The Dallas Cowboys haven’t been to the Super Bowl or won a championship in 20 years.
Thursday, in fact, marks the 20th anniversary of the last time the Cowboys hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.
As the third-string quarterback from that team, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said it feels like “a lifetime ago” in some ways.
At that time, of course, it would have been hard to imagine the Cowboys’ current championship drought. The organization had won three championships in a four-year period.
Now, though, simply getting to an NFC Championship Game would be a feat. The Cowboys haven’t advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs since that memorable 1995 season.
But Garrett and owner Jerry Jones are optimistic it can happen. As Jones eloquently put it, the Cowboys can “go from the outhouse to the penthouse.”
Why is that?
“I saw how we got there for the first three that I was involved with,” Jones said. “I’m the most surprised person in Mobile, or the country, that we haven’t been back to and competed in a Super Bowl. But I know firsthand that you can go from the outhouse to the penthouse. And I’ve experienced it.
“And consequently that fact has always driven me to know that it’s just around the corner. There’s a pony in here somewhere.”
The Cowboys went into last season with Super Bowl aspirations after a successful 2014 season in which they went 12-4 and won the NFC East. But things fell apart when Tony Romo broke his left collarbone twice, and the Cowboys endured a dreadful 4-12 season.
But there’s no question that Jones and Garrett are driven to bring the Cowboys back to championship status. Garrett, in particular, remembers the feeling of being part of a championship team and fondly recalled the 1995 season.
“Those are special experiences to have to be part of a championship team and everybody is so positively influenced by it and everybody was a part of it,” Garrett said. “The best teams that I was on had a great feel, everybody was contributing to the success of the team.
“It’s a great feeling … those bonds that you created last for a lifetime.”
1:30 p.m. Saturday, NFL Network