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Seven Former Cowboys Headline #SB50 Gold Team

Sean Martin

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors has released it's Super Bowl 50 Gold Team, which highlights the best players at each position who made themselves stand out on sports' biggest stage. Not surprisingly, the star is well represented on this team.

Seven Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champions made their way onto the list. Let's take a closer look at these players:

Emmitt Smith RB

Smith won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys and took home MVP honors in Super Bowl XXVIII - where he carried the ball 30 times for 132 yards and 2 scores. Overall, Smith finished his Super Bowl career with 289 yards and 5 touchdowns.

These numbers make him good for the third highest yards gained in the game's history, and his five touchdowns are a Super Bowl record.

Jay Novacek TE

Novacek was another three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys, and like Smith, was a big reason why Dallas won these games. His career Super Bowl stats of 148 yards and two touchdowns earned him a spot on the gold team as the only tight end.

Forrest Gregg T

While Gregg will rightfully be remembered as a Green Bay Packer, he ended his career on top in the silver and blue - winning Super Bowl VI. He joins Art Shell as the two tackles to represent this list.

Larry Allen G

Larry Allen was one of the most dominant offensive linemen in Cowboys history, and in just his second season was named to the Pro Bowl in route to Super Bowl XXX. He was then named to the next six consecutive Pro Bowls - concluding his career with a Hall of Fame induction in 2013.

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Charles Haley DE

The only player in NFL history with five Super Bowls, Charles Haley won three Lombardi trophies while playing for the Dallas Cowboys from 1992-1996. He recorded 2.5 sacks in the three Super Bowls he played in with Dallas and owns the Super Bowl record for sacks as well.

Randy White DT

White made Super Bowl history in Super Bowl XII when he was named co-MVP along with Harvey Martin. To date, this is the only time that two players have been selected to share the MVP honors.

Another Hall of Fame player, White recorded four sacks in the three Super Bowls he played in as a Cowboy.

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Deion Sanders CB

Sanders was another member of the Cowboys Super Bowl XXX winning team, and even recorded a 47-yard reception in this game. A ton could be said and written about Sanders' time with both the Cowboys and 49ers - where he won another Super Bowl - but simply put, it wouldn't be the "gold" team without Primetime!

It is also interesting to note, finally, that with the exception of Charles Haley all of the players listed above appeared in RJ Ochoa's Countdown to Kickoff series - naming them as the best Dallas Cowboy in history at their respective jersey number.

Tell us what you think about "Seven Former Cowboys Headline #SB50 Gold Team" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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  • http://www.pigskinhub.com/forum/index.php?forums/dallas-cowboys/ Jess Haynie

    I'm stunned that Novacek was the tight end they picked. Delighted, of course, but stunned. They could've picked Shannon Sharpe, Mike Ditka, or Dave Casper, all of whom are in the NFL Hall of Fame. Very cool they went with Novacek!

  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Yeah I obviously wasn't around for more than a few hours when Novacek scored his TD in the '96 Super Bowl, as is the case for basically all of these players, but that one did surprise me a bit.

  • Blue Star

    #84 One of my favorite all-time Cowboys. Jay Novacek had a great skill set. That hurdle. Jay went out on top. I guess he should of got it over Mike..

  • RJ Ochoa

    If you're looking at things specifically through the scope of the Super Bowl… Novacek makes a teeny bit of sense. Although Dave Casper is a very worthy nominee. There hasn't necessarily been a tight end to take over a Super Bowl. Maybe Olsen changes that on Sunday?

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How Should The Cowboys, And The NFL, Value RBs?

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Will Cowboys' Offense Improve With Ezekiel Elliott's Return?
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There is no one, stand-alone "best" strategy for winning in the NFL. There are, of course, common themes and ideals which run true year in and year out among the top teams.

Strategy in the NFL is dynamic, or at least it should be. Running in place for too long under the same leadership often breeds mediocrity, and refusing to move with current trends can put you at a severe disadvantage.

Succumbing to those trends without fully analyzing the confounding factors your situation presents, however, can also ruin a team building exercise.

With that being said, should teams pay elite running backs top dollar? Or are those running backs expendable, replaceable, and often forgettable within the NFL machine?

To be honest these aren't very fair ways to pose legitimately interesting questions. You can acknowledge that a running back is important to your offense while also acknowledging that you don't want to break the bank for a position with such injury risk and high turnover year-to-year.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently facing this dilemma, as their star running back Le'Veon Bell asks to be paid like an elite "weapon," not as a normal running back. And when you examine how the Steelers deploy Bell within their offense, he clearly has a point.

Bell is not your traditional "running back." He lines up on the boundary, in the slot, and is a passing threat out of the backfield as well. On top of all of this versatility, Bell is an excellent pass protector, something which is often lost among other "versatile" backs.

Bell can quite literally do it all for an offense, but the idea of paying that position elite-level money makes teams cringe. As The Athletic's Marcus Mosher pointed out on Twitter, teams like the New England Patriots have been able to replicate Bell's production by using multiple speciality backs rather than one workhorse.

In theory, this takes away the injury risk component to a certain extent. Rather than giving one player 350-400 touches per season, you spread those touches out and allow for players to do what they do best.

Lately, the NFL has seemed to agree that this is the most efficient way to play offense. But when you have a player like Bell or Ezekiel Elliott, in what way is taking the ball out of their hands "efficient" at all? In addition, how is using three players to mimic the skill set of one efficient?

Yes, the NFL is a passing league, but when you have a playmaker who is of the caliber of a Bell or an Elliott, it is up to the offense to deploy in him ways that maximize his value. Teams should be using the Bells and Elliotts of the world as pass catching threats and as weapons all over the field. Force the entire defense to account for your running back rather than just jamming him between the tackles like it's 1975.

The movement towards "running back by committee" rather than the traditional one-back system can also be credited to the lack of workhorse-worthy backs entering the league.

Ezekiel Elliotts don't grow on trees, they are rare and special players. And when you have one, especially when you spend a premium pick on him, you should get the most out of him that you can. Playing winning offense in the NFL is about more than just "do you run or do you pass," and it often hinges on creating splash plays of 15-20 yards.

If you can get those plays through the use of an elite running back, that player becomes intrinsically valuable to your team. No matter what "position" he is labeled as. Of course you want to be able create mismatches in the passing game all over the field, so when you are able to do this with a running back, shouldn't that be deemed as highly valuable?

We can't say just yet if the Cowboys should re-sign Ezekiel Elliott once he enters free agency. After all, five seasons (and a franchise tag year) where he touches the ball more than most players in the league will almost certainly bring about some wear and tear.

But with the way the Cowboys have chosen to play offense, and the way in which they've built their roster, a workhorse back like Elliott is necessary for success.

Once again, at least it is for now.



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Is DE Kony Ealy At Risk Of Not Making Cowboys Final Roster?

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Sean's Scout: As Late FA Signing, New DE Kony Ealy Brings Value at DE

As training camp approaches and we draw closer to the 2018 NFL season, fans are beginning to get excited for new faces, old stars, and new beginnings for the Dallas Cowboys.

One player which has been a bit forgotten about over the last few months, and even overlooked when he was first signed back in April, is defensive end Kony Ealy. Of course, some of this overlooking is justified, as Ealy's career has been filled with more valleys than peaks thus far.

With a fresh start in Dallas, though, some expect Kony Ealy to rekindle his career, and look like the player he was during the Panthers' Super Bowl 50 loss just a few seasons ago. The problem is, that game looks like the outlier and not the norm over his professional career.

Originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers, Ealy has had a shaky start to his career. Now joining his third team in the same number of seasons, it's certainly fair to say he hasn't lived up to his second round draft selection.

At 6'4" and 275 pounds, however, Ealy fits the mold of a 4-3 defensive end in the Cowboys' scheme. While he isn't the explosive pass rusher that other players on the roster are (and can be), he could provide solid rotational depth across the defensive line.

With fellow former second round pick Randy Gregory gaining reinstatement to the NFL this week, Ealy could struggle to salvage any real playing time with the Cowboys at all. Gregory, DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, and Taco Charlton all feel like locks to make the team.

Then there is 2018 day three pick Dorance Armstrong and former fourth round pick Charles Tapper providing competition as well.

Tapper and Armstrong are unproven, but have the athletic profiles to become solid edge rushers at the professional level. For both, especially Tapper, health is of the upmost concern going forward. If Tapper can remain healthy, he has a real shot of making the team and having his impact felt as early as 2018.

That "if" has been a serious one thus far, however.

When the Cowboys first signed Kony Ealy back in April, I really believed he could provide solid and cheap depth along their defensive line. Now in July, I still have those beliefs, but it's become fair to question if he will even find himself on the final 53-man roster based on the competition around him.



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Can Connor Williams Follow in Zack Martin’s Footsteps?

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Can Connor Williams Follow in Zack Martin's Footsteps?

Connor Williams has yet to play a single snap the NFL, but there are already some pretty high expectations for the rookie Guard. That's because he will be sandwiched between two Pro Bowl players in Center Travis Frederick and Left Tackle Tyron Smith. But, it's the Dallas Cowboys third Pro Bowl offensive lineman Williams should try to emulate and follow in the footsteps of.

Yes, I'm talking about Zack Martin.

Zack Martin's career couldn't have gotten off to a better start coming out of Notre Dame. He hit the ground running as a rookie with the Cowboys and put together a dominating performance his first year in the NFL, earning his first Pro Bowl bid as well as being named to the All-Pro team. He continued to play at a high level ever since and has not only turned into the best player at his position, but continued his Pro Bowl streak every season since entering the league.

To ask, or even expect Connor Williams to have the same kind of immediate success as Zack Martin is probably a little unfair, if not impossible. The kind of success Martin has had already in his career is almost unheard of. But, that's not to say Williams isn't going to try to follow in Martin's footsteps and to become the best player he can.

Zack Martin

Dallas Cowboys OG Zack Martin

The footsteps I think Connor Williams should try to follow as it pertains to Zack Martin is how well he made the transition from a collegiate Offensive Tackle to an NFL Guard. I think that should be Williams' main focus right now with training camp coming up.

Williams will be inserted into the starting lineup as the Cowboys new Left Guard. It will be a new position for him after playing mainly Tackle at the University of Texas, that will require an entirely new mindset and technique. But, it's in transition I believe he can make rather smoothly.

Connor Williams should benefit from Zack Martin's similar transition from college OT to an NFL OG. I wouldn't be surprised if we see the rookie shadowing Martin throughout training camp to soak up as much knowledge as possible. It's probably the best way for him to jumpstart his career.

Now, I fully expect to see some growing pains from Williams throughout the 2018 season. It's to be expected from any rookie, especially one transitioning to a new position. But, I do believe he will not only be an upgrade at LG for the Cowboys, but will make the entire OL even better.

I don't know about you, but I'm excited to see what kind of player Connor Williams ends up being this season.

Do you think Connor Williams can follow in Zack Martin's footsteps?



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