Dallas Cowboys’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most storied NFL franchises, and have won five of eight Super Bowl appearances, though not one playoff victory since 1996. The team has fielded some incredible players, especially on offense, and what follows is a list of the Cowboys’ all-time Top 10 in receiving yards:
Michael Irvin (11,904)—Michael Irvin was recently elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, because he was one of the core players who helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowls in the ‘90’s. Irvin leads the Cowboys all-time with 11,904 receiving yards and played for them, his only team, from 1988 to 1999. Irvin made the Pro Bowl five straight seasons from 1991-95 including first team All Pro in 1991. But Irvin’s best season was 1995, when he had career high numbers in receptions (111), receiving yards (1603), and touchdown catches (10).
Tony Hill (7988)—Tony Hill also played his entire career in Dallas, from 1977 to 1986, and ranks second in franchise history with 7988 receiving yards. Hill made the Pro Bowl three times, and his best season was one of those Pro Bowl years, 1985. That year, Hill caught a career high 74 passes for 1113 yards (also career best) and 7 touchdowns.
Drew Pearson (7822)—Drew Pearson was a part of those great Cowboys’ teams of the ‘70’s that featured Roger Staubach at quarterback. Pearson played for Dallas his entire career, from 1973 to 1983, and ranks third in team history with 7822 receiving yards. Pearson made the Pro Bowl as first team All Pro three times. His best season was 1974, when Pearson had career highs in receptions (62) and receiving yards (1087) with 2 touchdown catches.
Bob Hayes (7295)—Bob Hayes played most of his career in Dallas, from 1965 to 1974, and ranks third in Cowboys’ history with 7295 receiving yards. Hayes made the Pro Bowl his first four seasons, including twice as a first team All Pro. His best season was 1966, with career highs in catches (64), receiving yards (1232) and TD receptions (13, which led the NFL that year).
Frank Clarke (5214)—Frank Clarke began his career in Cleveland and then played most of it in Dallas, from 1960 to 1967. Clarke ranks fifth in Dallas history with 5214 receiving yards, and he was a first team All Pro in 1964. Clarke’s best season was 1962, when he caught 47 passes for career high numbers in yards (1043) and touchdowns (14). In addition to the 14 scores leading the NFL, Clark’s 22.2 yards per catch also led the league that season.
Jason Witten (4935)—Jason Witten began his awesome career in 2003 after being drafted out of Tennessee and he has become arguably the game’s best tight end. Witten already ranks sixth in Cowboys’ history with 4935 receiving yards and he has made the Pro Bowl five straight seasons, including as first team All Pro in 2007. That was also Witten’s best season, with career highs in receptions (96), receiving yards (1145) and touchdown catches (7).
Doug Cosbie (3728)—Tight end Doug Cosbie played his entire career in Dallas, from 1979 to 1988, and ranks seventh in franchise history with 3728 receiving yards. Cosbie made the Pro Bowl three straight seasons from 1983 to 1985, and 1985 was his best season. That year, Cosbie notched career highs in receptions (64), yards (793) and TD catches (6).
Terrell Owens (3587)—Terrell Owens only played in Dallas three seasons, from 2006 to 2008, but ranks eighth in team history with 3587 receiving yards. The much-maligned receiver is always money on the field, and he made the Pro Bowl as a first-teamer in 2007 while in a Cowboys’ uniform. That was also Owens’ best season in Dallas, with 81 catches for 1355 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Jay Novacek (3576)—Jay Novacek is the third tight end on this list and he ranks ninth in Cowboys’ history with 3576 receiving yards. Novacek began his career with the Cardinals but then played six seasons in Dallas, where he helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowls. Novacek made the Pro Bowl his last five seasons in the league, with a first team All Pro selection in 1992. His best season was 1995, when Novacek caught 62 passes for a career high 705 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Billy Joe Dupree (3565)—Billy Joe Dupree played his entire career in Dallas, from 1973 to 1983 and ranks tenth in franchise history with 3565 receiving yards. Dupree made the Pro Bowl three straight seasons, from 1976 to 1978 and his best season was 1976. That year, Dupree had career highs in catches (42) and receiving yards (680) with 2 TD receptions. Dupree also carried the ball seven times for 50 more yards out of the backfield that season.
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