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Top 15 Worst Players in Dallas Cowboys History

Quarterback Ryan Leaf once played for the Dallas Cowboys. Seriously. The same second-overall National Football League Draft pick who was a disaster while with the San Diego Chargers played, and even started, for one of the most storied franchises in the history of North American professional sports. The same franchise that had Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman under center once decided to give Leaf a shot. Here is a spoiler alert in case you couldn't guess the outcome: That experiment did not end well for the Cowboys or for the QB, and Leaf never played for any other NFL club.

Remarkably, Leaf may actually not be the worst quarterback to have ever played for the Cowboys. Babe Laufenberg, nice guy that he may have been during his pro football career, was one lousy professional QB. The same can be said about Drew Henson and Quincy Carter, neither of whom, if we are being honest about it, should have been given multiple opportunities to start at QB for NFL teams. None of the previously mentioned players cause diehard fans of the Cowboys to cringe as much as they do when they hear the name of Shante Carver, who may very well be the worst draft pick in the history of the proud Cowboys.

The Cowboys once planned on selecting a wide receiver named Jerry Rice. When that was no longer an option, Dallas instead settled on defensive lineman Kevin Brooks. That some younger fans of the Cowboys are saying “who?” upon seeing Brooks' name tells you just about all you need to know about that draft pick. Because we don't believe in being biased toward those who play more than a handful of downs per game, we also decided to include a kicker. In fall fairness, that kicker did, at the time that he joined the Cowboys, have a recognizable name. Too bad his foot had already retired by then.

15 Mike Vanderjagt 

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14 Brandon Weeden 

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13 Golden Richards 

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In his list of the Worst Players in NFL History, Deadspin columnist Jeff Pearlman wrote the following about the Dallas wide receiver:

“Golden Richards,” Bob Avellini, the former Chicago quarterback, once told me, “is the worst wide receiver I have ever seen.”

12 Quincy Carter 

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11 Dennis Homan 

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10 Alex Barron 

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9 Drew Henson 

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8 Elvis Patterson 

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7 Sherman Williams 

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6 Bryant Westbrook 

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5 Tony Banks 

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4 Kevin Brooks  

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3 Babe Laufenberg 

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2 Shante Carver 

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1 Ryan Leaf 

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It has to be Ryan Leaf, because of course it has to be Ryan Leaf. The Cowboys were probably hoping that some new scenery and a second chance at a reasonable NFL career would be enough to help Leaf right the ship. Leaf was already a lost cause before he ever tossed a pass in a game for the Cowboys. Leaf lost all three of his Dallas starts, he completed 51 percent of his passes, he matched a touchdown with three interceptions, and he was sacked on 12 occasions. Those awful performances would serve as a fitting end to a career of one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.

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