I recently wrote a review of Breakthrough ‘Boys: The Story of the 1971 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys, written by Jaime Aron of the Associated Press. This is a very good book about the 1971 Dallas Cowboys, the first team in franchise history to win a Super Bowl title.
For Dallas Cowboys history in quotes today, here are some quotes from the book.
“I ain’t going back down there, I tell you that, folks.”
Don Meredith to the audience on a Monday Night Football game on November 16, 1970. The Cowboys lost 38-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals, and the crowd started chanting for Meredith’s return.
“Well, Walt, we took a look at you and you weren’t any good.”
University of Texas coach Darrell Royal to Walt Garrison, who only received one college football scholarship offer, and that was from Oklahoma State University. Despite his lack of size and speed, the Cowboys took Garrison in the fifth round of the 1966 draft.
“If somebody did one hundred sit-ups, Roger was going to do one hundred and one. If somebody ran a mile in six minutes, Roger would do it in five fifty-nine. If somebody threw the ball sixty yards, he wa going to throw it sixty one.”
Garrison about Roger Staubach and his work ethic. Bob Lilly added that Staubach would sometimes race Bob Hayes in 100-yard dashes.
“There’s not much difference between them.”
Tom Landry about Cliff Harris and Charlie Waters, who battled for one of the safety spots. Harris was the started opposite Cornell Green and also became the primary punt and kick returner.
“I could see him getting panicky, knowing he was so close to the end zone. He wanted to dump the ball, but he never had a chance.”
Lilly about his famous sack of Bob Griese, which cost the Dolphins 29 yards in Super Bowl VI. Miami only managed three points and remain the only team in Super Bowl history to fail to score a touchdown.
Did You Know?
Running back Duane Thomas caused so many problems in Dallas that the Cowboys traded him to New England. The trade sent Thomas, lineman Halvor Hagen,and receiver Honor Jackson to New England for a first-round pick and running back Carl Garrett. The Patriots nullified the trade just days later.
Garrett remained in New England and played there in 1971 and 1972. He later played with the Jets, Bears, and Raiders.
Hagen also remained in New England and played through the 1975 season with the Patriots and Bills.
Jackson played for the Patriots and Giants between 1972 and 1974.