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The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time 

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Updated April 13, 2020 91.8k votes 7.1k voters 103.9k views 143 items

List Rules Please rank the players on their time with the Cowboys. No coaches or owners.

This is a list of the best Dallas Cowboys of all time. The Dallas Cowboys are not only the one of to the top teams in the NFL, but also the league's most valuable franchise. Why is that? For most of the Cowboys storied history, they've been one of the most successful teams in all of football, winning rings with Hall of Fame-level Cowboys players. Combine that with the Cowboys penchant to having many of the greatest players in football history and renowned superstar players, it makes sense to why so many people will call themselves Cowboys fans. Many of the Cowboys players on this iist are some of the greatest players ever.

From 1966-1985, 20 consecutive seasons, the Cowboys possessed a winning record at the end of the season. This is a NFL record and the gold standard of success. Throughout the franchise's existence, the team has had a fair share of Hall of Fame players. Roger Staubach, "Bullet" Bob Hayes, Randy White, Tony Dorsett are some of the first Cowboys players to be inducted to the Football Hall of Fame. The team's run of success in the early '90s saw them win three Super Bowls in four years. Some of the best players in team history were on those teams. Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders rounded out an NFL powerhouse.

This is the list of the best Dallas Cowboys players of all time. There are superstars, Hall of Famers, along with some of top position players in football history are all on this list. Feel free to add any player who is missing and should be considered one of the best Dallas Cowboys ever. Vote or rerank this list so it reflects who you think should be considered the greatest Dallas Cowboys of all time.

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Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Quarterback from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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#10 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #39 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Everlisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Running back from Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

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#952 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #11 of 221 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #8 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Quarterback from West Covina, California, United States of America

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#2,132 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #20 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Jason Witten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Tight end from Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States of America

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#100 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #31 of 52 The Most Likable Active NFL Players #34 of 34 The Most Overpaid Professional Athletes Right Now

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Bob Lilly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
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Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Running back from Rochester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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#1,731 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #13 of 221 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #43 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Larry Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Tackle and Guard from Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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#1,995 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #145 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #16 of 28 The Best NFL Players With The Most Pro Bowl Appearances

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Randy White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

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#78 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #29 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #7 of 87 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

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#44 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #8 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #4 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time

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Ed Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
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DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Cornerback and Punt returner from Fort Myers, Florida, United States of America

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#1,058 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #693 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #140 of 158 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

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Drew Pearson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Drew Pearson Wide receiver from South River, New Jersey

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#121 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #559 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #49 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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Darren Woodson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Darren Woodson Safety and Defensive back from Phoenix, Arizona

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#222 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #79 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #3 of 36 The Best NFL Players From Arizona

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Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Wide receiver from Jacksonville, Florida

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#132 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #33 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames #39 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Defensive end and Linebacker from Gladys, Virginia, Virginia

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#137 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #39 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #23 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Jay Novacek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Tight end from Martin, South Dakota, United States of America

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#295 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #4 of 24 The Best NFL Tight Ends of the '90s #19 of 92 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time

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Mel Renfro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Cornerback and Safety from Houston, Texas, United States of America
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Harvey Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Harvey Martin Defensive end and Defensive lineman from Dallas, Texas, United States of America
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Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Quarterback from San Diego, California, United States of America

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#2,155 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #42 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #280 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Daryl Johnston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Running back and Fullback from Youngstown, New York, United States of America

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#141 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #501 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #25 of 36 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 90s

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Nate Newton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Tackle and Guard from Orlando, Florida, United States of America
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Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Lee Roy Jordan Linebacker and Center from Excel, Alabama

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#110 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #571 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #149 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Chuck Howley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Chuck Howley Linebacker from Wheeling, West Virginia, United States of America

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#31 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #647 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #148 of 542 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time
Running back and Return specialist from Wrightsville, Georgia, United States of America

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#1,263 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #16 of 221 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative