CANTON, Ohio – Drew Pearson is expected to be the next player inducted into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, a source has confirmed.
The Ring of Honor has 15 players in it, plus Tom Landry and Tex Schramm. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is the sole decision-maker and hasn’t added anyone since Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin went in during the 2005 season.
Jones said Saturday that he intends to add a player to the team’s Ring of Honor at Cowboys Stadium this season, though he wouldn’t name the player.
“We would like to make that announcement separately, but we are; we are planning to,” Jones said.
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There has been speculation for a while that Pearson would be Jones’ choice. Pearson played for the Cowboys from 1973-83 and had 489 catches for 7,822 yards and 48 touchdowns. He was a three-time All-Pro and was named to the league’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s.
Deion Sanders also could be a candidate for the Ring in the future.
In five seasons with the Cowboys, Sanders had 14 interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, one offensive touchdown and four punt return touchdowns.
Sanders recently told ESPN 103.3’s Ben and Skin Show that he has no interest in joining the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.
“That’s not for me,” Sanders said. “I don’t want that accolade. I don’t deserve it.”
Sanders didn’t spend even half of his career with any one team. He played for five teams in 14 NFL seasons – Atlanta for five, San Francisco for one, Dallas for five, Washington for one and Baltimore for two. But Jones said he still will consider Sanders for the Ring.
“He certainly made the contributions,” said Jones, who was in Canton on Saturday for the fifth time to see a Cowboys’ player inducted. “I know that there is a debate, there are at least conversations, about a player who doesn’t spend his entire career [with the Cowboys] relative to the Ring of Honor. That’s that issue. But that Ring of Honor is supposed to be about a difference-maker for the franchise, and I think he’s that.”