Friday, August 19, 2011
Who should be next for Ring of Honor?
By Tim MacMahon
ARLINGTON, Texas – After a six-year layoff, three Cowboys greats will be inducted into the Ring of Honor.
There will still be plenty of deserving candidates after Drew Pearson, Charles Haley and Larry Allen join the exclusive club.
“I don’t want to sound like I don’t think about it and there’s not a lot of consideration,” one-man selection committee Jerry Jones said. “On the other hand, I’m not sitting here with my list that if it drops out of my pocket, you’ll see the next five.”
Well, Jerry did mention that he listens to input from all sorts of different folks, including the media, so here’s some help with the next five:
Darren Woodson – They still haven’t been able to replace Woodson, a safety who was a consummate leader and had the rare combination of being an intimidating hitter and excellent coverage man. How many other strong safeties in NFL history could lock down slot receivers? Woodson played in five Pro Bowls, won three Super Bowls and holds the franchise record with 1,350 tackles.
Harvey Martin – The NFL didn’t officially recognize sacks as a statistic until Martin’s final two seasons, but the Cowboys credit him as the franchise record holder with 114 in his career. That included a team-record 23 in 1977, when Martin was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year. The South Oak Cliff product finished that season as the co-MVP of the Super Bowl. He deserves to be honored posthumously.
Cornell Green – The name probably doesn’t ring a bell for a lot of younger readers, but Green merits serious consideration for the Ring of Honor. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro defensive back in the 1960 and ‘70s, spending most of his career at cornerback before shifting to strong safety. He played all 13 seasons of his career for the Cowboys and was a Pro Bowler on their first Super Bowl title team.
Nate Newton – Six Pro Bowl appearances and three Super Bowl rings are accomplishments that speak for themselves. Plus, you can just listen to Larry Allen, who speaks very little. When Allen mentions his NFL role models, Nate Newton is the first name out of his mouth.
Jimmy Johnson – This is one is complicated. The coach spent only five seasons in Dallas and had a nasty, highly publicized divorce with Jones. But Jerry said Friday that he would seriously consider Johnson for the Ring of Honor. Johnson was the architect of a dynasty that went 25-7 and won a pair of Super Bowls in his last two seasons.