They (whoever “they” are) say that nice guys finish last. If that is a rule, then Darren Woodson is the exception. The Arizona Republic announced today that Woodson, one of the very best to ever play in the defensive backfield for your Dallas Cowboys, is set to be inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
An Arizona native, Woodson was a standout player for the Arizona State University Sun Devils from 1989 – 1991. The Cowboys drafted him with the 5th pick in the 2nd round (37th overall) of the 1992 draft. Woodson would reward the Cowboys with a stellar 12-year career that included 5 Pro Bowl appearances. He was named first-team All-Pro three times.
While Aikman guided the star-studded Cowboys offense of the early to mid-nineties, Woodson quarterbacked the often-underrated defense. He was as steady a hand at the helm as ever Aikman was.
Hopefully, Jerry Jones will follow the Arizona Hall of Fame lead and give Woodson is due by inducting him into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor. It can scarcely be debated that he has earned it. And that might just be the first step towards getting him where all Cowboys fans would love to him – in Canton!
Congratulations, Darren…and thanks for proving that nice guys can be tough guys, too. No Glocks. No AK-47s. No dopin’. No bringing the rain. Just hard-nosed football at the highest possible level.
You were a throwback, my man, and we loved watching you do what you do.