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Rival Report 6/14: Dallas Cowboys concerned new generations of fans don't know team as winners

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There was a time when the Dallas Cowboys football team was the cream of the crop, dominating the better part of the 90's with the likes of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin among others. They won three championships with those stars, but those were '92, '93, and '95. Since then though, they have not lived up to their lofty standards.

In fact, with it being over 20 years now since that last championship in 1995 "America's Team" is starting to get a little bit skittish about the long term effects on their fan base. Specifically, they are worried that new fans don't think of the team as winners and that old fans will get tired of waiting for greatness again.

"Of course" Stephen Jones responded to the Dallas Morning News when asked about if he was worried about the generation of fans that don't know the team as championship contenders, "I mean, I'm worried every day that we don't get a championship. You worry about that all the time. That's why we're very aggressive in trying to get there. It's just not acceptable in our minds that we haven't been able to win a championship in so long. I do worry about that. I worry about that all the time."

This is something that us Raiders fans certainly can relate to. It has been a long time since the Raiders were last a winning team, with lows that make the Cowboys span look like one of the better teams in the league comparatively. The Raiders last Super Bowl was in 2002, but they lost that so you have to go all the way back to 1984 to find their last championship.

It's been a long time since either the Cowboys or the Raiders were the top dog in the NFL, but that doesn't change the history of winning within the franchises. That history leaves a fan base eager to cheer when their team is back on top, so with a storied franchise like these the only thing a team has to do to remind their fans that they were champions is get back to their winning ways.

Of course, that is much easier said than done.

The Dallas Cowboys are worried young NFL fans don't remember them as winners | FOX Sports
It's been 20 years since the Cowboys have even made the NFC title game

The Dallas Cowboys are worried young NFL fans don't remember them as winners | FOX Sports
It's been 20 years since the Cowboys have even made the NFC title game.

Stephen Jones worries about older Cowboys fans deciding, "We’re done" | ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys last won a Super Bowl in January 1996. This year is the 20th anniversary of the event. Which means that anyone born after Dallas beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX can't relate to the Cowboys as NFL champions. Via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys executive V.P.

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