Drew Pearson, Charles Haley honored

Updated: November 7, 2011, 10:22 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys honored three different eras of their history on Sunday afternoon when Drew Pearson, Charles Haley and Larry Allen were the latest players inducted into the Ring of Honor.

It's the first time the Cowboys have inducted players into the Ring of Honor in the three-year history of Cowboys Stadium.

There are a total of 20 people in the Ring of Honor.

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Tim Heitman/US PresswireThe Cowboys held a Ring of Honor ceremony for the first time in the three-year history of Cowboys Stadium, inducting Drew Pearson, Charles Haley and Larry Allen.

The Triplets -- Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin -- all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, were the last players honored for the Ring of Honor back in 2005.

Pearson, nicknamed the Original 88, 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).

"I waited and I prayed," Pearson said after receiving a silver bowl and putting on his blue blazer with the Ring of Honor patch. "I always believed that one day this day would come."

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 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.

After thanking his family and the fans, Haley said, "This is great and this is one of the greatest things that happened to me in my life."

Allen, who 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.

Allen, a soft-spoken man, was brief in his remarks to the fans.

Pearson's name and years played is displayed next to Tex Schramm on one side of Cowboys Stadium, basically the Tom Landry era.

Allen and Haley surround The Triplets, on the other side of Cowboys Stadium.

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.

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