MOP Award for 1967: Ron East


Ron EastThe 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.]

mop.bmpEast 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.

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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.

  • melonball

    TO didn’t know the playbook according to whom? Jean-Jacques Taylor is such a HACK!!! He doesn’t list any sources. He gives no evidence other than his own over-inflated opinion. What a total blowhard. This guy has been dead wrong about so many things, he has zero credibility as far as I’m concerned. His whole manner just rubs me the wrong way. He acts like he is such an expert on football. Please! Has the guy even played the game in his life? I know for sure he doesn’t know any more about pro football than me or you. Like most of his untalented colleagues, he’s just throwing the mashed potatoes against the wall hoping something sticks. I’m so sick of his sanctimonious, hypocritical ilk.
    Here’s the best way Bill Parells can aid in Wade Phillip’s transition- on how to fend off the media parasites who must be dripping at the mouth now, thinking that all the sh*t they couldn’t pull on Parcells they will now be able to get away with on Phillips. Phillips better get ready for all the misquotes, words taken out of context, loaded questions, word-twisting, and outright lies these utter pieces of selfish meaningless sh*t are scheming up right this very second to create friction and mistrust between the coaching staff and Owens.
    Here’s the simple, and boring, truth about why Owens was inconsistent last season. His f***ing hand was f***ing f***ed up!!!! That’s why he dropped so many passes; that’s why he had so much trouble getting off the line. End of story. Owens is a receiver who uses his hands to get open. So it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that with an extremely painful broken finger and swollen hand, he’s going to have problems getting open consistently. Considering the circumstances of his injury, I think he had a pretty decent season. All those hacks expecting him to dominate game in and game out with a freakin broken finger, give me a break; those jackasses would be in tears if they had to catch a Nerf football with a hangnail. As far as I’m concerned the guy earned his money by continuing to play at risk of a permenently deformed finger. You can’t put a price on that; that takes guts. The size of a guy’s contract isn’t going to reduce the amount of pain a player goes through. Please, the worst these hacks have to worry about is freakin carpal tunnel syndrome, and they’d be turning in their workmen’s comp forms and taking months off for that! Owens isn’t the only one who faded down the stretch. Just because Parcells refuses to list players on the injury report doesn’t mean they were healthy. The linebackers especially just seemed to be physically worn down towards the end. It may be that O-linemen are just too powerful, big, and athletic for linebackers to survive Parcell’s style of 3-4. Not unless you have ample rotation going on, and I don’t think the cap affords you the luxury to have that kind of depth anymore. But that’s all another story for another post 🙂

  • Born on superbowl day

    Ron East is now a Real Estate Developer in Seattle, WA. He was the 5th D-lineman for the Cowboys 67-71. Ron was a backup for defensive tackles Lilly and Pugh. He and others felt that he won the starting job in 1970 However they gave the job to Pugh. Because of that Ron Asked for a trade after the 1970 season and it was granted. He and two other players went to San Diego for Lance Alworth in 1971. I attended the Tom Landry ring of honor dinner with Ron and met Bob Lilly. I saw heard Bob say to Ron “Thanks for winning our first superbowl for us when you asked for the trade.” Ron was a Devensive standout in San Diego and Seattle. He was noted for solidifying Earl Morral’s legacy by breaking Bob Greise’s ankle in game 5 of the 1972 season.

  • Thanks for the update about East. I had no idea it was East who broke Griese’s leg– very interesting.