In the shadow of last weekend's induction of Emmitt Smith into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, a few other Cowboys legends are finding enshrinement not in Ohio, but in Waco, Texas.
Martin, a defensive end, was a member of the All-Decade Team for the 1970s, a four-time Pro Bowler and the co-MVP of Super Bowl XII (along with Randy White), a 27-10 victory over Denver. The Dallas-native was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1977, and is generally considered one of the all-time great defensive players in Cowboys history.
Howley came before Martin, but was equally integral in the refinement of the "Doomsday Defense" in the late-sixties and early-seventies. A six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro, Howley is the only player in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP as a member of the losing team--the linebacker had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in Super Bowl V, a 16-13 loss to the Colts. He, and the Cowboys, went on to win the big game the following year, a 24-3 drubbing of Miami.
Playing on that team was a young running back named Dan reeves. Reeves, known better these days as a coach, played eight seasons in the NFL, all with Dallas. He was involved in two Super Bowls, as well as the ever-infamous (around Dallas) Ice Bowl in 1967. Reeves very nearly returned to the team before last season, as a consultant, but the two sides were unable to agree on terms.
Joining the three Cowboys in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame class of 2010 are Bud Adams--owner of the Titans, co-founder of the AFL and founder of the Houston Oilers; Max Williams--who helped organize the Dallas Chaparrals, the ABA franchise that would become the San Antonio Spurs; Houston Astros' outfielder Lance Berkman; former Baylor football standout Lawrence Elkins; former Dodgers pitcher Burt Hooton, who played his college ball at the University of Texas; NFL quarterback and Rice-alum Tommy Kramer; and Kim Mulkey, the Baylor women's basketball coach.