Bill Bates was a long shot to make the Dallas Cowboys but his heart and hustle earned him a roster spot on the team and a place in the hearts of all Cowboy fans. From the start he excelled playing special teams, being named NFC special teams Player of the Year as a rookie. In 1984 he was selected to the Pro Bowl in just his second year. He received the teams Bob Lilly Award four consecutive seasons from 1990 to 1994. This award is selected by a vote of the fans and annually goes to the Cowboy player who displays leadership and character on and off the field. He played for the Cowboys for 15 seasons, earning 3 Super Bowl rings. Upon his retirement after the 1997 season, he was one of the most beloved Cowboys of all time. Over his 15 year career, Bill had 14 interceptions and 122 return yards. Bill Bates has hand signed this Dallas Cowboys 8x10 Photo. Certificate of Authenticity from Athlon Sports Collectibles.