1969 Cowboys Move Forward Without Don Perkins as Well
This post is part of the 50 Seasons in 50 Weeks Series.
If the loss of the franchise’s leading quarterback during the summer of 1969 wasn’t difficult enough, the Cowboys had to endure the loss of its all-time leading rusher, Don Perkins.
Perkins called it quits as training camp opened in July 1969. His reason for leaving the game was that he could no longer take the physical punishment. At 5’10”, 204 pounds, he played fullback throughout most of his career.
Although his 6,217 rushing yards only rank 62nd in league history, he had outstanding numbers for his day. At the time of his retirement, Perkins ranked fifth on the all-time rushing list:
1. Jim Brown, 12,312 (1957-1965)
2. Joe Perry, 9,723 (1948-1963)
3. Jim Taylor, 8,597 (1958-1967)
4. John Henry Johnson, 6,803 (1954-1966)
5. Don Perkins, 6,217 (1961-1968)
Career Stats (Pro Football Reference)
Ring of Honor Entry (DallasCowboys.com)