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Top Five Wide Receivers in Dallas Cowboys History

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Check out my top five quarterbacks and top five running backs in Dallas Cowboys history.  Note that all rankings are representative of each player’s time in Dallas only.

5.  Terrell Owens

Owens’ presence on this list despite only three seasons in Dallas speaks to the level of dominance he displayed during those years.  Though most fans will remember the negatives, Owens averaged nearly 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns as a Cowboy.  His 38 receiving touchdowns during his time in Dallas led the NFL.

Forward to the 1:00 mark below to view my favorite T.O. play ever. . .

4.  Drew Pearson

Pearson racked up 7,822 yards receiving and 48 touchdowns during his 11 seasons in Dallas.  He was a three-time All-Pro and was selected to the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team.

3.  Tony Hill

A lot of people would rank Hill behind Pearson, but I think Hill is one of the more underrated players in team history.  He actually totaled more yards (7,988) and touchdowns (51) than Pearson in one less season.  Some may claim that Hill played on some bad football teams, but both he and Pearson were part of one Super Bowl winning Cowboys squad.  Like Pearson, Hill was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

2.  Bob Hayes

“Bullet” Bob Hayes was one of the fastest players in league history.  Considering that he played in the late 60s and early 70s, his 10.06 100 meter time is incredible. During his 10 seasons as a Cowboy, he compiled 7,295 receiving yards and 71 touchdowns, being named to three Pro Bowl teams and the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

1.  Michael Irvin

This is a no-brainer, but a lot of people forget that Irvin actually started his career quite slowly in Dallas.  In his first three seasons, Irvin totaled only 1,445 yards and 12 touchdowns.  Those numbers rose to 11,904 and 65 by the time he retired.

More importantly, Irvin was the heart of three Super Bowl champion football teams.  Without his field presence and leadership, I doubt the Cowboys would have won a single Championship in the 90s.

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2 Responses to Top Five Wide Receivers in Dallas Cowboys History

  1. Jason Neighbors says:

    I got Drew Pearson at #2. He teammates nicknamed him Clutch. All-Decade team. Should be in the Hall of Fame. Having to play 5 seasons before the ’78 rule change hurt his numbers.
    Tony Hill was on the ’77 squad, but primarily as just a returner. He was no more than the #4 receiver at that time. And that’s where I have him on this list- #4 with Hayes #3.

  2. USAF AB Williams says:

    Soon enough Miles Austin will be on that list in place of Terrell Owens…

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