Notable NFL players to suit up for both the Redskins and Cowboys
Notable players to play for both Redskins and Cowboys
Redskins vs. Cowboys.
It's the most iconic rivalry in NFL history, and despite the longstanding feud between the NFC East rivals, there have been a handful of players to switch sides.
With "We Want Dallas" week upon us, we're taking a look at some notable players to play for both the Redskins and Cowboys.
Jean Fugett, TE
Years Played for Redskins: 1976 — 1979
Years Played for Cowboys: 1972 — 1975 (Drafted)
Switching Sides: Fugett was selected in the 13th round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys after three seasons at Amherst College.
During his four seasons with the Cowboys, Fugett hauled in 58 passes and recorded 7 touchdowns.
Prior to the 1976 season, he became a free agent flipped to the Redskins. Spending four seasons in Washington, Fugett collected 98 receptions and 21 touchdowns, and was able to experience the rivalry with the Cowboys from the other side.
Duane Thomas, RB
Years Played for Redskins: 1973 — 1974
Years Played for Cowboys: 1970 — 1971 (Drafted)
Switching Sides: The West Texas State University alumni was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1970 NFL Draft.
As a rookie, he led the team in rushing while finishing eighth in the newly merged 26-team league with 803 rushing yards on 151 carries and five touchdowns.
At the end of the season, he was named NFL Rookie of the Year. He recorded 95 yards rushing and scored a TD in the Cowboys' Super Bowl VI victory over the Miami Dolphins.
The Cowboys star then went on to be on the other side of the ball with the Redskins. Thomas played with the Redskins in 1973 and 1974 rushing for a total of 442 yards.
Calvin Hill, RB
Years Played for Redskins: 1976 —1977
Years Played for Cowboys: 1969 —1964 (Drafted)
Switching Sides: Jumping right out of Yale, the D.C. native was selected No. 24th overall in the 1969 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, becoming the first player from an Ivy League school drafted in the first round.
As a multi-talented athlete, Hill was able to adjust to any position. Among his other accomplishments in Dallas, he became the first running back in Dallas Cowboys history to crack the 1,000-yard mark and finished seventh in the NFL with 1,036 yards rushing.
Switching sides to the opposing team, Hill played for the Redskins for two seasons rushing for 558 yards and caught 25 passes.
Aside from Hill’s football career, you may have heard of his son, Grant Hill. Yep, Calvin is the father of iconic Duke forward and Hall of Famer Grant Hill, and raised the basketball star in the Northern Virginia area.
Alvin Harper, WR
Years Played for Redskins: 1997
Years Played for Cowboys: 1991 — 1994/1999 (Drafted)
Switching Sides: Drafted in the 1991 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys out of Tennessee, Harper spent his first four seasons in the NFL leading the Cowboys to consecutive Super Bowl wins, both against the Buffalo Bills.
Harper had a standout rookie season, catching 20 passes for 326 yards and one touchdown leading the Cowboys to their first winning season since 1985 and his departing season, leading the league with a 24.9 yards-per-reception average, catching 33 passes for 821 yards and eight touchdowns.
In 1997, the Redskins took a chance with Harper having the high expectations of him bringing the same momentum to Washington. However, Harper played in 12 games where he only caught two passes for 65 yards.
Making his final switch between the two rivals, Harper finished his eight NFL career in 1999 with the Dallas Cowboys.
Deion Sanders, CB
Years Played for Redskins: 2000
Years Played for Cowboys: 1995 — 1999
Switching Sides: The man they called "PrimeTime" was a two-time Super Bowl Champion and an eight-time Pro Bowl participant. He entered the NFL as the No. 5 overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft, joining the Atlanta Falcons, where spent the first four years of his career.
After spending a single season with the 49ers, the entertaining showman signed a deal with Dallas, a $30 million dollar contract with a $12 million dollar signing bonus, making him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL at the time. He played a vital role in the Cowboys winning their third Super Bowl title in four years.
Switching sides to play for the Redskins, Sanders signed a hefty $56 million dollar, 7-year contract, but played just one season in D.C., recording four interceptions.
In the Redskins' first Monday Night Football Game of the Deion Sanders era, "PrimeTime" muffed two punts as the Redskins lost 27-21 to fall to 1-2 on the season.
Brandon Noble, DT
Years Played for Redskins: 2003 — 2005
Years Played for Cowboys: 1999 — 2002 (Signed as free agent)
Switching Sides: After a brief stint with the 49ers, Noble was signed by the Cowboys as a free agent before being assigned to the Barcelona Dragons of the NFL Europe. He finally joined the Cowboys in 2000, and became a full-time starter in 2001.
He then went on to join the other side of the rivalry in 2003. During his time with the Redskins, he dealt with recurring knee injuries that allowed him to only record 38 tackles (19 solo) with one sack.
Still very successful off the field, Noble was awarded the team’s Ed Block Courage Award.
Shaun Suisham, K
Years Played for Redskins: 2006 — 2009
Years Played for Cowboys: 2005 — 2006/2009
Switching Sides: Everybody's favorite former Redskins kicker was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005, but joined the Cowboys’ practice squad the same season and eventually signed to the active roster in late October.
After being released by the Cowboys, he was re-signed the following year in 2006 as their kick off specialist. Dallas released him in October.
The Redskins signed Suisham to their practice squad in November of 2006 and promoted to the active roster on December 2. He missed his first attempt from 50 yards, but went on to make eight consecutive field goals to finish out the year.
On December 6, 2009, he missed a 23-yard field goal that would have given the Redskins a stunning upset over the soon-to-be Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
He was released two days later and then rejoined the Cowboys on December 21.
Jason Hatcher, DL
Years Played for Redskins: 2014 — 2015
Years Played for Cowboys: 2006 — 2013 (Drafted)
Switching Sides: Hatcher was a third-round pick out of Grambling State who went from deep reserve to Pro Bowler as a member of the Cowboys.
When he did jump to the Redskins (a four-year, $27.5 million free agent contract in 2014) his best years were behind him.
Injuries slowed down Hatcher’s productivity, as he finished with 45 tackles and 7.5 sacks in two seasons.
Stephen Bowen, DE
Years Played for Redskins: 2011 — 2014
Years Played for Cowboys: 2006 – 2010 (Signed as free agent)
Switching Sides: After spending his collegiate career at Hofstra as a three-year starter, Bowen went undrafted and was signed by the Cowboys as an UDFA. He spent the his first five seasons of his NFL career in Dallas. Bowen appeared in 63 regular season games plus three postseason contests for the Cowboys.
After a solid tenure with the Cowboys, Bowen excelled early on with the Redskins. Washington signed him to a five-year deal in July of 2011. Bowen set career highs in tackles (41) and sacks (6) in his first season with the Redskins in 2011. Bowen's teammates voted him as the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award that year after he put up career-highs despite undergoing personal tragedies.
Alfred Morris, RB
Years Played for Redskins: 2012 — 2015 (Drafted)
Years Played for Cowboys: 2016 — 2017
Switching Sides: Drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Redskins out of Florida Atlantic, Morris’ first few seasons in Washington still rank high up on the list of most remarkable surprises in franchise history.
In his rookie season, he rushed for 1,613 yards, second in the NFL behind Adrian Peterson. He followed that up by rushing for 1,275 yards the next season, giving him the ninth-best two-year total of any back in NFL history. Morris went from an unheralded small-school running back to one of the biggest fan favorites in recent memory.
But after four seasons with the Redskins, the team decided to not re-sign him, which opened up the door for him to sign with the Cowboys. He racked up 790 yards and three touchdowns in his first two seasons in Dallas.
Terrell McClain, DE
Years Played for Redskins: 2017
Years Played for Cowboys: 2014 — 2016
Switching Sides: After the McClain’s successful college career at South Florida, he was selected No. 65 overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft. He eventual made his way to the Cowboys via free agency.
In 2017, McClain signed a four-year contract with Washington, replacing defensive tackle Chris Baker. McClain was released by the Redskins in April of 2018.
Stephen Paea, DT
Years Played for Redskins: 2015
Years Played for Cowboys: 2017
Switching Sides: The New-Zealand born, 300-pound defenisve tackle, was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears before he went on to play for both sides of the NFL's most passionate rivalry.
Paea signed a four-year contract with the Washington Redskins in 2015 to play defensive end in their 3-4 defense. But he played in just 11 games registering 19 tackles and 1.5 sacks before being released in the Summer of 2016.
Following a brief stint with the Browns. Paea then signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys to replace defensice tackle Terrell McClain.
While battling a constant knee injury, he still managed to start in four games, recording 7 tackles (2 for loss) and one quarterback pressure.
Orlando Scandrick, CB
Years Played for Redskins: 2018
Years Played for Cowboys: 2008 — 2017
Switching Sides: Scandrick was selected out of Boise State as a fifth round pick by the Cowboys in the 2008 NFL Draft. He appeared in all but ten games over the course of his first seven seasons with the Cowboys. Scandrick had a career-year in 2013, recording 64 tackles, 2 interceptions, one forced fumble and 14 pass deflection.
An injury kept him sidelined for the entirety of the 2015 season, and after two more seasons as a serviceable starter, the Cowboys released him after a decade.
The Redskins signed him to a two-year deal on March 19, but released him during training camp. He was then signed by the Chiefs as a free agent.