Herschel Walker Trade
Depending on one’s perspective, the Herschel Walker trade from the Cowboys to the Vikings in October 1989 was either the best or worst trade in NFL history. For Dallas, who shipped the Pro Bowl running back for three first-round picks and three second-round picks, among many other assets, it was a brilliant move that led to their 1990s dynasty. The trade grew to involve 18 players and some of the Cowboys new picks included the Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, Pro Bowler Darren Woodson and Pro Bowler Russell Maryland. With those players and many more, Dallas – which in 1989 had finished with a 1-15 record – saw its franchise return to greatness, winning three Super Bowls in the 1990s while the Vikings made none. Walker, meanwhile, after 1989 played eight more NFL seasons, gaining over 1,000 yards just once. He finished his career in 1996 and 1997 with, of all teams, the Cowboys.