The Infamous Herschel Walker Deal
The Deal: In a deal that involved a astonishing six players and 12 draft picks, the Dallas Cowboys laid the groundwork for their Super Bowl teams of the ‘90s by trading running back Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 12, 1989. In exchange for Walker, Dallas received five players, six conditional draft choices and a 1992 first-round pick.
The Impact: Two of the Cowboys draft picks turned out to running back Emmitt Smith and safety Darren Woodson, marquee players who helped the ‘Boys win three Super Bowls in four seasons. Owner Jimmy Johnson used the extra draft picks to wheel and deal through the ‘90s –the picks eventually involved 15 teams and 55 players– eventually landing the No. 1 pick in the 1991 draft, defensive tackle Russell Maryland.