Ranking All 5 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl-Winning Teams
By Alexander Wolz
While recent performance may say otherwise, there is no question that the Dallas Cowboys are one of the most storied franchises in NFL history. That is largely due to the team's five Super Bowl trophies.
From the days of Roger Staubach to Jimmy Johnson, let's take a look back and pit each of those Super Bowl-winning teams against one another.
After a tumultuous fallout with Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer took the reigns in Dallas. While many were frustrated with the team's decision, Switzer did bring the franchise a Super Bowl to cap the 1995 campaign. It was certainly the team's most improbable, however, as it took an interception from Larry Brown to win the NFC title, and a pair of them to fend off the Steelers in the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys' first Super Bowl victory came courtesy of a team that was once reviled for its inability to win big games. That changed when Staubach earned the starting job midway through the season and drove Dallas to an 11-3 record. Staubach delivered some of the league's best individual numbers and had a trio of running backs alongside him. Combined with a dominant defense, Dallas stormed through the postseason and downed the Dolphins 24-3 to win the franchise's first Lombardi trophy.
This was a statistically impressive year for the Cowboys. Tony Dorsett's 1,007-yard season made him only the second Cowboy to pass the thousand-yard peak, while a 15-2 overall record remains the highest winning percentage in team history. On defense, Harvey Martin delivered a remarkable year with 23 sacks, earning Co-MVP awards with Randy White in the Super Bowl to emphasize just how talented this defensive unit was.
The 1990s were really where Dallas begin to hit its stride, and that all began with Super Bowl XXVII. The Cowboys wielded an incredible offense headed by Troy Aikman and Emmit Smith, with the NFL's top-ranked defense on the other side of the ball. This season deserves particular notice because of the team's impressive postseason run. Dallas defeated the rival Philadelphia Eagles and Steve Young-led 49ers, culminating in a 52-17 trouncing of the Bills in the final game.
One of the most impressive feats is winning back-to-back Super Bowls. In early 1994, Dallas became the fifth team to do just that, while also being the NFL's only team at the time to overcome an 0-2 start to the season to win the Super Bowl. This Dallas team overcame injuries to Aikman and Smith, who became the first player to win NFL MVP, Rushing Title and Super Bowl MVP in the same season, to beat Buffalo again in the Super Bowl. Johnson's exit the following year set the stage for the future in Dallas, and the franchise has yet to approach this glory once again.