Drew Pearson, two more to join Ring
ARLINGTON, Texas -- When Jerry Jones decided to add to the Dallas Cowboys' Ring of Honor there was a thought of one, but he created his own set of triplets.
Jones, the one-man committee for the exclusive Ring of Honor, added one from the Tom Landry era and two from the Jimmy Johnson/Jerry Jones era on Friday afternoon.
"I remember before the games I would stretch and that's all I would look at," said the soft-spoken Allen, who played from 1994-2005 with the Cowboys. "It was that Ring of Honor. It's a blessing."
This is the first time the Cowboys will induct anyone into the Ring of Honor since 2005, when the original set of Triplets -- Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith -- went in. In total, there are 18 members with their names inside the rings of Cowboys Stadium, 16 of them players.
Pearson is the latest of a long list of Cowboys' players from the 1970s to get in.
"I'm blessed," Pearson said. "When Jerry told me, I told him, 'I waited a long time to hear those words.'"
Pearson made the All-Decade team of the 1970s and was a three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler. His signature play came in 1975 when he caught a deep pass, later named Hail Mary, from quarterback Roger Staubach to beat the Minnesota Vikings in a playoff game. Pearson ranks second in franchise history in catches (489), third in receiving yards (7,822) and third in touchdown receptions (48).
He was passed up by several players who came after him to be honored and when he looked at players from opposing teams get their jerseys honored, it seemed to irk him somewhat.
"It's a little frustrating because you see other teams and you see certain players that you know you've had a more stellar career than they've had," Pearson said. "But you're not in and they've had their day. You haven't even thought they had a better career. So, it's frustrating in that regard, but at the same time, it makes this ring even more significant."
Haley's selection signifies the Cowboys celebrating one of their best defensive players. He won three Super Bowl titles after he left the San Francisco 49ers to join the Cowboys and some would say he changed the power structure in the NFC in the 1990s.
Haley has won five Super Bowl titles -- including two with the 49ers -- and is considered one of the dominant pass-rushers of his time. He has been eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2005 but has not been selected.
Allen, whom former Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton called one of the great linemen of his time, was an 11-time Pro Bowler and six-time All Pro selection. He was also named to the All-Decade team of the 1990s. He's eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year.
"Larry could play in any era," Newton said. "You could put on leather helmets, he can play. You could put on the one facemask and he could play. Put on the full facemask and you got hell on your hands."
Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.