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Who's the Cowboy You Love to Hate the Most?

By Dan Hargett

Special to washingtonpost.com

Web Posted: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003; 1:12 p.m. EST

Where has the hatred, the intense loathing, that simple and absolute distaste for everything Cowboys gone? Have free agency, insane amounts of money and a league more MTV than NFL served to dull the edges and remove the malice from what was once the most-heated rivalry in the National Football League? For those with long memories, though, hatred for everything Cowboy was once as pervasive in Washington as the three-hour rush hour. With that in mind, we stoke the fires of a once-great conflict and ask the well-versed and uninitiated alike to select your most hated Cowboy of all time. Did we leave someone out?Let us know.

***Hit the link at the top to vote***

Roger Staubach

Alvin Harper

Michael Irvin

Harvey Martin

Tony Dorsett

Danny White

Clint Longley

Raghib Ismail

Emmitt Smith

Jimmy Johnson

Troy Aikman

James Washington

QB Roger Staubach (1969-1979)

Naval Academy, Heisman trophy, all-American looks -- Redskins fans and players alike enjoyed a particular kind of loathing for him, especially after he paralyzed Washington's playoff hopes with an epic rally in the 1979 season finale.

WR Alvin Harper (Cowboys 1991-1994; Redskins 1997)

Fleet-footed receiver was more track than football star; came to Washington as a free agent in 1997 and proceeded to catch all of two passes before being unceremoniously dumped after publicly ripping coach Norv Turner.

WR Michael Irvin (1988-1999)

As if his nickname -- "The Playmaker" -- wasn't enough, this mouthy and demonstrative malcontent always gave Darrell Green fits and the Redskins migraines, and he wasn't shy about telling the world about it.

DT Harvey Martin (1973-1983)

Another in a long line of Cowboy loudmouths, infamous for tossing a funeral wreath into the Redskins' locker room after that heart-breaking 35-31 loss in the 1979 game in Dallas.

RB Tony Dorsett (1977-1988)

Four-time Pro Bowler was just a little too smooth and polished for anybody's taste; tossed a ball at head of Redskins DT Darryl Grant as Cowboys unraveled in the 1983 game in Dallas; chronic fumbler who crossed the picket line along with five teammates during the 1987 players strike.

QB Danny White (1976-1988)

The name alone screams fourth-grade home room teacher. White was blown up by Dexter Manley in the 1983 NFC title game in a hit still savored by Redskins fans. Who can forget Tom Landry pleading "No, Danny, no" on a fourth-down attempt during 1983 Redskins rout in Dallas; also crossed picket line during 1987 strike.

QB Clint Longley (1974-1975)

Clint who? The Redskins were 35 seconds away from clinching a playoff berth when "The Mad Bomber" threw an improbable 50-yard touchdown to Drew Pearson to give Cowboys a 24-23 Thanksgiving Day victory in Dallas. It was just one of five TD passes he tossed in his entire career.

WR Raghib "Rocket" Ismail (1999-2001)

Would have been quite forgettable had he not sprinted past lead-footed Matt Stevens to haul in a game-winning 76-yard score to give Cowboys a 41-35 overtime victory in the 1999 season opener -- a game Redskins led 35-14 in the fourth quarter.

RB Emmitt Smith (1990-2002)

What is there to say? He just mauled the Redskins at every turn, including a 155-yard, three touchdown effort a week after being benched in a 1996 Cowboys victory in Dallas; selfishly keeps ball from every NFL touchdown he has ever scored. How's Arizona, Emmitt?

Coach Jimmy Johnson (1989-1993)

There always has been something a bit suspicious about that perfect coif. His arrogant boast -- "How About Them Cowboys!!!???" -- and two Super Bowl titles continue to chafe long after he left for the beaches of South Florida. Johnson's Cowboys might have have gone 0-16 in 1989 if the Redskins had not folded and allowed the Cowboys a 13-3 victory in their 1-15 season.

QB Troy Aikman (1989-2000)

Another in a long line of pretty-boy Cowboy quarterbacks; maintained a close bond with Norv Turner even after the Dallas coordinator took over Redskins' reigns in 1994; sent to TV booth permanently thanks to a vicious LaVar Arrington hit during the 2000 game in Dallas.

S James Washington (1990-1994; Redskins 1995)

One of the Dallas heroes of the Super Bowl XXVIII victory over the Bills; came to Redskins as a free agent; produced his own signature T-shirts and was given own local radio show. Too bad he didn't produce on the field; lasted one overrated season.

Note: This is an unscientific survey of washingtonpost.com readers.

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Everyone in a Cowboys uniform is tied for the most hated. Unless they wised up and decided to be a Redskin like Pepi Zellner and Brandon Noble (even though he got injured). Deion deos not count. He wore a Redskin uniform, but he will never be a Redskin to me.

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