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The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time

Updated April 13, 2020 97.5k votes 7.6k voters 108.8k views139 items

List RulesPlease 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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  • 1
    2,982
    594

    Roger Staubach

    Quarterback

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  • 2
    1,989
    433

    Bob Lilly

    Defensive tackle

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    #16 of 28 The Best NFL Players With The Most Pro Bowl Appearances#15 of 69 The Best NFL Players From Texas

  • 3
    1,932
    433

    Randy White

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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    #9 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time#103 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • 4
    1,710
    364

    Larry Allen

    Tackle, Guard
  • 5
    2,152
    514

    Tony Dorsett

    Running back
  • 6
    3,104
    775

    Emmitt Smith

    Running back

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    #11 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#367 of 571 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

  • 7
    2,497
    618

    Troy Aikman

    Quarterback

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    #14 of 45 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s#26 of 26 NFL Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • 8
    1,158
    261

    Darren Woodson

    Safety, Defensive back
  • 9
    1,329
    310

    Drew Pearson

    Wide receiver
  • 10
    2,284
    584

    Jason Witten

    Tight end
  • 11
    1,157
    261

    Bob Hayes

    Wide receiver

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    #39 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#30 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames

  • 12
    1,487
    357

    Ed Jones

    Defensive lineman

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    #8 of 53 The Best No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Picks Of All Time, Ranked#9 of 96 The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

  • 13
    2,162
    616

    Michael Irvin

    Wide receiver

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  • 14
    1,902
    522

    Deion Sanders

    Cornerback, Punt returner

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  • 15
    1,536
    449

    DeMarcus Ware

    Defensive end, Linebacker
  • 16
    1,168
    317

    Charles Haley

    Defensive end, Linebacker

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  • 17
    1,010
    258

    Jay Novacek

    Tight end
  • 18
    712
    159

    Charlie Waters

    Cornerback, Safety
  • 19
    801
    209

    Nate Newton

    Tackle, Guard
  • 20
    994
    295

    Mel Renfro

    Cornerback, Safety
  • 21
    718
    195

    Cliff Harris

    Safety, Defensive back
  • 22
    835
    244

    Chuck Howley

    Linebacker

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    #704 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#28 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 23
    872
    274

    Harvey Martin

    Defensive end, Defensive lineman
  • 24
    699
    172

    Zack Martin

    Tight end
  • 25
    825
    251

    Lee Roy Jordan

    Linebacker, Center