Lardarius Webb Doesn't See Cowboys As America's Team


Google "America's Team" and Dallas Cowboys stars still fill the screen.

The term was coined in an NFL Films preview in 1978, in which the narrator opened saying:

"They appear on television so often that their faces are as familiar to the public as presidents and movie stars. They are the Dallas Cowboys, 'America's Team.'"

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb thinks there should be different qualifications for determining who should carry that crown.

"I don't look at them as America's Team," Webb said. "Not as the best team or something like that.

"You look at it that way, you're supposed to look at the Patriots. I think that could be America's team. The Packers could be America's team. I guess they just chose to make the Cowboys America's team."

Webb was originally asked whether playing "America's Team" still adds any intrigue to the game.

"We don't buy into that," he said. "It's another football game, a new year."

Webb added that he grew up a Cowboys fan in Louisiana, looking up to wide receiver Michael Irvin, running back Emmitt Smith and cornerback Deion Sanders.

But the Cowboys haven't won a Super Bowl since 1995. They've been to the playoffs seven times in 16 seasons since then, winning just two post-season games. Their record since 1996 (the year the Ravens came into existence) is 122-126.

Baltimore's overall franchise record is 144-116-1. The Ravens have been to the playoffs eight times during that stretch and won 10 times.

Webb wasn't making a case for the Ravens to be "America's Team" and he intended no disrespect to the Cowboys.

Webb talked mostly about how good the Cowboys are as they come to M&T Bank Stadium this Sunday with a 2-2 record.

"This team is stacked," Webb said. "And they're going to come in and try to beat our butts."

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