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Profile of the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line from Early 1990s
“This line was the best example of what five, six men working together can accomplish in the NFL: you can win it all.” – Jerry Jones
In the early 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys won three Super Bowl championships in four years, with Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin leading the way. However, it was six offensive linemen – none of which were drafted higher than the third round – who paved the way for those teams and collectively became one of the greatest offensive line units in NFL history.
NFL Network’s two-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Tuesday, December 3 at 9:00 PM ET with The Great Wall of Dallas: A Football Life, which profiles the Cowboys’ offensive line from the early 1990s. Comprised of tackles Mark Tuinei and Erik Williams, guards Nate Newton and Kevin Gogan, center Mark Stepnoski, and guard/center John Gesek, the “Great Wall of Dallas” was an intimidating force that led the Cowboys to big wins and memorable moments, while also skirting on the edge of recklessness, arrogance and controversy.
New PLAY 60 PSA and Special PLAY 60 Features to Air During Thanksgiving Games
As friends and family gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, the NFL’s tradition of encouraging children to be active will be featured during NFL PLAY 60-themed games throughout Thanksgiving weekend. NFL PLAY 60 is a league-wide initiative promoting youth health and wellness by encouraging kids to be physically active at least 60 minutes each day.
A new PLAY 60 PSA with Houston Texans defensive end J.J. WATT will debut on Thanksgiving and air through the rest of the season.
Three television features during Thanksgiving games will focus on communities impacted by PLAY 60. Along with special National Anthem and halftime performances, the NFL’s commitment to inspire healthy lifestyles will be highlighted as follows:
- Detroit Lions (FOX, 12:30 PM ET): Thirteen-year-old “America’s Got Talent” sensation JACKIE EVANCHO will perform the National Anthem for the Packers-Lions game. The halftime feature highlights the Lions, United Way and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back BARRY SANDERS and their work to help those in Detroit who face food insecurity. At halftime, Michigan native TONY LUCCA will perform with hundreds of local young people.
- Dallas Cowboys (CBS, 4:30 PM ET): Following the Anthem by MARY J. BLIGE and halftime concert by SELENA GOMEZ at the Raiders-Cowboys game, the Cowboys PLAY 60 feature will highlight the North Texas Youth Education Town and its collaboration with the Salvation Army. The story focuses on youth football and features the work of Pro Football Hall of Fame running back EMMITT SMITH.
- Baltimore Ravens (NBC, 8:30 PM ET): Disney Channel star ZENDAYA COLEMAN will perform the National Anthem and at halftime, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Steelers-Ravens game. The Ravens feature highlights players, including wide receiver TORREY SMITH, bringing the PLAY 60 message to families at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army base outside Baltimore.
Two other stories will air during the Saints-Seahawks ESPN Monday Night Football game on December 2 and the Texans-Jaguars Thursday Night Football game on NFL Network December 5.
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