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.
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.
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.