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The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time

Updated April 13, 2020 96.8k votes 7.6k voters 109.2k 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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    Roger Staubach

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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    #11 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#3 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

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    1,965
    434

    Bob Lilly

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceOlney, Texas

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    #6 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time#36 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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    3,077
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    Emmitt Smith

    Running back

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, USA

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    #11 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#1 of 85 The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time

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    Randy White

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    365

    Larry Allen

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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    2,132
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    Tony Dorsett

    Running back

    BirthplaceRochester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    2,470
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    Troy Aikman

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceWest Covina, California, United States of America

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    #14 of 45 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s#8 of 41 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '90s

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    Jason Witten

    Tight end

    BirthplaceElizabethton, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Drew Pearson

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceSouth River, New Jersey

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    Ed Jones

    Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceJackson, Tennessee, United States of America

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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

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    Michael Irvin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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    #761 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#4 of 64 The Best Miami Football Players of All Time

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    Darren Woodson

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplacePhoenix, Arizona

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    1,153
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    Bob Hayes

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

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    #39 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#29 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames

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    1,883
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    Deion Sanders

    Cornerback, Punt returner

    BirthplaceFort Myers, Florida, United States of America

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    #900 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#132 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

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    DeMarcus Ware

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceAuburn, Alabama

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    Charles Haley

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceGladys, Virginia, Virginia

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    #11 of 99 The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time#8 of 48 The Best NFL Players From Virginia

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    Jay Novacek

    Tight end

    BirthplaceMartin, South Dakota, United States of America

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    709
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    Charlie Waters

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

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    794
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    Nate Newton

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida, United States of America

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    Mel Renfro

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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    Chuck Howley

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceWheeling, West Virginia, United States of America

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    #719 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#29 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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    Cliff Harris

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceFayetteville, Arkansas

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    874
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    Harvey Martin

    Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

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    Lee Roy Jordan

    Linebacker, Center

    BirthplaceExcel, Alabama

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    Zack Martin

    Tight end

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana