The Dallas Cowboys organization has one of the most illustrious histories in the NFL thanks to the 1970s and early '90s. Between those two decades, the Cowboys won five Super Bowls and lost three more. In fact, during the '70s, the Cowboys played in five of the 10 Super Bowls with a 2-3 record.
So how come a team with such a storied history has such a tough time fielding a quarterback? Outside of five guys, the list of great Dallas Cowboys QB's is paper thin. Of the 40 starting QBs in franchise history, only three of them started a Super Bowl. You would be considered a true fan if you knew all three of them. (Everyone knows the first two, it is that third one that most people don't know about or remember.)
But things could change this season with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at 6-1 right now atop the NFC East thanks to the dominance of the rookie QB from Mississippi State, Dak Prescott. He is having such an impressive first season that he could very well have taken the starting QB job from Tony Romo, something no one was expecting before the preseason.
That is enough talk, let's rank all 40 of the Dallas Cowboys starting QB's since the franchise's inaugural season.
40 Babe Laufenberg
The life of Babe Laufenberg can be summarized by one other person's name, John Elway. You see, when Babe was heading to Stanford on a full scholarship, as one of the nation's top QB prospects, to play for the legendary Bill Walsh, another man decided to take his talents to California too. The moment John Elway made his decision to play for the Cardinals, Babe immediately shifted his commitment and went to the University of Missouri, where he was not going to play, he entered as the third string QB.
But then he transferred again, this time to Los Angeles Pierce College. After one season playing at a school no one had heard of, he made another move, this time to Indiana to play for Lee Corso.
So by now you can get the idea, right? Babe was one of those guys that felt like he deserved to be the big shot and not second place, and he would keep going until he found a spot somewhere. His time in the NFL was no different and he played for Washington, San Diego, Washington (again), New Orleans, Kansas City, Washington (yet again), San Diego (see a trend?), and finally, the Cowboys.
39 Ryan Leaf
Oh yeah, Ryan Leaf played for the Dallas Cowboys, how did we forget about him?
After San Diego's front office realized that they had drafted one of the all-time worst people ever to play football, they immediately started to find a way to do something else but it took them until Ryan's third season in the league before they were able to release him.
He went to Tampa Bay and was going to be their fourth string QB but he wouldn't accept that role so he was cut and that is when Dallas gave him a shot. However, and no one was shocked when this happened, but he failed his first physical and was cut shortly after. The only reason he played in four games is because when Quincy Carter got hurt in October, they had to sign whoever was left and he was it.
38 Drew Henson
Drew Henson was one of the most hyped two-way athletes during the turn of the century. He played baseball and football but was better at the latter. But his biggest problem was that he was drafted by the New York Yankees. It is tough for a baseball player to turn down a contract with the Yankees. So after Drew's impressive football career ended at Michigan, he signed a four year deal worth about $17 million.
However, as is the case with a lot of guys, he did not ever live up to the hype. He eventually decided to go back to football and ended up having to give up the remaining $12 million on his contract to get out of it.
Due to some smart decision making, the Houston Texans drafted Drew Henson in case he decided to play football one day and it paid off because when he returned to the NFL. The Cowboys wanted him but had to trade for him, which they did after Jerry Jones helped force that move. He should have stayed in Major League Baseball because the NFL decision just did not ever pan out.
37 Don Heinrich
After playing in New York and being involved in three NFL Championship games, before the Super Bowl began, Don Heinrich was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 Expansion Draft. The new Dallas Cowboys head coach was his defensive coordinator with the Giants, Tom Landry. So they had a relationship that earned him a shot at becoming the face of the new franchise.
However, he was involved in a three-way battle for the starting QB spot in Dallas and got to play in only four games barely making an impression in any of them. So he ended up going back to coaching and became the Giants backfield coach for one year before returning to play again, a year later.
But his time in Dallas is more than forgettable, it was barely even noticeable.
36 John Roach
Bart Starr wasn't the only QB in Green Bay, even before the Super Bowls. He had a backup during their impressive NFL Championship wins in 1961 and 1962, it was John Roach. But just because he was a backup, doesn't mean he did not get a shot to play. Starr got hurt and missed five games in 1963 so Roach finally got his chance and he went 3-1 losing to the Bears 26-7.
Why was the loss important? Because it cost them the chance to play for a third consecutive NFL Championship. The next season, Roach retired and got a regular job in Dallas. But when Don Meredith went down during the 1964 season, the Cowboys came calling and he ended up playing four games for them that season, losing all four.
35 Chad Hutchinson
After starting the season 3-4 with Quincy Carter as QB, things started to get ugly on the Dallas sidelines and it all came to a crashing halt when Quincy Carter got into an argument with Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner, in front of a national television audience. Needless to say, he would be benched the following week and that would let Chad Hutchinson get his shot.
But the highlight of Chad Hutchinson's career wasn't even his own accomplishment, it was that of another Dallas Cowboys player, Emmitt Smith. In his first start ever, Chad was the man who handed the ball off to Emmitt Smith when he finally broke the NFL's career rushing record during a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It was a great moment for the league that was bittersweet as the Cowboys were on the brink of collapsing following a dominate run during the '90s.
34 Glenn Carano
After having traded all three of their second round picks during the 1977 NFL Draft to acquire Tony Dorsett, a move that turned out to be one of the best decisions the franchise has ever made, they had to figure out another way to get Glenn Carano in the second round. So, they traded another player away to get the pick and they took him with the 54th overall selection.
Glenn Carano was facing a few years of playing behind Roger Staubach and Danny White before he would even get a true shot at starting but he wouldn't get that chance for nearly four years before he showed up on Thanksgiving day to lead the Cowboys to a come from behind win over the Bears in one of the most amazing Turkey day games of all time.
He got his one and only start the following week against the Colts where the Cowboys ran wild on them en route to a 37-13 win.
33 Brad Johnson
During the 2002 NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense won them a Super Bowl. In fact, that Tampa Bay defense scored 21 of the 48 points they scored at Super Bowl XXXVII. Brad Johnson was the lucky man to lead that team that season but he was never MVP caliber, all he could do was manage an offense and not make many mistakes. Some teams, like the Seahawks and Broncos, proved that defense wins Championships, not QBs.
When he signed with Dallas, it was nothing more than a retirement gig as he was set to be Tony Romo's backup. But during his second year of the contract, Tony went down with an injury and Brad got his chance to be the man again, only this time, he didn't have a great defense.
He went on to play in three games going 1-2 while throwing for 427 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions. The Cowboys ended up cutting him after the season.
32 Jerry Rhome
There are more than a few quarterbacks on this list that had the bad luck of playing for the Dallas Cowboys when they had Roger Staubach as their QB.
Jerry Rhome, the highly touted college QB who played with SMU and Tulsa, was a 1964 NFL future draft pick in the 13th round. A future draft pick was something the NFL used to do with college kids with one year of eligibility remaining because of the competition with the AFL. They would select them a year before they arrived to make sure they would come to the NFL.
For four years, he was nothing more than a backup to the backup QB, until he finally requested to be traded to Cleveland, where he was also a backup QB. He did not get a true shot until he landed in Houston and even then he only played in 13 games.
31 Reggie Collier
The choices that a college football player has today is what color suit he is going to wear when he is drafted to one of the NFL teams, or even later signed as a rookie free agent. But back in the '80s, things were much different. Kids had a choice between the USFL or the NFL.
At the time, the money involved was enough to lure a lot of the NCAA's most talented players including the previous years Heisman Trophy winner for each of the three years the USFL was around. Another college star that made the jump to the USFL instead of the NFL was Reggie Collier.
He played three seasons in the USFL when the Cowboys drafted him during the 1985 NFL Draft because they could see that the USFL was about to fold. Once it did, Collier signed with Dallas but it went virtually unnoticed because of another USFL player that was being traded, Herschel Walker.
30 Steve Walsh
If you ever wanted to be a starting QB in the NFL, pray to whoever you pray to that you do not get drafted by a team that has already taken a QB in the same draft at the top overall slot like the Dallas Cowboys did in 1989 NFL Draft. The Cowboys selected Troy Aikman first overall and Steve Walsh second overall in the NFL Supplemental Draft.
Jimmy Johnson loved Miami Hurricane alumni and had much respect for Steve Walsh and actually wanted him to become the starter. But Troy Aikman was one of those talented players you just can't escape and it never happened.
Steve ended up lasting three games into his second season before the Cowboys sent him to the New Orleans Saints for a first, second, and third round draft pick.
29 Stephen McGee
When Stephen McGee got to the Texas A&M campus, he was being discussed as the next big thing until a stubborn head coach decided to not use him correctly. Dennis Franchione, A&M's head coach for McGee's first three years, forced Stephen, who is a pocket passing QB like Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, to run the option offense. That basically ruined his future as he never got a chance to show off his arm.
He would have gotten his shot during his senior season when Mike Sherman became the head coach of the Aggies but couldn't because of an nagging shoulder injury.
The Cowboys wanted to turn him from a raw talent into a legit starting QB but they just never made the time and he ended up playing in various games over the next two years before they released him in 2012.
28 Matt Cassel
By 2007, Matt Cassel had spent three years as a backup to Tom Brady in New England. Before that, he was at USC backing up Carson Palmer and Matt Leinhart. This man was made to be a backup. However, after Brady tore his ACL during the first game of the 2008 season, Matt's time finally arrived. He went on to go 10-5 that season and ended up signing with Kansas City the following season.
But there was a reason he was the backup all those years, he just isn't that good. His first full year as a starter, and after NFL team's finally had game film on him, he went 4-11 with the Chiefs while throwing 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
He bounced around a lot after that and Buffalo actually traded him to Dallas following Tony Romo suffering a broken collarbone in last season. In seven games with the Cowboys, he went 1-6 and reminded us, once again, that he should not be a starting QB.
27 Brandon Weeden
The only reason Brandon Weeden did not go lower on this list is because he did not get a long enough leash to prove his value to the team. Sure, he was able to start in three games and he lost all three of them but it was not because he was horrible, he just wasn't exciting to watch. He did come in for Tony after he broke his collarbone during their Week 2 game against Philadelphia and helped them secure the victory with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Williams. He went 7-7 with 78 yards also during that game.
The following week loss to Atlanta was difficult because he went 22-26 with 232 yards, which is not bad, but he could not throw for a score or move the offense on any sustainable drives to give the defense some rest. That was his biggest issue in Dallas, not helping keep the defense off the field. Eventually, the defenders get tired and they cannot stop your opponent anymore.
The Cowboys waived him before the season ended to make room for Romo's return and Matt Cassel to remain as the backup.
26 Kellen Moore
After lighting up Boise State and the WAC conference in college, Kellen Moore was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Lions where he would spend his first three seasons in the NFL. He almost made the 53-man roster in 2015 with the Lions but was one of the last players cut. Dallas scooped him up a day after he was cut by Detroit to their practice squad.
After Matt Cassel stunk up the building for most of the 2015 season and Brandon Weeden simply couldn't get anything done, Kellen Moore got a shot towards the end of the year when Romo reinjured his collarbone. In his first start, he threw three interceptions which was hard to bounce back from for a guy finally getting a shot. He did get two more starts and during the final game of the season, against Washington, he threw for 435 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. They ended up losing but the performance was something to build on.
25 Anthony Wright
It became very evident that the only thing Anthony Wright was going to do in the NFL was be a career backup. That went back to his time at South Carolina when he was good but not great. If you wanted to make it in the NFL, you have to be able to make the NCAA look easy. If you struggle in college, just wait until you get to the big show.
That was the exact problem for Anthony Wright in Dallas. He filled in for Randall Cunningham and Troy Aikman after they both got injured and put up pedestrian numbers but the most important number he put up was four losses. The 1-4 record he had was nothing to brag about and it led to his eventual departure from Dallas. He showed up in Baltimore where he had another shot but he continued down the path to mediocrity.
24 Kevin Sweeney
Not all players can win over a crowd like Kevin Sweeney did, especially in Dallas. But after being drafted late in the seventh round of the 1987 NFL Draft, he ended up not making the final roster and was cut on September 7th. However, because of the players' strike in 1987, he ended up getting his shot because of the league needed replacement players and he had no problem crossing over the line and playing.
He quickly became a fan favorite and when Danny White showed up and took over his starting job, the crowd chanted, "We want Sweeney!"
Sadly, he just did not have enough talent to compete in the NFL, especially at 6'0" tall, which was one of the reasons he wasn't drafted until late in the draft.
23 Wade Wilson
No, Deadpool was never the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Although, it would have been one of the more exciting seasons to watch especially when he would end up killing the rest of the NFC East division.
But Wade Wilson is the NFL journeyman that played for the Minnesota Vikings for ten years before signing with the Atlanta Falcons and then the New Orleans Saints before finally landing in Dallas where he only started in one game. Wilson was only brought in to be Troy Aikman's backup, nothing more.
Lucky for him because he was a part of the Super Bowl XXX team and now has a Super Bowl ring that he can rock just about anytime he feels like showing it off.
22 Clint Stoerner
Clint Stoerner is part of the famous phrase down in Arkansas that fans continue to love to this day, "Stoerner to Lucas." Anthony Lucas was a starting WR for Arkansas in the late '90s. The two of them combined for 19 touchdowns over the course of their college careers.
But when he got to the NFL, he went undrafted before the Dallas Cowboys signed him, released him, signed him, cut him again, and signed him one more time (it's never an easy ride when you're on the road to Dallas.) He turned into one of the many QBs that played for the Cowboys during the 2001 season. Besides Clint, Ryan Leaf, Quincy Carter, and Anthony Wright were also starters at some point in the season.
21 Steve Pelluer
Steve Pelluer is one of the 29 quarterbacks the Dallas Cowboys have drafted since the 1960 season, their inaugural year. We say that because he was never a good enough QB to maintain a career in a league that was desperate for more talented QBs.
After spending a few years as the third string QB in Dallas, he lucked out after injuries and trades left him to become their starting QB, by default. He played a few games in 1986 and a few more in 1987 where he did show promise but it wasn't until the 1988 season that he became their official starter.
He responded with a 3-11 record while throwing for 3,139 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions. But the worst statistic from that season wasn't the interceptions, it was his terrible 56.3 completion percentage. His accuracy was always the reason he was never able to become a legit starter.
20 Kyle Orton
For some reason, the Dallas Cowboys issues at the Quarterback position lasted from 2000 until 2015 because even when Tony Romo showed up, he continued to deal with injury after injury, forcing the organization to sign backups and veterans on their way out the door in order to field a team.
Kyle Orton was their answer for Tony Romo's backup after Jon Kitna retired following the 2011 season. He signed a three year deal that would never give the Cowboys a good ROI having only started one game in two years and going 1-3 in all games in played in after Romo got hurt. Maybe if Romo knew how to stay healthy the cowboys wouldn't of had to deal with these backup situations in the first place.
19 Randall Cunningham
By the time Randall Cunningham arrived in Dallas, he was on the way to retiring but just could not give up football, it meant too much to him and he felt like he still had enough left to answer the call if Troy Aikman would ever get injured. During the 2000 season, his one and only season in Dallas, Troy ended up going down in week one allowing for Randall to start a few games that season.
The only game anyone remembers was the November 5th matchup against his former Philadelphia Eagles and their new leader, Donovan McNabb. Heading into the matchup, the Cowboys were 3-5 while the Eagles were 5-4. The game went into overtime and Philly would prevail and end up going 4-1 after that win to finish 11-5, making the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Randall wasn't resigned and he ended up going to Baltimore before retiring.
18 Bernie Kosar
Speaking of NFL veterans passed their prime, Bernie Kosar's short stint in Dallas was exactly that and he ended up winning his one and only Super Bowl ring when he backed up Troy Aikman during Super Bowl XXVIII. Dallas was starting to become a destination for NFL veterans looking for a Super Bowl ring.
The only good thing about Bernie's time in Dallas was that during the second half of the NFC Championship game, after Aikman got injured and couldn't play, he filled in and did a solid job leading them to the win even though the game was pretty much over by halftime when the Cowboys lead 28-7.
After signing a one-year deal worth $1 million dollars, he got his Super Bowl ring and ended up in South Beach where he got the honor of backing up Dan Marino for the final three years of his career.
17 Rodney Peete
If there was ever a NFL QB to root for, it was Rodney Peete. When he was in college at USC, he would have won the 1988 Heisman Trophy had it not been for Barry Sanders and his NCAA single season rushing record with 2,850 yards and 42 TDs.
He was destined for a career as a backup in Detroit, where he would join Barry Sanders, and spent five seasons before arriving in Dallas during the 1994 season. In the only game he started that season for the Cowboys, he lead them to a 31-19 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was about to go the following season.
During his first season with Philadelphia, he got to start 12 games after a Randall Cunningham injury prevented him to go most of the year. He lead them to a 9-3 record which helped them get into the playoffs where they would end up facing Dallas in the divisional round, losing 30-11.
After a few more seasons in Philadelphia, he went to Washington and Oakland before finally getting the title as starter in Carolina in 2002.
16 Jon Kitna
Say what you want about Jon Kitna but the man was a hardworking career backup that did the best he could when he got the starting job, regardless of where he played. In Seattle, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Dallas, he did his job and helped his teams like any other career backup would do.
He was never going to throw 5,000 yards or 45 touchdowns, but he was going to push himself and try to win games in any way possible. He just had the misfortune of throwing the ball a little too much causing plenty of opportunities for his opponents to intercept him. And they did it, a lot. For his career, he started in 124 games throwing 165 interceptions. He also tossed 169 touchdowns and won 50 games, but he had a tendency to make mistakes more often than not. But he was still good enough to play for 14 years so he must have been doing something right.
15 Gary Hogeboom
After being drafted during the fifth round of the 1980 NFL Draft, 133rd overall, Gary Hogeboom headed straight to the bench where he would spend the first four years of his NFL career before finally getting to start a game in 1984 after Tom Landry finally benched Danny White following three straight losses in the NFC Championship.
The fans were not happy with Danny White's playoff woes and the push for Gary Hogeboom ended up turning into a movement that built him up in the process.
How did he repay all of his supporters? By going 6-4, throwing for 2,366 yards, seven touchdowns, and, a terrible, 14 interceptions, causing Tom Landry to revert back to Danny White in order to save the season. He played one more year before being traded to the Colts. He finished his short stint in Dallas throwing 13 touchdowns and 23 interceptions and a 6-6 record.
14 Vinny Testaverde
When Vinny Testaverde got to Dallas, he was only supposed to be Quincy Carter's backup but the Cowboys shocked everyone and cut Quincy forcing them to name Vinny as the teams starting QB. So, at 41 years of age, Vinny became a starter once again but he was doing it after a few seasons of Dallas struggling at the QB position.
The only thing that hurt his time in Dallas was the amount of interceptions he threw, 20 of them. He passed for 3,532 yards with 17 touchdowns but the interceptions were a huge problem and it hurt the Cowboys several times throughout the season leading them to another season with a terrible record, 6-10. Under Vinny, they would go 5-10.
He only signed a one-year deal and the Cowboys decided to sign Drew Bledsoe instead, for the 2005 season so he ended up heading back to New York to play with the Jets.
13 Clint Longley
One thing that the NFL has changed is their process for the draft. Clint Longley left college a year early and was put in the NFL's free agent pool where the Cincinnati Bengals took him before trading him to Dallas.
The only reason Clint is so high on the list is because of one performance, the 1974 Thanksgiving Day comeback. After Roger Staubach left the game with an injury and the Washington Redskins scored a touchdown in the third quarter, they were then leading 16-3 in a game the Cowboys had to win or they would be eliminated from playoff contention.
Clint came in the game, threw two beautiful touchdowns and ended up leading the Cowboys to the win in one of the greatest Turkey day comeback victories we had ever seen.
12 Steve Beuerlein
Steve Beurlein was originally with the Los Angeles Raiders before being traded shortly before the 1991 season to the Dallas Cowboys to be, yet another, backup quarterback to Troy Aikman.
When Aikman injured his knee late in the season, Steve Beuerlein got his chance to carry the Cowboys on his back and he did one of the best jobs of any backup QB in Dallas history. He not only played in the teams final four games, he went 4-0 while throwing 1,061 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions. His performance continued into the playoffs and he even led the Cowboys to a Wild Card win over the Chicago Bears before Troy made his return against the Detroit Lions in the divisional round where they got buried 38-6.
11 Drew Bledsoe
Before the 2001 NFL season, Drew Bledsoe signed a contract for $103 million dollars over 10 years, a record at the time. The New England Patriots knew he would be their future star and wanted to lock him down for good. However, during his week two matchup with the New York Jets, he was hit on the sidelines by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis which changed the history of the Patriots, the NFL, and Drew Bledsoe.
That hit caused him to suffer a sheared blood vessel in his chest, an injury that could have been fatal. Tom Brady took over for the Patriots and Drew would never play in New England again.
After spending time in Buffalo, he landed a job with the Cowboys where he would lead them to a 9-7 record in 2005. Then, in 2006, he ended up playing so bad that he was pulled and that was the moment Tony Romo got a chance to be the starter.
10 Dak Prescott
Maybe this is a little too soon but we don't seem to think so. After what Dak Prescott has done in his first NFL season has been pretty astounding given the fact that he was not even supposed to be the starter in Dallas. He wasn't even supposed to be the backup, he was going to be third string. But after injuries and a strong performance in preseason, he earned a spot as their starter.
Through his first seven games in Dallas, he has them holding onto a 6-1 record, leading the NFC East, while throwing for 1,773 yards, 13 total touchdowns, (nine passing, four rushing), and two interceptions.
He has been consistently good and even owns the record for most consecutive passes attempts without an interception to start a career with 176 straight. Tom Brady was the last one to hold the record with 162 attempts.
9 Quincy Carter
After Troy Aikman retired in 2001, the Dallas Cowboys were left searching for a replacement but knew that it wouldn't happen on draft day because they didn't have a first round selection. However, as is the case for a lot of the bad moves that have occurred over the recent years in Dallas, Jerry Jones was rumored to have been the main reason they drafted Quincy Carter in the second round. The selection was a bit of a reach but the Cowboys were looking to make a splash and that they did.
However, as anyone would have predicted, it just did not work out for the Cowboys and Quincy Carter ended up wasting four years of their lives. He had a lot of potential but failed on many levels to become "the man" in Dallas. Even his former coach, Bill Parcells, spoke about how smart he was and that he had the talent, he just could not handle the pressure.
8 Jason Garrett
Jason Garrett started his career in 1989 but after going undrafted during the 1989 NFL Draft, he found work on the New Orleans Saints practice squad before being released the following September. He ended up doing some coaching at Princeton and then showed up in the World League of American Football where he became the San Antonio Riders starting QB. He also played in the Canadian Football League before finally getting a shot to return to the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys.
It took him two years but he finally impressed enough to pass Hugh Millen on the depth chart late in the 1993 season. He ended up playing in 23 games in Dallas, starting in nine of them, and going 6-3 over the course of his career which spanned between 1993 and 1999. He then headed for New York to backup Kerry Collins with the Giants but got released for issues with the salary cap.
He is now the head coach of the Cowboys and has been since 2010.
7 Eddie LeBaron
The first of anything is always going to be something worth remembering. Like in 1958 when the NFL televised their first regular season game, or when the NFL added a Primetime game on Monday nights in 1970, or even, the infamous "Tuck" rule which has changed the way referee's officiate the game.
Eddie LeBaron was the first starting QB in Dallas Cowboys history. That is a fact that can never be broken. He will always be the first in Cowboys history until they create a time machine and allow you the ability to travel through time.
He wasn't a young rookie from Alabama or even a disgruntled QB playing for some other team in the NFL, he was actually a retired veteran that was asked to return to the NFL to be the Cowboys first QB. Four years later, he went 5-22 but it was his sacrifice to come out of retirement and help the Cowboys establish themselves that turned him into one of the best in franchise history.
6 Craig Morton
In 1965, the Dallas Cowboys selected Craig Morton in the first round of the NFL Draft, fifth overall. If you waste a draft pick on a QB in the first round, chances are, you plan on using him sooner rather than later. But he ended up spending four years backing up Don Meredith before finally getting his shot in 1969.
As the starter in 1970, he ended up leading the Cowboys to Super Bowl V where they lost to the red hot Baltimore Colts, led by both Johnny Unitas and Earl Morrall. That lost caused a big controversy for the Cowboys at the QB position heading into the next season. Tom Landry made the choice to go with Craig Morton over Roger Staubach in 1970 and it led to a Super Bowl loss.
As good as he was when he was healthy and starting in Dallas, Craig Morton never truly got past that Super Bowl lost and by the next year was replaced permanently by Roger Staubach until he got injured.
5 Tony Romo
Win a Super Bowl and you will become a legend in Dallas.
That is something that each quarterback to play in Dallas since Troy Aikman needs to overcome if they want to survive in Texas. Tony Romo came in with a ton of hype and was quickly becoming the savior of the organization when he got his big break during the 2006 season in which he led the Cowboys to their first playoff appearance in a few years. However, he made one big mistake that year, and it turned out to become his biggest downfall. He dropped the snap of an easy field goal which would have won the Cowboys the game.
The next season he led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and the NFC's top seed in the playoffs. However, much like in 2006, Tony Romo couldn't close and after throwing an interception to secure the game, the Cowboys lost their opening game of the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Those two seasons have turned him into a guy that is good, not great, that gets injured almost every single season now. He gets hurt so much, that the Cowboys make plans around it every offseason by making sure they have a decent backup QB and not just some guy.
He is one of the all-time greats in Dallas Cowboys franchises history and leads the franchise in passing yards with 34,154, and passing touchdowns, 247.
4 Danny White
There are several Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks that have a Super Bowl ring but only two of them as a starter. Danny White has one but as Roger Staubach's backup where he did manage to get into the game and threw three passes to get him credit for playing in the big game.
That would be the closest he would get to playing in a Super Bowl and following the 1979 season, he was handed the reigns to the offense after Roger Staubach retired. Building on the success of the Cowboys, previously established by Staubach and Landry, Danny White led the Cowboys for three consecutive NFC Championship games, losing all three of them including the 1982 Championship game featuring Dwight Clark's infamous touchdown catch in the back of the endzone to send Joe Montana and the 49ers on their way to immortality.
But don't forget about his 10 playoff games, his 71.6 QB rating in the playoffs, and a 12.3 yards per completion average, which is among the best in franchise history.
3 Don Meredith
Beyond Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, no other Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback has won a Super Bowl with the organization. Since we are ranking all the QB's in Dallas Cowboys history, who do you take as the third best in team history?
Don Meredith is the third best for one reason, he brought that winning mentality to the Dallas Cowboys before Roger Staubach got into town. With Tom Landry as his head coach, Don and Tom got better each season they were together until the 1968 season when the Cowboys finished 11-2 before losing to Cleveland in the playoffs.
He surprisingly retired the following year, just when the team was on the brink of a revolution. During his time in Dallas, he finished with 17,750 passing yards, in both the regular season and the playoffs, and 153 total touchdowns, rushing and passing. His 47 wins is fifth most in franchise history.
2 Roger Staubach
The only reason Roger Staubach does not own a third Super Bowl ring is because Tom Landry made the mistake of thinking Craig Morton would be a better starter come playoff time because he had more confidence in him when it came to playcalling and following the gameplan set by Landry. Roger, on the other hand, was more of a runner and could create magic out of busted plays which led to a lot of interceptions and bad passing decisions. Looking back on it, it is easy to say it was a terrible decision as it cost them that Super Bowl but Staubach had two touchdowns and eight interceptions when it was made.
There was no way Tom Landry could have seen what the future had for Roger Staubach. He could not have foreseen the two Super Bowl wins, Super Bowl MVP, six Pro Bowls, 85 wins, 22,700 passing yards, or the 173 touchdowns (153 passing, 20 rushing).
But it wasn't just his stats that were impressive, it was how he changed the organization from just another NFL team to America's Team. He led the Cowboys through the '70s like Tom Brady did with the Patriots in the '00s.
1 Troy Aikman
When it comes to the postseason, no other Dallas Cowboys QB has done it better than Troy Aikman. Not only does he have the most regular season wins in franchise history with 94, he also has the most overall wins with 105, including the 11 he got in the playoffs. He also has the highest completion percentage, passing yards, total yards, and total touchdowns in Cowboys history.
There simply hasn't been another QB in a Cowboys jersey that has done more in the playoffs. His most prized possession has to be his Super Bowl rings, he owns three of them, most ever by a Dallas Cowboys QB, to go with his Super Bowl MVP award.
The best part about Troy Aikman's career in Dallas is that he did all of this before he turned 35 years old. He retired in 2000 at the age of 34, long before most of the other guys could, because of too many concussions during his 12 years of playing.
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