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The Best Dallas Cowboys Of All Time

Updated April 13, 2020 96.8k votes 7.6k voters 108.9k 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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    587

    Roger Staubach

    Quarterback

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  • 2
    1,974
    431

    Bob Lilly

    Defensive tackle

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

  • 3
    3,079
    767

    Emmitt Smith

    Running back

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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

  • 4
    1,915
    431

    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

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    1,696
    364

    Larry Allen

    Tackle, Guard
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    2,135
    512

    Tony Dorsett

    Running back

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    #6 of 27 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s#6 of 26 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s

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    2,476
    612

    Troy Aikman

    Quarterback

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    #20 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#14 of 45 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

  • 8
    1,324
    307

    Drew Pearson

    Wide receiver
  • 9
    2,264
    577

    Jason Witten

    Tight end
  • 10
    1,151
    258

    Darren Woodson

    Safety, Defensive back
  • 11
    1,476
    354

    Ed Jones

    Defensive lineman

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  • 12
    2,145
    609

    Michael Irvin

    Wide receiver

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  • 13
    1,151
    260

    Bob Hayes

    Wide receiver

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

  • 14
    1,885
    519

    Deion Sanders

    Cornerback, Punt returner

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  • 15
    1,520
    446

    DeMarcus Ware

    Defensive end, Linebacker
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    1,158
    316

    Charles Haley

    Defensive end, Linebacker

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  • 17
    1,003
    258

    Jay Novacek

    Tight end
  • 18
    709
    158

    Charlie Waters

    Cornerback, Safety
  • 19
    795
    207

    Nate Newton

    Tackle, Guard
  • 20
    989
    293

    Mel Renfro

    Cornerback, Safety
  • 21
    829
    241

    Chuck Howley

    Linebacker

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

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    716
    193

    Cliff Harris

    Safety, Defensive back
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    868
    272

    Harvey Martin

    Defensive end, Defensive lineman
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    691
    170

    Zack Martin

    Tight end
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    822
    248

    Lee Roy Jordan

    Linebacker, Center