Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 11/19/12

DALLAS - JANUARY 24: Former Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Troy Aikman attends the 2007 NHL All-Star Game at American Airlines Center on January 24, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The year is 2000, and it would mark the end of an era for the once-fabled Dallas Cowboys franchise. Just a short time before, there were the three Super Bowl wins in four years, the Big Three; there was “Prime Time.” But now there is Troy Aikman on his last legs, Michael Irvin retired the year before, and Emmitt Smith stumbling towards a few more all-time records. The glory was mostly gone and the future, although not necessarily bleak, was just blank. What new identity could the Cowboys create after a decade of such magnificence? Could it ever be so good again for America’s Team? Fast forward to week 11 of the 2012-2013 NFL season.… Read more
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