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The Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor (RoH) was a ring around Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas and currently around Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas which honors former players, coaches and club officials who made outstanding contributions to the Dallas Cowboys football organization.


The Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium

The Ring of Honor began on November 23, 1975, which was designated in Dallas as Bob Lilly Day. On that day, at what was considered the first Cowboys Reunion, the team unveiled Lilly's name and jersey number (74) beneath the press box during half time. As the first honoree, Lilly (who had retired from the NFL in July of '75 after 14 years) donned his Cowboy uniform once more and graciously accepted the honor, along with numerous other gifts, which included a car, a gun and a hunting dog. Also present at the historic event were Cowboys owner Clint Murchison, president/general manager Tex Schramm and Head Coach Tom Landry. As the first inductee, Lilly has the added distinction of returning to present each new member in the RoH.[1] Only nine players received the honor during the first three decades of the Cowboys existence, making the RoH a coveted accolade, true to the dream envisioned by Schramm, its creator. He became only the 12th person selected to the Ring of Honor; the award was given posthumously in October 2003, a few months after he died.

In 2005, an unprecedented three former Cowboys all-stars were simultaneously inducted during half time ceremonies on Monday Night Football. Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin, known as "The Triplets", were part of the 1990s Three-Time Super Bowl Championship Cowboys team.[2]

Ring of Honor inductees have been chosen by the former president-general manager, Tex Schramm and then by owner Jerry Jones. Schramm set a precedent by placing a high value on the character of the inductees. There was controversy over the selection of Michael Irvin due to his drug charges.[3]



The names of Aikman, Smith and Irvin before being inducted.

Number Name Position Years With Club Date of Induction
74 Bob Lilly DT 1961–1974 November 23, 1975
17 Don Meredith QB 1960–1968 November 7, 1976
43 Don Perkins HB 1961–1968 November 7, 1976
54 Chuck Howley LB 1961–1973 October 30, 1977
20 Mel Renfro CB 1964–1977 October 25, 1981
12 Roger Staubach QB 1969–1979 October 9, 1983
55 Lee Roy Jordan LB, C 1963–1976 October 29, 1989
Tom Landry Head Coach 1960–1988 November 7, 1993
33 Tony Dorsett RB 1977–1987 October 9, 1994
54 Randy White DT, LB, DE 1975–1988 October 9, 1994
22 Bob Hayes WR 1965–1974 September 23, 2001
Tex Schramm General Manager 1959–1988 October 12, 2003
43 Cliff Harris S 1970–1979 October 10, 2004
70 Rayfield Wright OT 1967–1979 October 10, 2004
8 Troy Aikman QB 1989–2000 September 19, 2005
88 Michael Irvin WR 1988–1999 September 19, 2005
22 Emmitt Smith RB 1990–2002 September 19, 2005
88 Drew Pearson WR 1973–1983 November 6, 2011
94 Charles Haley DE 1992–1996 November 6, 2011
73 Larry Allen OG, OT 1994–2005 November 6, 2011
Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist [4]
Inducted or Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame


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