KYDC ’92: Perfect Attendance at Quarterback School

This post is part of the 1992 Season in Review series, marking the 25th anniversary of the Cowboys’ Super Bowl championship season.

The Dallas Cowboys held quarterback school starting on June 15, 1992. The camp had perfect attendance.

Dallas Cowboys news was difficult to find in 1992. I’ve noted that before.

The news on June 16, 1992? The Cowboys had perfect attendance at quarterback school, thanks largely to high expectations for the team.

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson said his players’ 100-percent participation in yesterday’s start of a voluntary quarterback school at Valley Ranch is a first.

Johnson and others, including quarterback Troy Aikman, said the reason for the enthusiasm is the promise of where they believe the 1992 Cowboys could finish: first.

“I don’t know that we’ve ever had 100-percent participation in a voluntary camp,” said Johnson after supervising the opening of the five-day session. “The weight room is as full as it’s ever been. Everyone is involved, including some of the unsigned veterans who are not on the field but are attending meetings.”

Why the perfect attendance?

“They all know we’ll have an outstanding team,” Johnson said.

Johnson has rarely been hesitant about issuing such confident statements. Shortly after the 11-5 Cowboys lost in the second round of the National Football League playoffs last year, Johnson made noise about reaching the National Football Conference championship game this year.

Usually less vocal is Aikman, who this year sees the Cowboys as being Super Bowl-caliber.

“I’m not predicting it,” the fourth-year quarterback said. “What I do believe is that this team now has the talent and the confidence to play with any team in the league. And that means we have as good a chance as anybody to make it to the Super Bowl.”

In other news…

  • Backup QB Steve Beuerlein was fine after he checked himself into a hospital, complaining of nausea and dizziness.
  • Nate Newton had weighed as much as 400 pounds during the offseason but was down to 329 at the start of quarterback school.
  • Jimmy Johnson called rookie receiver Jimmy Smith an “excellent receiver,” while Alvin Harper had been the best off-season performer.