The Dallas Cowboys are close to adding one more legendary player to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee announced this week its selection of finalists out of what at one point was a pool of 127 players. All of which had to be retired no later than the 1996 season.

Cowboys fans will be pleased to hear that Chuck Howley, who has been eligible for over 40 years now, is one of those finalists.

“Howley played outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears (1958-59) and the Dallas Cowboys (1961-1973). He holds the distinction as the only person named Most Valuable Player of a Super Bowl from the losing team, winning the award following the Cowboys’ 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V. In that game, Howley intercepted two passes. He also intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble in Super Bowl VI as the Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins 24-3,” reads the Hall of Fame announcement.

A five-time All-Pro (in five consecutive seasons), Howley played 180 regular season games in the NFL. His career is filled with achievements, which has earned him a place in the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

You simply can’t tell the story of the Cowboys without Howley, who joined the team in 1961. He finished his career with 25 pass interceptions and 18 fumble recoveries.

He also has a feat that will never be equaled, having won the Super Bowl V MVP award despite being on the losing team.

There’s one more step left to go for Howley, but the Cowboys legend belongs in Canton. According to the Hall of Fame, “each of the Seniors Finalists would be elected to the Hall if he receives at least 80% approval in the up-or-down balloting.”

The website Not in Hall of Fame has him as the third greatest player without a bust in the Hall.

Heading into next year’s class announcement, Cowboys fans will be keeping a close eye on Howley’s chances. They will also be looking at DeMarcus Ware, who was an outrageous snub from this year’s class.

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