Harvey Martin is the greatest Dallas Cowboy player to ever suit up for his hometown team. A late bloomer at Dallas' South Oak Cliff High School, he travelled to Commerce, Texas where he quickly became the scourge of the Lone Star Conference. Martin earned NAIA All-American honors as a senior at East Texas State in 1972. That season he led the Lions to the NAIA Division I National Championship with a 21-18 victory over Carson-Newman. Martin was later named the Lone Star Conference Player of the Decade for the 1970s. The 6'5, 250 lb. Martin played defensive end for the Cowboys from 1973-1983. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979) and also made All-Pro four times (1976, 1977, 1979, 1982). His numerous honors include making the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1970s and being named the 1977 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. His finest moment may have come in Super Bowl XII as he and teammate Randy White crushed the Denver Bronco by forcing eight turnovers and allowing only eight completed passes for 61 yards. The Cowboys won 27-10 and Martin and White earned Co-MVP honors. Martin was the Cowboys team leader in sacks for seven seasons and finished with 114 for his career. Martin passed away on Christmas Eve 2001 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 51. Martin is a member of the TSHOF Class of 2009.

Harvey Martin

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