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Bradie James retires as Cowboy

May, 6, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys signed Bradie James on Tuesday so the veteran linebacker could retire with the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2003 draft.

James played for the Cowboys from 2003-11 before joining the Houston Texans in 2012. He did not play last season.

James started all but three games from 2005-11 at inside linebacker and led the Cowboys in tackles in a six-year span, topping out at 202 in 2008. He also had eight sacks in 2008. He is the sixth-leading tackler in franchise history after Darren Woodson, Lee Roy Jordan, Randy White, Dexter Coakley and Ed “Too Tall” Jones.

The Cowboys made a similar ceremonial move with Marc Colombo in 2012. On hand for the announcement was former teammate Akin Ayodele.

For Cowboys, 1964 draft tough to top

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IRVING, Texas -- Roger Staubach found out he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 10th round of the 1964 NFL draft by reading the Washington Post.

“I was in my room at the Naval Academy,” Staubach said. “No one called me. They had this little story, ‘Staubach drafted in Round 10.’ … To me, it wasn’t a big deal. I had five years to go before I could go play.”

Staubach is the greatest 10th-round pick in NFL history. He surely is part of one of the best draft classes ever. The 1964 NFL draft produced a record 11 Hall of Famers, and three were drafted by the Cowboys: Mel Renfro (second round), Bob Hayes (seventh round) and Staubach.

“You know why it was special?” said Gil Brandt, the Cowboys' vice president of player personnel at the time. “Because basically Tex [Schramm] and I did it by ourselves. We didn’t have nine scouts and all that stuff.”

The only team to produce more Hall of Famers from the same draft class in NFL history is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who drafted Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster in 1974.

The Cowboys had 19 picks in 1964, and Brandt can recite scouting reports on all of them to this day. Only seven played for the club, but the Hall of Fame trio makes it Brandt’s favorite draft.

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AP Photo/Tony DejakRoger Staubach led the Dallas Cowboys to five Super Bowl appearances in his Hall of Fame career.
The Cowboys’ 1975 draft became known as the "Dirty Dozen" with 12 picks making the team, led by Hall of Famer Randy White. From 1988 to 1990, the Cowboys' first-round picks were Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. All three call the Pro Football Hall of Fame home.

Drafting Renfro, Hayes and Staubach spoke to the Cowboys’ advantages over other teams in that day -- and a little bit of good fortune.

Had they not held training camp in Forest Grove, Ore., it is doubtful Brandt ever meets Renfro as a high school senior. Air Force assistant coach Pepper Rodgers was recruiting Renfro and brought him to Cowboys camp, where he met Brandt.

Brandt remained in contact through Renfro’s time at Oregon. When it came time to pick in the second round in 1964, the Cowboys held up the draft for six hours so a doctor could examine Renfro’s injured wrist. After getting the news they wanted, they picked Renfro, and Brandt was on a flight from Chicago to Portland the next day.

“I called Mel. ‘Mel, I’m coming in on United flight so and so, and I get in at 1,’ or whatever time it was, and he said, ‘OK, I’ll meet you at the airport,’” Brandt said. “I get off the plane, go down three or four steps and there’s Mel. We signed right there in the airport.

“Now the coup de grace is you had to get the contract witnessed at the time because this was during the war between the two leagues. So we’re in Portland and we’ve got to get down to Eugene, but we’ve got to get this contract witnessed, so we stop at Oregon State to get a contract for an Oregon kid witnessed.”

Renfro made the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons, six at safety and the final four at cornerback. His 52 career interceptions remain a team record, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.

Like Staubach, Hayes was a future pick, but not many teams knew he was eligible. Brandt went to Florida A&M to visit with the coaches.

“I saw him in person, but he was like a third-team running back,” Brandt said. “He wasn’t a typical sprinter. He was well-defined. I mean he was a strong guy.”

He also visited Hayes’ mother in Jacksonville, Fla., at the restaurant where she worked.

“The big thing then was Pepsi Cola, 12 full ounces for a nickel too,” Brandt said, recalling the soda’s jingle at the time. “When you ate those chitlins, you drank one of those big 12-ounce Pepsis.”

With Hayes’ speed, Brandt saw a game-changing wide receiver. Hayes went on to win two gold medals in the Tokyo Summer Olympics, earning the “fastest man in the world” title, and joined the Cowboys in 1965.

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AP Photo/NFL PhotosThe Cowboys selected three future Hall of Famers in the 1964 draft, including Bob Hayes (20) and Mel Renfro.
The Cowboys took Hayes with the 88th pick in the draft, one spot before the Detroit Lions took a future Cowboys head coach in Bill Parcells. Hayes caught 46 passes for 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns in 1965 and was named to the Pro Bowl three times in his career. Because of his speed, Hayes changed the game, forcing defenses to use zone coverages.

In 2009, Hayes was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Staubach wasn’t even sure he was eligible for the draft. Because he spent a year at the New Mexico Military Institute in 1960 before going to Annapolis, the Cowboys were able to use a future pick on Staubach.

“It was about 2 o’clock in the morning when we drafted Roger,” Brandt said. “At that part of the draft, it’s all about taking risks.”

The summer before Staubach’s Heisman Trophy season, Brandt visited the quarterback’s parents in Cincinnati. Brandt wanted to see if Staubach could get out of his five-year commitment to the Navy after graduation.

“Gil likes to tell the story about talking to my mother and she threw him out of the house. ‘Roger has an obligation to the Naval Academy,’” Staubach said. “And that was that.”

The AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs also drafted Staubach, but he chose the Cowboys because he was an NFL guy, growing up as a Cleveland Browns fan. It also helped that they agreed to pay him $500 a month and a $10,000 signing bonus in his years with the Navy.

After returning from Vietnam, Staubach was stationed in Pensacola, Fla., and took two weeks leave to go to Cowboys training camp in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in 1967.

“That’s what made the difference, changed my life, really,” Staubach said. “I had a really good camp, and I think Coach [Tom] Landry thought I was mature enough so they possibly wouldn’t have to get a veteran quarterback.”

In 1969, Don Meredith retired unexpectedly. Craig Morton, the Cowboys’ first-round pick in 1965, would take over. Jerry Rhome, who was picked in the 13th round in 1964, was traded to Cleveland.

“We’re getting ready to leave Pensacola and then go to Thousand Oaks, and I told [his wife], ‘I’m second team and I haven’t done anything. Don’t worry,’” Staubach joked. “But if not for that year before, I think Coach Landry would’ve traded for a veteran quarterback behind Craig.”

By 1971, Staubach delivered the Cowboys their first title, winning Super Bowl VI and earning Most Valuable Player honors. The Cowboys won Super Bowl XII and appeared in five Super Bowls with Staubach, who earned the Captain Comeback nickname for his 23 late-game wins.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.

Like fishing stories, scouts have famous stories about the ones that got away. As good as the ’64 draft was, Brandt knows it would have been better if they were able to get Paul Warfield and Dave Wilcox, who went on to Hall of Fame careers.

The Cowboys would have drafted Warfield in the first round but made a wink-wink trade with the Steelers for wide receiver Buddy Dial. The Steelers received the Cowboys’ pick in return, Scott Appleton, who signed with the Houston Oilers instead of the Steelers.

Dallas did not have a third-round pick in 1964 but were so confident they would land Wilcox that Brandt had scout Red Hickey with the defensive end. Instead, the San Francisco 49ers took Wilcox with the first pick of the third round.

“We could’ve had five [Hall of Famers] if it would’ve gone right for us,” Brandt said. “We could’ve had four, but we had three. And I thought that was pretty good.”

More than pretty good.

Jason Witten added to Pro Bowl

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IRVING, Texas -- With the Denver Broncos earning their way to Super Bowl XLVIII, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

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Witten will replace Broncos tight end Julius Thomas and become the fourth Cowboy to head to Hawaii, joining left tackle Tyron Smith, wide receiver Dez Bryant and defensive end Jason Hatcher, who was added as a replacement for Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

While it will be the first Pro Bowl trips for Smith, Bryant and Hatcher, it will be Witten’s ninth in 11 seasons. The only years he did not make it to the Pro Bowl came as a rookie in 2003 and in 2011.

Witten ties Randy White for the fourth most Pro Bowl appearances in team history. Only Bob Lilly (11), Larry Allen and Mel Renfro, who appeared in 10 each, have been selected to more than Witten.

Witten caught 73 passes for 851 yards and had eight touchdown passes in 2013.

Storied pasts loom over Cowboys, Packers

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IRVING, Texas -- As the Cowboys walk to the team meeting room every day, they are met with pictures of Dallas' five Super Bowl winners. Each collage has a team photo and pictures of smiling players, coaches and executives from winning NFL championships.

At Lambeau Field, the photos from the great moments in Packers history line the wall from the tunnel to the locker room. When the stadium was renovated years ago, they took a row of old bricks and moved it to the new tunnel so players can say they walk over the same ground as the greats who played at Lambeau Field.

With a loss Sunday, though, either team will need even more help to just make the postseason.

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AP Photo/David StlukaCowboys QB Tony Romo, right, and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers know the burden that comes with playing for franchises trying to recapture past glory.
Like the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers, the Cowboys are constantly chasing ghosts from past teams.

The Packers and Cowboys have combined for 18 NFL championships (Green Bay 13, Dallas five) and nine Super Bowls (Green Bay four, Dallas five). They produced one of the NFL’s iconic games -- the Ice Bowl -- in the 1967 NFC Championship. They were coached by legends in Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi. They rekindled the rivalry in the 1990s, meeting in the playoffs from 1993 to 1995.

The current teams carry something of a burden with them because of the successful pasts.

“We always look at it as a sense of pride and energy to tap into,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. “We think it’s very important to have that and recognize it and honor it, so I always refer to it as there’s pride in the bricks of Lambeau Field and it’s something we need to tap into. We talk to our current team about it and how important it is to win and represent the Green Bay Packers the right way.”

Jason Garrett does not talk about the expectations laid out from the likes of Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Mel Renfro, Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. He talks about the standard those players and teams set.

“You want to be in a place where there’s a high standard for achievement,” Garrett said. “I think that’s a good thing. That brings the best out in people. What we try to do each and every day is be our best. Come to work as players and coaches and put our best foot forward and get ready for our challenges each week and again, embrace the past. That’s a good thing. ... That drives us. That’s part of what drives us to achieve, really, each and every day, and certainly each season.”

Tony Romo is constantly measured against Staubach and Aikman. Aaron Rodgers is measured against Bart Starr and Brett Favre, but he has the Super Bowl ring that Romo is still looking for, having beaten the Steelers at AT&T Stadium in Super Bowl XLV.

Rodgers has 23 teammates on the roster with a Super Bowl ring.

Romo hopes one day to have his own, so he and his teammates can have their pictures on the wall holding the Lombardi Trophy.

“You want to be a part of a storied franchise,” Romo said. “It just makes it important. You want a challenge. You want it to matter, and you want it to be important. That’s what’s great about this organization and great about our fans.”

Alumni night part of Cowboys tradition

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IRVING, Texas – One of the best parts of the Cowboys’ annual training camp practice at AT&T Stadium tonight is the number of former players on hand.

Jason Garrett has made it a point to pound the rich history of the Cowboys into the heads of the current players. Some of the youngest players were only a few years old when the Cowboys last won a Super Bowl with Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. Most of their parents were probably old enough to remember players like Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson and Randy White.

“We have great history and tradition in this organization,” Garrett said. “We want to make sure that we take advantage of it for a lot of different reasons. It’s great to have those guys, to have the history and be a part of it, their own memories. But it’s also good to have our guys be around them. I think it’s a positive thing.

"They’ll be at practice and then we’ll have a dinner afterwards. Guys will sit down together and hopefully get a chance to visit and talk. Usually the linebackers migrate to the linebackers and the quarterbacks migrate to the quarterbacks. It’s just part of it. But it’s great to have those guys around and a part of our family.”

Jason Witten is entering his 11th season. He knows the alumni now, and there isn’t a player more respected by the former players than Witten. He still gets a charge from seeing the former players at practice and talking to them.

“I think that’s a great tradition that coach has done with bringing those guys back,” Witten said. “I think for a lot of the guys here, they don’t know who those guys were, and more than anything, they probably don’t remember some of the success that they had. It’s a great opportunity to see some of the support that they give. That’s a close group. Some of the best ever.

"Obviously, some people have a jaded opinion to it, but I think it’s the best franchise in all of sports. It’s a neat evening. The setting’s just special to be a part of it.”

Cowboys' Rushmore: Landry, Staubach, Jones, Emmitt

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There are plenty of choices for the Dallas Cowboys Mount Rushmore, but we can only pick four. It wasn't easy, but we've narrowed down our list. Does it look like yours? Here's ours:

Tom Landry: He's the George Washington of our Cowboys Mount Rushmore. Landry, with fedora of course, has to be on any monument dedicated to all-time Cowboys greats. One of the greatest coaches of all time, Landry roamed the sidelines from 1960 to 1988 and won two Super Bowls, five NFC titles and 13 division titles. He was an innovator, creating defensive systems that are still mimicked.

Roger Staubach: He led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl titles (and four Super Bowl appearances), won a Heisman Trophy and engineered some memorable comebacks. Staubach set the standard by which all quarterbacks of America's Team are measured.

Jerry Jones: Probably the most controversial of our choices, especially if you consider this club's run of mediocrity since the mid 1990s. But do the Cowboys win three Super Bowls in the 1990s without Jones? He botched the handling of Landry's firing, but he hired Jimmy Johnson as his replacement and watched the team transform back into a champion. He isn't on here as a GM. He's on this monument as an owner.

Emmitt Smith: An argument could be made for any of the "Triplets" and maybe even more than one being on this Cowboys Rushmore. But we chose Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher. The Cowboys' ground game was nearly unstoppable during Smith's prime and he was an iron man, playing through injuries and leading by example.

Others considered (in no particular order):

Troy Aikman: Won three Super Bowls and led the club's productive offense. He's one of the greatest QBs in franchise history.

Bob Lilly: The former TCU defensive tackle was the first draft pick in Cowboys history. And it was terrific pick. Lilly was an All-Pro seven times and anchored the "Doomsday Defense."

Michael Irvin: The wide receiver made big plays, clutch scores and certainly fired up his teammates. A part of the "Triplets," Irvin was dynamic.

Tex Schramm: The first GM in Cowboys history helped put together a winning franchise -- hiring Tom Landry and Gil Brandt -- not to mention adding the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and adding many key rules to the NFL. He did a lot for not only the Cowboys, but the league.

Tony Dorsett: If not for Emmitt, he'd be the top running back on this list.

Randy White: The Hall of Famer played in Dallas for more than a decade as one of the best linemen in league history.

Drew Pearson: He's the reason No. 88 carries so much meaning for the Cowboys. He made the big catches and was reliable.

Don Meredith: Dandy Don spent nine seasons with the Cowboys after playing for SMU and was an important leader during the Cowboys' early years.

Jimmy Johnson: Rebuilt the Cowboys into a champion and won two Super Bowls. Barry Switzer won another Super Bowl with the team that Johnson assembled.

Herschel Walker: Seems strange, doesn't it? But without the haul the Cowboys received from Minnesota, do the Cowboys win three Super Bowls?

IRVING, Texas – Among the reasons why Brian Urlacher decided to retire was the fact that he could say he played for the Chicago Bears and for the Chicago Bears only.

In this salary-cap age, that is a difficult thing to do. Emmitt Smith's playing career ended in Arizona. Jerry Rice's ended in Seattle.

Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin were able to be “one jersey” players, in part because of injuries. Aikman wrestled with the idea of returning not long after he stepped away but decided against it.

Jason Witten and Tony Romo are entering their 11th seasons with the Cowboys. Romo, who just turned 33, is signed through 2019. Witten is signed through 2017. So is DeMarcus Ware, who is entering his ninth season.

Of the long-term players on the Cowboys’ roster, these guys figure to be the “one jersey” types.

Witten is already the franchise’s all-time receptions leader. Only Bob Lilly, Larry Allen, Mel Renfro and Randy White have played in more Pro Bowls as Cowboys than Witten, who has eight. He is coming off a 110-catch season, the most in NFL history by a tight end. He turned 31 earlier this month.

Romo is the Cowboys’ all-time leader in touchdown passes and could surpass Aikman in passing yards in 2015. He has more 100-plus passer rating games in his career than Aikman. Romo’s 55 multi-touchdown pass games are the most in team history. His four four-touchdown games are second-most in history to Danny White.

Ware is the franchise’s official all-time sack leader with 111 for his career and needs four this season to break Harvey Martin’s unofficial sack record. He has had seven straight seasons with at least 10 sacks, and only Reggie White (nine) and John Randle (eight) have more since sacks became an official stat in 1982.

If the Cowboys win a Super Bowl in the next few years, then the chances of these guys playing for another team in the future would be slim.

If the Cowboys don’t win a Super Bowl and they become salary-cap casualties later, do they chase a championship and not play for the Cowboys and the Cowboys only?
IRVING, Texas -- Anthony Spencer's first trip to the Pro Bowl could also be the last time he wears a Cowboys helmet.

Spencer was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for Green Bay's Clay Matthews and will be joined in today's game by one teammate, tight end Jason Witten, who will be playing in his eighth Pro Bowl.

DeMarcus Ware was selected to the Pro Bowl for the seventh straight year, but he is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Spencer is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March. However, the Cowboys and his agent, Jordan Woy, have had preliminary talks in recent weeks and both sides are hopeful a deal can be worked out. The Cowboys could place the franchise tag on Spencer for a second straight season, which would cost $10.6 million.

Reaching an accord on a long-term contract will be difficult because of the team's somewhat tight salary-cap situation and just how well Spencer played in 2012.

He led the Cowboys with 106 tackles and reached double digits in sacks for the first time in his career with 11 while only playing in 14 games. From Week 1-17, Spencer was the Cowboys' best defender and even took over the play calling later in the season due to injuries to Sean Lee and Bruce Carter.

Woy said he anticipates more talks with the Cowboys in February, leading into the NFL scouting combine.

Witten does not have any contractual worries. He is signed through 2017 and is coming off a season in which he set an NFL record for catches in a season for a tight end (110) and became the Cowboys' all-time leader in receptions.

Witten is returning to the Pro Bowl after missing out in 2011. He played in seven straight Pro Bowls from 2004-10. The only Cowboys with more Pro Bowl selections than Witten are Bob Lilly (11), Larry Allen (10), Mel Renfro (10) and Randy White (nine). Lilly, Renfro and White are Hall of Famers and Allen is a finalist this year.

DeMarcus Ware extends sack streak

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- DeMarcus Ware was able to extend his streak to eight games with at least a half-sack when he and Jason Hatcher combined to take down Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden in the third quarter of Sunday’s 23-20 overtime win.

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More impressive, however, Ware has now recorded seven straight seasons with at least 10 sacks, tying him for third most in NFL history with Hall of Famers Bruce Smith and Lawrence Taylor. The only two with more consecutive 10-sack seasons are Hall of Famers John Randle (eight) and Reggie White (nine).

Ware has 109.5 sacks for his career, tying him for 18th all-time in NFL history.

Sacks were not considered an official stat until 1982, but Ware is closing in on the Cowboys’ unofficial record. Harvey Martin is the leader with 114 and Randy White recorded 111.

Jason Witten's Pro Bowl streak ends

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IRVING, Texas -- While DeMarcus Ware was able to extend his Pro Bowl streak to six years and Jay Ratliff to four years, Jason Witten’s came to an end at seven. At least for the moment.

Witten could be added later as an alternate, although he is not sure if he was the first alternate behind New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham and Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez.

Witten admitted to being disappointed. Only Bob Lilly (10), Mel Renfro (10) and Randy White (nine) played in more consecutive Pro Bowls than Witten. Larry Allen also played in seven straight Pro Bowls (1995-2001).

"I think you always focus on trying to help the team win a championship,” Witten said. “Along the way you want to be the best at your position. The other two guys had great seasons, so unfortunately it didn’t work out. Give those guys credit. They had good years. You always want to do your best and put yourself in position. I felt like I had a great year. Other guys, I guess, had better years. It's always a disappointment. They earned it for sure."

Ware and Ratliff were named starters for the NFC all stars.

“When you always think about the Pro Bowl, it’s always about going out there and representing the Cowboys, representing your team and to sort of be consistent,” said Ware, who is tied for second in the NFL with 18 sacks. “I always talk about being consistent and being consistent this long is always good. Making the Pro Bowl this year is always good.”

Five-star: History for DeMarcus Ware

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Five-star question: Will DeMarcus Ware get the 2.5 sacks he needs to tie Jim Jeffcoat (94.5) for the most in franchise history?

On a day in which the Cowboys will induct Drew Pearson, Charles Haley and Larry Allen into the Ring of Honor, it is only fitting that DeMarcus Ware makes his run at team history to move a step closer to joining those players on the wall.

Ware is second in the NFL with 12 sacks and is coming off the first four-sack game of his career. He has had at least one sack in every game but one and sacks come in bunches for him. He has had three back-to-back games with multiple sacks, including at the start of this season.

He and Simon Fletcher hold the NFL record with at least one sack in 10 straight games.

Sunday’s foe helps the cause. Seattle has allowed a league-high 28 sacks. Tarvaris Jackson has been sacked 20 times. Charlie Whitehurst has been sacked eight. Ware has sacked 39 different quarterbacks in his career and Jackson or Tarvaris or both will make the list Sunday.

But Ware is entering a tricky part of the record book because sacks did not become an official stat in the NFL until 1982.

In the Cowboys’ media guide, they list Harvey Martin as the all-time leader in sacks with 114, followed by Randy White (111), Ed Jones (106), George Andrie (97) and Jethro Pugh (95.5). Jeffcoat, who was with the Cowboys from 1983-94, is next.

Do we ignore the players’ stats when sacks were not an official stat? Do we put an asterisk by it?

I’m not sure it really matters because Ware will end up passing them all one day soon.

Five-star: DeMarcus Ware gets record

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Five-star question: Will DeMarcus Ware get the 2.5 sacks he needs to tie Jim Jeffcoat (94.5) for the most in franchise history?

Yes, I guess Ware will get his 2.5 sacks against Seattle on Sunday to become the official sacks leader in team history. Seattle has allowed 28 sacks, second-most in the league this season so expect Ware to be pretty busy.

In his career,Ware has four career sacks against the Seattle Seahawks. And despite an athletic, elusive quarterback in Tarvaris Jackson, coming off a chest injury, Ware should get past tackles Russell Okung and James Carpenter on a consistent basis on Sunday.

However, the Cowboys don't acknowledge Jeffcoat as the leader in this area. The Cowboys list Harvey Martin as the all-time sacks leader at 114. Now the Cowboys kept the sack numbers before the NFL officially started keeping the mark.

Ware most likely will become the all-time sack leader based on the numbers the team has. Hall of Famer Randy White (111) and Too Tall Jones ( 106) rank behind Martin.

Ware can also tie the NFL record for the most sacks through the first half in league history at 14 set by Michael Strahann in 2001.

Ware is a fantastic player and regardless of which numbers you recognize, it's almost a certain he will become the all-time sacks leader in franchise history.

DeMarcus Ware is NFC Player of the Week

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The first win of the season for the Cowboys netted the first award of the season.

Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for having three sacks, five tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries in the victory over the Houston Texans.

It's the fourth time in his career that Ware picked up the award.

It was the fifth time Ware reached his career high of three sacks.

Ware is now tied with Randy White for the third-most multi-sack games in Cowboys history with 14.

Greg Ellis and Jim Jeffcoat share the Cowboys' mark for the most multi-sack games in a career with 19.

Ware has 68.5 career sacks, with 29 on third down.

The best of Cowboys' draft bunches

May, 30, 2010
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The Cowboys believe they picked a pair of premium talents in last month’s draft.

Even if Dez Bryant and Sean Lee are as good as the Cowboys believe – and they were 11th and 14th on the Valley Ranch draft board – they’ll have a tough time cracking the best collections of top-end talent from Dallas draft classes.

A look at the five most impressive groups of premium players from Cowboys’ drafts:

1970

DB Mel Renfro (second round), WR Bob Hayes (seventh round), QB Roger Staubach (10th round)

Good luck finding a better draft class trio in NFL history.

1989

QB Troy Aikman (first round), FB Daryl Johnston (second round), C Mark Stepnoski (third round), DE Tony Tolbert (fourth round)

Tolbert (59.5 career sacks) might be borderline, but the other three were among the best at their positions during the ‘90s dynasty.

1975

DL Randy White (first round), LB Bob Breunig (third round), DE Pat Donovan (fourth round, converted to OT), OG Herb Scott (13th round)

The best of the Dirty Dozen combined to make 19 Pro Bowl appearances.

1992

CB Kevin Smith (first round), WR Jimmy Smith (second round), S Darren Woodson (second round)

Too bad none of Jimmy Smith 12,287 career receiving yards came in a Cowboys uniform.

2005

OLB DeMarcus Ware (first round), DL Jay Ratliff (seventh round)

Ratliff, not first-rounder Marcus Spears, developed into Ware’s All-Pro partner.

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