The NFL Hall of Fame Voters selected 2 Dallas Cowboys in their All Decade Team for the 200’s. One is a former Cowboy who undoubtedly will be enshrined into the NFL Hall of fame on his first ballot (first chance after being retired for 5 years). The other is currently regarded as one, if not the best defensive player in the entire league. Also he is just entering his prime!
The two Cowboys are former offensive lineman Larry Allen and current super star line backer, DeMarcus Ware. The honors are well deserved. Arguably, Allen was the best offensive lineman of his era, maybe even the best ever. Allen played in a small college, Sonoma State University. Only a few teams followed his collegiate career. Thankfully the Cowboys thought enough of his potential and talent to draft him at all. At 6’3 and 325 pounds he was part of the new breed of humongous offensive lineman. He had legendary strength and dominated any defensive lineman who dared line up across from him. Allen’s original position was at left guard on the offensive line. But Allen was so versatile he played every position and was as dominant everywhere he played. The most memorable play came in a game against the New Orleans Saints . Troy Aikman’s pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and a Saint’s linebacker intercepted the ball and raced down the left sideline. From a dead stand still, Larry Allen raced after the linebacker eventually catching him and amazingly made the tackle. Who has ever heard of a 325-pound offensive lineman chasing down a 240-pound linebacker? Check out this clip to see for yourself Allen’s amazing athleticism.DeMarcus Ware is the other Cowboy to be named to 2000’s All Decade team. DeMarcus Ware was named to 4 straight Pro Bowls after being drafted in 2005 from another small school, Troy State (now known as Troy). He was drafted to be a linebacker in Bill Parcell’s 3-4 defensive scheme, but Ware starred as a defensive end in college. Some critics were not sure if he could make the transition from being a defensive end to a linebacker, but Ware was sure of his talent. Five years later and DeMarcus Ware is one of the most feared defensive players in the league. He is a game changer and also is a high character guy. Ware is the prototypical linebacker who is equally great as a pass rusher, run stopper, and pass coverage. Last year he led the NFL with 20 sacks and just came up short winning defensive player of the year honors in 2008.He had several injuries this season including a concussion, wrist, back, and neck injuries. Ware showed his toughness playing in the next week’s game after injuring his neck against the San Diego Chargers. Fans were worried as Ware was strapped to a gurney and carted off the field. Amazingly, Ware was able to come back and play against the then undefeated Saints and sealed the Cowboys victory sacking and stripping quarterback Drew Brees. Watch his highlights here: