With the idea that there are no small roles I need your help devising our hall of fame for the role player: the player who will not make his/her sport’s hall of fame, but who contributed to the overall success of his team. I wanted to start this list with Preston Pearson. The former Dallas Cowboy running back never finished in the top ten of any offensive categories. He is not in the top fifty of any all-time categories. During the 1977 season Pearson caught forty-six passes for 535 yards or an 11.6 yard per catch average. Many of these catches occurred on screens, and Pearson gained first down yardage. Harvey Martin and Randy White earned co-MVP honors as the Cowpokes won Super Bowl XII. Pearson played an important role on that team.
Now it’s your turn.