Dan Bailey: Best Kicker In Dallas History

All Oklahoma State fans love Dan Bailey, the one-time walk-on kicker out of Yukon and Mustang (Southwest Covenant Academy) who jumped in at Oklahoma State and finished as an All-American and the Lou Groza Award winner.

Bailey finished as an OSU Cowboy with a spectacular season, connecting on 24-of-28 field goals with a long of 51 yards. He was 65-of-66 on PATs for an offense that scored a ton of points. In the Alamo Bowl win over Arizona he hit all three of his field goal tries as they came from 40, 50, and 44 yards.

Last year in Dallas he continued his excellent run with the Cowboys by hitting 28 of 30 field goals, including six from beyond 50 yards and a season long of 53 yards. He was a perfect 47 of 47 on extra points and he averaged over 65 yards on kickoffs, an excellent number in the NFL.

In the offseason Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, with a reputation of not always re-signing veteran kickers and choosing to save money on the salary cap, made Bailey the second highest paid kicker in the NFL with a seven-year contract for $22.5 million.

Today on Sports Talk with Robert Allen and Friends, Dallas Cowboys voice Brad Sham, a Hall of Fame announcer if there ever was one and a long time observer of the Dallas Cowboys, had plenty to say about Bailey.

"Dan Bailey, I'm going to sit here and flip through my mental Rolodex of Cowboys kickers. I don't know if I can find any better than Dan Bailey," Sham said with great sincerity. "If they had a player at every position who played his position as well as Dan Bailey plays his and had the approach and the character that Dan Bailey does then they (Dallas Cowboys) would never lose a game. They'd win 15 Super Bowls before all those guys would retire.

"I would have to say this in answering your question, and that is that somebody would have to show me which of the kickers in Cowboys history would be better than Dan Bailey. I don't want to talk about statistics, each of the eras were different and even the kicking balls were different. This is what I see. He doesn't miss and there is no situation too big for him.

"What, he's missed three kicks in four years or whatever it is. From the time that he walked on the field in San Antonio he has been great. He is absolutely the best player at his position with the Cowboys. Jason Witten is close, so they may be tied. Those two guys are the best players at their position on the team and maybe in the history of the team."

That is a very big time statement!

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