If this list had been compiled in 1989, Tony Dorsett would be the clear No. 1. And to think, the reigning Heisman trophy winner wasn’t taken No. 1 in the 1977 draft. In a clear case of “homerism,” Tampa Bay took USC RB Rickey Bell to run the ball for its current head coach and former USC coach, John McKay.
The Cowboys quickly traded their pick at No. 24 and three second-round picks to the Seahawks to take Dorsett at No. 2, and got a 12,000 yard career along with one championship in back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in return.
The four-time Pro Bowler holds one record that can never be broken: a 99-yard run for a touchdown in 1983 against the Vikings despite only 10 Cowboys being on the field for the play.