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Dallas Cowboys NFL Ring of Honor: Smith, Lilly, White & Allen

Dallas Cowboys NFL Ring of Honor: Smith, Lilly, White & Allen
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We're taking a look at the best four players to have ever played for each of the 32 NFL franchises. Let's reveal the four greatest Cowboys according to our Bookies.com algorithm...

The Dallas Cowboys just completed a 12-5 campaign in 2021, finishing first in the NFC East for the 24th time. Dak Prescott had a very impressive season coming off his injury, barely losing the Comeback Player of the Year award to Joe Burrow. Looking to build upon last season’s success, a young defensive core is looking to wreak havoc once again in the 2022-2023 season.

Dallas Cowboys NFL Ring of Honor

Player HOFm wAV Bookies Score
Emmitt Smith 176.48 129 152.74
Bob Lilly 159.35 112 135.675
Randy White 143.68 116 129.84
Larry Allen 129.2 101 115.1

No. 1 - Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith is regarded as one of the best running backs in NFL history. He achieved 11 seasons with 1,000 rushing yards or more, making him the all-time leading rusher in NFL history. He also led the NFL in rushing touchdowns three times and rushing yards four times. 

Emmitt Smith appeared in eight Pro Bowls, made four All-Pro first team selections, and was awarded the MVP and the Offensive Rookie of the Year awards. Smith was a big factor in the victories of three Super Bowls for the Cowboys.

No. 2 - Bob Lilly

Arguably the greatest defensive tackle in NFL history, Bob Lilly had awesome success with the Cowboys. Lilly received 11 Pro Bowl selections and was elected to the All-Pro first-team seven times. The one-time Super Bowl champion recorded just shy of 100 sacks throughout his career. 

Lilly was a staple of a Cowboys defense that boasted multiple Hall of Famers, including Herb Adderley, Mel Renfro, and Cliff Harris. He also recorded 18 fumble recoveries, while returning three of them for touchdowns. Lilly was the first recipient of the famous Cowboys Ring of Honor that you see surrounding AT&T Stadium.

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No. 3 - Randy White

Entering the league as soon as Lilly retired, Randy White had big shoes to fill. White passed Lilly by recording a total of 111 sacks throughout his career. He earned trips to nine straight Pro Bowls to go along with seven All-Pro first-team honors.

In the running for Defensive Player of the Year for five straight years, he also made it to three Super Bowls for Dallas. In those three appearances, he won Super Bowl XII against the Broncos, and was named Super Bowl MVP.

No. 4 - Larry Allen

One of the best offensive linemen in history, Larry Allen played wherever the Cowboys needed him. He made 11 Pro Bowl appearances (10 of which with Dallas), as well as six straight first team All-Pro honors, paving the way for the Cowboys’ success. 

His ten Pro Bowls with the Cowboys is the most appearances for a Cowboys offensive player. One of the most recent additions to the Cowboys Ring of Honor, he won his only Super Bowl appearance in 1996, when Dallas defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Methodology

To determine the Ring of Honor for the Dallas Cowboys, Bookies.com utilized the website, ProFootballReference.com to gather for each player: 

  1. Career Weighted Approximate Value (Career AV)
  2. Hall of Fame Monitor score

After those findings, we averaged the two data sets to develop our rankings for the players to determine the top four players included in the Ring of Honor. 

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About the Author

Ryan Harris for Bookies.com
Ryan Harris
Ryan Harris is a Writer at Bookies.com. He joined in 2022 after writing NFL content for FanSided.