Larry Allen was a powerhouse of an offensive lineman. It’s no fluke that the triplets put up such impressive numbers when Allen was around. Emmitt Smith is the all time rushing leader because the O line created such massive holes allowing Daryl “Moose” Johnson to lead block at the second level and give Smith a good head of steam.
#73 played 12 seasons for the Cowboys and made the Pro Bowl all but one of those years. A true iron man, Larry Allen played 176 games for the Cowboys and started all but 6 of them (those six were during his rookie season).
Charles Haley moved from Outside Linebacker to Defensive End when he came to the Cowboys from the 49ers. And during his five years as a Cowboy he racked up 1 interception, 12 forced fumbles, 159 tackles, and two Pro Bowl appearances. What the stats won’t tell you is that he was scary enough to make Randy White look like Santa Claus, and that’s if he liked you! Fast, strong, and mean; Charles Haley was the definition of intimidation.
Sure, Haley spent 8 years with the 49ers, but his prime was spent wearing a blue star. Again, it’s no coincidence that Dallas just happened to win three Super Bowls just after Charles Haley came on board.
Players like Larry Allen and Charles Haley defined greatness at their respective positions and their names are synonymous with the 90’s era Cowboys excellence. Top level play at these positions often goes unnoticed, or at least their praises are all too often unsung, so I am proud that our Ring has always included the guys in the trenches as well as the flashier positions.
Welcome to the Ring of Honor gentlemen; welcome home!