Some of the best Eagles also played for the Cowboys

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Eagles receiver Terrell Owens stands on the Dallas Cowboys star in the end zone as he celebrates his second quarter touchdown catch in 2004.

Third of a three-part package. Read the first part on the history of the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry from it’s origin here. Read the second part on five best, and worst games of the rivalry. 

Some of the greatest players to wear an Eagles uniform have also pulled on the helmet with the blue star on it. Here’s a list of the most prominent Eagles who have also played for the Cowboys:

Terrell Owens

It was quite an event 13 years ago when the Eagles played the Cowboys on Monday Night Football at Texas Stadium with T.O. on their side. After shooting a risqué scene with Desperate Housewives’ actress Nicolette Sheridan that aired before the game, T.O. went out and caught six passes for 134 yards and three TDs in the Eagles’ 49-21 rout of the Cowboys. In the rematch at the Linc, however, Cowboys safety Roy Williams fractured Owens’ leg when he took him down with a horse-collar tackle that would have been flagged for a penalty in today’s NFL.

After being booted off the team by coach Andy Reid in the middle of the 2005 season, T.O. landed in Dallas in 2006. Owens still holds the Eagles’ record of 14 receiving TDs in a season. He was still in his prime with the Cowboys, catching 235 passes for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns over three seasons.

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Former Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens celebrates on the blue star after a 2004 touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. (Ron Cortes/File Photo)

Randall Cunningham

Cunningham’s penultimate stop in the NFL was with the Cowboys in 2000, and he threw passes in only five of Dallas’ 16 games that season. Two of those games, however, were against the Eagles. He came on in relief of Troy Aikman in the season opener – the Pickle Juice Game — after the Hall of Fame quarterback suffered the seventh concussion of his career. Cunningham also started the Nov. 5 game at Veterans Stadium in what was his final appearance in Philadelphia. The Eagles won both games.

Harold Carmichael

The Eagles’ all-time leading receiver in catches, yards and touchdowns closed out his career with the Cowboys in 1984. He appeared in only two games and had just one catch.

“The worst part of being down there … was trying to put my head between those two stars,” Carmichael said during a 2016 WIP radio interview. “Putting that helmet on, that was so tough for me.”

Herschel Walker

Walker played in a couple of Pro Bowls for the Cowboys, but his real value came when Dallas traded him to Minnesota in the middle of the 1989 season. The Cowboys used the draft picks they received in that deal to get Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith and five-time Pro Bowl defensive back Darren Woodson. Walker was a good player on some unspectacular Eagles teams from 1992 through 1994.

Tommy McDonald

After spending his first seven seasons with the Eagles, the Hall of Fame receiver went to Dallas in a March 20, 1964 trade that left him and Eagles fans dismayed.

“I’m flabbergasted,” McDonald said at the time. “I feel like I’ve been thrown away for an old shoe.”

Actually he was dealt for an offensive lineman (Lynn Hoyem), a defensive tackle (John Meyers) and a kicker/punter (Sam Baker). Hoyem and Meyers each spent four seasons with the Eagles, while Baker remained in Philadelphia for six seasons and played in two Pro Bowls.

McDonald, 29 at the time of the trade, considered retiring because he had so many business ventures in Philadelphia, including Phillies cigars. In the end, he went to Dallas but played just one season with the Cowboys. He made his sixth and final Pro Bowl the following year while playing with the Los Angeles Rams.

Mike Ditka

Yes, both the Eagles and the Cowboys had Ditka. He played for the Eagles in 1967 and 1968 before finishing his career with four seasons in Dallas. His best years were behind him with both teams, but he did catch a TD pass from Roger Staubach in the Cowboys’ Super Bowl VI win over Miami. He’s the only person to score a TD and be a head coach in the Super Bowl.

DeMarco Murray

His story is fresh in our memory. He led the NFL in rushing in 2014 in his fourth season with Dallas and then signed as a free agent with Chip Kelly’s Eagles. It was a disaster and both Kelly and Murray were gone after the season.