Daily Archives: November 6th, 2011

THE BOYS ARE BACK SPECIAL FEATURE: Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor ceremony (video)

Ring of Honor Ceremony

Watch as Drew Pearson, Larry Allen, and Charles Haley are inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

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Audio Courtesy: Brad Sham and the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network | The Fan KRLD 105.3 FM 

VIDEOS: Postgame press conferences with Jason Garrett | Tony Romo | Jerry Jones | Rob Ryan

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Garrett and Romo: Postgame

Jason Garrett and Tony Romo speak after the Dallas Cowboys victory over the Seahawks on Sunday.

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Jerry Jones: I Like The Challange

Jerry Jones talks about his team winning a bounce back game against the Seahawks.

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Ryan: We Are In The Win Business

Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan speaks about his defense, and how it performed against the Seahawks.

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RANDY GALLOWAY: Criticize if you want, but Jason Garrett is the right man for the Dallas Cowboys

For those already doubting Jason Garrett, and for those who have already dismissed Garrett as another Jerry-hired head coaching doofus, it’s not too late to repent.

Reach right out there and grab yourself a handful of reality. Go ahead, do it today. Do it before it’s too late.

You people … (I love a good you people.) … need to immediately accept one fact of local football life.

There is no Cowher, Fisher, Saban, Gruden, etc. waiting eagerly to ride in here and rescue the Cowboys, or better yet, rescue Jerry.

That’s not to say Jon Gruden wouldn’t take the job, or that Jeff Fisher would turn it down.

But based on track record, the quirky Gruden (I do love him, but he’s way out there) wouldn’t last five minutes with Jerry, and a solid guy like Fisher would be shocked to learn that his previous owner, Bud Adams, would be considered a rock of stability compared to you-know-who.

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HISTORIC DAY: Dallas Cowboys Drew Pearson, Charles Haley, and Larry Allen honored

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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.
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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.

Ring of Honor

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The 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.

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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 2002.

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.

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Drew Pearson #88 inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.

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Larry Allen #73 inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor

Larry Allen #73 inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.
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Charles Haley #94 inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor

Charles Haley #94 inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
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Drew Pearson Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor

Drew Pearson speaks at the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor induction ceremony on Sunday.
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Larry Allen Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor

Larry Allen thanks fans during the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor induction at Cowboys Stadium
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Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor - Charles Haley

Charles Haley proud to be inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.

Photographs courtesy: WFAA TV Dallas Ft. Worth

DALLAS COWBOYS RING OF HONOR: Emotional day for Drew Pearson, Charles Haley, and Larry Allen

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After waiting many years for his place in the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, Drew Pearson didn’t know what to do Sunday once he put on that blue jacket.

“It was like a feeling of satisfaction, it was a climax to a journey,” Pearson said. “It’s a very emotional time. If I wasn’t so vain, I probably would have cried out there. But the tears were definitely flowing inside.”

Offensive tackle Larry Allen and defensive end Charles Haley joined Drew Pearson as the three inductees into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor during halftime of Sunday’s game against Seattle.

Drew Pearson, 60, was inducted into the Ring of Honor 28 years after he retired from the NFL.

“It doesn’t bother me because it’s now,” Pearson said. “It’s nice to be going forward where you don’t have to be asked that question anymore … why aren’t you [in the Ring of Honor]?”

“My kids thought that was my first name for a long time, because everybody comes up to me [and says] ‘why aren’t you in, why aren’t you this?’”

Charles Haley also was emotional during the post-Ring of Honor news conference. He said he’s not thinking about whether joining the Ring of Honor will help him make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“I’m thinking that Jerry Jones is a great man right now, that’s what I’m thinking,” said Haley, who played for the Cowboys from 1992-’96. “I’m not thinking about tomorrow. You can write and think about tomorrow. I’m thinking about today and how great today is. I’m enjoying this moment and I hope you help me enjoy this moment.”

Larry Allen also was enjoying his moment.

“Before every game I would look up there [at the names of the other Ring of Honor inductees] the most,” he said. “At a certain point of games, I would just look up there…. try to find a way to get up there.’’

On Sunday, Larry Allen finally made it “up there’’ in the Ring of Honor. So, too, did Drew Pearson and Charles Haley.

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RELATED: Dallas Cowboys add three players to Ring of Honor

ARLINGTON — The Dallas Cowboys stayed in the playoff hunt with a win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but the big story at the game came at halftime, as three of the team’s greatest players were added to the Ring of Honor.

It’s been six years since the Cowboys inducted new members into the Ring, when the “Triplets” — Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith — saw their names unveiled at the old Texas Stadium.

On Sunday, Larry Allen, Charles Haley and Drew Pearson joined them.

Allen was a domanant offensive guard who played for the Cowboys from the mid-1990s into the 21st century. He made 11 Pro Bowl appearances during his career in Dallas and played on their Super Bowl XXX team.

“I’d like to thank Jerry [Jones] and his family; the Cowboys organization; my beautiful wife; my three great kids; I’d like to say thank you for playing for the greatest fans in America,” Allen said.

Haley played on that team, too, and on the other two Cowboys championship teams from the 90s. Haley also won a couple of Super Bowls in San Francisco.

“This is not a right, but a privilege, and God knows… this is one of the greatest things that’s happened in my life,” Haley told the cheering crowd.

Drew Pearson is the one we’ve been waiting for… but not as long as he’s been waiting. His last season with the Cowboys was in 1983.

“I waited. I prayed. And because I prayed, I always believed that this day would one day come,” Pearson said. “And I am so happy and so proud to be a part of this distinguished Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor!”

The three added Sunday are all very deserving and bring the total number of Cowboys in the Ring of Honor to 20.

Courtesy: TED MADDEN | WFAA Dallas

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Backup link to video: http://www.wfaa.com/sports/football/Cowboys-add-three-to-Ring-of-Honor-133333238.html

Dallas Cowboy Jason Hatcher took safe route after Seattle pick

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Dallas Cowboys Jason Hatcher

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jason Hatcher loves to boast about his days as a big-play tight end at Jena High in Louisiana.

Just look in the Dallas Cowboys’ media guide, which makes note of him catching 28 passes for 1,028 yards as a senior.

That’s all the more reason for Jason Hatcher’s teammates to give him good-natured grief about his return after making the first interception by a Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman since 2002. It appeared that Jason Hatcher had a chance to score, but he scooted out of bounds, settling for a 16-yard return.

“You didn’t see that little stiff arm going out of bounds?” Hatcher joked. “Nah, once I saw that running back, I kind of went out of bounds. He’s way faster than I am. I was going to out run the linemen, to be honest with you. You saw me turn my motor on and then I turned it back off. I saw the running back. He was going to cut my knees off. I’ve got games to play, so I’m going out of bounds.”

REFLECTION: Tony Romo heard the boos on the red zone slide

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo plays without injection for fractured ribs. Tony Gutierrez / AP

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo certainly heard boos from a few yahoos at Cowboys Stadium after he slid down at the two-yard line rather than try to scramble past at least three Seahawks defenders into the end zone.

Clearly the fans didn’t remember that Romo was playing with a fractured rib suffered seven weeks ago. He didn’t take a pain killing injection before the game for the first time since the injury as the rib is getting better. But it was certainly best the err on the side of caution for health reasons and also because of a fumble Romo had in a similar situation in the season opening loss to the Jets.

“I gauged the level I could get into the end zone and it came up zero in my brain as I was running,” Romo said. ” I tried against the Jets. Obviously that did not turn out well at the time. I wasn’t really close then. I didn’t see any way to get the ball into position as they were closing on me. Obviously I will always dive for the end zone if there is a chance. The percentage was very low at that moment.”

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RELATED: Red zone woes bring out boo birds at Cowboys Stadium

ARLINGTON, Texas – Anybody else get the feeling that Cowboys fans are fed up with red zone failure?

The passive home crowd booed a couple of times during Sunday’s win over the Seahawks. The fans expressed their frustration the two times that Dallas drives died after first-and-goal opportunities.

The fans might have been directing misguided angst toward Tony Romo for sliding instead of trying to dive past a few Seattle defenders into the end zone.

“What you have to do is just keep going,” Garrett said. “Sometimes you can overanalyze those situations. Keep playing. Keep rolling. I thought our guys did that. Handle the adversity of the game and at some point, you’re going to make some plays and score some points, and they were able to do that.”

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DALLAS COWBOYS RING OF HONOR: Who will be next?

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Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor – The Boys Are Back

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Today the Cowboys will induct Larry Allen, Charles Haley and Drew Pearson into the Ring of Honor. It’s the first time the Cowboys have conducted such an event since the Triplets in 2005.

With that we look at ten players who might be next for the Jerry Jones committee of one to consider.

Harvey Martin.No name resonates more with former Cowboys players than this man. He led the Cowboys in sacks seven times, is the unofficial franchise leader with 114 and holds the single-season mark of 23 sacks in the 1977 season. Before there was Charles Haley and DeMarcus Ware, Martin along with Randy White and Bob Lilly set the standard for pass rushers in franchise history.

Bill Bates.A special teams ace and despite making just one Pro Bowl, 1984, he was a beloved figure in Cowboys lore. When you think of outstanding special teams players in Cowboys history, Bates’ name comes up first. Nobody was better on a unit the causal fan knew nothing about.

Darren Woodson. A three-time All Pro, a five-time Pro Bowler won three Super Bowl titles. He was a talented safety who not only covered tight ends but wide receivers. His presence is still felt at Valley Ranch, because the Cowboys have not replaced him and his signature is inside a locker of former safety Roy Williams, that’s now the home of cornerback Terence Newman.

Everson Walls. He led the Cowboys in interceptions five times, is second all-time in franchise history with 44 and still holds the single-season record with 11 picks in 1981. The 11 picks is also the franchise record for a rookie. It would be nice if Walls gets in with Martin, another Dallas native.

Jimmy Johnson. The second coach in Cowboys history rebuilt the franchise and won two Super Bowl titles and the third one, XXX in 1995 was with Barry Switzer, but it was Johnson’s team. The ending was bad, but there’s no denying what Johnson meant to the franchise.

Charlie Waters. A three-time Pro Bowler at strong safety, Waters started 22 of 25 playoff games. He was a fierce hitter who gets lost because we talk so much about Cliff Harris. Waters is considered one of the top safeties in Cowboys history.

Deion Sanders.He made his mark with Atlanta, yet, Sanders was a four-time Pro Bowler, three-time All Pro and of course won one title with the Cowboys. Sanders holds the career mark for punt return average at 13.3. He was the first big money free agency signed by the Cowboys and he was a playmaker on defense and special teams.

Daryl Johnston. When Emmitt Smith broke the all-time rushing mark, he hugged this man. Johnston didn’t miss a game from 1992-to-1995. Johnston is one of the best fullbacks in franchise history, and his blocks paved the way for Smith to get a bulk of his yardage.

Danny White. The third-round pick from Arizona State, made only one Pro Bowl, and he had just one losing season in the years he started, 1987 where he compiled a 3-6 mark at age 35. He took the Cowboys to three NFC title games, never advancing to the Super Bowl. White is second in completions in franchise history at 1,761.

Mark Stepnoski.A five-time Pro Bowler who won three titles. But here’s a little known fact: He was named to the second-team of the 1990s All-Decade team. Stepnoski was a solid player during his era, not only with the Cowboys but in the NFL as well.

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ROSTER MOVES: McBriar out | Chris Jones in | Loper waived

The Cowboys waited as long as they could, but as Sunday’s game with the Seahawks approached, it appears Mat McBriar’s left foot injury hasn’t healed enough to take the chance.

Therefore, the Cowboys signed punter Chris Jones from the practice squad Saturday afternoon. Jones, an undrafted rookie from Carson Newman, is expected to handle the punting duties Sunday against Seattle and could serve as the holder for field goals and extra points as well.

To make room for Jones, the Cowboys waived veteran guard Daniel Loper, who was signed two weeks ago but hasn’t been active in each of his two games on the roster.

McBriar initially started having problems with his left plant foot during the week before the Philadelphia game. McBriar had three punts in the first half but eventually left the field with recurring pain. The Cowboys have now diagnosed the injury as “drop foot.”

Jones was with the team during training camp and the preseason and averaged 37 yards per punt on a team-high eight attempts. He was waived on Sept. 3 when the roster was trimmed to 53.

The signing gives the Cowboys four place-kickers on the 53-man roster and five specialists, including long snapper L.P. Ladoucuer.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Great Robbini’s BOLD predictions for Week #9

 

The GREAT Robbini - The Boys Are Back prediction guru

The GREAT Robbini - The Boys Are Back prediction guru

 

Here are the BOLD predictions from Robert A Knight … aka The GREAT Robbini … our self-proclaimed prediction guru. He’s back this week … fired up … and Jerry Jones’n for some NFC rival football! As we’ve come to expect … this week … he’s more confident than ever!

This week, the ‘boys are at home, hosting the hungry Seattle Seahawks. Dallas has put the Philly loss behind them and focusing on this weeks rival. The Seahags come into Big D hoping to bounce back from their 34-12 loss to the CINcity Bengals. The Dallas Cowboys are favored by 11 1/2 points, but as we all know … anything can happen in the NFL.

It’s time for The GREAT Robbini’s predictions … I’m sure you’ll agree … most of these are very BOLD. OK, here we go …

The GREAT Robbini – Week #9 predictions: 

This week Dallas continues on the path of beating up on teams that may or may not be better than their record indicates. Once more we head upward, on JJ’s wild ride. Taking all our momentum from last week’s 200 mph drop. Rob Ryan shows his reflexes, and WWIII D is in full force as Bruce Carter makes his first steps to dominance. The defensive identity begins to take shape. JG’s offense shows it isn’t perfect and plays well though it’s obvious things are still in need of coming together Cowboys give the home crowd a strong showing and solid win.

The GREAT Robbini

  • Dallas Cowboys defense records 5 sacks minimum
  • DeMarcus Ware at least 2 sacks
  • Sensabaugh/Elam lead tackles
  • Cowboys at least 2 takeaways
  • Cowboys limit SEA to under 105 yds rushing
  • Tony Romo at least 2 td’s
  • TD Diamond Dez Bryant
  • TD Miles Austin
  • Austin tops last week’s yardage by more than 20yds
  • Robinson over 30 yds
  • Witten 40+ yds
  • Cowboys top 95 yards rushing
  • Romo tops 250 yards
  • SEA uses 2 QBs
  • Cowboys control the clock
  • SEA punts 6x
  • Game ends in regulation
  • DAL to open 3rd quarter on offense

Remember, you read it here! The Great Robbini predictions for week #9.

TBAB POSTGAME SUMMARY: Check back after the game for this weeks postgame summary.

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