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Cowboys Blog - Lett Me Love You: Leon Is Greatest #78 In Cowboys History 2

Speaking of famous plays in

Leon Lett is the version of . He had two trips to Hawaii and was one of the Cowboys' top defensive linemen during “The Dynasty.” But he is most remembered for two blunders.

In the 1992 Super Bowl, Lett almost scored a touchdown on a long fumble return. But as Leon started celebrating early, Buffalo's Don Beebe chased him down and knocked the ball out of his hands before he crossed the goal line.

Of course, the Cowboys still defeated the Bills 52-17. So no harm done.

The far more costly error came in the 1993 game against the . With the Cowboys up 14-13 on a snow-covered field, a last-second FG attempt by Miami was blocked. Dallas would've taken possession, but while the play was still live Leon Lett tried to recover the ball and didn't secure it. Miami did, and then lined up and hit the game-winning field goal.

Sorry to dig up old dirt, but you can't talk about Lett without these classic “Lett-downs.”

Still, these moments were drops in the bucket in Leon's great run with the Cowboys. He was one of the team's standout defenders from 1992 through the rest of the decade. He was one of the most agile defensive tackles of his era, earning the nickname “Big Cat” for that trait.

Lett's Cowboys legacy also extends beyond the field. In 's first official season as Cowboys , he added his old teammate Leon as an on the . Lett has held that position ever since, and is one of the very few players still on Dallas' staff in 2020 from the Garrett regime.

So yes, Leon Lett's name may be most associated with two of the classic “football follies” in the history. But drafting Lett in any round of the wouldn't have been a mistake, and his success as a 7th-round pick was phenomenal.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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