The Dallas Cowboys first saddled up in 1960 and quickly rose to fame and may as well be the heart and soul of the NFL. Their games brim with thrill and excitement, so much so that they have sold out the arena since 2022. As of now, the team is the most expensive franchise in NFL history. Filled with gusto, the team has made it to Super Bowl 8 times. With a classic 'Lone Star' on their helmets, the team sure shines bright in the NFL skies.
The Cowboys have quite a history and Clint Murchison has put his blood, sweat, and tears into making the franchise what it is today, establishing the franchise in 1960. It started with an effort to give Dallas its own team due to the expansion of the NFL. Murchison finally bought the team to Dallas after tedious negotiations with the Washington Redskins owner, George Preston Marshall. Murchison and Marshall did not see eye to eye and had bad blood between them, so much so that Murchison paid only $2500 for a vote in his favor from Marshall, whom he had a falling out with.
The team has such a huge fan following that they almost sell out every game they play, both home and away. The Cowboys have had the most loyal fan base for more than a decade now and the numbers just keep adding up. And why not? 1966-1985 was the golden era for the Cowboys as they would reach 18 playoffs, win 13 NFC championships, and compete for the Super Bowl 8 times. The team has 5 Super Bowl Championships to their name.
Currently, they play at the AT&T stadium which can host a total of 80,000-100,000 in a single game. What’s interesting about this is the Cowboys have been selling out arenas for more than a decade. No wonder that the team is one of the richest NFL franchises to ever exit.
The sports giant is worth a whopping $ 9 billion with multiple Super Bowl Wins combined with several NFC Championship winnings throughout its lifespan.
The Dallas Cowboys in a nutshell
The Cowboys have been to 8 Super Bowl Championships and have won 5 of them. On top of this, they have won 8 NFC championships so far. Later down the line in 1989, Jerry Jones acquired the Cowboys for $140 million and as of now, the franchise crosses a mark of over $9 billion in value.
The Dallas Cowboys is worth $9 Billion according to Forbes, which is 13% more than what the team was worth last year. Impressive numbers indeed. What’s interesting is Cowboys are worth more than any team, in any sport! Generating $1.1 Billion in revenue last season alone, they have an operating income of more than $500 million.
|Home Venue||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX|
|Known As||Cowboys, America’s Team|
The team also has a revenue per fan of $86 in a metro population of 7.8 million people. Cowboys operate in debt of 3% and along with this, they have a win-to-player cost ratio of 153.
The valuation comes as no surprise since an average game ticket in AT&T stadium goes for roughly $108, not to forget the stadium’s capacity to host 100,000 people at once.
Dallas Cowboys’ 2023 Schedule
The team has had a staggering start with three wins and two losses, which were against the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. The Cowboys are known for their stellar defense, and it has been for the past couple of years. As of this 2023 season, the Cowboys rank 2 in the NFC East standings, just below the Philadelphia Eagles.
|September 11||New York Giants||Away||40-0/Win|
|September 18||New York Jets||Home||30-10/Win|
|September 25||Arizona Cardinals||Away||28-16/Loss|
|October 2||New England Patriots||Home||38-3/Win|
|October 9||San Francisco 49ers||Away||10-42/Loss|
|October 17||Los Angeles Chargers||Away||TBD|
|October 29||Los Angeles Rams||Home||TBD|
|November 6||Philadelphia Eagles||Away||TBD|
|November 13||New York Giants||Home||TBD|
|November 19||Carolina Panthers||Away||TBD|
|November 24||Washington Commanders||Home||TBD|
|December 1||Seattle Seahawks||Home||TBD|
|December 11||Philadelphia Eagles||Home||TBD|
|December 18||Buffalo Bills||Away||TBD|
|December 25||Miami Dolphins||Away||TBD|
|December 31||Detroit Lions||Home||TBD|
|January 24||Washington Commanders||Away||TBD|
The Cowboys have the 9 best quarterback Dak Prescott in their arsenal along with Tony Pollard and Ceedee Lamb to assist him with the offense. In addition to this, their nefarious defense has some key players like Micah Parsons, Damone Clark, and DaRon Bland. The team will soon be going against the San Francisco 49ers in a much-anticipated game, considering how they have been disqualified at the hands of the 49ers in the past.
The Cowboys 2023 Player Roster
|Quarterbacks:||Dak Prescott, Cooper Rush, Trey Lance|
|Running Backs:||Tony Pollard, Rico Dowdle, Deuce Vaughn, Hunter Luepke, Ronald Jones, Malik Davis|
|Wide Receivers:||CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Tolbert, David Durden, Brandin Cooks, KaVontae Turpin, Michael Gallup, Jalen Brooks, Jalen Moreno-Cropper, Tyron Johnson|
|Tight Ends:||Jake Ferguson, Peyton Hendershot, Luke Schoonmaker, John Stephens Jr., Princeton Fant, Sean McKeon,|
|Center:||Tyler Biadasz, Brock Hoffman, Billy Price|
|Offensive Tackles:||Terence Steele, Chuma Edoga, Matt Waletzko.|
|Offensive Guards:||Tyler Smith, Chuma Edoga, Asim Richards.|
|Defensive Ends:||DeMarcus Lawrence, Sam Williams, Viliami Fehoko Jr.|
|Defensive Tackles:||Johnathan Hankins, Mazi Smith.|
|Outside Linebackers:||Micah Parsons, DeMarvion Overshown.|
|Inside Linebackers:||Damone Clark, Markquese Bell.|
|Linebackers:||Leighton Vander Esch.|
|Cornerbacks:||Stephon Gilmore, Jourdan Lewis, C.J. Goodwin, Nahshon Wright.|
|Safety:||Donovan Wilson, Malik Hooker, Juanyeh Thomas.|
|Punt Kicker:||Brandon Aubrey.|
|Long Snapper:||Trent Sieg.|
The Cowboys have a pretty extensive record when it comes to championships. They have appeared in 8 Super Bowls, which is second in the league, behind the Patriots’ 11 games. They also have 8 NFC Championships under their name. Over the years the Cowboys have amassed a huge fan following, which is quite apparent.
Super Bowl Championships: 05
Despite multiple Super Bowl wins, the most recent one was the championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers back in January 1996. The Cowboys defeated the Steelers 27-17 with 3 touchdowns.
|1972||VI||Miami Dolphins||Tom Landry||Tulane Stadium|
|1978||XII||Denver Broncos||Tom Landry||Caesars Superdome|
|1993||XXVII||Buffalo Bills||Jimmy Johnson||Rose Bowl Stadium|
|1994||XXVIII||Buffalo Bills||Barry Switzer||Georgia Dome|
|1996||XXX||Pittsburgh Steelers||Barry Switzer||Sun Devil Stadium|
NFC Championships: 08
The Cowboys have won 8 NFC Championships so far against the likes of the 49ers, LA Rams, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Green Bay Packers. One of the most notable games was back in 1994 when the team defeated the 49ers by 38-21.
|1971||San Francisco 49ers||Tom Landry||Kezar Stadium||San Francisco|
|1972||San Francisco 49ers||Tom Landry||Texas Stadium||Irving, Texas|
|1976||Los Angeles Rams||Tom Landry||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Los Angeles|
|1978||Minnesota Vikings||Tom Landry||Texas Stadium||Irving, Texas|
|1979||Los Angeles Rams||Tom Landry||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Los Angeles|
|1993||San Francisco 49ers||Jimmy Johnson||Candlestick Park||San Francisco|
|1994||San Francisco 49ers||Barry Switzer||Candlestick Park||San Francisco|
|1996||Green Bay Packers||Barry Switzer||Texas Stadium||Irving, Texas|
2023 Key Players
Dak Prescott (Quarterback)
Dak Prescott has been doing amazing this season. He is currently rated no. 9 as a quarterback per ESPN. This season he has had more than 900 Passing Yards with a 71.3 completion rate and a touchdown.
Micah Parsons (Line-Backer)
Micah Parsons, nicknamed ‘The Lion’ has been doing wonders for the Cowboys’ defense so far. With 9 Solo Tackles and 4 sacks to his name this season, Parsons is going strong and is known to have a rivalry with Tyreek Hill. His participation in the upcoming games remains questionable as he recently sustained a knee injury.
CeeDee Lamb (Wide Receiver)
CeeDee Lamb is a venerated Wide Receiver for the Cowboys and has put up exceptional numbers recently this season. With 23 receptions, 309 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown, the receiver has made quite a reputation for himself.
Although the team has been there for a little more than 6 decades, they haven’t changed Head Coaches that frequently. This just shows how much trust the players have with their coaches. Tom Landry coached the team circa 1960-1988, for about 3 decades. Now that’s impressive. The team won 20 out of 36 games they played under Landry’s wings. They also won 2 Super Bowl Championships under coach Landry.
Another notable name is Jason Garrett, who coached the Cowboys for 9 years, between 2010-2019. Garrett and the Cowboys have won 3 NFC East Championships in their time together.
As of now, Mike McCarthy has taken his position when he started in 2020. With McCarthy, the team has taken 1 NFC East Championship title. So far, the team has had a total of 9 coaches, under all of whom the team has achieved something or the other.
Another notable thing is that Wade Phillips was the only coach who was fired from the Cowboys after a disappointing 1-7 record under his leadership.
The AT&T Stadium
The AT&T Stadium is one of the most popular attractions of Arlington. Located at 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, the stadium is the home to Cowboys’ games and numerous concerts. It is considered one of the most expensive stadiums/arenas which cost around $1.2 billion to build. The world-class athletic facility has more than 3000 LCD displays. It also has one of the largest HD video display boards in the world. Apparently, it weighs 1.2 million pounds.
The arena has a capacity of 80,000 people which can be modified in real time to fit 100,000 people.
Rowdy: The Dallas Cowboys Mascot
The mascot Rowdy is known for his oversized face, a big cowboy hat, an ever-smiling face, and not to mention, cowboy boots. He dons the number 00 on his jersey. He’s been with the Cowboys since 1996 and has his own antics like driving around a four-wheeler and mocking the opponents. Apparently, he was dubbed as the “Most hated NFL Mascot” by Sports Illustrated.
Along with this Rowdy is also involved in charitable work and appears in Special Olympics, Minor League Baseball, and The Salvation Army. Apparently, he is also a part of a yearly Mascot convention where he represents the Cowboys.
|Height:||A tall glass of water|
|Position:||Centre of Attention|
Controversies Surrounding the Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have been involved in their fair share of controversies throughout the decades. Some of the most historic Cowboys players have been involved in some depressing situations. The reasons for these controversies aren’t light-hearted either. From battery, to assault, to drug addiction, and even harassment, there have been all kinds of bad omen surrounding the team and some of their individuals.
Terrell Owens, the WR of the Cowboys between 2006-2008 was a subject of interest due to his emotional outbursts, his showboating, and some negative comments on the field. He also at some point overdosed on pain medication and allegedly tried to commit suicide.
Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame
The Dallas Cowboys have 20 coaches and players who have been inducted into the Cowboys Hall of Fame. Some of the notable names are Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, Jerry Jones, and Tom Landry. This batch of people has done a lot for the Cowboys and they might be the reason why the Cowboys stands worth $9 Billion today. However, we found the list of these people interesting.
|1980||Bob Lilly||Defensive Tackle||1961-1974|
|1994||Tony Dorsett||Running Back||1977-1987|
|1994||Randy White||Defensive Tackle||1975-1988|
|1996||Mel Renfro||Defensive Back||1964-1977|
|2006||Rayfield Wright||Offensive Tackle||1967-1979|
|2007||Michael Irvin||Wide Receiver||1988-1999|
|2009||Bob Hayes||Wide Receiver||1965-1975|
|2010||Emmitt Smith||Running Back||1990-2004|
1. Who is the most famous Dallas Cowboys player?
Without a surprise, the title goes to the Hall of Famer Roger Staubach. He is best known for throwing the ‘Hail Mary’ pass in the fleeting moments of the game against the Minnesota Vikings. He changed the game of gridiron and created a ‘quarterback playbook’ inadvertently due to his Hail Mary pass.
2. Are the Dallas Cowboys still undefeated in 2023?
The Cowboys are currently on a roll in the 2023 regular season. They won the games against the New York Giants, The New York Jets, and the New England Patriots, but surprisingly lost to the Arizona Cardinals by 28-16. The game against the Cardinals is still considered an anomaly by a lot of NFL enthusiasts. So, unfortunately, the Cowboys have tasted a defeat this season, ruining their streak.
3. Who is the Dallas Cowboys Head Coach?
As it stands, Mike McCarthy is the head coach of the Cowboys. He has been the HC to the Cowboys since the 2020 season, hence having a 4 year tenure with the Cowboys. Before this, he was coaching the Green Bay Packers and led them to win the Super Bowl XLV. The Cowboys still have to win a Super Bowl with McCarthy in command.
4. What is the Dallas Cowboys anthem?
Yes, they sure do have an anthem. It is called Get Up (A Cowboys Anthem), originally written by Kelly Clarkson, the pop sensation. The song was released in August 2012 as an effort by Pepsi and the NFL to promote the Dallas Cowboys. The song was written in a very short time and garnered the attention of the fans. It was re-released in October 2012 by RCA Records.
5. Who is the most famous Dallas Cowboys fan?
The team garners support from pop stars, the hip-hop world, and the domain of Hollywood. Apparently, Denzel Washington is sometimes seen at the Cowboys’ practice camps. Actress Eva Longoria is also a Cowboys fan as she grew up in Texas. Apart from this, we have seen people like Jay-Z and Selena Gomez perform at the Cowboys game. Safe to say that the Cowboys have pretty high-profile fans.