Back To The Future, The Dallas Cowboys Will Win


Jul 31, 2014; Oxnard, CA, USA; General view of the Lombardi trophies and rings won by the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII and Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII and Super Bowl XXX at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After a successful 2014 season, that included winning the NFC East division and a playoff victory, the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world with their 12-4 record and one bad call away from the NFC Championship game. The Cowboys did it with one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, an overachieving defense and good coaching. Predicted to finish last in the NFC East, the Cowboys surprised everyone and gave their fan base, Cowboys Nation, hope. Hope for a Super Bowl.

A Super Bowl that Cowboys Nation has wanted for two decades. The success of last season gave me and everyone else nostalgia of the early 1990’s. Especially 1992. I say 1992 because that was the first of three Super Bowls the Cowboys would win in four years. For those who remember, the Cowboys were a young and upcoming team who had won a playoff game the previous year but lost to the Detroit Lions in the divisional round.

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In 1992, the Cowboys weren’t expected to challenge for the Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills were the favorites to play in the SB. That year, the Cowboys would beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship game and destroyed the Bills in the SB. Winning 52-17

That was the beginning of the Cowboys dynasty.

The Cowboys built that dynasty through the draft. It started with trading Herschel Walker in 1989 and receiving a boat load of draft picks. With those draft picks, the Cowboys would draft Hall Of Famer Emmitt Smith, Alvin Harper, Larry Brown, Leon Lett, Russell Maryland, Erik Williams, Kevin Smith, Robert Jones, and Darren Woodson. And lesser knowns, but very productive players, like Dixon Edwards, Godfrey Myles, and Clayton Holmes.

The Cowboys even drafted WR Jimmy Smith who would become an All Pro with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Of course, there were many, many more players the Cowboys drafted who contributed to the 90’s dynasty. These aforementioned players were all starters.

From 1990 to 1992, the Cowboys had a total of five first round draft picks. That might not sound like plenty. But in two of those drafts, ’91 and ’92, the Cowboys had at least two first round draft picks, never picking lower than 24. In 1990, the Cowboys drafted Smith.

In 1991, the Cowboys had three first round picks and drafted Maryland, Harper, and Kelvin Pritchett. In the 92 draft, the Cowboys drafted CB Kevin Smith and MLB Robert Jones in the first round.

But the heart of those drafts were in ’91, when the Cowboys drafted Maryland, Harper, Pritchett, Edwards, Myles, Williams, Lett, and Larry Brown. All of them played in the Cowboys Super Bowls except for Pritchett, who played 14 years with Detroit and Jacksonville. The Cowboys had the number one pick, the 12th pick and the 20th pick in ’91.

That’s the last the time the Cowboys had three bona fide first round picks.

Until this year.

Or at least the Cowboys drafted and signed three players with first round value. Byron Jones, Randy Gregory and La’el Collins all had first round value. Hell, Gregory and Collins were supposed to be top 10 picks. Gregory slipped to the 60th pick of the second round because of testing positive for marijuana at the NFL combine. Collins had the misfortune of not being drafted at all because the Baton Rouge, La, Police Department wanted to talk to him about the murder of a former girlfriend who was pregnant. That alone scared away every NFL team.

Except Jerry Jones.

Although the Cowboys didn’t draft Collins in the later rounds, Jones laid out the red carpet for Collins and his mother as he invited them to his house and persuaded Collins to join the best offensive line in the NFL. Collins signed and as he famously stated, “We will have the best offensive line in the NFL!”

Yes, the Cowboys will have the best offensive line in the NFL with the addition of Collins, as it will boast four first round draft picks on its offensive line. No other NFL team can say that. Just like no other team drafted three first round picks who are expected to make an impact. Regardless of Gregory getting drafted in the second round or Collins signing as undrafted free agent, the Cowboys got two steals in the draft.

Giving them three first round picks. Period.

The last time that happened was in 91. They didn’t win the Super Bowl that year. But they won it three times out of the next four years.

To make that happen, Jones traded Walker. And everyone thought he crazy.

But he won three Super Bowls with that trade.

Jones drafted Gregory and signed Collins to a guaranteed FA contract and everyone says he’s crazy.

Sometimes history repeat itself.

Especially when its Back To The Future.

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