6. Ron Springs (1979 – 1984)
This is the part of the list where we start going way back in time. Back to the good ‘ol days where men were men, penalties were nonexistent, and they wore leather helmets because safety is for wimps!
Okay, maybe not that far back, but we are exploring some players here that the modern fan might not be too familiar with. These guys deserve some kind of recognition for their brilliant effort, and that is why we are here!
Ron Springs came into the NFL in 1979 hoping to be a star running back. His dreams were put on halt when the Cowboys drafted him and slated him behind future Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett. Naturally, he was placed on special teams.
By 1981, Springs had won the starting fullback job and proved quickly why he deserved it. 1981 would be Springs’s best season. He would gain over 600 yards on the ground and amass 10 touchdowns. He was also a threat in the passing game; catching 46 passes for over 300 yards.
The rest of his time in Dallas would be successful. 1983 was another landmark year for Springs. He led all running backs in receptions with 73 of them.
Like his predecessor on this list, Richie Anderson, Springs had some skills throwing the ball left-handed. Springs threw two touchdown passes in his career. The first one came in his first professional game with a 30-yard bomb to Tony Hill in 1979. The second came in 1983 when he tossed a 15-yard touchdown to Danny White.
Springs left the Cowboys with over 2000 rushing yards and 2000 receiving yards. He scored a total of 40 touchdowns during his time with the Cowboys.
His legacy continued on when his son, Shawn Springs, spent 13 solid seasons as a defensive back in the NFL.