With the NFL Draft a couple of months away and experts spitting out mock drafts by the day including an article by Yahoo Sports predicting the Dallas Cowboys will select Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. Here at Cover32-Dallas we thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane. We will be highlighting the top 3 quarterbacks in Cowboys history drafted starting with probably the most controversial spot of all, #1.
#1- Troy Aikman- drafted in 1989 with the first overall pick. His first season as a started ended with a 1-15 record. The lone win wasn’t even by Aikman. He was injured and backup quarterback Steve Walsh won the only game of the season against the Washington Redskins. Aikman led the Cowboys to three Super Bowls in four years. He threw for 32,942 yards with 165 touchdowns, 141 interceptions and had a quarterback rating of 81.6. His best season was in 1992 when he threw for 3,445 yards with 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with a Super Bowl victory and a Super Bowl MVP to his credit. Aikman retired in 2000 after taking several concussions throughout his career. Aikman was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
#2- Roger Staubach- drafted in 1964 but due to military commitments, he didn’t join the team until the 1969 season. Staubach threw 22,700 yards with 153 touchdowns, 109 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 83.4. He was a part of the strangest season in 1971 as Craig Morton started the season then Staubach won the job after a loss to the New Orleans Saints. Then in a game against the Chicago Bears, the indecisive head coach, Tom Landry, alternated quarterbacks. That experiment only lasted one game as Staubach took over the following week. Staubach was involved in all 5 of the first Super Bowl appearances. In Super V in a loss, Super VI in a 24-6 win over the Miami Dolphins, Super X and XIII against Pittsburgh in tough losses, and then in Super Bowl XII as they beat the Denver Broncos, 27-10. Staubach was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.
#3- Don Meredith- Meredith wasn’t officially drafted but the Cowboys had to give up a third-round pick to retain his services. So in a way, he was drafted in the 1960 draft with that pick. Meredith was given the starting nod in 1963 after watching Eddie LeBaron lead the Cowboys. Meredith threw 17,199 yards with 135 touchdowns, 111 interceptions, and a 74.8 quarterback rating. Meredith didn’t win any Super Bowls or league championships but he did lead the Cowboys to two games against the Green Bay Packers for the right to play in the first Super Bowls that both led to losses including the 1967 “Ice Bowl.” Meredith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award in 2007. Meredith passed away in 2010.
Many of you can ask, “Where is Tony Romo?” Romo was an undrafted free agent. What about Danny White? White was signed as a free agent in 1974 from the World League of American Football.
Check out the Cowboys Worst Drafted Quarterbacks soon!!