Facts and information about the Dallas Cowboys
- The Dallas Cowboys franchise was created with the main purpose to be competition to the AFL’s Dallas Texans. Eventually the Texans were forced to move to Kansas City, becoming the Chiefs.
- The first 50+ yard TD pass Tony Romo threw came in the sixth game of the 2006 season, his rookie year, when he and Patrick Crayton teamed up on a 53 yard scoring play.
- DeMarco Murray had been the third Oklahoma running back drafted by the Cowboys when they took him in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The first two taken were Ron Shotts in 1968 and Roy Bell in 1972.
- Michael Irvin not only caught more of Troy Aikman’s passes and more of his touchdown passes than anyone else, he also was on the receiving end of Aikman’s first ever touchdown pass in the NFL.
- The opposing player who has scored more rushing touchdowns against the Cowboys than anyone else in history is former Washington Redskins great John Riggins with 10.
- The first Cowboys player to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season was Calvin Hill in 1972. He was also the first Cowboys player to do so in back to back years too (1972 & 1973).
- Through 2014, the Dallas Cowboys have had (25) 1,000 yard rushing seasons, but only six players have ever accomplished this feat for the team: Calvin Hill, Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, Emmitt Smith, Julius Jones, and DeMarco Murray.
- During his first four seasons in the NFL, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught TD passes from four different Dallas quarterbacks: Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Bledsoe, and Tony Romo.
- The first overtime touchdown scored in Cowboys history came in a win over the Cardinals when Roger Staubach hit Billy Joe DuPree on a 3 yard touchdown pass.
- The first five rushing touchdowns of quarterback Norm Snead’s career all came with the Washington Redskins, all went for just one yard each, and all came in games against the Dallas Cowboys.
- In a 34-31 loss to the Saints in 2012, Dez Bryan caught nine passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. This was the tenth time a Dallas receiver had accumulated over 200 yards in one game in team history. The nine to do it before Bryant include Frank Clarke, Bob Hayes, Lance Rentzel, Tony Hill, James Dixon, Michael Irvin, Kevin Williams, Terrell Owens, and Miles Austin.
- Through 2010, the Cowboys have scored 6 touchdowns in overtime to win the game. Quarterback Roger Staubach was involved in one third of them as he has run one in as well as thrown one.
- Former quarterback Craig Morton was the first and so far only quarterback to start the Super Bowl for two different teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos.
- The first Cowboys quarterback to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season was Roger Staubach in 1978. He was also the first one to do it in back to back seasons as he also accomplished this feat in 1979.
- Cowboys coach Tom Landry was the first coach to ever win 100 games with one team in one decade.
- Emmitt Smith’s first game as a Cowboys player saw him carry the ball just two times for a total of two rushing yards.
- Steve Beuerlein is 4-0 in his career as the starting quarterback for the Cowboys, this makes him the only quarterback with multiple starts for the Cowboys to have a perfect record.
- Troy Aikman threw 23 total touchdown passes against both the Washington Redskins and the Arizona Cardinals. That is more than he threw against any other team during his career.
- Longtime Cowboys head coach Tom Landry was drafted by the New York Giants in 1947 as a defensive back.
- The Cowboys had three consecutive 3,000 yard seasons from three different quarterbacks in the mid 2000’s. Quincy Carter threw for more than 3,000 yards in 2003, Vinny Testaverde did as well in 2004, and then Drew Bledsoe did it in 2005.
- During the 1990s, seven different quarterbacks threw touchdown passes for the Dallas Cowboys: Troy Aikman, Jason Garrett, Steve Beuerlein, Bernie Kosar, Babe Laufenberg, Rodney Peete, and Wade Wilson.
- Troy Aikman’s longest career regular season touchdown pass went for 90 yards and was caught by Jason Tucker. His longest ever touchdown pass came in the 1994 playoffs and was a 94 yarder to Alvin Harper.
- The first Dallas Cowboys quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season was
- Tony Romo in 2007 when he threw for 4,211 yards. He then became the second one to do it when he topped that in 2009 with a season total of 4,483 yards.
- No quarterback has won more games as a starting quarterback for the Cowboys than Troy Aikman with 94 wins.
- In the Dallas Cowboys first year in football, 1960, quarterback Eddie LeBaron threw 25 interceptions. This would not be equaled for 20 years when Danny White tied the mark in 1980. Through the 2009 season, it still stands as the team record for the most interceptions in one season.
- Cowboy Wide Receiver Terrell Owens once caused an on-field altercation to break out in Texas Stadium when he “disrespected” the star logo in the center of the field while he was playing for the San Francisco 49ers.
- Roger Staubach is one of only three quarterbacks that finished the 1970’s with a passer rating of over 100; the others are Ken Stabler and Bert Jones.
The Cowboys appeared in half of the Super Bowls played in the 1970’s, winning Super Bowl VI in 1971 and Super Bowl XII in 1977.
Cowboys’ cornerback Everson Walls is shown on the famous Sports Illustrated cover of Dwight Clark and “The Catch”.
Defensive End Ed “Too Tall” Jones retired following the 1978 season to become a professional boxer. He came back and played for the Cowboys from 1979 through 1989.
Longtime Cowboys coach Tom Landry flew a B17 Flying Fortress Bomber during World War II. He flew over 30 combat missions and also survived a crash landing.
- In 2014, Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey led the entire NFL when he successfully kicked 56 extra point attempts.
During the 1987 season, running back Herschel Walker led the Cowboys in rushing attempts, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, pass receptions, receiving yards, and total touchdowns.
One of the more amazing stats from former coach Tom Landry’s playing days with the New York Giants is that in the 80 games that he played, he had 32 interceptions.
Quarterback Roger Staubach played college football for the US Naval Academy, in doing so he had to fulfill a commitment to the Navy after college and couldn’t play in the NFL right away. Staubach was 27 years old at the start of his rookie season.
In the late 1950’s future Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry would be included as one half of one of the best assistant coaching staffs ever. Landry was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants while the offensive coordinator was none other than future Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi.
Through 2007, only three players have played 15 seasons or more with the Dallas Cowboys; Mark Tuinei, Bill Bates, and Ed “Too Tall” Jones.
In the Dallas Cowboys first season their record was 0-11-1, and over the course of the next four years they never won more than 5 games. Despite this rough start, head coach Tom Landry was given a ten year extension and ended up staying 29 years total with the team. From 1965 to 1985 Landry’s Cowboys registered 20 consecutive winning seasons.
Tom Landry, the longtime head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, is credited with inventing the 4-3 defense while an assistant coach with the New York Giants.
Through the 2006 season, the Dallas Cowboys are the only team to have two different multiple Super Bowl winning quarterbacks; Roger Staubach with two wins, and Troy Aikman with three.
- As a rookie in 2011, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had the longest TD run in the NFL when he ran one in against the Rams from 91 yards away. This was the first TD of his NFL career.
Quarterback Roger Staubach put up his personal bests, in pass completions, passing yards, and touchdown passing during his final year in the league, 1979.
Cowboys running back Herschel Walker is the only player in the history of the NFL to have gained 4,000 yards three different ways (rushing, receiving, and kickoff returning).
During Wrestlemania 2 in 1986, Cowboys defensive end Ed “Too Tall” Jones was the special referee for the Battle Royal that included pro football players.
In 2007, quarterback Tony Romo broke the Dallas Cowboys’ single season touchdown record for quarterbacks. Though the Cowboys have two famous hall-of-fame former quarterbacks in Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, the record Romo broke was held by former quarterback Danny White.
On Herschel Walker’s first touchdown run for the University of Georgia, he can be seen running over future Cowboys safety Bill Bates.
- Former Cowboy great Tony Dorsett played his final season as a member of the Denver Broncos.
- Ron Springs’ son Shawn also played Cornerback in the NFL.
- The Cowboys first season in the NFL was 1960, during their first year they played in the northern division.
- For their first eleven seasons (1960-1971), the Cowboys played their home games in the Cotton Bowl.
- The Cowboys’ nickname “America’s Team” is also the title of their 1978 NFL Films highlight film.
- At one time the original owners of the Cowboys purchased the rights to “Hail to the Redskins”, the fight song of the Washington Redskins, and threatened not to let the Redskins use it.
- Hall-of-Famer Bob Lilly was the Dallas Cowboys first draft selection ever.
- Before settling on Cowboys, the original owners first called the team the Dallas Steers and then the Dallas Rangers.
- The Cowboys moved from the Cotton Bowl to Texas Stadium midseason in week six of the 1971 season.
- For many years, Quarterback Danny White was also the team’s punter.
- At the time he was fired by new owner Jerry Jones in 1989, Tom Landry had been the only Head Coach the Dallas Cowboys had ever had.
- As of 2007, there have been more Sports Illustrated covers with Dallas Cowboys on them than any other football team.
- Former Running Back Calvin Hill is the father of basketball star Grant Hill of the NBA and Duke University.
- In 1975, the Dallas Cowboys lost two significant players to the upstart World Football League; Calvin Hill to The Hawaiians and Craig Morton to the Houston Texans.
- With the Super Bowl XXVII victory, Head Coach Jimmy Johnson became the first coach to ever win an NFL Championship as well as a NCAA Championship (University of Miami). And with the Cowboys victory in Super Bowl XXX, Barry Switzer became the second Head Coach to accomplish that feat.
- When Chan Gailey was let go after the 1999 season, he became the first Cowboys coach to never win a Super Bowl in their 39 year history.
- Upon joining the league in 1960, the Cowboys logo was a simple blue star with no outlining. The present day logo with the white pinstriped outlining of the star was introduced in 1967.
- The first Dallas Cowboy elected to the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame was Bob Lilly, the second was Quarterback Roger Staubach.
- Cowboys Linebacker Chuck Howley was the first (and so far only) player to be named Super Bowl MVP from the losing team. Howley is also the first defensive player to win the award.
- When Defensive Linemen Harvey Martin and Randy White were both named the MVP of Super Bowl XII, it marked the first time the award was ever shared.
- Emmitt Smith, the all-time rushing yards leader of both the Cowboys and the entire NFL, finished his career with the Arizona Cardinals.
- Dave Campo was the first Dallas Cowboys Head Coach, and only one through 2007, to have a losing record.
- Former Wide Receiver Drew Pearson held the position of General Manager with the XFL’s New York/New Jersey Hitmen during the leagues only season in existence, 2001.
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