Can You Identify These Dallas Cowboys Players from a Photo?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

Running back Emmitt Smith is the NFL’s all-time rushing leader with 18,355 yards and has scored 164 rushing touchdowns (more than any player in the history of the NFL). He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1990 to 2002, helping them to three Super Bowl championships (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX). Smith was made a member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2005 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Quarterback Roger Staubach was actually drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1964, but due to mandatory military service, he did not start playing for the team until 1969, at the age of 27. Nicknamed “Captain Comeback,” he led the team to two Super Bowl victories (VI and XII) and a total of seven division titles. Included in the team’s Ring of Honor since 1983, Staubach was made a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

To say Dak Prescott had a sensational rookie year (2016) may seem like an understatement. The Dallas Cowboys have identified him as the first quarterback in its history to be named to the Pro Bowl and the first one to win the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Prescott took 14th place on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 list.

Mel Renfro was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1981 but did not become one of the Pro Football Hall of Famers until 1996. He was a defensive back who spent 13 years with the team (1964 to 1977). During that time, Renfro played in four Super Bowls, helping the Dallas Cowboys to take the championship in Super Bowls VI and XII.

Tony Dorsett won the Heisman trophy in 1976 while he was a senior at the University of Pittsburgh. He went on to deliver on all expectations once he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1977 (round one; pick two). Dorsett was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

Zach Martin was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2014. Beginning that rookie year, offensive guard Martin has been named to the Pro Bowl for four straight years: 2014 - 2017. He also placed at number 58 on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.

Lilly’s journey to football superstardom includes Rookie of the Year (1961); eleven Pro Bowls (1962; 1964 – 1973); and helping the Dallas Cowboys to win Super Bowl VI. This defensive tackle, who played with the Cowboys from 1961 to 1974, was their very first Ring of Honor inductee (1975). In 1980, he was admitted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This Canadian defensive end has been playing with the Dallas Cowboys since 2012. Crawford is noted for his versatility in being able to play both defensive end and defensive tackle. He has also been hailed as a natural-born leader in the locker room.

The Dallas Cowboys is just one of five teams Deion Sanders played with during his NFL career. He helped both the Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers to victory in consecutive Super Bowl championships (XXIX and XXX). Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Famer since 2011, holds the distinction of being the only player to take part in both football’s Super Bowl and baseball’s World Series.

DeMarcus Lawrence is a defensive end who spent his college career playing for the Boise State University Broncos. This promising athlete was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 and named to the Pro Bowl in 2017.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Troy Aikman as the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1989 and he stayed with the team until 2000. He steered them to victory in Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII and XXX, plus walked away with the MVP award for Super Bowl XXVII. This star quarterback became a Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member in 2005 and a Pro Football Hall of Famer in 2006.

Sean Lee was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2010 draft. He is a linebacker whose defensive skills have led to him being named to the Pro Bowl twice (2015 and 2016). Lee earned a place on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017, coming in at number 79.

Orlando Scandrick is a cornerback who played for the Boise State University Broncos during his college career. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, and went on to spend 10 seasons playing for the team. In March of 2018, Scandrick signed with the Washington Redskins.

In the draft of 2005, the Dallas Cowboys selected DeMarcus Ware in the first round as the 11th overall pick. By the time this outside linebacker and defensive end left the Cowboys in 2013, he was their all-time leader in quarterback sacks. Ware has been named to the Pro Bowl nine times, the last two times (2014 and 2015) as a player for the Denver Broncos, whom he helped to victory in Super Bowl 50.

Don Perkins was signed to the Dallas Cowboys in 1960 and played with the team until his retirement in 1968. He has been hailed as the team’s best ever fullback and was added to the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1976 (along with Don Meredith and one year after the first inductee, Bob Lilly). Perkins was named to the Pro Bowl on six occasions.

Harvey Martin made such admirable contributions to the Dallas Cowboys’ victory in Super Bowl XII, that he was named the tournament’s MVP. He was drafted by the Cowboys in 1973 and stayed with the team as a defensive end until his retirement in 1983. Throughout his professional career, Martin was named to the Pro Bowl for four consecutive years (1976 – 1979).

The Dallas Cowboys chose defensive tackle/linebacker Randy White as pick two of round one in the 1975 draft. White played with the Cowboys until he retired from the game in 1988, having helped the team to the Super Bowl XII championship and earning co-MVP status for himself in that tournament. White joined the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1994, same year as he was made both a College Football and Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Seven Dallas Cowboys players made it onto the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 list and Ezekiel Elliott was the highest placed of them all, coming in at number seven. Elliott joined the Cowboys as pick four in round one of the 2016 draft. He is a running back who has won several rookie awards and was named to the Pro Bowl of 2016.

This free safety/cornerback was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in round one of the 2015 draft. Jones was making waves before this, however, as while he was at the NFL Combine prior to the draft, he set the world record for the broad jump, at 12 feet 3 inches. He also made an impressive vertical leap of 44.5 inches.

Tony Romo played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys then retired from the game in 2017 and became a television analyst of the sport. This former quarterback’s knowledge of football is pretty solid, indeed, since he was named to the Pro Bowl four times and has numerous other accolades to his credit.

Bob Hayes’ illustrious career as an athlete involves more than football, as he is a two-time Olympic Gold medalist. He won both the 100 meter and 4 x 100-meter relay at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo and set a World Record for the fastest time in the process. As a wide receiver, he helped the Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowl VI victory and was named to the Pro Bowl on three occasions. Hayes is an inductee of both the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor (2001) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2009).

La’el Collins was an undrafted free agent when he signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. He had previously played college football for the Louisiana State University Fighting Tigers and in 2014, he was recognized as the Southeastern Conference top offensive lineman.

When the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 list was announced, there was only one center included among the stars – that was Travis Frederick, at number 87. He had been drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 as a round one pick and had distinguished himself by being named to the Pro Bowl for four consecutive years (2014 – 2017).

Wide receiver Drew Pearson joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1973 and before retiring as a player in 1983, he had been named to three Pro Bowls. One of those times (1977) was when the Cowboys won the Super Bowl XII championship. Pearson returned to the Cowboys after his retirement as a wide receivers coach.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Michael Irvin at number eleven in round one of the 1988 draft. Irvin’s talents as a wide receiver earned him a spot in 5 Pro Bowls and the nickname “The Playmaker.” He featured prominently in the team’s claim of the Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII and XXX championships and was elected to the Dallas Ring of Honor in 2005 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Since being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2003, tight end Jason Witten has been named to eleven Pro Bowls. Witten has also secured a place for himself on several of the NFL Top 100 Players lists over the course of his career. Witten announced his retirement from football in May 2018.

Dan Bailey was an undrafted free agent when he signed on with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. As a placekicker, Bailey ranked alongside Josh Brown of the New York Giants as the most accurate kicker for 2015. He was named to the Pro Bowl that same year.

Larry Allen joined the Dallas Cowboys as a round two pick in the 1994 draft. He remained with the Cowboys until 2005, helping them to victory in Super Bowl XXX and earning eleven Pro Bowl placements for himself. This guard/tackle, who is considered to be one of the strongest football players ever, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013, two years after being named to the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.

When the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 list was released, seven Dallas Cowboys players were included. Among them was wide receiver Dez Bryant, who was ranked at number 60 and also has three Pro Bowl selections to his credit. Bryant joined the Cowboys as 24th pick in round one of the 2010 draft and stayed with the team until April 2018.

Linebacker Chuck Howley was named MVP of Super Bowl V despite the fact that the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Baltimore Colts. The following year, Howley received another Super Bowl title, as he helped the Cowboys take the championship at Super Bowl VI. Howley, who had joined the team as pick seven in round one of the 1958 draft, was named to the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1977.

Flozell Adams stands 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 345 pounds, leading fellow players to nickname him “The Hotel.” This big man, who wears size 22 shoes, is an offensive tackle selected by the Dallas Cowboys in round two of the 1998 draft. Adams was named to five Pro Bowls while playing with the Cowboys but has since moved on to the Pittsburgh Steelers with whom he spent the 2010 season.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Rayfield Wright as a member of its Ring of Honor in 2004. Two years later, the offensive tackle who also played both tight end and defensive tackle, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wright played with the Dallas Cowboys from his 7th round pick in the 1967 draft until 1979 and became a Pro Bowler on six occasions before moving to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1980.

Cole Beasley joined the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012. While he played quarterback in high school, Beasley has since converted to the wide receiver position. His catch rate in the 2016 season was ranked second among the NFL’s wide receivers.

Safety Darren Woodson was a 1992 second round pick for the Dallas Cowboys. By the time he retired in 2004, Woodson had helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowl championships (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX) and had been named a Pro Bowler five times. He was rewarded for his efforts by becoming the most recent inductee into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2015.

Two Super Bowl championships ((VI and XII), six Pro Bowls and a spot on the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor are just a few of the accolades earned by Cliff Harris during his 10-season stint with the Cowboys. This hard-hitting safety was aptly nicknamed “Captain Crash” during his playing years.

Tyron Smith was ranked at number 18 on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 list – the highest ranking out of the four offensive linesman who were included on the list. Smith’s stint with the Dallas Cowboys began in 2011 was he was drafted as the 9th pick in round 1.

Offensive tackle Erik Williams played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1991 (when he was drafted in round three) until 2000. He then spent 2001, his final year in NFL football, with the Baltimore Ravens. During his time with the Cowboys, Williams helped them to victories in Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII and XXX, and was named to the Pro Bowl on four occasions.

After being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1960, Don Meredith went on to spend nine seasons with the team. He earned himself three Pro Bowl selections in that time and in 1976 this quarterback was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.

Wide receiver Terrell Owens (often referred to as T.O.) has played for seven NFL teams since he was first drafted in 1996. His stint with the Dallas Cowboys lasted from 2006 to 2008, during which time he was named to the Pro Bowl, twice. In total, Owens is a 6-time Pro Bowler and became a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2018.

Linebacker Lee Roy Jordan started out with the Dallas Cowboys after he was drafted in 1963 as pick six in round one. Ten years later, he helped the Cowboys to their Super Bowl VI championship and before his retirement in 1976 he had been a Pro Bowler five times. Jordan was named to the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1989 after becoming a College Football Hall of Famer in 1983.

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The Dallas Cowboys were established in 1960 and have grown to become one of the strongest, most loved and most decorated teams in the NFL. The team has been Super Bowl champions five times, making it one of the biggest winners in the league.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has several Dallas Cowboys legends on its roster. Plus, there's the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor - the highest level of recognition the team gives to its players. You'll find the first and last inductees in this quiz - plus a few more in-between. Any real lover of football can effortlessly identify who these great players are. How do you match up? Put your knowledge of football to the test with this Cowboys players quiz!

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