Dallas Cowboys Official Weekly from October 26, 1985
A reader named Bruce Lombard earlier this year most generously sent me a stack of copies of the old Dallas Cowboys Official Weekly from the 1985 season and 1986 offseason. Each Wednesday, we will take a look at some interesting tidbits in these issues.
The focus this week is in the issue published on October 26, 1985.
Ask Tex Schramm: Did Tex Originally Have a Timetable for Success?
One reader asked if Tex Schramm had a timetable for success when he took over as the Cowboys’ general manager in 1959. His response:
I had no timetable, but I had confidence that we would eventually be successful. The methods and philosophies I had learned during my ten years with the Los Angeles Rams had provided me with what I felt was a pretty good formula for success. And I had the opportunity to look at the operations of other NFL teams during the three years I spent with CBS. Probably those three years were very important because they enabled me to step back from being involved in just one pro football operation and judge the things others were doing.
Schramm also noted the importance of the scouting system and the use of computers.
Cowboys Blow Game at Philadelphia
The Cowboys had been on a roll when they traveled to Philadelphia for a week 7 matchup. The 5-1 Cowboys held a 14-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter against the 3-3 Eagles, but Philadelphia scored twice in the final quarter to pull out a 16-14 win. Ron Jaworski’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Jackson proved to be the game-winner. Jaworski finished with 380 passing yards.
Gary Hogeboom filled in for the injured Danny White. Tom Landry later said that White could have played but that the team didn’t want to take a chance with White’s injured ribs.
Dorsett Chases Payton and Brown
The player many thought might end up with the record for most career rushing yards was Tony Dorsett. He surpassed the 10,000-yard mark faster than any player other than Walter Payton and Jim Brown. By the middle of the 1985 season, Dorsett ranked #6 on the all-time list.
The Unknown Starting Lineman Named Titensor
The cover boy for the October 26 issue was guard Glen Titensor (TIGHT-en-sir). He was a third-round pick in 1981 and had become a starter by 1984. At the age of 27, he was hitting his prime, but few outside Dallas knew who he was.
What we learned in the Oct. 26, 1985 issue: Titensor modeled a fur coat at a fund-raiser with other Cowboys; he married his wife Sherry in 1984 and lived in Carrollton; he had a golden retriever named Bubba; and his wife gave him a model airplane as a birthday present.
(As it turned out, he only started one more season before suffering an injury and sitting out the 1987 season. He now owns a golf course.)
Cowboy Connections with the Falcons
The Cowboys were getting reading to face the Atlanta Falcons on October 27. Atlanta had three executives with connections to the Cowboys: Eddie LeBaron, the former Dallas QB, was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Tom Braatz, a former Dallas LB, was the General Manager; and Bob Fry, a former Dallas tackle, was a scout.