Longtime Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt believes the Hall of Fame has gotten kinder to the team of recent, after years of seemingly deserving players being shut out, but there are still a couple of old Cowboys Brandt would like to see get a call from Canton.
“I still wish we could get Cliff Harris into the Hall of Fame, he deserves it,” Brandt told the team’s official website recently. “I think Drew Pearson gets overlooked because they don’t think he had enough total catches, but he led the league in catches twice.
“I think it’s getting better for Dallas. Part of a big reason for players getting in is the presentation before the selection committee. (Dallas Morning News writer and Hall of Fame voter) Rick Gosselin is so respected. He has done a great job of presenting players and getting them in. And, that’s going to continue.”
The Cowboys didn’t have a single Hall of Famer from 1996-2005, but began a run of inductions with the Class of 2006, which included both Troy Aikman and Rayfield Wright. Michael Irvin got the call in 2007, “Bullet” Bob Hayes in 2009 and Emmitt Smith in 2010. Deion Sanders was part of the 2011 class and Larry Allen, the last Cowboy inducted into the Hall, went in in his first year of eligibility in 2013.