In 1961, the Dallas Cowboys selected defensive tackle Bob Lilly with the 13th pick in the NFL Draft, making him the first player ever selected by the Cowboys in an NFL Draft. It turned out to be a wise selection. From 1961 to 1974, Lilly wreaked havoc in opposing teams' backfields and went to the Pro Bowl seven times. In 1980, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In a blow-out loss to San Francisco, 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens caused an uproar by celebrating a touchdown on the large Cowboys star at midfield in Texas Stadium. Emmitt Smith retaliated with a famous "Defend the Star" kneel down celebration of his own on the star. When Owens scored again and raced to midfield for another celebration, safety George Teague knocked Owens off the star and a short brawl ensued. Ironically, Owens would become a Cowboy later on in his career.
On January 2, 1994, in perhaps his most memorable game as a professional, Emmitt Smith suffered a 2nd degree separated shoulder in the regular season finale versus the NFC East division rival, New York Giants. In spite of the excruciating pain, Emmitt rushed for 168 yards and had ten catches, almost singlehandedly willing the 'Boys to an overtime win. The New York Times would later refer to it as "The Day That Emmitt Smith Beat the Giants With One Arm".