Everson Walls and Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson are two of the lesser-known Dallas Cowboys legends who never quite get their due from fans and historians alike, but at least in one way, they are finally starting to get a bit of the recognition they deserve.
According to Clarence Hill of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, both will be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta as part of the class of 2018 on Saturday, honoring the two legends in a way that the Pro Football Hall of Fame hasn’t.
Henderson played defensive end for Langston University before transitioning to linebacker for the Cowboys. He was a two-time All American while there, and he also ran track in addition to playing football. His career culminated with him being selected No. 18 overall by the Cowboys in 1975.
Walls played at Grambling State, but didn’t even get recruited there on a scholarship. He earned his way onto the team through a tryout before eventually getting that scholarship, and played well enough to lead the nation in interceptions in his final year of college. He joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent and eventually made four Pro Bowls with the team. He won his only Super Bowl as a member of the hated New York Giants, but the bulk of his career came in Dallas.
The fact that two Cowboys will be inducted at the same time shows how well the Tom Landry-era Cowboys scouted smaller schools. Walls in particular was by no means a sure thing as he wasn’t even drafted, but Tex Schramm and Gil Brandt had an eye for talent that transcended typical rules of evaluation. They found two gems from small schools, and now, those two players are getting some of the recognition they have always deserved.