Dallas Cowboys: Ring of Honor

No Ring of Honor inductees set yet

August, 16, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he has not planned to add a player to the Ring of Honor this season.

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Who should be the next player inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor?

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That doesn’t mean things won’t change.

“I can and I have thought about it this early, but it’s not necessary to think about,” Jones said. “We’ve had inductees in the Ring of Honor when we didn’t address it until after the season started, and we’ve had them when we thought about it the year before. It’s gone both ways. But at this point we don’t have (one) set.”

Drew Pearson, Charles Haley and Larry Allen were the most recent inductees, going up on Nov. 6, 2011.

Who will be the next player or players?

I would put Darren Woodson in there.

Jerry Jones: Ring of Honor additions unlikely

August, 12, 2012
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OXNARD, Calif. – The one-man selection committee for the Ring of Honor is not planning to induct anybody this year.

“It’s probably unlikely that we will, but I haven’t made that decision,” Jones told ESPNDallas.com.

The induction of Drew Pearson, Larry Allen and Charles Haley last year marked the first Ring of Honor class since 2005, when the Triplets of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith went in together.

There are several former Cowboys who have strong cases for inclusion in the Ring of Honor. The list arguably starts with franchise sacks leader Harvey Martin and Darren Woodson, who holds the franchise record for career tackles.

They’ll have to wait at least another year, unless Jones changes his mind.

Jerry hopes to help Charles Haley's HOF bid

August, 20, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas – Charles Haley’s induction in the Ring of Honor is intended to be a clear message to Hall of Fame voters.

The only player to earn five Super Bowl rings belongs in Canton, Ohio. Jerry Jones, who owns three Super Bowl rings in large part because he traded for Haley, firmly believes that Haley deserves a Hall of Fame bust.

That’s why there was a sense of urgency to include the dominant pass-rusher among the Cowboys’ legends despite the fact that Haley spent only five seasons in Dallas.

“I really wanted to make [clear] how highly Charles is thought of by the Cowboys as he goes through his process there,” Jones said after Friday’s Ring of Honor press conference.

Haley has been a Hall of Fame finalist the last two years, but he hasn’t made the cut from 15 to 10 candidates yet. The committee discussed his candidacy for only six minutes during the last selection committee.

“I don’t even let that stuff get in my head,” said Haley, who had 100.5 career sacks. “It’s in God’s hands. I’m an emotional guy. When I think about things, I’m either going to go up or I’m going to get depressed, so I try not to worry about things that I can’t control.”

Haley will let his supporters do the lobbying for his Hall of Fame bid. Jones made the strongest case yet by putting Haley in the Ring of Honor.

Who should be next for Ring of Honor?

August, 19, 2011
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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.

Darren Woodson votes for Drew Pearson

August, 8, 2011
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Darren Woodson says Drew Pearson deserves to be the next former Cowboy added to the Ring of Honor.
SAN ANTONIO – There will be another name added to the Ring of Honor this season. There better be an 88 attached to it.

Jerry Jones wouldn’t reveal a name when he told ESPNDallas.com’s Jean-Jacques Taylor that the Ring of Honor would expand by one this season, but it’d be absolutely ridiculous to continue snubbing Drew Pearson.

“He’ll be in the Ring of Honor,” Roger Staubach said during Super Bowl week.

That’s more than just a legendary quarterback lobbying for his favorite receiver. Staubach has a lot of sway with the one-man selection committee these days.

Captain Comeback did Jerry a huge favor by serving as the face of the North Texas Super Bowl host committee. Staubach played an integral role in bringing the nation’s biggest sporting event to Jerry’s $1.2 billion football palace.

There would be no better way for Jerry to pay his debt of gratitude than to give Staubach’s go-to guy his rightful place in the Ring of Honor.

Pearson has butted heads with Jerry throughout the years, whether it’s been because of business disagreements or the blunt criticism of the Cowboys that makes the Original 88 such a great fit on ESPN 103.3’s postgame coverage. If it takes Jerry scratching the back of a business partner to finally put Pearson in the Hall of Fame, so be it.

There is a huge hole in the Ring of Honor without Pearson’s name up there. He’s an All-‘70s receiver with a Super Bowl ring and a reputation for clutch catches. (The catch that caused Staubach to coin the phrase Hail Mary pops immediately to mind.) Pearson ranks second in franchise history in catches (489), third in yards (7,822) and third in touchdowns (48).

“Drew Pearson is a Ring of Honor player if there ever was a Ring of Honor player and Jerry has told me that too,” Staubach said in January. “I’m hoping whenever we continue the Ring of Honor … that Drew will be right there. I would be surprised if he wasn’t.”

Better two decades too late than never.

Potential Ring of Honor candidates

August, 4, 2011
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SAN ANTONIO -- There is a Hot Button debate regarding Deion Sanders and if he should be in the Cowboys' Ring of Honor. Sanders did play five seasons with the Cowboys, snagging 14 interceptions, scoring one offensive touchdown and returning four punts for touchdowns.

He was an elite corner when he played for the Cowboys, but he didn't play long enough to be considered a 'Cowboy'. Sanders has even said he doesn't belong in the Ring-of-Honor.

The last time the Cowboys put anybody in the Ring of Honor was 2005 when the Triplets, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, went in.

In the first year of Cowboys Stadium, Jerry Jones, the team owner and one-man committee regarding who gets in, said he didn't want to induct anybody into the new $1.2 billion palace so the stadium could be celebrated. Last year might have been more about the Super Bowl coming to North Texas, so Jones didn't want to distract from that.

Could this be the year? We're not sure.

But when Jones decides to open the doors to the Ring of Honor, we have some players he should consider.

Drew Pearson
"The Original 88" led the team in receiving four times and is second in franchise history with 489 career catches. Only Irvin (750) has more. Pearson is a three-time All Pro, who was named to the All Decade team of the 1970s. He led the NFL in receiving yards in 1977.

Too Tall Jones
Jones is third in franchise history with 106 sacks and might have had more if not for a brief tour as a boxer. Jones was a three-time Pro Bowler, who at 34 compiled 13 sacks in 1985. He, along with Pearson, remains one of the more popular Cowboys even in retirement.

Charlie Waters
The safety is third all-time in franchise history with 41 interceptions, with Mel Renfro (52) and Everson Walls (44) having more. Waters was named an All Pro twice by the Pro Football Writers Association of America and was a three-time Pro Bowler.

Larry Allen
Considered one of the best guards of his era, Allen was a six-time All-Pro and an 11-time Pro Bowler. In his 12 seasons with the Cowboys, Allen started every game nine times including his final season with the club in 2005.

Darren Woodson
He is the all-time leader in total tackles with 1,350 and solo tackles at 787. Woodson was one of those safeties who could cover tight ends and sometimes wide receivers due to his athletic ability. He was a three-time All-Pro player.

Jimmy Johnson
Along with Jones, Johnson rebuilt the franchise in the 1990s, having won two Super Bowl titles. You could say Johnson wasn't here long enough, much like Sanders, but in his five seasons he won two division titles and won 80 games.

Harvey Martin
He led the Cowboys in sacks seven seasons, more than any other player, and he is also the franchise leader in sacks with 114. Martin set a single-season record with 23 sacks in 1977. In 1977, he was named Associated Press' NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the Super Bowl Co-MVP.
It was an easy decision to induct Deion Sanders into the Hall of Fame.

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Deion Sanders, on the road to Canton, joins Ben & Skin to discuss if the Hall of Fame inductee deserves to be added to the Dallas Cowboys' Ring of Honor.

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How about the Ring of Honor?

Ben Rogers and Todd Archer debate on the ESPNDallas.com Hot Button about whether Sanders, who spent five seasons in Dallas and won one Super Bowl with the Cowboys, belongs among the franchise’s immortals. Sanders’ opinion on the issue might surprise you.

“That’s not for me,” Sanders said on ESPN 103.3’s Ben and Skin Show. “I don’t want that accolade. I don’t deserve it.”

So far, almost two-thirds of the voters agree with Prime Time’s take.

Hot Button: Does Deion belong in Ring of Honor?

August, 3, 2011
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As Deion Sanders prepares to high step down the sideline into NFL immortality this weekend, we couldn't help but to reflect on his time here with the Dallas Cowboys.

There's absolutely no debating that Deion belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which he'll enter Sunday. But what about the Cowboys' Ring of Honor?

Now there's a Hot Button debate, both for our staffers -- in this case, Ben Rogers and Todd Archer -- and fans, alike.

Click here to vote if he should be added to the Ring. Then after reading what Ben and Todd had to say, debate with other fans here.

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