Dallas Cowboys Official Weekly from November 23, 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 November 23, 1985.
Demolition at the Hands of the Bears
It was not a good week after the Cowboys played the Chicago Bears on November 17. Chicago rolled into town and demolished the Cowboys in a 44-0 shutout. It remains one of the ugliest losses in franchise history.
Tom Landry’s comment:
What we had here today was a real old-fashioned whipping.
What many forget (including this writer) is that Dallas had a decent start to the game, picking up five first downs on three possessions compared to just one first down for Chicago. It was not the Dallas defense that caused the rout but rather the Dallas offense. Chicago scored 14 of its 24 first-half points off interception returns, and the Bears knocked starter Danny White out of the game early in the second half. White had been injured earlier in the game but had returned.
One accomplishment for the Cowboys— William “The Refrigerator” Perry did not score at the goal line late in the first half. Otherwise, this one was one of the worst games ever for Dallas fans.
Danny White Resumes Leadership Role
White was the cover boy for the November 23 issue. He had been elected as a captain for the 1985 season and was pivotal as the team tried to claim the NFC East title.
According to Mike Renfro:
Danny’s more relaxed now. He’s gotten back into the leadership role…
Everson Walls and His Grambling Spirit
Another player having a solid season in 1985 was cornerback Everson Walls. He had seven interceptions by Week 11 (and a total of 9 for the entire season).
Nevertheless, he had a chip on his shoulder for not being drafted after coming from Grambling University. Instead, Dallas signed him as a free agent in 1981.
All I know is, guys that are not anywhere as accomplished as me got picked, but they aren’t around anymore.
Feature on Defensive Back Victor Scott
The November 23 issue featured defensive back Victor Scott, who had a child in September 1985. Scott had survived growing up in East St. Louis, Illinois and was a standout at the University of Colorado. The 1985 season was his best, when had two interceptions, scored a touchdown, and recorded three sacks.
[Scott’s story didn’t turn out to be a good one, though. He was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in Texas]
Clint Murchison Visits Valley Ranch
Former team owner Clint Murchison got to visit the team’s new facility in Valley Ranch. He was giving a guided tour by team president Tex Schramm.