by Nicholas Buckley ’21
If asked who is “America’s Team”, most people would think of the Dallas Cowboys, especially those who grew up watching them in their prime.
One of the largest forces in football, the Cowboys have dominated the league for years. Although it must be said that the Cowboys have not been the superpower they were back in the day, one can not take away from what they have done for the NFL community and the sport as a whole.
The Cowboys have been in eight Super Bowls and won five, and numbers like these can only be matched by few other teams.
Players such as Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman, two of the best football players in history, also play their part in the Cowboys massive fandom.
Being a team with Hall of Fame- tier players on the rosters almost every year is a great way to catch the eye of NFL fans around the country. Once the attention was there, the Cowboys just needed results, which for many years they delivered season after season.
These days the charge is led by QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott. Last year the team blew any and all expectations, claiming the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC. The two rookies meshed perfectly with veterans like WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten, both future hall of famers. While falling short in the playoffs, the organization and fan base knew that the future had arrived. This year they look to continue the resurgence of one of the NFL’s largest powerhouses. If successful, the rest of the league better take notice, or risk getting left behind.
Just to further prove the Cowboys are America’s football team, look at their revenue. Valued at a little over four billion dollars, the Cowboys are not just the most valuable football team, but the most valuable sports team in the world. At the end of the day it is hard to argue numbers, and to be valued as highly as the Cowboys are just goes to show how large their fanbase is across the country.
And not to mention the fact that the Cowboys’ nickname is “America’s Team”.