the versatility to play several different roles in the secondary.

Mathieu may have been listed as a safety on the Arizona Cardinals roster, and now the Houston Texans, but the truth is he played mostly out of the nickel/slot in his professional and collegiate career. That is where he is at his best, and the same can be said about Xavier Woods.

As a rookie, Xavier Woods showed his versatility with the Dallas Cowboys by playing a variety of different roles in the secondary. His versatility was one of the reasons the Cowboys decided to trade up in last year's draft to acquire his services.

His name might not carry the same kind of weight as Tyrann Mathieu right now around the league or amongst NFL fans, but I don't think Xavier Woods is that much of a drop off talent wise.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Personally, I believe Mathieu is starting to decline a little as a player. I think injuries are starting to take a toll on his play, although it may be minimal. I actually prefer Xavier Woods' upside, especially when you take into account the difference in salaries between the two.

Surprisingly enough, Xavier Woods might just have been more productive in 2017 then Mathieu. Woods started just four games and finished the season with 42 tackles, three passes defensed, and one interception. Mathieu on the other hand started all 16 games and accumulated 78 tackles, one quarterback sack, one forced fumble, and two interceptions.

As you can see, Xavier Woods was almost just as productive as Mathieu in nearly a third of the playing time. What's even more impressive about this is that Woods accomplish this as a rookie.

Of course, all of this is speculation, but I for one am not all that upset the Dallas Cowboys missed out on Tyrann Mathieu. I'm willing to bet on Xavier Woods being able to do everything Mathieu can and at a fraction of the cost.

Were the Cowboys right not to pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

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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.

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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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