Some of the greatest players in NFL history spent their entire careers with the Dallas Cowboys. Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Troy Aikman, and the recently-retired Jason Witten are just a few examples of such players.
But the Cowboys also have a history with some well-known players that you may have forgotten were ever even Cowboys. Here are 10 well-known players who made brief pit stops in Dallas.
10. Tyrone Williams (2004)
A 3rd round pick by Green Bay in 1996, Tyrone Williams started all but two games for the Packers between 1997-2002, including two Super Bowl games.
Williams was on his last legs when he was signed off the street by the Cowboys in October 2004. Dallas had found themselves desperate after Pete Hunter went down with a torn ACL.
Following three unspectacular performances, the Cowboys released Williams. It would prove to be his final NFL stop.
9. Peerless Price (2005)
Price had been a stud receiver his first four years for the Buffalo Bills, but was ready to bolt, so he was traded to Atlanta for a first round pick. He subsequently signed a 7-year, $37.5 million dollar contract to be Michael Vick’s top target.
After flaming out and getting released ahead of the 2005 season, just two years into his deal, Price signed with the Cowboys. The hope was that Price might be able to rekindle some of the magic he had with Drew Bledsoe in Buffalo. It didn’t work out that way, of course. Price played in just seven games for the Cowboys, catching six passes. He was released at the beginning of December, bringing an end to his short stay in DFW.
8. Michael Barrow (2005)
Barrow was one of the league’s most efficient run-stoppers for 11 years spent between the Oilers, Panthers, and Giants. He collected at least 100 total tackles in six seasons, including a career-high 148 in 2003.
Barrow was 34 years old and without a job for the 2004 season, and it wasn’t until late in 2005 that he found a home in Dallas. A rash of injuries to linebackers Scott Shanle, Al Singleton, and Scott Fujita put Dallas in a pinch. Barrow’s two years away from the game were evident, and he was released after two games when some of Dallas’ health returned.
7. Adrian Murrell (2003)
Murrell was a “Parcells guy,” having rushed for 1,086 yards and 7 touchdowns for Parcells’ Jets in 1997.
Out of the league since 2000, Parcells brought him into camp in 2003 to compete with Troy Hambrick, Aveion Cason, and Michael Wiley. Murrell was cut at the end of camp, but returned when Hambrick began to struggle. Murrell played in three games, including a nice 16-carry, 76-yard performance in a key November win against Buffalo that pushed Dallas’ record to 7-2.
Murrell was waived in December ahead of the playoffs.
6. Tony Parrish (2005)
Parrish developed a reputation as a playmaker in the early 2000s for the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. Parrish was a heavy-hitter, who was named an All-Pro in 2003, and led the NFL in interceptions with 23 between 2001-2004.
Parrish fractured both his fibula and his ankle in a 2005 game against the Bears. Following the season-ending injury, Parrish entered 2006 on the wrong side of 30, and looking like a shell of his former self. He was released by the 49ers in December of that year.
Dallas, struggling against opposing passing attacks, claimed Parrish off of waivers ahead of the playoffs. Parrish was inactive for three games, and only appeared in the season finale against the Lions. Dallas would drop their final game 39-31, and Parrish would only register one special teams tackle, and an unnecessary roughness penalty.
Stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow…