The choice for the MOP Award for 1967 was a tough one. Just too many well-known players and too few obscure ones that qualify. And I have to admit that the retrospective winner– defensive tackle/end Ron East– was simply obscure but not otherwise noteworthy. Congratulations retrospectively, nevertheless.
[Update: See the comments-- a poster named Born on Superbowl Day provides some very interesting additional information about East.]
East joined the Cowboys in 1967 from Montana State. He played with the Cowboys for four seasons before being traded to San Diego in 1970 along with Pettis Norman and Tony Liscio for receiver Lance Alworth. He played for San Diego for three years, then moved from Cleveland, Atlanta, and Seattle.
East shows up in at least one story during the 1967 season, involving the Cowboys’ 14-10 win over the New Orleans Saints (“Saints’ March Mired in Muck, 14-10“). Love the writing:
The bewitching hour struck for the embryonic New Orleans Saints with just 1:01 left in a rain-soaked Cotton Bowl Sunday afternoon and the Dallas Cowboys thought it would never come.
It almost did not. Twice in the final four minutes the Dallas Doomsday Defense rose to slam the door shut on the Saints’ dreams right at the Golden Gate. With 3:11 remaining Dallas stopped New Orleans at its own five when Bill Kilmer let the ball slip momentarily out of his hands and Chuck Howley slammed him down.
Where does East appear? He recovered a fumble on a kickoff with 17 seconds left in the first half, which led to a Danny Villanueva 45-yard field goal attempt that failed. Talk about obscurity.
I have absolutely no idea what happened to Ron East after the 1977 season. But I do know that he was named to the Montana State Bobcats Hall of Fame in 1999.
Cowboys news this week?
*Special teamer Ryan Fowler is headed to Tennessee after the Eagles had announced that he would head to Philadelphia.
*Um, Terrell Owens did not know the entire offensive playbook last season. Shocking!
*Emmitt Smith has joined Bill Parcells at ESPN. If the network hires Cheryl Burke as a sideline reporter/Mamba expert, my wife may very well watch ESPN more than I do.