Cowboys - Steelers Connections

There are several connections between the Cowboys and Steelers:

* Steelers offensive tackle Oliver Ross was drafted by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 1998 NFL draft.

* Steelers assistant defensive backs coach Ray Horton played cornerback for the Cowboys from 1989-92 and was a member of the Cowboys' Super Bowl XXVII championship team.

* Cowboys special teams coach Bruce DeHaven coached the Pittsburgh Maulers of the USFL in 1984.

* Cowboys running back Richie Anderson attended Penn State.

* Cowboys wide receiver Antonio Bryant attended the University of Pittsburgh.

* Cowboys linebacker Dexter Coakley's first game and first start was at Pittsburgh on Aug. 31, 1997. He had eight tackles and one interception.

* Bill Parcells-coached teams have played the Pittsburgh Steelers four times and are 2-2.

* The Cowboys have appeared in an NFL-record eight Super Bowls, including three title games against the Pittsburgh Steelers. No other teams have played against each other three times in a Super Bowl.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "These guys, they're not allowed to hit the quarterback from the waist down. They're not allowed to hit the quarterback from the head up. They got a small target. They've got guys blocking them and they're trying to get off their blocks and get to the quarterback at full speed. Quarterbacks are moving, ducking, whatever. It's tough. I played before all these rules came into effect. Sometimes you gotta let the quarterback wear pants, too." -- Cowboys quarterback Vinny Testaverde on the rules the NFL has in place to protect the quarterback.

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