#Cowboys25 Blue Carpet
DALLAS – The boys were back in town.
Not only was that 1970’s hit song playing over the loud speakers constantly during the event, but it was true in more ways than one.
Spearheaded by quarterback Troy Aikman, members of the Super Bowl teams from the 1990’s got together Saturday night at Gilley’s in Dallas for a 25-year reunion for the 1992 championship team.
It was a private charity event with the proceeds going to The United Way, but it was also a special night for many former players and coaches who hadn’t seen each other in years.
“It’s just awesome to be here with these fellas again,” Emmitt Smith said. “These guys are like brothers to you. And it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you’ve seen them. When you get back in the room together again, it’s special.”
Not only did the Cowboys celebrate the 1992 team, but members of the 1993 & 1995 teams were also on hand.
Jimmy Johnson, who coached the Cowboys to the first two Super Bowls of the decade, returned for the event. He was one of four former or current head coaches for the Cowboys in attendance, along with Dave Campo, Barry Switzer and of course, Jason Garrett, who was a backup quarterback during those three seasons.
“It just feels so great to see everybody,” said owner/GM Jerry Jones, who got plenty of congratulatory praises on his recent announcement for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “These guys haven’t changed a bit. Sure, they might look a little different, but to me, they haven’t changed at all.”
The 25-year reunion just happened to fall on the same day Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys back in 1989, exactly 28 years to the day.
“I just get so inspired by seeing everyone here tonight,” Jones said. “I’ve got so many wonderful memories from those teams back then, but really everything we’ve been able to accomplish.”
Michael Irvin, one of the last players to walk the “Blue Carpet” to speak to the media before the celebratory dinner, said there is a bond that remains strong within those teams of the 90’s.
“That will never go away,” Irvin said. “That’s really why you play the game, to have those relationships with your teammates. Coming here and saying those guys tonight, I wouldn’t have missed it.”
The list of players who attended the event included:
Kevin Smith, Darren Woodson, Brock Marion, Ken Norton Jr., Leon Lett, Charles Haley, Chad Hennings, Tony Tolbert, Jim Jeffcoat, Dale Hellestrae, Mark Stepnoski, Nate Newton, Ron Stone, Kevin Gogan, Steve Beuerlein, Babe Laufenberg, Daryl Johnston, Jay Novacek and Russell Maryland.
Coaches that returned for the event included Norv Turner, Dave Wannstedt, Tony Wise, Dave Campo, Robert Ford and Hudson Houck.
And the guest list wasn’t just for the players from those 90’s teams, but a few stars from the 1970’s teams were in attendance, including Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett.
Staubach, had to be reminded that he played a small part of the 1992 NFC Championship Game against the 49ers, when he served as the honorary captain at the coin toss.
“That’s right, I did,” Staubach joked. “So maybe I helped a little bit. I don’t know if they could’ve won that game without me. No, but that game actually got them started for that decade. I’m really honored to be here and be a part of this event.”