They may not have much to show for in postseason success, but the Dallas Cowboys have been absolutely loaded with talent over the past decade. Today we honor the top-11…
The Dallas Cowboys have been mercilessly stuck in a Super Bowl drought dating back to the mid-90s but that doesn’t mean they’ve been devoid of recognizable talent. This past decade in particular they’ve enjoyed some of the most talented players in franchise history. And while this talent didn’t manifest itself into Lombardi trophies, it gave fans a lot to cheer for
Best of the Decade
Like most “best of” lists, this list considers multiple factors and inevitably makes multiple concessions. Greatness is key but we also look at sustained performance, impact on the team, positional ranking at the time, responsibility, positional importance, and durability.
In the end, there was a pretty clear top-11 that rose to the top. Many will argue the order they should fall on this list (and that’s a good thing) but few can argue much with who belongs. Sure, short-term stars like Amari Cooper and DeMarco Murray make things tricky. And the bi-polar opinions on Dak Prescott and Tony Romo will enrage player fanclubs no matter what we do.
So let’s look past the disappointing teams of the Jason Garrett era and focus in on the players we know and love because Cowboys Nation has been blessed with some supremely talented players who have repped the Dallas Cowboys quite well.
Dan Bailey, Kicker
(Cowboy from 2011-2017)
Before the NFL had Justin Tucker, the league had Dan Bailey. Bailey reset the bar at the place kicker position and quickly established himself as the most accurate NFL kicker of all-time – a place he held until late in his Cowboys career.
From 2011 to 2017 Dan Bailey graced Cowboys Nation with his presence. Injuries and inconsistency eventually led to his release and Bailey has gone to find success elsewhere. But how many times has Dallas boasted an all-time leader at his position? So even through it’s the kicker position, Dan Bailey needs some recognition for his sustained all-time greatness.