|Source:Getty Images- Dallas Cowboys QB Danny White, against the Redskins in 1983.|
"IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 11: Quarterback Danny White #11 of the Dallas Cowboys passing in a game against the Washington Redskins on December 11, l983 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)"
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|Source:DC 4 Life- Dallas Cowboys QB Danny White, playing against the Los Angeles Rams.|
When I was growing up in the 1980s the Redskins (I still say that) and the Dallas Cowboys was not just the premier rivalry in the NFL, but perhaps in all of professional sports. Maybe the Philadelphia 76ers-Boston Celtics, or Celtic-Los Angeles Lakers rivalries in the NBA were better, but the Redskins-Cowboys was right there with those rivalries.
The term hate when it comes to rivalries gets thrown around a lot in sports, but it's not the same type of hate that would be between, racial, ethnic, religious, or even political factions. Sports hate is more about respect than anything else, that you hate your arch-rivals as much as you respect them. You hate and respect them so much that every time you play them, you don't just want to beat them, but beat them. Beat them so badly that you and they remember how badly you beat them, because you know how good the other team is.
In the 1980s, the Redskins knew that the Cowboys were very good and the Cowboys knew that the Redskins were very good. Every time they played each other at least after Joe Gibbs arrived in Washington, it seemed like it was a battle for the NFC East and to get top position in the NFC as well so you would be in great position in the NFC Playoffs to get to the Super Bowl.
Cowboys QB Danny White, is a big reason why I hated the Cowboys so much back then when I was growing up, because he was so good. I mean every time the Redskins played the Cowboys, it seemed like White was hitting WR Tony Hill for a big play down the sidelines for a touchdown. Or hitting TE Doug Cosbie down the middle of the field for a big play. When White had time and protection, he was as good a QB in the NFL as there was back them. He was so accurate and had an excellent arm, as well as mobility.
In the 1980s the Dallas Cowboys under Tom Landry were no longer the premiere franchise in the NFC, let alone in the NFL. They no longer had their doomsday defense, their receivers, weren't as good as they had been. Their DL wasn't as dominant, and the secondary wasn't as good either. And I believe Danny White took a lot of the blame from Tom Landry for the fall of the Cowboys. And even though White wasn't as good as Roger Staubach, but no other QB was back then.
The Cowboys were still consistent winners in the 1980s, as well as Super Bowl contenders: 3 straight NFC Final appearances from 1980-82, 12-4 in 1983 and just win shy of winning the NFC East that year. Danny White, is not the reason for the decline or fall of the Dallas Cowboys under Tom Landry, but a big reason for why they remained one of the best franchises in the NFC, as well as NFL during the 1980s and he deserves more credit for that, because he was about as good as any other QB in the NFL back then when he was healthy and you gave him time to throw the ball.