Aikman, Smith, and Irvin Cowboys Ring of Honor Selectees
The biggest stars of the Dallas Cowboys teams that won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith, and wide receiver Michael Irvin will be inducted into the prestigious Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor this year, reports Jennifer Floyd Engel.
Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith will be inducted into the CowboysÃ¢€™ Ring of Honor exactly how they played. Together.
The Cowboys have scheduled a 6 p.m. news conference to announce the addition of Irvin, Aikman and Smith into the exclusive Ring, according to a source. It is fitting, since all of their success in the NFL came together, including winning three Super Bowls with the Cowboys in the 1990s.
This is the first year the Cowboys could have added “The Triplets” to the Ring together because Smith did not retire until this off-season. By doing so now, the Cowboys can honor all of them before any are honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Irvin and Aikman are eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
It’s fitting that the three all be inducted together and, certainly, it would be hard to find three more deserving enshrinees.
This should benefit Irvin the most, as he was narrowly denied enshrinement in Canton during his first year of Pro Football Hall of Fame eligibility. Some argue that the Cowboys’ stinginess with adding members to their Ring–several Cowboys were inducted into Canton before they were added to the Ring–has hurt the team’s players with Hall voters.
Still, as Nick Eatman notes in the updated DallasCowboys.com feature on this Ring, one hopes this does not mean that some deserving members of the 1970’s era team that went to five Super Bowls are never getting in.
For 10 consecutive seasons, they were linked synonymously as the Cowboys enjoyed their most successful run in franchise history. In any order, it was always Troy, Emmitt and Michael, not a last name required to identify any in this trio of superstars.
While the glory days might have passed for Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, all retiring over the past five years, including Smith who just called it quits at this year’s past Super Bowl, the Cowboys apparently have decided they will be linked together at least one more time.
In what should be an unprecedented move, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is expected to announce plans to induct three of the greatest players in franchise history simultaneously into the team’s hallowed Ring of Honor during a game-to-be-announced this season. The trio not only becomes the 13th, 14th and 15th members of the exclusive group, but will be the first players sent to the Ring of Honor identified with the Jones Era, which began in 1989.
Jones will officially make the announcement at a 6 p.m. press conference Wednesday at the Stadium Club in Texas Stadium. He will also announce the game at which the induction takes place. It would seem likely Jones would pick one of the early-season home games against either Washington (Sept. 19), Philadelphia (Oct. 9) or the New York Giants (Oct. 16). With Aikman’s obligations to Fox and Irvin’s to ESPN, this will be a fine juggling act to get all three players at Texas Stadium at the same time.
But when Jones does, this will mean that, with last year’s inductions of Rayfield Wright and Cliff Harris into the Ring of Honor, five former players will have been added to the Ring in the past two years. Only seven players, along with former head coach Tom Landry and former president Tex Schramm, resided in this exclusive club over the franchise’s first 44 years.
The team has won five and been to eight Super Bowls and well over a dozen conference championship games. It has had a lot of very talented players. One doesn’t want to hand out honors like candy; on the other hand, one doesn’t want to reserve them only for first ballot Hall of Famers.