13, count ‘em, 13 former Cowboys players, coaches and staff members are preliminary nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, so says the Dallas Morning News today.
Quarterback Drew Bledsoe, running backs Eddie George and Herschel Walker, receivers Keyshawn Johnson and Jimmy Smith, defensive linemen Charles Haley and Ed “Too Tall” Jones, defensive back Darren Woodson, kicker Mike Vanderjagt, coaches Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells and Dan Reeves, and former vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt are all up for the honor this year.
Of the group, the most obvious choices for induction seem to be the defensive linemen, Jones and Haley. Jones won a Super Bowl with the Cowboys in 1978, before trying his hand at professional boxing--then he came back, to earn three first team All-Pro selections. Haley is the only man in NFL history to win five Super Bowl rings--two with San Francisco, three with Dallas--but has, to this point, been snubbed by Canton.
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