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Cinco de Cowboys: The 5 Best Players of Mexican Descent in Franchise History

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If the Cowboys aren’t still America’s Team, they for sure remain the favorite sons of Mexico.

Los Vaqueros de Dallas.

The Cowboys played an exhibition game in Mexico City and have a rabid, expansive Mexican fan base in Dallas-Fort Worth. On this Cinco de Mayo – a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride – it feels like the perfect time to grab a cold cerveza, prop up our feet and honor the best Mexican players in the history of the Cowboys.

Far as I can tell, the Cowboys have employed 14 players of Mexican descent, from Danny Villanueva in 1967 to Leon Gonzalez in 1985 to Andrew Sendejo in 2010.

For Cinco de Mayo, let’s rank the Bueno Cinco. Si?

5. Danny Villanueva – Kicker/Punter/Quarterback made 100 consecutive PATs, never had a punt blocked and survived The Ice Bowl.

4. Efren Herrera – Kicked two FGs in Dallas’ Super Bowl XII romp over Broncos.

3. Rafael Septien – ‘80s kicker is franchise’s No. 2 all-time leading scorer behind only Emmitt Smith.

2. Tony Casillas – Born in Tulsa, but the former DL with two Super Bowl rings once referred to himself as “The Mexican Terminator.”

1.  Tony Romo – Antonio Ramiro Romo has thrown more touchdowns than both Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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