We've picked the best four passers and the best four rushers in Cowboys' history. But what about the men that caught the passes? Who ranks among the top four there?
We've included both wide receivers and tight ends in this group. One thing is for certain, the Cowboys have had some great players roaming the opposing defenses.
Here are the four that go up on our Mount Rushmore of receivers.
Bob Hayes remains the only person to win both an Olympic gold medal (1964) and a Super Bowl (1971). How fast was he? He tied the world record in the 100-meter dash and set the record in the 4×100 relay at the Tokyo Summer Games.
Hayes literally changed the way defenses played against receivers when he arrived in the NFL. It was the only way they could cover him. Think of him as the Tyreek Hill of the 1960s.
He only ranks sixth all-time in receiving yardage, the league wasn't a pass-happy affair back then. But he still has the longest reception for a touchdown in franchise history.
Just the threat of Hayes being on the field opened things up for his teammates on offense.
Michael Irvin was the first Cowboys receiver to break 10,000 receiving yards for the franchise and is currently second all-time with 11,904 yards.
When Troy Aikman needed a big play, his target more often than now was Irvin.
How important was Irvin to the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s?
Dallas was 3-0 in 1999 going into their game against the Eagles. Up 3-0 on Philadelphia, Irvin caught an 8-yard pass but was injured on the tackle. He never played another down of football after that.
The Cowboys went on to lose that game, 13-10. Then they lost seven of their next 12 to finish 8-8 for the season. A wild card round playoff loss and three straight 5-11 seasons would follow.
That's how important the Playmaker was to the Cowboys.
Hail Mary's Receiver
Drew Pearson sits in the fourth slot in all-time receiving yards for Dallas with 7,822 yards. As Irvin was Aikman's go-to receiver with the game on the line, so Pearson was for Roger Staubach.
And at no time was that more evident than in the 1975 Divisional Round playoff game against the Vikings.
That lone catch alone cemented Pearson's place in Cowboys lore. But that wasn't the only miracle Pearson helped author.
Just the year before, he hauled in another 50-yard touchdown pass — this one from Clint Longley — to beat the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. A few years later, he very nearly beat the 49ers in the 1981 NFC Championship game.
Catching a Danny White pass in stride at midfield — moments after “The Catch” — Pearson had nothing but green grass in front of him. Only a game-saving, one-armed tackle by Eric Wright stopped him.
Pearson absolutely belongs on our monument.
No Helmet Needed
Jason Witten makes the monument for two big reasons. He's the Cowboys' all-time leading receiver in three categories. In 16 seasons he recorded 1,215 receptions, 12,977 yards, and 72 touchdowns.
He was also Tony Romo's most reliable security blanket. He might even be among the toughest to ever play for the Cowboys over the decades.
Who can forget the game against the Giants when Witten caught a pass, lost his helmet, and charged downfield anyway. That's Emmitt Smith-level toughness.
Then there's the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders in 2012.
Witten was injured on a tackle, initially thought to have ruptured his spleen… and didn't miss a single regular season game that year.
That's why Witten carves his name on our Mount Rushmore of receivers.
The Honorable Mentions
The tight ends mostly dominate here. Doug Cosbie, Billy Joe Dupree, and Jay Novacek could easily have filled the top four. They'd be second through fourth if the tight ends had their own monument.
Frank Clarke would fill the fifth slot there.
As for the wideouts left off above, Tony Hill, Dez Bryant, and Miles Austin deserve a special shoutout too.