Dallas Cowboys Official Weekly from December 7, 1985

Mike Renfro: The Offense Comes Alive

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 December 7, 1985.

Ask Tex Schramm: Origin of the Word “Sack”

A reader asked Tex Schramm, “Why do they call it “sacking” the quarterback?”

Schramm had to ask around, and he finally found the answer from Los Angeles-based writer Bob Oates. Oates said that the player who first used the phrase was Deacon Jones, who himself wasn’t sure what it meant. Two options: (1) the sack refers to a defensive player draping over a quarterback, much like sacking something at a grocery store; and (2) sack may refer to a word used in the context of “sacking, pillaging, looting, or plundering a village.”

Cowboys Thump Cardinals on Thanksgiving

The Cowboys continued to put their 44-0 loss to the Bears behind them by beating up on the Cardinals in a 35-17 win on Thanksgiving. Dallas took advantage of three St. Louis fumbles in the win, which improved the Cowboys’ record to 9-4. Dallas was tied with the Rams for the second-best record in the NFC at that point.

After 13 games, Dallas was ranked #4 in the magazine’s Top 10 NFL Poll.

Wager Between Too Tall and Jeffcoat

Too Tall Jones and Jim Jeffcoat had a wager going in 1985 focusing on who would record the most sacks. After 13 games, Jones had the lead at 11-9. The winner would receive a six-pack of something or other.

Renfro at His Peak

A player who continued to stand out in 1985 was receiver Mike Renfro, who had come to Dallas via a trade in 1984. The former TCU star had 43 receptions for 634 yards and 5 TDs in the first 13 games that year.

Chris Collinsworth on the Cowboys

Today, Chris Collinsworth is a color commentator on NBC’s Sunday night games. In 1985, he was a receiver for the Bengals. His comment about the Cowboys then:

I always think of the Cowboys as the team I thought I would play for. A lot of draft experts were saying that they would take me with the 27th pick in the first round. Until the draft I was preparing to spend my pro career in the Dallas sun.

  • Rayschichtel

    Not much speed but boy did Renfro know how to get behind the secondary. Loved watching him play.