IRVING, Texas – While the focus remains heavily on the draft and free agency, it won't be too long before the Cowboys report to training camp in Oxnard, Calif.
It'll be a longer camp and preseason this year with the Cowboys playing five exhibition games, including the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. That pushes up the start date to camp, meaning the pads will be coming on before too long.
So as we count down the days to camp, let's take a light-hearted look at the significance of each number as we stroll through the years of Cowboys football.
Let's start the countdown, taking a closer look at the number 100:
- Former coach Tom Landry and the Cowboys recorded their100th victory with a 40-3 win at Texas Stadium against the Saints on Sept. 24, 1973. Their 10-4 record that year led to their eighth straight playoff season, a streak that broke the Cowboys' own NFL record at the time.
- The team holds a perfect 100 percent winning clip when DeMarco Murray rushes for100 yards.The
Cowboys are 4-0 all-time when he's hit the 100-yard mark, most recently in last season's opener with a 131-yard performance in a win at the Giants. Murray only played in 10 games last year, but he made the first one count in a season where the entire team struggled to get going on the ground.
- Among former Cowboys players with at least four 100-yard rushing games, Robert Newhouse and Duane Thomas have also recorded perfect winning percentages. The Cowboys were 6-0 when Thomas broke the century mark and 5-0 when Newhouse accomplished the feat.
- Those 100-yardrushing performances weren't uncommon for former running back Emmitt Smith, who holds the Cowboys' record with 76 100-yard rushing games in his career. The Cowboys were 57-19 when Smith rushed for at least 100 yards. Smith has 33 more 100-yard rushing games than the next player on the list, Tony Dorsett, but the Cowboys held a 39-4 record when Dorsett hit the mark.The last time the Cowboys had two 100-yard rushers in a game came in 1998, when Smith and Chris Warren rushed for a combined 224 yards and three touchdowns at Washington in a 31-10 win.
- Michael Irvin holds the record for most 100-yard receiving games with 47. The next best mark is Tony Hill, who hit 100 yards 26 times. The Cowboys went 36-11 when Irvin reached the mark and 17-9 when Hill hit it.
- Some teams may be more accustomed to colder or warmer weather than others, but the Cowboys are 0-3 all-time when the weather reaches 100 degrees. The hottest game they've ever played in came in September 2000 in a 41-14 loss at home against Philadelphia in 109-degree heat. That same month, the Cowboys lost, 32-31, in a 100-degree loss at Arizona. The three losses in the scorching heat, including a three-point loss to Arizona in 1997, came after training camps in Austin and Wichita Falls. Being used to the heat doesn't necessarily mean results will follow. [embedded_ad]
- The Cowboys have recorded four returns of exactly 100 yards in their history. One came on an interception return touchdown by Mike Gaechter against Philadelphia in 1962. The other three came on kickoff return touchdowns by Mel Renfro in 1965, Mark Washington in 1970 and, most recently, Reggie Swinton in 2002.
- Tony Romo's 100th touchdown pass occurred in 2009 in a loss to the Giants. He threw two touchdowns to Roy Williams and finished with a total of 392 yards and three touchdown passes.
- Jason Witten hit the 100-reception mark in a season for the first time last year. He finished with 110 total catches on the year.