Former standout Darren Woodson will be the next member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, the perfect honor for the near-perfect safety, teammate and champion.
“I’ve always dreamed of this," Woodson said Tuesday from the team's training camp in Oxnard. "It’s been 21 years, but it’s here.”
Woodson, who will be inducted at halftime of the Nov. 1 game against Seattle at AT&T Stadium, said, “I love this organization and have always loved this organization.”
Woodson, a class act throughout his career and his post-football life, played for Dallas from 1992-2003. He was a four-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl pick. He played on six division championship teams and won three Super Bowls.
“When you win a championship, you’re forever intertwined forever with your teammates,” Woodson said. “Same with the Jones family. We’re a fraternity.”
And now Woodson will join an even more exclusive fraternity, with his name emblazoned inside AT&T Stadium as an all-time great Cowboy and as a Hall-of-Fame inductee.
"Darren was a difference-maker on the field and off the field," owner Jerry Jones said. "This is a pleasure for me. Darren was a huge part of our defense."
Woodson becomes the 21st player inducted, and the 19th player, and the first induction since the Cowboys added Drew Pearson, Larry Allen and Charles Haley at once in 2011.
"This is an amazing day for me," said Woodson, a rock in the middle of Dallas change. Woodson is the only player in Cowboys history to play for five head coaches (Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Chan Gailey, Dave Campo and Bill Parcells.) He finished his career with 1,350 tackles, surpassing another Ring honoree, Lee Roy Jordan, (1,236) in 2012.
The Ring of Honor is supervised by a committee of one (Jerry) as it was before him (with Tex Schramm). I've always viewed it as being too exclusive and as prove I offer this: Woodson is just the eighth defensive player inducted into the Ring of Honor, and just the second who played in the 90’s era, joining Charles Haley.
I asked Woody immediately after Jerry Jones made the announcement what he planned to do next to celebrate the honor.
"I've just got to make sure not to do anything to screw it up," Woody told me jokingly.