Dallas has been blessed with alot of ballhawk type safeties in their history. Here are the leaders in Dallas' 49 seasons. None of them are in the Hall but some should be.
Charley Waters 41 interceptions / 3 pro bowls/ 0 all pro
Waters started out as a cornerback and actually was beaten alot. He got better but was moved back to safety. Ended up becoming the Cowboys alltime leader in Dallas' history in safety interceptions. Waters didn't get much respect from the media getting no all pro votes which is stupid. He was not only a very good pass defender, he was great vs. the run. The Cowboys didn't go to the playoffs 18 times in 20 years without atleast one HOF safety but thats the case right now.
Dennis Thurman 36 interceptions / 0 pro bowls / 0 all pro
Benefited from a crazy pass rush but was a pretty good ballhawk safety. Defensive backs were nicknamed "Thurman's Theives" in the early 80s. Thurman never saw a pro bowl but was on the border line. Lott was just a lock every year then.
Michael Downs 35 interceptions / 0 pro bowls/ 0 all pros
The player with the star on his tooth came up with Everson Walls and also benefited from a pass rush. He and Thurman were not pro bowlers but defenders with good sure hands.
Cornell Green 34 interceptions / 5 pro bowls/ 3 all pro
Green is one of the safeties that belongs in the Hall of Fame. Green was an excellent run support guy also. The Cowboy's run defense in the early 70s was probably the best run defense ever yearly. They led the conference for most of the early 70s. He is one of a handfull of Cowboy players who should have a bust at Canton as soon as possible.
Cliff Harris 29 inteceptions / 6 pro bowls / 3 all pro
Another outstanding safety who deserves serious consideration. His 6 pro bowls and Dallas' success merits consideration. Harris was another excellent run defender also. His 6 pro bowls are evidence of league respect.
Darren Woodson 23 interceptions / 5 pro bowls/ 3 all pro
Woodson was one of the best run safeties the NFL has ever seen. He was not a very good pass defender which will hurt his chances of making the Hall of Fame.
Lets hope our new safety Hamlin can be another ballhawk. He is from the same college as Brian Dawkins, Clemson. He was a very good player there. For those of you who are curious, Roy Williams had a disappointing 19 interceptions in Dallas.
I hope there are some safeties on the current roster that can fit the bill and bring the Cowboys back to prominance again.