The Dallas Cowboys are one of the National Football League's most historic franchises as they were founded in 1960 as an expansion team. Fun fact: the Cowboys got their team name by the organization announcing to the public that the team name was Cowboys to avoid confusion with the American Association Dallas Rangers baseball team, as the Dallas Cowboys to them had a catchy ring to the name that just stuck with them. As of 2021, the Cowboys have won the NFC East division a total of 5 different times, and they have appeared in the Super Bowl a total of 8 different times, but they have 5 Super Bowl titles to show for themselves. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Roger Staubach, Emmitt Smith, Bob Lilly, Randy White, Larry Allen, and countless others. Because of their impact on the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, endorsements, and memorabilia. Recently we've discovered that some of these Cowboys jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Cowboys jerseys sold to date:
5. Randy White Signed Jersey - $92
Randy White was the number 2 overall pick of the 1975 draft out of Maryland after White assembled a terrific college career. White was a 7-time first team All-Pro on the defensive line, he earned Super Bowl MVP honors with his teammate Henry Martin in the Super Bowl in 1978 as the Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 to capture their second Super Bowl in franchise history. During his 14 year career wearing a Cowboys uniform, White was able to achieve great statistics as he racked up 1,104 tackles, and he sacked the quarterback a total of 111 times. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the 2015 September 6th Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction, as the jersey was sold for $92.
4. Early 1970's Bob Lilly Game Worn Jersey - $4,154
Not only was Bob Lilly a legendary player and an all-time fan favorite in Dallas, he was also the franchise's first ever draft pick in the history of the organizations existence. Lilly was known for being extremely durable throughout his entire career, as he was able to play in 196 consecutive regular season games. Lilly was able to tally up 11 Pro Bowl nods, and he was also able to achieve making the first-team All-Pro honors a total of 7 times. Fun fact: Lilly recovered 18 fumbles in his career, and four of those fumbles he was able to run down a score touchdowns, making defense into offense in the blink of an eye. Lilly also was a huge contributor on the Cowboys 1972 Super Bowl winning team as the Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins by a score of 24-3, as they won their first Super Bowl title in franchise history. His jersey was sold as part of the Gray Flannel Auctions for a total of $4,154 as the jersey was sold on May 15th, 2018.
3. 1999 Larry Allen Game Worn Jersey - $4,500
Larry Allen is considered to be the most feared guard in the history of the NFL, and he is also one of the greatest guards to have ever stepped on a football field, as he was an absolute force to be reckoned with. Allen was able to achieve making the All-Rookie team in 1994, he made it onto 6 different All-Pro teams, and he made it into 11 different Pro Bowls during his time wearing a Cowboys uniform. Allen was known for telling defenders that his guys on offensive were going to run right through the hole, and that there was nothing the defensive end tackles to do stop it. Allen was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013 and was an all time fan favorite during his time in Dallas. His jersey was sold as part of the Golden Auctions as the jersey was sold for $4,500.
2. 1977-1979 Roger Staubach Game Worn Jersey - $14,340
Roger Staubach was a man on a mission, as before he joined the Cowboys he served in the United States Navy from 1965-1969. Dallas went 10-0 in games that Staubach started in and he was also a key contributor in leading the Cowboys to winning the 1971 Super Bowl. Staubach's nickname was "Captain Comeback" as throughout his career he was able to obtain a total of 22,700 career yards, and threw for 153 touchdowns through the air were a franchise record at the time. He was also able to achieve running for 2,264 rushing yards and he was able to run for 20 touchdowns, which to this day still remain the most by a quarterback in franchise history. Captain Comeback won the Super Bowl MVP, he was able to make the Pro Bowl a total of 6 different times, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Sports Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey sold for $14,340 and the jersey was sold on November 7th, 2014.
1. 2002 Emmitt Smith Game Worn Jersey - $16,800
Emmitt Smith was an instant fan favorite in Dallas the minute he stepped onto the football field. Smith is the National Football League's all-time leading rusher with a total of 18,355 rushing yards. Smith was also named the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1993, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 as a first-ballot Hall of Famer, he was named to the Pro Bowl a total of 8 different times, and he led Dallas to three different Super Bowl Championships. Fun fact: Smith has the most touchdowns in a single season scored by a Dallas runner with a total of 25 touchdowns scored in the 1995 regular season. Smith was able to achieve running for more than 20,000 yards, and he was also able to score 75 rushing touchdowns and he was able to catch 11 touchdowns. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Summer Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Auction, as the jersey sold for a total of $16,800 and the jersey was sold on August 18th, 2018.
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