Cowboys add three to Ring of Honor

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA

Posted on November 6, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:15 AM

ARLINGTON — The Dallas Cowboys stayed in the playoff hunt with a win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but the big story at the game came at halftime, as three of the team's greatest players were added to the Ring of Honor.

It's been six years since the Cowboys inducted new members into the Ring, when the "Triplets" — Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith — saw their names unveiled at the old Texas Stadium.

On Sunday, Larry Allen, Charles Haley and Drew Pearson joined them.

Allen was a domanant offensive guard who played for the Cowboys from the mid-1990s into the 21st century. He made 11 Pro Bowl appearances during his career in Dallas and played on their Super Bowl XXX team.

"I'd like to thank Jerry [Jones] and his family; the Cowboys organization; my beautiful wife; my three great kids; I'd like to say thank you for playing for the greatest fans in America," Allen said.

Haley played on that team, too, and on the other two Cowboys championship teams from the 90s. Haley also won a couple of Super Bowls in San Francisco.

"This is not a right, but a privilege, and God knows... this is one of the greatest things that's happened in my life," Haley told the cheering crowd.

Drew Pearson is the one we've been waiting for... but not as long as he's been waiting. His last season with the Cowboys was in 1983.

"I waited. I prayed. And because I prayed, I always believed that this day would one day come," Pearson said. "And I am so happy and so proud to be a part of this distinguished Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor!"

The three added Sunday are all very deserving and bring the total number of Cowboys in the Ring of Honor to 20.

E-mail tmadden@wfaa.com

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