Over the offseason, thousands of fans voted in our "Team For the Ages" contest to construct the best imaginable 50-man roster from the NFL’s modern era, which began in 1967. The votes have been counted, and we’re unveiling one player each weekday between now and the kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.
The entire Team For the Ages roster will be unveiled at "Football Legends LIVE!" Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake, Ill. Tickets are on sale now: https://shawmediaevents.com/e/pfw50
Cowboys DT Randy White
In some respects you could say White was the bridge from “Mean” Joe Greene (1969-1981) to Dan Hampton (1979-1990), the first two of our Team For The Ages defensive tackles already announced.
White, whose 14-year career began in 1975, went to nine straight Pro Bowls beginning in '77, and also earned first-team All-Pro honors seven times.
Nicknamed the “Manster,” half-man, half-monster, White was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1978 and many say one of the strongest men to ever play the game. According to legend, White once bench-pressed 450 pounds 10 times.
Many consider White to be the greatest Cowboy of all time, and minimally he is recognized as Dallas' greatest defensive player ever.
They said it
Tom Landry once said of Randy White: "His performances range anywhere from spectacular to spectacular.
None other than the legendary Walter Payton once described a head-on collision with White as “the hardest hit of my career.”
White played 209-of-211 possible games over 14 seasons. In 21 career playoff games, White amassed 11.5 sacks.
Did you know?
Payton and White shared another small bit of football history as White was the second player chosen in the 1975 NFL college draft, after the Falcons used the No. 1 overall pick on quarterback Steve Bartkowski, and Payton went fourth overall to the Chicago Bears.
Dallas had a second first-round pick that year, No. 18, which it used to select Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson.
White catalogued a laundry list of outstanding individual performances and accomplishments, but you'd have to say his greatest game was Super Bowl XII on January 15, 1978, when White was voted the co-MVP along with teammate Harvey Martin.
White had five tackles and one sack as the Cowboys thrashed the Broncos, 27-10, and along with Martin, he led the Dallas “Doomsday Defense” to eight takeaways, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries and just eight pass completions permitted all day.
White and Martin are the only co-MVPs in Super Bowl history and two of only 10 defensive players to win the award.
Previous "Team for the Ages" player announcements