Top Trios of All-Time

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7. Aikman/Smith/Irvin

Dallas Cowboys (1990-1999)

Nicknamed the Triplets, quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and wide receiver Michael Irvin led the revival of "America's Team" as the Dallas Cowboys won three Super Bowls in a four-year span in the 1990s. Taken in the first round in three successive drafts (1988-90), the Triplets were the center piece of a rebuilding project by new owner Jerry Jones and coach Jimmy Johnson. Fittingly, they were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the past four years.

With the help a stalwart offensive line, Aikman spearheaded a balanced offensive attack that had long-strike capabilities as well as devastating red zone efficiency. Aikman never threw for over 3,500 yards or more than 23 touchdowns in any season, yet his mistake-free consistency enabled Dallas' ball-control offense to grind down opponents. Smith also was more workmanlike and less spectacular, and his longevity had more to do with his becoming the NFL's all-time leading rusher. Irvin was the flashiest of the trio, yet his career numbers paled in comparison with some of the game's greats.

Together, though, they turned around a 1-15 team and transformed it into the team of the '90s in the NFL. And Jones was able to parlay that and make the Cowboys franchise a huge commercial and financial empire - though he's not been able to duplicate the Triplets' on-field success.

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