Drew Pearson was a longtime wide receiver and fan favorite for the Dallas Cowboys. Though he would go on to a very productive career, including playing roles in some of Dallas’ biggest games in the 1970s and early 1980s, Pearson was undrafted coming out of the University of Tulsa. He would play 11 seasons in the NFL, all of them for the Cowboys, and was named to three Pro Bowls.
Here are some interesting facts about Drew Pearson:
-Drew Pearson played quarterback in high school at South River High School in South River, New Jersey. He took over the starting quarterback position after the previous quarterback had graduated. That previous quarterback was future Washington Redskins‘ quarterback Joe Theismann.
-In 1977, Drew Pearson led the NFL in receiving yards (870) and receiving yards per game (62.1).
-During his rookie season in 1973, Drew Pearson returned two punts and seven kickoffs. These were the only special teams returns of his career.
-Drew Pearson was named as one of the members of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1970s.
-During his career, Drew Pearson attempted seven passes as a wide receiver. He had five completions, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
-Twice during his career, Drew Pearson recovered fumbles for touchdowns.
-In 1994, NFL Films named the top 75 plays in NFL history. Three of them were catches made by Drew Pearson.
-Drew Pearson was the general manager of the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the XFL during the league’s only season in 2001.