The Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor was first established in 1975, by then owner, Tex Shram. Bob Lily being the first inductee has been given the unofficial duty of presiding over the induction ceremony of each subsequent Ring of Honor memember. As of 2011, the last inductees were wide receivers Drew Pearson, defensive end Charles Haley, and offensive lineman Larry Allen. These three players were all inducted on November 6, 2011. The Ring of Honor includes 18 former players as well as former head coach Tom Landry and the Cowboys first General Manager Tex Shram who was inducted into the Ring of Honor posthumously. Most of the Ring of Honor Inductees have also been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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#1 Bob Lily, DT - November 23, 1975

Defensive tackle Bob Lilly was the first player inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. Lily spent his entire 13 year career playing Cowboys. He was given the nickname "Mr. Cowboy." A true Texas native Lilly was born in the small town of Olney, Texas. He attended TCU were he was an All American. He was selected by Dallas as the 13th overall pick in the 1961 draft making him the Cowboy’s first 1st round draft pick in team history. Bob Lilly was an 11-time Pro Bowl Selection and part of the Super Bowl VI Championship team. He was inducted into the Ring of Honor on November 23, 1975. Five years later he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has attended every Ring of Honor ceremony since his induction.

 #2 Don Meredith, QB - November 7, 1976

Don “Dandy Don” Meredith, another player who spent his NFL career solely with the Dallas Cowboys was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor on November 7, 1976. He was born and raised in Texas and spent his college career playing quarterback at SMU. Don Meredith participated in some of the most memorable games in league history including the infamous "Ice Bowl" in 1967. After retiring as a player, Meredith became a color commentator. He was never inducted in to the Pro Football Hall of fame but he was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1976 and then in 1982 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 2008, SMU, his alma mater retired his number 17 jersey number.

 #3 Don Perkins, HB - November 7, 1976

On November 7, 1976 Don Perkins was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor along side Don Meredith. Perkins was the 1961 Rookie of the Year and a 6 time pro bowl selection. He is listed as one of the top 50 Cowboys players of all times. He held many Dallas Cowboys team records at the time of his retirement in 1968. After retiring from the NFL he served as a sports analysis for CBS Sports. In 2006 he was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

#4 Chuck Howley, LB - October 30, 1977

Ring of Honor inductee Chuck Howley was part of the Doomsday Defense was well known for his speed and incredible athletic ability on the field. A knee injury that Howley received while playing for the Chicago Bears forced Howley into retirement after just 2 seasons of playing professional ball. The injury was thought to be career ending, but Howley fought his way back into the lead and was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys in 1961. During his career Howley was a 6x Pro Bowl Selection and was named MVP of Super Bowl V. He spent a total of 13 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys making his time with the team the second longest tenure in team history. He joined the ring of honor on October 30, 1977.

#5 Mel Renfro, CB - October 25, 1981

Cornerback, Mel Renfro was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1981 after spending 14 years on the team's roster. During his career he was a 10-time Pro Bowl selection playing in every Pro Bowl game between 1964 and 1973. In 1970 he was named Pro Bowl MVP. Renfro also played in 3 Super Bowls including Super Bowl VI, Super Bowl X and Super Bowl XII. He retired after his Super Bowl XII as the player with the longest tenure in team history. In 1996 he joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

#6 Roger Staubach, QB - October 9, 1983

Roger Staubach is fan favorite amongst Dallas Cowboys fans. He was an integral part of the Dallas Cowboys franchise from 1969 until 1979. He led the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl win and was named MVP of that Super Bowl (Super Bowl VI.) Staubach subsequently led his team to three more Super Bowls during his tenure, winning. In 1979 Roger Staubach retired with a 83.4 quarterback rating. He was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Hall of 1983 and in 1985 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

#7 Lee Roy Jordan, LB, C - October 29, 1989

First round draft pick Lee Roy Jordan spent 16 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. During his team he was selected to the Pro Bowl five times. He played in 186 games and is regarded as one of the best tacklers in franchise history. He once intercepted three passes in a span of five minutes and was affectionately given the nickname "Killer" by his teammates. It is rumored that Tex Shram refused to induct Jordan into the Ring of Honor due to a long standing feud between the two, but on October 29, 1989, he became the first Ring of Honor honoree to be inducted into the Dallas Cowboys ring of Honor under the titiledge of Jerry Jones. 

 

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