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, continuing today with No. 91:
- The Cowboys finished the 1991 season with an 11-5 record, marking their best finish since the 1983 season.
- Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin became the first two players from the same team to lead the NFL in rushing yards and receiving yards in the same season in 1991. Smith finished with 1,563 rushing yards, while Irvin finished with 1,523 receiving yards.
- The '91 season marked Smith's first 1,000-yard season. He'd eventually compile 11 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He also rushed for 182 yards on 23 carries at Phoenix that season, marking the eighth best rushing day in team history.
- Tex Schramm was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 27, 1991. He served as the president and general manager of the Cowboys from 1960 until his retirement in 1989.
- After a pre-draft trade with the Patriots, the Cowboys used the No. 1 overall pick on Outland Trophy winning defensive tackle Russell Maryland in the 1991 draft. Maryland would play five seasons with the Cowboys, earning three Super Bowl rings. The '91 draft also gave the Cowboys tackle Erik Williams, defensive end Leon Lett and cornerback Larry Brown.
- DeMarco Murray's 91-yard touchdown run against St. Louis in 2011 marked the second longest run in team history, behind a 99-yard scamper by Tony Dorsett. Roger Staubach's 91-yard touchdown pass to Tony Dorsett against Baltimore in 1978 is the second-longest passing play in Cowboys history.
- The Cowboys accumulated fewer penalties and penalty yards in the '91 season than they had at any time since 1961. The 74 penalties and 610 penalty yards in 1991 are the fewest the Cowboys have ever had in a 16-game season. [embedded_ad]
- Dallas attempted the most field goals in team history in 1991 with 39. Coincidentally, the Cowboys' opponents also attempted 39 field goals, marking the most attempted field goals by opponents in a season.
- Jack Del Rio, who'd go on from his playing career to be a head coach and coordinator, played three seasons for the Cowboys from 1989-91. He led the team in 1991 with 130 total tackles.