The Dallas Cowboys, “America’s Team”, is a polarizing team for NFL fans across the country. The Cowboys began play in 1960 and have grown to become one of the the most valuable sports franchises on the the planet. Along the way, the Dallas Cowboys have had many star running backs who have set records and won the hearts of millions. Let’s take a look at the the top 5 all time rushing yards leaders for the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas Cowboys Rushing Leaders #5 – Robert Newhouse – 4,784 yards
Selected in the second round of the 1972 NFL draft, Robert Newhouse spent his entire 12 year career with the Dallas Cowboys earning such nicknames as ‘The House’ and ‘The Human Bowling Ball’. Over 168 games with Dallas, Newhouse ran for 4,784 yards and sits 5th all time for the Cowboys franchise.
Dallas Cowboys Rushing Leaders #4 – Calvin Hill – 5,009 yards
Calvin Hill was selected by the Cowboys 24th overall in the 1969 NFL draft and was the first player from an Ivy League school to be drafted in the first round. Hill went on to play 12 seasons, 6 of which were with Dallas, where he accumulated 5,009 rushing yards in 64 games along with 39 rushing touchdowns. Before moving on to the Redskins and Browns, Hill played 3 games for The Hawaiians of the World Football league.
Dallas Cowboys Rushing Leaders #3 – Don Perkins – 6,217 yards
Don Perkins broke onto the football scene in 1961, winning rookie of the year honors. In 1961, Perkins became the first Cowboy to rush for over 100 yards in a single game and be named to the All-Pro team. Perkins spent all his 8 NFL seasons with Dallas accumulating 6,217 rushing yards and adding 42 rushing touchdowns in 107 games.
#2 – Tony Dorsett – 12,036 yards
This is where the conversation switches from all time great Cowboys running backs, to all time great running backs ever! Dorsett is #2 on the Cowboys all time rushing yards list with 12,036 yards, nearly double the 6,217 yards Don Perkins has as #3 on this list. Dorsett played for 11 seasons with the Cowboys before finishing his career with the Denver Broncos.
#1 – Emmitt Smith – 17,162 yards
Not only is Emmitt Smith the #1 all time rushing yards leader for the Dallas Cowboys, he’s also the all time rushing yards leader for the NFL with an amazing 18,255 yards. The second overall draft selection played 13 years with the Coyboys winning 3 Super Bowls and having 3 seasons with 1,500+ rushing yards. As if the record for all time rushing yards wasn’t enough, Emmitt also holds the record of all time rushing touchdowns with 164.