The Best Cowboys in History Pt. 12 – General Manager Tex Schramm

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One of the best General Managers to ever lead the Dallas Cowboys was Tex Schramm as he was the first to lead the Cowboys dynasty to a Super Bowl title. In 1971, he built a team that was able to defeat the Colts by a score of 16-13. Along with that Super Bowl title, he also led the franchise to winning yet another title in 1978 when the Cowboys beat the Vikings to gain the Super Bowl XII title.

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Schramm was the main pioneer for the Cowboys franchise as he originally set the team up for future successes for decades to come. He was the president and general manager for 29 years as he oversaw five super bowl appearances and 20 straight winning seasons.

https://www.dallascowboys.com/team/roh-tex-schramm

https://www2.ljworld.com/news/2003/jul/16/former_cowboys_president/

https://www.dallascowboys.com/team/roh-tex-schramm

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The Best Cowboys in History Pt. 12 – Front Office Executive Jerry Jones

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One of the best and most influential general managers, owners, and team presidents of any American football team belongs to the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones. Ever since a young age, football has been a major part of Jones’s life as he was co-captain of the University of Arkansas national championship winning team in 1964. It was not until 1989 when Jones purchased the Dallas Cowboys for $150 million after making his money through oil and real estate. Today, the franchise is estimated to cost $5 billion.

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As he continues to be a powerhouse of a front office executive in the NFL, Jones was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. Along with that, he built the Cowboys up to be a powerhouse in the 1990s when they won Super Bowls XXVII, XVIII, and XXX.

 

Citations:

https://www.forbes.com/profile/jerry-jones/#4daafe1f27bc

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Jones

Jerry Jones to pay NFL $2 million for legal fees

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/sports/football/jerry-jones-roger-goodell-nfl.htmll

 

 

 

The Best Cowboys in History Pt. 11 – Head Coach Jimmy Johnson

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Straying from the main concept of these blogs of covering the best player or coach at each position, there are two head coaches blogged about in this set since these are two of the best coaches to ever coach in the NFL.

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Although he only coached the Cowboys for five years, Johnson was superior in those five years as 80-44 in the regular season and an amazing 7-1 in the playoffs. With this amazing playoff record, Johnson won two super bowls during his tenure with the Cowboys in 1992 and 1993.

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/JohnJi0.htm

https://247sports.com/nfl/dallas-cowboys/Bolt/Eight-former-Dallas-Cowboys-nominated-to-2018-Hall-of-Fame-107357928/

http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2017/nov/22/2-former-hogs-among-semifinalists-pro-football-hal/

The Best Cowboys in History Pt. 10 – Head Coach Tom Landry

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Coaching for a total of 35 years with 29 of those years being the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Landry was not only one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time, but the best coach for the best franchise to ever play in the NFL.

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Throughout his time as the head coach of the cowboys, he finished with a record of 418-250 which results in a winning percentage of 60.7%. Along with that, Landry had a record of 36-20 in the playoffs. This also leads to the Cowboys winning two out of the four times Landry led the Cowboys to the playoffs. To finish off his career, Landry was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citations

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/LandTo0.htm

https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2017/01/11/watch-tom-landry-shows-sense-humor-commercial-1982

https://www.biography.com/people/tom-landry-9372692

 

The Best Cowboys in History Pt. 9 – Kicker Dan Bailey

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Now, I understand that special teams are not always the most entertaining especially when it comes to kickers and punters, but they are still a major part of football and deserve the same recognition as all other players on the field. Therefore, the next few blogs will be about special teamers, and what better way to start than talking about the best kicker to ever play for the Dallas Cowboys, Dan Bailey.

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From 2011-2017, Bailey was a top tier kicker in the league, making the Pro Bowl in 2015 and getting named as a Second-Team All-Pro kicker. In a surprising move after the 2017 season, Bailey was cut by the Cowboys even though he proved himself to be the franchise kicker. That does not take away from the fact that he was the best kicker in the history of the franchise, however.

Striking kicks of from 50+ yards regularly, Bailey was a top tier kicker and his stats prove it. He has a career field goal percentage of 86.6% and has made 306 out of his 309 extra points which translates to a greater than 99% success rate on extra points. With all this, it is no surprise that he is the second most accurate kicker to ever play football, and could quite possibly lead to him getting inducted into the Hall of Fame after his career comes to an end.

 

Citations:

http://www.espn.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/14322/dan-bailey

https://www.sbnation.com/2017/10/22/16517530/dan-bailey-cowboys-49ers-kicker-injury-jeff-heath

https://sports.yahoo.com/dallas-cowboys-cut-dan-bailey-second-accurate-kicker-nfl-history-230234106.html

The Best Cowboys in History Pt. 8 – Defensive End Randy White

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For this spectacular player, he is favorite to write about since he even though he was born in Pittsburgh, PA and attended the University of Maryland, White went to McKean High School in Wilmington, Delaware, very close to where Newark, DE. Due to his wonderful career, White is appropriately considered the best football player in the history of Delaware high school football.

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His plaque here basically sums up his wonderful career. He had big shoes to fill as he was drafted to replace a fellow hall of fame defensive lineman in Bob Lilly. The Cowboys made the right decision in following through with the selection of White as he would too, become a hall of fame football player.

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White’s tremendous high school and college career most certainly transferred over to his professional career. Throughout his 209 total games played, he was selected as a pro bowler and all-pro player nine times and gained 52 sacks. White was nicknamed the “Manster”, meaning the man and monster due to the fact that he was considered an extremely aggressive and crazy football player who would insert fear into the opposing player’s eyes.

“Strength is important…you need a combination of strength, speed, and mobility or agility…I know I have good strength; but without the speed and agility to go with it, I would not be playing major league football.”

-Randy White

 

 

Citations:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_White_(American_football)

https://www.profootballhof.com/players/randy-white/biography/

https://www.profootballhof.com/players/randy-white/

https://www.delawareonline.com/story/sports/nfl/eagles/2017/05/07/hall-cowboys-randy-white-mckean/101383608/

The Soul Of The Game: Randy White

 

The Best Cowboys in History Pt. 7 – Defensive Tackle Bob Lilly

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Probably one of or the oldest player on this list, Bob Lilly, a 1980 Hall of Fame inductee rushed quarterbacks from 1961-1974. To put his playing time in perspective, the Cowboys were still apart of the AFL the same year Lilly was drafted. Number 74 was drafted fourteenth in the second round of the AFL draft and eventually drafted thirteenth overall in the NFL draft out of Texas Christian University (TCU).

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Since he played right around when the AFL and NFL finally merged together, Lilly won one of the first Super Bowls ever. In 1972, Lilly held down the Cowboys defense in a 24-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins as Lilly as grabbed his only Super Bowl Victory then.

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Back in the days when Lilly was playing, he fought through injury as he only missed one game throughout his entire 14-year career. He gained 8 All-Pro selections and 11 Pro-Bowl nominations in his career as well. This is why Bob Lilly can be considered one of the most determined players of all time.

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“A MAN HAS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAS TO BE DONE AND HOW TO DO IT. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SPIN OUT OF A BLOCK, RECOGNIZE A PLAY IMMEDIATELY AND THEN REACT ACCORDINGLY. I FIGURE I’M AS STRONG AS ANYONE ELSE; SO GETTING THE JOB DONE BECOMES A MATTER OF PRIDE AND DETERMINATION.”

-Bob Lilly

 

 

 

Citations:

https://www.profootballhof.com/players/bob-lilly/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Lilly

https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2017/3/12/14895898/sportlight-on-the-dallas-cowboys-ring-of-honor-bob-lilly

The Soul of The Game: Bob Lilly