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Dallas Cowboys: Holiday wish list: DeMarcus Ware, Ian Desmond and other players we wish were still on D-FW teams


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Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) huddles up the team before facing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Sunday, November 11, 2012. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)


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Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) huddles up the team before facing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Sunday, November 11, 2012. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)


Holiday season wish list? Why yes, we do have one!

Every year, sports fans around D-FW grow closer and get to know some of the athletes on their favorite teams only to watch them move on to greener pastures in the offseason.

So this year, we’ve come up with our own list of former players for D-FW teams that we’d like to see back in town one day.

Note: Active players only … Yes, we’d all love to see Emmitt Smith or Michael Young again, but they’re retired.

10. Ian Kinsler

Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler heads to the plate in the first inning during the Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers major league baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.  (Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News)


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Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler heads to the plate in the first inning during the Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers major league baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News)

Seasons spent with the Rangers: 8

Stats with Texas: 1,066 games played, two 30 HR-30 steal seasons, two AL pennants

Where he is now: Detroit Tigers

Why he’s been missed: Obviously, the November 2013 blockbuster deal did not work out in favor of the Rangers when looking at strictly the trade. Prince Fielder’s playing career has come to an end, while Ian Kinsler has only missed 18 games in the three seasons as a Tiger while also being one of the most productive second basemen in baseball. The silver lining for Rangers fans, however, was the emergence of Rougned Odor at the same position.

9. Chandler Parsons

Dallas Mavericks head coach Mark Cuban talks with Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons after the Grizzlies 80-64 victory in an NBA basketball game at American Airlines Center on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)


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Dallas Mavericks head coach Mark Cuban talks with Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons after the Grizzlies 80-64 victory in an NBA basketball game at American Airlines Center on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Dallas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Seasons spent with the Mavericks: 2

Stats with Dallas: 127 games played, 14.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, two playoff appearances

Why he’s been missed: Might be grasping at straws a little on this one as many fans were not overly heartbroken to see Parsons, his injuries and his big contract go. But any reminder of a time when the word “tank” wasn’t in our vocabulary when it came to Dallas Mavericks basketball may just be worth the wish.

8. Dwayne Harris

New York Giants' Dwayne Harris (17) returns a kickoff for a touchdown in the fourth quarter during the Dallas Cowboys versus the New York Giants NFL football game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, October 25, 2015. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)


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New York Giants’ Dwayne Harris (17) returns a kickoff for a touchdown in the fourth quarter during the Dallas Cowboys versus the New York Giants NFL football game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, October 25, 2015. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

Seasons spent with the Cowboys: 4

Stats with Dallas: 52 games played, two punt return touchdowns, 418 receiving yards

Where he is now: New York Giants

Why he’s been missed: Harris’ skills might have gone unnoticed until he left for the division-rival Giants. The Cowboys’ return game just hasn’t been as consistent with Lucky Whitehead (who has improved and taken over for the team) and Cole Beasley. Even though Harris wasn’t the most dynamic wide receiver for the Cowboys, he could give the team a spark with a big kickoff or punt return. 

7. Jae Crowder

Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) reacts after being fouled by Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton (on ground) while shooting a 3-pointer during the final seconds of second half of an NBA basketball game at American Airlines Center on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Dallas. Crowder hit all three free throws to force overtime. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)


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Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) reacts after being fouled by Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton (on ground) while shooting a 3-pointer during the final seconds of second half of an NBA basketball game at American Airlines Center on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Dallas. Crowder hit all three free throws to force overtime. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Seasons spent with the Mavericks: 2 (plus part of a third)

Stats with Dallas: Played in 78 regular season games in both of his full seasons here, but only started 24 times

Where he is now: Boston Celtics

Why he’s been missed: Hindsight being 20/20, Crowder might be the worst part of the failed Rajon Rondo trade for the Mavs. While never finding his stride in Dallas, Crowder has flourished since landing in Boston. While barely cracking 5.0 ppg as a Mav, “Bae” Crowder has averaged at least 13.4 ppg for the Celtics since the start of the 2015 season.

6. Trevor Daley

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) hands the Stanley Cup to defenseman Trevor Daley after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, June 12, 2016. The Penguins won 3-1 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) hands the Stanley Cup to defenseman Trevor Daley after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, June 12, 2016. The Penguins won 3-1 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Seasons spent with the Stars: 11

Stats with Dallas: 756 games played, 231 total points, 20:56 average time on the ice

Where he is now: Pittsburgh Penguins

Why he’s been missed: In a season that started with such high hopes for the Dallas Stars, their young defenders have yet to play up to their potential. Maybe the influence of one of the longest-tenured Stars ever could have helped. In 11 seasons, Daley climbed to eighth all-time in games played in Dallas. Only Sergei Zubov (839), Derian Hatcher (827) and Curt Giles (760) appeared in more games as a defenseman for the Stars in their careers.

5. Ian Desmond

Texas Rangers center fielder Ian Desmond (20) gets high-fives from teammates in the dugout after he crossed home plate during the third inning of their game against the Seattle Mariners on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.  (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)


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Texas Rangers center fielder Ian Desmond (20) gets high-fives from teammates in the dugout after he crossed home plate during the third inning of their game against the Seattle Mariners on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Seasons spent with the Rangers: 1

Stats with Texas: .285 avg, 22 HR, 86 RBI, AL All-Star selection

Where he is now: Signed five-year deal with Colorado this offseason

Why he’ll be missed: Desmond quickly became a fan favorite in Texas with brilliant months of May and June on the way to an All-Star selection. He also hit a big three-run homer on that fateful day in May against the Blue Jays that saw Rougned Odor’s fist meet Jose Bautista’s face. His performance simply sent his stock out of the Rangers’ price range this offseason.

4. DeMarco Murray

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2016, file photo, Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) tries to get past Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith (50) in an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. For five years, the Indianapolis Colts have beaten up Tennessee in every conceivable way. DeMarco Murray has regained his league rushing champion form. The Titans take on the Colts on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.  (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)


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FILE – In this Oct. 27, 2016, file photo, Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) tries to get past Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith (50) in an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. For five years, the Indianapolis Colts have beaten up Tennessee in every conceivable way. DeMarco Murray has regained his league rushing champion form. The Titans take on the Colts on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

Seasons spent with the Cowboys:

Stats with Dallas: 53 games played, 4,526 rushing yards, 29 total touchdowns

Where he is now: Tennessee Titans

Why he’s been missed: Yes, Murray crossed over to the dark side when he signed as a free agent with Philadelphia. But that decision turned into one of Murray’s worst nightmares as he suffered one of the least productive years of his career before finding his footing in the backfield again with the Titans. Yes, Ezekiel Elliott is the new head honcho, but it’s hard not to miss the Cowboys’ single-season rushing record holder.

3. Mike Napoli

Texas Rangers left fielder Mike Napoli (right) high-fives designated hitter Prince Fielder after his three-run homer during the first inning of a 14-3 win over the Houston Astros Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News) 09222015xPUB


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Texas Rangers left fielder Mike Napoli (right) high-fives designated hitter Prince Fielder after his three-run homer during the first inning of a 14-3 win over the Houston Astros Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News) 09222015xPUB

Seasons spent with the Rangers: 2 (plus part of a third)

Stats with Texas: 256 games played, 59 HR, 141 RBI, part of 2011 World Series team

Where he is now: Free agent

Why he’s been missed: NA-PO-LI! NA-PO-LI! NA-PO-LI! Besides possibly one of the favorite D-FW crowd chants of all time, the pop in the middle of the lineup Napoli provided the Cleveland Indians on their World Seires run this past season could have sure been used here, too. And wouldn’t you know that with Edwin Encarnacion signing with the Tribe, a Napoli reunion in Texas might just actually happen?

2. Tyson Chandler

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki, JJ Barea, Jason Terry, Brendan Haywood, Jason Kidd, and Tyson Chandler celebrate by singing We are the Champions from the balcony of the American Airlines Center during the Dallas Mavericks victory parade and celebration in Dallas on Thursday, June 16, 2011.   (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News) 06172011xBRIEFING 06182011xALDIA / mavsmavsmavs / 09282013xALDIA


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Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki, JJ Barea, Jason Terry, Brendan Haywood, Jason Kidd, and Tyson Chandler celebrate by singing “We are the Champions” from the balcony of the American Airlines Center during the Dallas Mavericks victory parade and celebration in Dallas on Thursday, June 16, 2011. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News) 06172011xBRIEFING 06182011xALDIA / mavsmavsmavs / 09282013xALDIA

Seasons spent with the Mavericks: 2

Stats with Dallas: 149 games played, 10.2 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game

Where he is now: Phoenix Suns

Why he’s been missed: The greatest center in franchise history was allowed to walk away from the franchise twice. His defense in his first stint with the team will always be remembered as one of the biggest reasons the Mavericks won their only title in franchise history. But Mark Cuban & Co. wanted the cap space to pursue free agency’s biggest fish. Both times, the Mavs came up empty, and both times Chandler didn’t feel like waiting around to see what was going to happen.

1. DeMarcus Ware

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) leaves the field following the Cowboys 49-17 loss at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, November 10, 2013. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News) 02202014xSPORTS 03122014xSPORTS 03122014xBRIEFING


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Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) leaves the field following the Cowboys 49-17 loss at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, November 10, 2013. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News) 02202014xSPORTS 03122014xSPORTS 03122014xBRIEFING

Seasons spent with the Cowboys: 9

Stats with Dallas: 141 games played, 117 sacks, 442 total tackles

Where he is now: Denver Broncos

Why he’s been missed: Remember when the Cowboys’ pass rush wasn’t a question mark every week? Or when the guys they expected to lean on didn’t end up suspended by the NFL? DeMarcus Ware had a lot to do with that. His spin move was devastating, and opposing offenses could barely contain him. Is it a coincidence that Dallas’ struggles to get their hands on opposing QBs started when Jerry Jones chose to release Ware? Probably not.

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