Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #74
Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series
This number is the answer to a little trivia question: which number has only been worn by one member of the Dallas Cowboys?
That would be Mr. Cowboy, the first member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, and one of the great defensive linemen to play professional football.
So, no poll for this one. Nobody has worn #74 since Bob Lilly retired after the 1974 season.
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Thanks to Fred Goodwin, we know that Lilly’s autobiography is coming out in about a month. Here is the information about the book:
A Cowboy’s Life (Hardcover)
by Bob Lilly (Author), Kristine Clark (Author), Roger Staubach (Foreword)
List Price: $24.95
# Hardcover: 256 pages
# Publisher: Triumph Books (September 10, 2008)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1600781012
# ISBN-13: 978-1600781018
Bob Lilly is Mr. Cowboy. The humble man from Throckmorton, Texas, often called “the greatest defensive tackle in NFL history,” shares his life’s journey for the first time in A Cowboy’s Life. Lilly recounts his humble beginnings in Texas, being the first player ever drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1961, his induction into the Ring of Honor, and his passion for photography. It’s all here: Lilly’s innumerable successes, his injuries, the stories of what he did after he retired from the Cowboys, and what he is doing today. Well supplemented with many never-before-published photographs taken by Lilly himself, A Cowboy’s Life is the real story of Mr. Cowboy, straight from the man who lived it all.
From the Publisher
“A man like that comes along once in a lifetime. He is something a little more than great. Nobody is better than Bob Lilly.”
“Regardless of whether Bob was double-teamed or even triple-teamed, he’d still beat you. There were times when he didn’t even confront the opposition at all. He would either jump over them, go around them, or strategically outsmart them by making the play.”
–Roger Staubach, from the foreword
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