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The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time

Updated April 13, 2020 97.9k votes 7.5k voters 108.0k 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 Staubach1
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    Roger Staubach

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

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    #137 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#11 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

  • Larry Allen2
    1,724
    360

    Larry Allen

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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    #18 of 51 The Best NFL Players From California#10 of 20 Every Dallas Cowboys Player In The Football Hall Of Fame

  • Bob Lilly3
    2,006
    432

    Bob Lilly

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceOlney, Texas

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    #5 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time#19 of 28 The Best NFL Players With The Most Pro Bowl Appearances

  • Randy White4
    1,949
    434

    Randy White

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    #16 of 17 The Worst Super Bowl Plays of All Time#57 of 82 Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

  • Tony Dorsett5
    2,175
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    Tony Dorsett

    Running back

    BirthplaceRochester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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    #8 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time#5 of 27 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

  • Emmitt Smith6
    3,126
    784

    Emmitt Smith

    Running back

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, United States of America

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    #11 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#377 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Troy Aikman7
    2,518
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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#1 of 44 The Best UCLA Football Players of All Time

  • Ed Jones8
    1,501
    354

    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#10 of 96 The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

  • Jason Witten9
    2,315
    587

    Jason Witten

    Tight end

    BirthplaceElizabethton, Tennessee, USA

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    #131 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#7 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time

  • Drew Pearson10
    1,340
    309

    Drew Pearson

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceSouth River, New Jersey

  • Michael Irvin11
    2,184
    628

    Michael Irvin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

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

  • Darren Woodson12
    1,169
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    Darren Woodson

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplacePhoenix, Arizona

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    #1 of 37 The Best NFL Players From Arizona#13 of 18 The Best Members of ESPN's First Take

  • Bob Hayes13
    1,161
    262

    Bob Hayes

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

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    #38 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#31 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames

  • Deion Sanders14
    1,915
    530

    Deion Sanders

    Cornerback, Punt returner

    BirthplaceFort Myers, Florida, United States of America

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    #132 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#28 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time

  • Charles Haley15
    1,179
    320

    Charles Haley

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceGladys, Virginia, Virginia

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    #8 of 48 The Best NFL Players From Virginia#13 of 99 The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time

  • DeMarcus Ware16
    1,554
    455

    DeMarcus Ware

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceAuburn, Alabama

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    #141 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#41 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • Jay Novacek17
    1,016
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    Jay Novacek

    Tight end

    BirthplaceMartin, South Dakota, United States of America

  • Charlie Waters18
    714
    161

    Charlie Waters

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

  • Mel Renfro19
    1,007
    296

    Mel Renfro

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

  • Nate Newton20
    808
    209

    Nate Newton

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida, United States of America

  • Chuck Howley21
    839
    244

    Chuck Howley

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceWheeling, West Virginia, United States of America

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    #17 of 54 The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time#45 of 47 The Best Super Bowl MVPs of All Time

  • Cliff Harris22
    716
    197

    Cliff Harris

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceFayetteville, Arkansas

  • Harvey Martin23
    876
    280

    Harvey Martin

    Defensive end, Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

  • Lee Roy Jordan24
    832
    254

    Lee Roy Jordan

    Linebacker, Center

    BirthplaceExcel, Alabama

  • Zack Martin25
    705
    169

    Zack Martin

    Tight end

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana