Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Jerry: 'No plan' to induct Drew Pearson
By Tim MacMahon
DALLAS -- Roger Staubach expressed confidence Monday that his former go-to guy, Drew Pearson, would join him in the Ring of Honor.
The one-man selection committee isn't ready to make any commitments.
"We have yet to address that," Jerry Jones said Tuesday. "There is no decision there at all. Obviously, it’s always been a question of your Hall of Fame players that deserve a lot of consideration there.
"But there has been no plan, and right now there is no plan to have an inductee into the Ring of Honor this next season. There’s no plan."
Jones didn't rule out a Ring of Honor ceremony next season. He simply said that one was not planned.
His comment about the Hall of Fame players could be interpreted as an indication that Deion Sanders, who is expected to get his first-ballot stamp this weekend, is in line before Pearson.
Pearson, an All-'70s receiver, spent his entire 11-year career with the Cowboys, winning one Super Bowl and playing in three. Sanders was a mercenary who played for five teams, winning one title during a five-year stint with the Cowboys.
Defensive end Charles Haley, a key member to the Cowboys' three Jerry-era championship teams, is a Hall of Fame finalist whose Canton case might be boosted by a spot in the Ring of Honor. Larry Allen, a probable first-ballot Hall of Famer in two years, is a no-brainer for the Ring of Honor. Safety Darren Woodson deserves serious Hall of Fame consideration and should join the Triplets on the modern side of the Ring of Honor.
But the line should start behind Pearson. He's already waited way too long.
Maybe Staubach can talk some sense into the one-man selection committee.