For just the fourth time in team history, and first time since 1981, the Dallas Cowboys selected an offensive lineman in the first round of the draft when they picked Tyron Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He also became the second-highest offensive lineman drafted in Cowboys his- tory behind John Niland, who was selected fifth in the 1966 Draft. Smith, who [Text Box: RECORDS] [Text Box: 2016 SEASON] started his collegiate career as a backup left tackle, eventually moved to the right side where he started the final 24 games in which he played at USC. Smith stepped in and immediately took over the starting right tackle spot as a rookie, starting all 16 games he played to become the first rookie to start all 16 games along the offensive line since Rob Petitti in 2005 and the third overall to do so. In his second season, Smith manned the blind side, moving to left tackle. In 2013 Smith returned as the club’s starting left tackle, and his work through the season proved he could be a dominant force on the Cowboys line as he earned his first career trip to the Pro Bowl as a starter. He signed an eight- year extension during 2014 training camp and was a key part of a line that paved the way for the NFL’s rushing leader (DeMarco Murray - 1,845 yards), the second-ranked rushing attack (2,354), the most efficient passer in the league and in team history (Tony Romo - 69.9 completion percent and 113.2 rating) and the league’s receiving touchdown leader (Dez Bryant - 16) to earn his second straight trip to the Pro Bowl. He earned his third straight trip to the all-star game following the 2015 season after helping Darren McFadden to his second career 1,000-yard rushing season and the first time in team history the Cowboys had two different running backs top 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. In 2016 Smith was part of an offensive line that led the way for the league’s leading rusher (Ezekiel Elliott, 1,631 yards) and the NFL’s second-ranked rushing attack. En route to his fourth straight Pro Bowl selection, Smith & Co. also helped rookie quarterback Dak Prescott establish league rookie records in quarterback rating (104.9) and completion percentage (67.8). Behind the line, Prescott became the second player, first rookie, with 3,500-plus pass yards and less than five interceptions (Tom Brady, 2010 and 2016) while also being the first rookie quarterback drafted in the fourth round-or-later to start all 16 games of an NFL season.
- Started all 13 games he played, missing three with a back injury, earned his fourth consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl, and blocked for the league’s leading rusher and the second-ranked rushing attack.
- Behind the line’s work, Prescott also earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors while Elliott took home FedEx Ground Player of the Year.
- Earned AP and Sporting News All-Pro first-team, PFWA All-NFL and was part of a line that earned Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year honors.
- Did not yield a sack in the season opener against the N.Y. Giants (9/11) as Prescott became the fourth Cow- boys rookie to start a season at quarterback. Also blocked for Elliott, who became the fourth rookie rusher to start the opener for the club. The rookies became only the second combo of rookies to start an opener for the club.
- Inactive/Injured (back) for the Sunday night win against Chicago (9/25) and at San Francisco (10/2) but re- turned against Cincinnati (10/9) and helped Elliott to his third straight 130-yard game - the first 100-yard rusher allowed by Cincinnati on the season - while blocking for an offense that had three rushing scores.
- At Green Bay (10/16) blocked for Elliott’s fourth straight 130-yard outing - first NFL rookie, 11th rusher overall to accomplish the feat - the first player to rush for over 100 yards against the Packers on the season. Also allowed Prescott to throw for a season-high three touchdown passes on 18-of-27 attempts.
- Blocked for a season-high 39:39 time of possession as the team rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns while adding three more through the air at Cleveland (11/6).
- Led the way for Dallas’ first 300-yard passer (Prescott-319), 100-yard receiver (Bryant-116) and 100-yard rusher (Elliott-114) since 2013 as the offense racked up its seventh straight 400-yard game.
- Helped the offense tie an NFL record with eight consecutive 400-yard games as the offense finished with 417 yards against Baltimore (11/20). The club scored points on each of its final eight drives.
- The offense rushed for 163 yards on 30 carries (5.4) with three rushing scores while allowing only one sack on 25 drop backs as Prescott completed 70.8% of his passes on Thanksgiving Day against Washington (11/24).
- Against Tampa Bay (12/18) blocked for Elliott’s top rushing yard performance of the year (159 yards) as the offense rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 32 runs. Also helped Prescott to the second-highest completion percentage (88.9 - minimum 30 attempts) in NFL history.
- In the home finale against Detroit (12/26), injured his knee in the third quarter as the offense averaged 7.2 yards-per-play (375 yards on 52 plays), rushing for 164 yards on 30 carries (5.5) and two touchdowns and throwing for 222 yards and a season-high four scores. It was only the third time since 2010 - and fourth since 2000 - that the Cowboys had six offensive touchdowns in a game.
- Was inactive for the regular season finale in Philadelphia (1/1/17) and returned for the Divisional Playoff Game against Green Bay (1/15/17), helping block for an offense that had a 100-yard rusher (Elliott-125), 100-yard receiver (Bryant-132) and a 300-yard passer (Prescott-302) for only the second time in team playoff history. The club also racked up 429 yards - seventh in a game in team playoff history.
- Selected to play in his third straight Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games for the third straight season, fourth overall, allowing McFadden to rush for his second career 1,000-yard season. It was the first time in team history the Cowboys had two different rushers top 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.
- In the season-opening win over the N.Y. Giants (9/13), the line did not allow a sack on 45 drop backs as Romo completed 80.0% of his passes (36-of-45) for 356 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
- Against Atlanta (9/27) blocked for an offense that averaged 6.0 yards-per-rush with four rushing touchdowns - the most by a Cowboys offense since four at Arizona (11/15/98). All four came in the first half, the second time in franchise history Dallas had four rushing touchdowns in a half - first half against the N.Y. Giants, 12/1/63.
- Against Philadelphia (11/8) helped the offense rack up 411 yards as McFadden topped 100 rushing yards (117) and two receivers (Cole Beasley, 112, and Dez Bryant, 104) both topped 100 receiving yards to mark the first time since 1999 Dallas had a pair of 100-yard receivers along with a 100-yard rusher.
- Dallas rushed for 166 yards on 38 carries (4.4) and McFadden topped 100 yards (129) in Romo’s return at Miami (11/22).
- Blocked for an offense that rushed for 171 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries (8.6), including long runs of 50, 45 and 22 yards at Green Bay (12/13).
- McFadden rushed for his fifth 100-yard game and the line blocked for Kellen Moore’s NFL debut after he stepped in for Matt Cassel at the beginning of the second quarter against the N.Y. Jets (12/19).
- In Moore’s first career start, did not yield a sack on 31 attempts as the running game averaged 4.8 yards-per- carry (25 for 121) at Buffalo (12/27).
- The season finale against Washington (1/3/16) saw the offense rack up a season-high 512 yards, including 435 passing yards by Moore - sixth in a game in team history.
- Started all 16 games for the league’s second-ranked rushing offense, blocking for the league’s rushing leader and the most efficient quarterback and earned his second straight Pro Bowl selection.
- Was a key component helping Murray set a league record by rushing for at least 100 yards in each of the first eight games of the season while rushing for a team-record 1,845 yards.
- Again blocked for Murray, who rushed for 167 yards (third in his career) and a touchdown on 29 carries in the win at Tennessee (9/14). The offense rushed for 220 yards and controlled the clock for 41:11.
- Led the way for Murray to rush for 100 yards - his third straight 100-yard game to become the third Cowboy with 100 yards in each of the first three games of a season - and did not yield a sack in Dallas’ all-time greatest comeback win (without overtime) at St. Louis (9/21).
- In the win over New Orleans (9/28), blocked for 190 yards and two scores on 35 runs (5.4) and allowed Murray to rush for 149 yards and both scores on 24 carries (6.5) to become the seventh NFL rusher, third Cowboy with 100 yards in four straight games to open the season. Murray also was only the fourth rusher with four 100-yard games with at least one touchdown in each of the first four games of a season.
- Helped lead Murray to his fifth straight 100-yard performance in the overtime win against Houston (10/5). Murray joined Jim Brown (1958) and O.J. Simpson (1973 and 1975) as the only running backs to rush for 100 yards in each of the first five games of a season.
- At Seattle (10/12) became the first offensive lineman since Brian Waters (2004) and the first offensive tackle since Erik Williams (1992) to take home Offensive Player of the Week honors after helping Murray join Brown (1958) as the only two men in NFL history with six straight 100-yard games to open a season.
- Murray rushed for his eighth straight 100-yard game, finishing with 141 yards on 19 carries (7.4) and the club had 166 yards on 25 carries (6.6) in the overtime loss to Washington (10/27).
- In the comeback win at the N.Y. Giants (11/23), blocked for Murray’s 10th 100-yard game (121 yards) and allowed time for Romo to go 18-of-26 with 275 yards, four touchdowns no interceptions and a 143.4 rating.
- Guided Murray to his club-record tying 11th 100-yard game of the season with 179 yards - second in his career - and a touchdown in the Thursday night win at Chicago (12/4). Also protected Romo to complete 80.8% of his passes with three touchdowns, one sack and no picks for a 138.0 rating.
- The offense had 127 yards on 40 carries and Romo completed a club-record 90.0% (18-of-20) of his passes with four touchdowns and a personal-best 151.7 rating in the NFC East clinching win against Indianapolis (12/21).
- In the season-ending win at Washington (12/28), allowed Murray to break the club single-season rushing record (1,845) and the club-record for 100-yard games (12), finishing with 100 yards and a touchdown.
- In the Wild Card Playoff Game against Detroit (1/4/15), blocked for Murray’s 75 rushing yards, his one-yard touchdown run and allowed Romo to throw for 293 yards, two touchdowns and 114.0 rating.
- Helped block for Murray to rush for 123 yards (ninth in a postseason game in team history) and a touchdown on 25 carries (4.9) in the Divisional Playoff loss at Green Bay (1/11/15). Also allowed Romo to complete 78.9% (15-of-19) of his passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and a rating of 143.6 as the line yielded four sacks.
- Had a solid season as the club’s starting left tackle, opening all 16 games for the second time in his career and earned his first career Pro Bowl selection.
- Started at left tackle in the opener against the N.Y. Giants (9/8) and helped block for 331 yards on 74 plays while the offense held the ball for 37:10 in the win.
- Helped the offense rush for 193 yards, including 175 by Murray, as Romo threw three touchdown passes in the win over St. Louis (9/22).
- Helped block for Romo against Denver (10/6), who finished with a club-record 506 yards with five touchdowns, completing 25-of-36 passes for a 140.0 rating. The offense gained 522 yards (tied for 12th in club history) and scored six touchdowns (tied for 11th).
- Helped block for three Murray rushing touchdowns against Oakland (11/28). It was the first multi-rushing touch- down game by a Cowboy running back since Marion Barber had two at New Orleans (12/10/09) and the first three-score game since Julius Jones at Seattle (12/6/04).
- The offense racked up 466 yards (second this season) behind Murray’s 134 yards (7.4) with one touchdown and Romo’s 358 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay (12/15).
- Made the move to left tackle and started all 15 games he played, missing one with an ankle injury.
- Helped the offense rack up 5,994 net yards - third in a season in team history - as Romo threw for a career-high and club record 4,903 yards.
- In the opener at the N.Y. Giants (9/5), started at left tackle for the first time in his career and helped block for a 100-yard rusher (Murray-131), 100-yard receiver (Kevin Ogletree-114) and a 300-yard passer (Romo-307).
- At Baltimore (10/14) helped block for 227 rushing yards, the most ever allowed by the Ravens, and the most for Dallas since rushing for 297 against St. Louis (10/23/11).
- Helped block for Romo, who threw for a then career-high 437 yards - third in team history - on a club-record 62 attempts with 36 completions - good for second in team history - against the N.Y. Giants (10/28).
- Suffered a left ankle injury in the second quarter and missed the rest of the game against Cleveland (11/18).
- Was active but did not play (ankle) against Washington (11/22), but returned to the starting lineup against Philadelphia (12/2) to block for Romo to throw for three touchdowns, complete 81.5% of his passes and finish with a 150.5 rating.
- Helped Romo throw for 416 yards - his third 400-yard game of the season - and four touchdowns in the overtime loss to New Orleans (12/23).
- Made his NFL debut at right tackle at the N.Y. Jets (9/11), helping Romo throw for 342 yards and two touch- downs on 23-of-36 passes.
- Along with fellow 2011 draft choice Bill Nagy, it was the first time in franchise history a Cowboys team started two rookies on the offensive line in the season opener. The pair also became the seventh and eighth rookie linemen to ever start a season opener and the first since Rob Petitti in 2005. Overall, they were the 38th and 39th rookies to start an opener for Dallas.
- Allowed time for Romo to throw for 345 yards and two touchdowns - his 20th straight game with a scoring toss and 28th career 300-yard game - in the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18).
- In the home-opening win over Washington (9/26), helped block for 125 rushing yards, including a career-best 115 yards by Felix Jones.
- Blocked for Romo’s 30th career 300-yard performance as the offense gained 377 yards of offense at New England (10/16).
- Opened holes for Murray to rush for a club-record 253 yards as the team finished with the fourth-most rushing yards in a game in team history (294) against St. Louis (10/23).
- In the win over Seattle (11/6), the line did not give up a sack for the first time on the season on 31 pass attempts.
- The offense scored a touchdown on each of its first four possessions for the first time in team history and totaled 433 yards of offense while not yielding a sack in the win over Buffalo (11/13).
- Against the N.Y. Giants (12/11) allowed Romo to finish with a quarterback rating of 141.3 - 21-of-31 for 321 yards and four touchdowns - while the running game racked up 139 yards on 24 attempts (5.8).
- All-America first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and rated the best offensive tackle eligible for the 2011 draft as a junior.
- Recipient of the Morris Trophy, given to the top offensive lineman in the Pac-10, based on a vote by the confer- ence’s defensive linemen.
- Consensus All-Pac 10 first-team and named USC’s Offensive Lineman of the Year.
- Started 12 games at right tackle and was the only lineman in the conference to record 100 knockdowns while adding 13 touchdown-resulting blocks and yielding just one sack the entire season.
- Saw time on special teams, blocking a pair of extra point attempts.
- Helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 431.5 yards-per-game, an increase from the previous season in which the offense averaged 389.1.
- Also improved in passing touchdowns from 16 in 2009 to 28 in 2010.
- USC gained 171.4 rushing yards-per-game, an improvement from 149.5 the previous season.
- Started the first 12 games of his sophomore season and was an All-American selection by The NFL Draft Report and honorable mention by College Football News.
- Earned honorable mention All-Pac 10 Conference pick helping USC average 149.5 rushing yards-per-game, along with 24 rushing touchdowns.
- Served as the backup left tackle and played on special teams as a true freshman, playing in 10 games, missing only one due to injury.
- Was a two-way lineman at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., and earned numerous honors as a senior, including, Parade, SuperPrep, PrepStar and Scout.com All-America first-team.
- Consensus five-star pick who ranked 15th on the Rivals 100 list and as a junior, made Cal-Hi Sports all-state underclassmen second-team.
- Majored in public policy, management and planning at USC.
- 2011 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
- 2012-16 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
- 2012-17 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
- 2014-17 Reliant Home Run Derby benefiting The Salvation Army.
- 2014-16 Albertson’s All Star Gala benefiting The Salvation Army and Muscular Dystrophy Association.
- 2014 NFL Play 60 clinic, London, England.
- 2014 Fan Appreciation Pep Rally, London, England.
- 2014 Cowboys/NFL United Way Play 60 campaign.
- 2015-16 Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party host benefiting North Texas Food Bank.
- 2015-16 Dirk Nowitzki Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game (2015 MVP).
- 2016 Offensive Line Visit to North Texas Food Bank.
- 2016 Ford Firehouse Restoration.
- WrestleMania 32 week community event Make-a-Wish private signing at Dave & Buster’s.
- Annual Holiday Hospital Visits.
- Kick Off Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.
- Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.