7. Outside The Huddle Looking In: Herschel Walker
If you were expecting Hill, Thomas or Murray here … surprise!
To be fair, Walker never really had a chance in Dallas. Dorsett had barely departed the team when Walker was traded away to the Vikings by the new owner Jerry Jones and coach Jimmy Johnson, who were rebuilding the Cowboys in their image.
However, Walker gets the honorable mention because he served the Cowboys better during one midseason trade than he did in any of the five-plus seasons he played in Dallas. Dallas traded Walker to Minnesota for five players — LB Jesse Solomon, DB Issiac Holt, RB Darrin Nelson, LB David Howard, DE Alex Stewart — and six draft picks, which became Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith, and Darren Woodson.
That trade, labeled by many outside of Dallas at the time as felony grand theft, laid the foundation for Dallas’ amazing run in the 1990s, and brought three more Lombardi Trophies to the Cowboys.