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The Super Bowl XXX Dallas Cowboys: Where Are They Now?

As we look back on this great team one can’t help but wonder, where are they now? Well, read on and find out.

Super Bowl XXX was the third and final Super Bowl victory for the great '90s Dallas Cowboys teams as they were surpassed by Brett Favre’s Packers during the next two years, and slowly broke up due to retirements, free agency, and trades over the ensuing seasons. The team is best known for “The Triplets”, the quarterback, running back, and wide receiver combo of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin who all ended up in the Hall of Fame. Three other players from the 1995 team made the Hall of Fame as well, Deion Sanders, Larry Allen, and Charles Haley. Over the years these former Cowboys have gone into a variety of different ventures. A lot of them remain in the public eye on television, in the press box, or on the sidelines. As we look back on this great team one can’t help but wonder, where are they now? Well, read on and find out.

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15 Leon Lett

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Two-time Pro-Bowler Leon Lett was a great pickup for the Dallas Cowboys when they drafted him in the seventh round in the 1991 NFL Draft out of Emporia State University. The Big Cat, as Lett was known, became a fixture on the Cowboys defensive line in his second year. He provided good quarterback pressure for a D-lineman and led the team in passes deflected for two straight years. He was suspended for the first four games of 1995 but upon his return, he was a key player helping the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. After playing one final season for the Broncos, Lett retired in 2001. Lett went into coaching in 2009 and after a stint with UNLV and the University of Louisiana – Monroe, Lett joined the Cowboys staff in 2011 where he remains as an assistant defensive line coach.

14 Darrin Smith

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As a two time All-American at linebacker for the University of Miami, Darrin Smith led the Hurricanes to two consecutive national championships. He was drafted by the Cowboys in 1993 and despite holding out for part of the season in 2005, was still an important part of the Cowboys’ Super Bowl run that year. He played one more year with the Cowboys in 2006 before spending a year with the Eagles, two years with the Seahawks, and finishing the final five years of his career with the Saints. Following his time in pro football, Smith went back to school and earned another degree in real estate development. He now runs a real estate investment and development company. He is also active in the community, with a special interest in promoting reading in young people.

13 Deion Sanders

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One of a few network analysts, Deion Sanders has been involved in a wider variety of endeavors than most. The Florida State Seminoles legend joined the Cowboys around mid-season of 1995 after signing with the team late, and then recovering from preseason surgery. In addition to playing cornerback, Deion was used on offense as well and even caught a pass in the Super Bowl. Upon retiring Deion has done extensive broadcast work and is currently a member of the NFL Networks Sunday team. Outside of his television career, Sanders has two Hip Hop albums, one released during his football career and the other in 2005. In 2004 he worked as an assistant coach for a woman’s professional basketball team, the Dallas Fury of the NWBL. He was also a part owner of an Arena League football team, the Austin Wranglers.

12 Larry Brown

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Cornerback Larry Brown had six interceptions and two touchdowns during the Cowboys 1995 season. Originally a running back, Brown moved to corner during his sophomore year at Los Angeles Southwest College and stuck there when he transferred to TCU. The Cowboys drafted Brown in the 12th round, not expecting much out of him, but he ended up impressing, and became the first rookie cornerback to start for the Cowboys since 1987. Brown also made the NFL All-Rookie team and registered an interception in Super Bowl XXVII. 1995 was Brown's best season of his career, but he saved his best performance for Super Bowl XXX, intercepting two passes and being named the Super Bowl MVP. Since his retirement, Brown made an appearance in the show Married With Children as himself and most recently, he is a co-host of the pre-game and post-game shows on the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network.

11 Brock Marion

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The most unique post-football career of any Cowboys probably belongs to Brock Marion. Marion was the star free safety in 1995, recording six interceptions on the season in addition to one in the Super Bowl to end the game. After two more seasons with the Cowboys, Marion went to the Miami Dolphins for six seasons before retiring with the Detroit Lions in 2004. After he retired, Marion became a blueberry farmer in Ocala, Florida. He was given the run down farm, he proceeded to revamp it, and managed to get it up and running, producing blueberry’s for almost a decade. Most recently he and his family moved back to the west coast, landing in Portland, Oregon where he has gone back to school to become a personal trainer.

10 Emmitt Smith

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The NFL’s all time leading rusher with 18,355 yards Emmitt Smith scored two touchdowns for the Dallas Cowboys in their victory in Super Bowl XXX. Smith played for seven more seasons with the Cowboys, breaking Tony Dorsett’s Cowboys rushing records, before heading to Arizona to finish his career with the Cardinals. Since retiring after the 2004 season Emmitt has been busy with a wide variety of ventures. Like many former athletes, Smith worked as an analyst for various NFL studio shows soon after he retired. He also enjoyed work in entertainment with appearances on Dancing With The Stars, a guest shot on How I Met Your Mother, and a bit for Jimmy Kimmel Live!. More recently Smith has worked in commercial real estate, expanding a career which he had started during his playing days with the help of Roger Staubach

9 Robert Bailey

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Although he only played one season with the Dallas Cowboys, Robert Bailey definitely picked the right year to do it, as he managed to play on the team that won Super Bowl XXX. He was mostly utilized on special teams but did see some action as a nickel back later in the season. Bailey played his college football for the Miami Hurricanes where he won two national championships. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. After a few seasons in Los Angeles he signed with the Redskins where he played for a few games before being picked up by the Cowboys in midseason. He moved around the league for a few more seasons after he left Dallas, enjoying another Super Bowl win with the Ravens before a neck injury forced his retirement in 2001. In addition to charity outreach, Bailey now works in sports marketing for Rosenhaus Sports Representation which is one of the biggest agencies around that represents NFL players.

8 Jason Garrett

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The backup quarterback for the Cowboys in their Super Bowl XXX run was a guy by the name of Jason Garrett. Everyone of course knows what that guy is doing nowadays. In 1995 though, Garrett enjoyed holding a clipboard while Troy Aikman led the team to the playoffs and then the Super Bowl. Garrett did manage to get into one game and finished with and 80% completion rate as he went four out of five passing for 46 yards and one touchdown. After he retired in 2000 he got his first job with the Miami Dolphins under head coach Nick Saban as his quarterbacks coach. In 2007, he was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys, and after Wade Phillips was fired in 2010, Garret helped the Cowboys win five of their final eight games of the season as an interim coach which eventually earned him the job permanently at the end of the season. After three straight 8-8 seasons, the Cowboys made the playoffs with a 12-4 record in 2014 and a 13-3 record in 2016.

7 Charles Haley

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The only player in the NFL with five Super Bowl wins, and no losses (sorry Tom Brady), is Charles Haley who played for the great San Francisco 49ers teams of the 80s and the Dallas Cowboys dynasty of the 90s. Haley won two of his Super Bowls in San Francisco and was on all three of the Cowboys' Super Bowl teams as well. The Hall of Fame defensive end finished his career with 100.5 sacks. Known for his volatile temper during his playing days, Haley ended up being diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few years after he retired. Since his diagnosis, Haley has become an advocate for mental health issues. He recently wrote an autobiography chronicling his NFL career and the problems he experienced along the way as a result of his bipolar disorder. He continues to encourage people to learn more about mental illness in an effort to remove the stigma associated with it.

6 Jim Schwantz

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After a standout career at Purdue University, Jim Schwantz was not drafted in the 1992 NFL Draft but was signed by the Chicago Bears where he appeared in one game before he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys the following year. He played a little bit of linebacker while with Dallas but was more impressive as a special teams player, making a Pro-Bowl in 1996. Schwantz played two more seasons for the 49ers and Bears before retiring in 1998. In addition to working as a sales manager for a Moving & Storage company, Schwantz also co-hosts a Chicago Bears pre-game and post-game radio show. In 2009 Schwantz ran for mayor of Palatine, Illinois. He defeated the 20-year incumbent and was then re-elected in 2013 and remains in office.

5 Daryl Johnston

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The man known best as “Mooooooose,” who spent his career paving the way as the lead blocking fullback for Emmitt Smith had a great career as a Cowboy despite not compiling big stats, getting much glory, or being that well known outside of Dallas. Daryl Johnston 9Pictured Right) was so important and dominant as Smith’s blocker, that the NFL created the fullback position for the Pro-Bowl to reward his ability, and he became the first fullback to be named to the Pro-Bowl in 1993. Johnston was an important part of all three Cowboys' Super Bowl teams of the 90s. In 2001 Johnston joined Fox as a broadcaster. He did a number major college football bowl games and has been an analyst for one of the top broadcast teams for Fox NFL for many years.

4 Bill Bates

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The hard hitting safety that did not get drafted, despite a great career at the University of Tennessee, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cowboys in 1983. In his second season, he made the Pro-Bowl as a special teamer, in what was the first year that the NFL awarded bids for special teams. Over his 15 seasons with the Cowboys, Bates became a fan favorite with his intensity and hard work (and hits), before he retired in 1997 with three Super Bowls. Since Bates retired from pro football he has been involved in a variety of unique ventures. He was an assistant coach for Tim Tebow’s state championship football team, he does tailgating events at Cowboys games, he operates a cattle ranch in Dallas, and he is also involved with a company that produces air-conditioned shoulder pads.

3 Michael Irvin

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One of the biggest superstar receivers for the University of Miami, Michael Irvin spent three years setting records for the Hurricanes and helped them win the 1987 national championship. He was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 1988 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. After his injury riddled second season in which the Cowboys went 1-15, he came back and joined Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith as they embarked on what would become a mid-90s dynasty. Irvin, Aikman, and Smith were known as the triplets, and were the three offensive weapons that led the Cowboys to three Super Bowls. Among his many entertainment related ventures since his retirement, Irvin played small roles in two Adam Sandler films, hosted Spike TV’s reality show 4th and Long, and was an investor in the Elite Football League of India. He also of course is currently an analyst for Inside the NFL.

2 Jay Novacek

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One of the Dallas Cowboys’ best tight ends ever, Jay Novacek played his college football at the University of Wyoming and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the St Louis Cardinals. After five seasons with the St Louis and then Phoenix Cardinals, Novacek signed with the Cowboys and quickly became their top tight end for the next six years. As a key third down threat, Novacek had at least 440 receiving yards every season in Dallas, made five Pro-Bowls, and caught touchdown passes in both Super Bowls XXVII and XXX. In the years since his retirement in 1996 Novacek has worked to promote youth football programs. He currently runs his own football camp in Denton, Texas.

1 Troy Aikman

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If you do not know where the quarterback for the great Cowboys teams of the 90s and the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII is now, then you probably are not paying attention. Troy Aikman played his college football at both the University of Oklahoma and UCLA before he was drafted by the Cowboys with the number one overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft. Before long, Aikman was leading the Cowboys to the playoffs and soon after, to three Super Bowls along with Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and the great offensive line. Aikman finished his 12 year career in 2000 and has worked as a sportscaster for much of his career since his retirement. He is known best as a member of the number one NFL broadcast team for Fox NFL. Over the years he has also owned a NASCAR racing team and become a part owner of the San Diego Padres.

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