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The Dallas Cowboys & Their Own Three Musketeers

Aramis, Porthos, and Athos; all names that should sound somewhat familiar to the majority of you, but really have absolutely zero connection to the Dallas Cowboys, or do they? If you’re not quite sure where you’ve heard those names before, that’s okay. They were first popularized in the novel The Three Musketeers, written by Alexandre Dumas that was published way back in 1844. Since the publication of Dumas’ novel we have seen numerous movies, TV series, and even cartoons depicting the Musketeer’s adventures. For those unaware, I’ll try to familiarize you with the story The Musketeers (the King’s guard) has been disbanded and the three most famous Musketeers (Aramis, Porthos, and Athos) are somewhat muddling around in their lives until they meet a young want to be Musketeer in D’Artagnan.

Brian Martin



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Aramis, Porthos, and Athos; all names that should sound somewhat familiar to the majority of you, but really have absolutely zero connection to the Dallas Cowboys, or do they?

If you're not quite sure where you've heard those names before, that's okay. They were first popularized in the novel The Three Musketeers, written by Alexandre Dumas that was published way back in 1844.

Since the publication of Dumas' novel we have seen numerous movies, TV series, and even cartoons depicting the Musketeer's adventures.

For those unaware, I'll try to familiarize you with the story

The Musketeers (the King's guard) has been disbanded and the three most famous Musketeers (Aramis, Porthos, and Athos) are somewhat muddling around in their lives until they meet a young want to be Musketeer in D'Artagnan. D'Artagnan has prepared his entire life to venture to Paris in order to join the Musketeers, only to find out that they have been disbanded.

Of course, the first meeting between D'Artagnan and Aramis, Porthos, and Athos has a somewhat unexpected ending. D'Artagnan offended all three earlier when running through the streets of Paris and has a duel scheduled with them later in the afternoon. Upon arriving for his duel he finally learns who he will be facing with sword in hand. The very same men he came to Paris to join up with.

Before the duel can get started, the Cardinal's guards show up and intend to place everyone under arrest for illegal dueling. D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers join forces and defeat the Cardinal's guards, and in turn form a strong bond that will last through many more adventures.

So, by now you may be asking yourself why is this guy talking about the Three Musketeers when he should be discussing the Dallas Cowboys...

Well, I think the entire scenario I just mentioned is almost identical to what is currently shaping up for the Cowboys. Also, remember the mantra used by the Musketeers, because it could be a really good one for the Dallas Cowboys to adopt.Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys: The Three Musketeers 1

Jason Witten, Tony Romo, and Dez Bryant would obviously be the Three Musketeers, or Aramis, Porthos, and Athos.

Witten, Romo, and Bryant are all well respected players in the NFL and among the best at their individual positions, much like the Three Musketeers. They haven't really been muddling through their careers, but there has always seemed to be something keeping them from taking the next step as a threesome.

It took D'Artagnan to give the Musketeers purpose once again and I think that is exactly what running back Ezekiel Elliott can do for Witten, Romo, and Bryant.

I know what you're thinking. Thank goodness he finally got to the point! Right?

Sometimes the best thing to get things going again is an injection of some new blood, and I'm predicting that is exactly what Zeke Elliott will provide when the 2016 season finally gets underway.

It's no secret how much Elliott should help improve the overall offensive play, especially if both Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are able to come back 100% healthy and remain so for the entire season.

The blueprint that was so effective in 2014 should once again come into play in 2016 behind a strong running game led by Elliott.

It takes a team to win a championship, but with a strong foursome in Witten, Romo, Bryant, and Elliott, the Cowboys organization has a really good chance of making a deep playoff run and possibly a chance at the Super Bowl.

Now, the only thing left to do is come up with a really good nickname for the foursome, much like The Triplets back in the 1990s.

The Fearsome Foursome? The Fantastic 4? The 4 Horsemen?


We've received quite a few responses as to potential nicknames for the Cowboys Musketeers, so go to our Twitter poll and vote for your favorite!

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What's a good nickname for the for the foursome of Jason Witten, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Ezekiel Elliott?

Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin were able to lead their team to the promise land and it's time for things to come full circle for the Dallas Cowboys once again.

Use the comment section below to leave your suggestions of a good nickname for the Quartet of Jason Witten, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Ezekiel Elliott.

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

  • Burt

    The groups name:
    4Star. FourStar. FourStarz. The4Starz

  • Burt

    The Star Quad.

    • Candy

      I'm not worhty to be in the same forum. ROTFL

  • Burt

    The Quad

    • Kaden

      An ingielltent point of view, well expressed! Thanks!

  • Sean Martin

    Have to go with the 4 Horsemen! Who’s with me?

  • Bryson Treece

    Definitely The 4 Horsemen

  • William Phelps

    The Magnificent 4

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BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year

Mauricio Rodriguez



David Irving

For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.

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Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.

Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.

In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.

Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.

The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.

Tell me what you think about "BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

Sean Martin



Cowboys 2016 Draft Class: Who Will Be The Stand Out In 2017?
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When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.

Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.

Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.

A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.

This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.

Jason Witten's Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.

Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.

Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.

Tell us what you think about "Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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David Irving to be Present at Dallas Cowboys Minicamp

John Williams



Cowboys en Español: El Futuro Incierto de David Irving

David Irving has been a notable name throughout the offseason for the Dallas Cowboys, for both on the field and off the field headlines. First, his RFA tender had fans and analysts wondering just what the Cowboys would do with him. Many, myself included, thought placing anything lower than a first-round tender on the stud defensive tackle would mean he was collecting sacks for someone else in 2018.

Thankfully, the Dallas Cowboys' gamble paid off and they were able to save some money by only having the second-round tender applied to 2018.

Then came the accusation of domestic violence from his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child, catching us off-guard just before OTAs began in May. Which was then retracted not long after the initial report.

After all of that had quieted down, most of the talk revolved around David Irving not being in shape for OTAs. Not having been around for much of the offseason work the last several weeks before OTAs would keep Irving from working out.

He's had a lot going on in his life lately away from the game of football, and understandably so. As a father to a young child, I can see how you'd get distracted from your job when family stuff comes into play that affects the well-being of your child.

On the football side of things, at least, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Today, it's being reported that David Irving will in fact be present for this week's mandatory minicamp.

Brandon George on Twitter

Also, the Cowboys expect DL David Irving to participate in the 3-day mandatory minicamp that begins today at The Star, a source said. The Cowboys could have both Irving and RG Zack Martin back on the practice field if Martin's contract extension gets finalized this morning.

You may be asking yourself, "what's the big deal? Irving isn't Aaron Donald."

Well, you're mostly right.

Perhaps next to Donald, David Irving was the most disruptive interior player in the NFL last season. David Irving had seven sacks in the eight games he played in.

Read that again. Seven sacks in eight games. That would be 14 sacks over the course of the season if that pace were to continue to play out.

Aaron Donald had 11 sacks in 2017.

Pro Football Focus rated David Irving as its third best pass rusher among interior defensive linemen.

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Dominant interior defenders.

To go along with Irving's seven sacks in eight games -- every time I read that I'm floored -- he recorded six passes defended. That was good for second in the NFL at the defensive tackle position and was second on the Dallas Cowboys.

Again, in only eight games played.

Even if you were to pace out his tackle numbers over 16 games, they aren't very spectacular -- 26 solo and 18 assisted -- but he'd still finish in the top 30 among defensive tackles.

Only two other players in the NFL had seven or more sacks and six or more pass breakups; New Orleans Saints Defensive End Cameron Jordan and Cincinnati Bengals Defensive End Carlos Dunlap. Both of those guys played in all 16 games and, while I hate to keep bringing this up, Irving only played in eight.

He's an elite interior defender who has only gotten better since joining Rod Marinelli and the Dallas Cowboys.

If he's able to get his personal life in order -- and that most assuredly comes first -- he's going to be a wrecking ball for the Dallas Cowboys defensive line.

Getting Zack Martin's contract extension completed was probably the most important task of the summer, but getting David Irving back into the practice fold is a close second.

With him and DeMarcus Lawrence coming off a tremendous 2017, the sky is the limit for those two in 2018.

With all the improvement that was made on the defensive side of the ball, I can't help but think of the sign that Greg Hardy paid for several years ago.

"Sacks Comin'."

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