In 1993, Emmitt Smith missed all of training camp and the first 2 regular season games. He went on to post 1,486 rushing yards, 9 touchdowns and helped the Cowboys become the first team to win a Super Bowl after starting the season 0-2. He also received the league MVP and the Super Bowl XXVIII MVP award.
On January 3, 1983, in front of a national TV audience, Tony Dorsett set an NFL record with a 99 yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. Even today, Dorsett's 99 yard scamper is considered one of the most memorable plays in NFL history.
In 1989, the Dallas Cowboys traded running back Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings for five veteran players and eight draft choices. Although the Cowboys would go on to finish the '89 season with a dismal 1-15 record, the blockbuster trade eventually brought an influx of new talent that would fuel the Cowboys' return to greatness.
On January 11, 2015, Dez Bryant went up for what looked like a game-changing catch in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys' divisional-round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, only to have it ruled incomplete on review because of the "Calvin Johnson rule". The call ignited an entire offseason of debate about the leagues catch rules.
On February 25, 1989, Jerry Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys from H.R. "Bum" Bright. Almost immediately, he replaced Tom Landry, the only coach the Cowboys had ever known, with University of Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson who had played football with Jones at the University of Arkansas. Although many fans were angry at the sudden change, it turned out to be a prudent move -- over the course of the next seven years, the Cowboys would win three Super Bowls.