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When Legendary Dallas Cowboys Quarterbacks Have Moved On

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach announced his retirement in 1980.

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Dallas fans have enjoyed the luxury of having several great franchise quarterbacks. Although the likes of Craig Morton and Gary Hogeboom played elsewhere, most of the Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks have retired after their playing days in Dallas ended.

Thus, Cowboys fans have not had to experience what Colts fans are experiencing with Peyton Manning, at least when it comes to quarterbacks.

Here are quotes regarding the retirements of some legendary Dallas quarterbacks.

“I don’t want to play with the mental attitude I have.”

Don Meredith after walking away from the game in 1969.

Source: The News and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina), July 6, 1969

“I’ve had this feeling. If I continue to have it, I couldn’t go to training camp like I usually do– which is with everything I’ve got.”

Roger Staubach about his diminished emotion to return to football. He announced his retirement in March 1980.

Source: Anchorage Daily News (featuring a story from the Dallas Times Herald), April 1, 1980

“If they don’t like me, it really doesn’t matter. I can’t worry about the others. I made up my mind three months ago that nothing would surprise me.”

Danny White about his retirement, which he announced in 1989. He was referring specifically to the team taking QB Steve Walsh in the supplemental draft.

Source: L.A. Times, July 12, 1989

“Retirement is a viable option, but based on the fact that I’d like to continue to play, that will be down the road. It’s a matter of finding a situation I can be comfortable in and still play the game that I have a desire to play. I’m still capable of playing at a high level and remaining healthy.”

Troy Aikman after the Cowboys released him in March 2001. He announced his retirement about a month later.

Did You Know?

Several news outlets cited sources in January 1968 that Meredith planned to retire then. That was just after the Cowboys had lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Ice Bowl.

History in Quotes: Cowboys vs. Rams in the Playoffs

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Between the 1973 and 1985 seasons, the Cowboys faced the Rams eight times in the playoffs. The teams split the series at four games a piece.

Here are some quotes related to two of those games.

“I just got pushed back. He didn’t mark it where I caught it…It’s one of those things you have to live with, I guess. You can’t change it now.”

Billy Joe DuPree regarding a reception he made with less than two minutes to play in a 14-12 loss to the Rams in the 1976 playoffs. DuPree caught the on a fourth-and-ten play, but the referees spotted the ball short. Tom Landry said later that there was “no doubt whatsoever” that DuPree had made the first down.

Note: Today (March 7) is DuPree’s birthday.

Source: St. Petersburg Times, December 20, 1976

“There was no way he made it over.”

Lee Roy Jordan regarding a touchdown by Lawrence McCutcheon that put the Rams ahead of the Cowboys 14-10 in the 1976 playoff game. Several Cowboy defenders said that McCutcheon did not cross the goalline. The score came on third down, and had Dallas made the stop, the Rams likely would have kicked a field goal to tie the game.

“That’s the psychology of football. If coaches knew the answer to it, we would be much better off.”

Tony Dorsett’s quote after the Rams game in 1980.

Tom Landry after the Cowboys destroyed the Rams 34-13 in the 1980 playoffs. The Cowboys had only managed 96 rushing yards against the Rams two weeks earlier but gained 338 yards on the ground in the playoff win.

Source: The Telegraph-Herald, December 28, 1980

Did You Know?

The only time the Cowboys ever gained 500 or more yards in total offense in a playoff game was against the Rams in 1980. The team’s total yardage of 528 ranks 11th in NFL playoff history.

Dallas is also one of only six NFL teams since 1940 to have 300 or more rushing yards in a playoff game. Here is the list:

Rk Tm Year Date Opp W# G# Day Result OT Att Yds ? Y/A TD
1 CHI 1940 1940-12-08 @ WAS 12 12 Sun W 73-0 53 381 7.19 7
2 BUF 1995 1995-12-30 MIA 0 17 Sat W 37-22 52 341 6.56 3
3 DAL 1980 1980-12-28 RAM 17 17 Sun W 34-13 46 338 7.35 1
4 ATL 2004 2005-01-15 STL 0 17 Sat W 47-17 40 327 8.18 3
5 SDG 1963 1964-01-05 BOS 15 15 Sun W 51-10 32 318 9.94 4
6 DEN 1997 1997-12-27 JAX 0 17 Sat W 42-17 49 310 6.33 5
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/7/2012.

Quote Trivia: Running Backs Not Named Dorsett or Smith

One quote today focuses on running back Herschel Walker.

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Here are some quotes about running backs not named Tony Dorsett or Emmitt Smith:

“By the time we’ve had three weeks, we should begin to turn the corner as a unit. The nature of Herschel Walker– his study habits, the note-taking, the focusing-in that I have seen from him– would lead for me to believe that, in three or four weeks’ time, he’ll have a pretty good handle on it. He’s a student of the game.”

One-time Dallas offensive coordinator Paul Hackett on Herschel Walker, who joined the Cowboys in 1986. Walker had 1574 yards from scrimmage in 1986.

Source: The News and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, September 1, 1986

“When you’re told you’re not good enough, then you get a chance to show you’re good enough, you want to take it.”

Running back Paul Palmer, who joined the Cowboys in October 1989 after a trade between Dallas and Kansas City. Palmer rushed for 446 yards with Dallas but never played again after the 1989 season.

Source: Austin-American Statesman, October 19, 1989

“He is still uncertain on his moves when he comes out wide. His timing with the guards when they pull out to lead him is not good yet. He has to learn to wait for them. But I’m sure he will.”

Tom Landry on Mel Renfro, whom the Cowboys considered moving from safety to running back. Renfro had played running back while in college at Oregon.

Source: Sports Illustrated, September 12, 1966.

Did You Know?

Regarding his new weapon at running back, Don Meredith in 1966 said, “I think our offense will be better than it has ever been. I really don’t see how they can stop us. If I get in trouble I’ve always got Renfro for a safety valve. I can throw him a three-yard pass and he turns it into a 60-yard touch, and the record book reads ‘ Meredith to Renfro for 60 and a touchdown.”

Renfro played 14 seasons in the NFL and made 10 Pro Bowl appearances. However, his career as a running back was short. He saw action at running back in two games in 1966 and gained a total of 52 yards on the ground on eight carries. He also caught four passes for 65 yards.

Rushing Receiving
Rk G# Date Opp Result Att Yds Y/A TD Rec Yds Y/R TD
1 1 1966-09-18 NYG W 52-7 5 21 4.20 0 1 42 42.00 0
2 5 1966-10-16 STL T 10-10 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 6 1966-10-23 CLE L 21-30 3 31 10.33 0 3 23 7.67 0
4 7 1966-10-30 PIT W 52-21 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 8 1966-11-06 PHI L 23-24 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 9 1966-11-13 WAS W 31-30 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 10 1966-11-20 PIT W 20-7 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 11 1966-11-24 CLE W 26-14 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 12 1966-12-04 STL W 31-17 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 13 1966-12-11 WAS L 31-34 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 14 1966-12-18 NYG W 17-7 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Games 8 52 6.50 0 4 65 16.25 0
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/6/2012.

Quote Trivia: The Ups and Downs of Championship Games

See the Did You Know section for a fact about Craig Morton and Roger Staubach

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Three quotes focusing on three different championship games.

“Why am I a good quarterback? Well, I’ve always had a lot of natural ability and some God given talennt. There are a lot of guys like that. Tom (Landry) made the difference.”

Don Meredith as the Cowboys prepared to face the Green Bay Packers for the 1966 NFL Championship.

Source: Milwaukee Journal, December 28, 1966

“One caller demanded that we expose Tom Landry. Another demanded that we expose Roger Staubach. Somebody said they couldn’t win the big one and never had.”

Columnist Bob St. John after the Vikings had beaten the Cowboys 27-10 in the 1973 NFC Championship Game. This was two years after Dallas had won Super Bowl VI with Staubach as quarterback.

Source: Dallas Morning News, January 6, 1974

“It would be proper for me to say we did. But basically we didn’t. We knew we had to get talent, put together a staff that could coach players and get it done. It’s not like we sat down and wrote out an organizational chart. We just went out and did the work.”

Jimmy Johnson in response to a question about whether he and Jerry Jones had a master plan to rebuild the Cowboys.

Source: Dallas Morning News, January 31, 1993

Did You Know?

Most with long enough memories remember that Craig Morton had to play most of the 1972 regular season because Roger Staubach had suffered an injured shoulder during training camp. But did you know that Morton had become the fan favorite that year?

Here is a clip from an article (text is below the image):

Wonder who many of those 16,601 still held Morton in higher regard by the end of the 1970s?

The text:

Dallas quarterback Craig Morton surged from behind and edged Roger Staubach as “The most Favorite Cowboy” award winner.

Morton compiled 16,601 votes from the fans in the balloting to 12,761 for Staubach, last year’s winner.

Morton was the regular season quarterback for Dalla after Staubach was injured during the pre-season. However, Staubach came off the bench to throw two touchdowns in a National Conference playoff victory over San Francisco.

History in Quotes: Playoff Blowouts

Too Tall Jones closes in on Doug Williams during the Cowboys 38-0 playoff win on January 2, 1982.

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More news this week about Jerry’s loss of grip on reality.

We’ll instead focus today on quotes about games in which the Cowboys actually managed blowout wins.

In three playoff games, the Cowboys have defeated their opponents by at least 35 points. Here are three quotes about those three wins.

1967 Playoffs: Dallas 52, Cleveland 14 (38 points)

“[N]othing demoralizes a team any more than for an offense to take the ball and just cram, cram, cram it at ’em . . . it destroys confidence and that’s what happened today.”

Don Meredith after the Cowboys crushed the Browns 52-14 in the 1967 playoffs. It was the Cowboys’ first ever playoff win.

Source: Dallas Morning News, December 25, 1967

1981 Playoffs: Dallas 38, Tampa Bay 0 (38 points)

“We knew Williams was frustrated. He just didn’t have time to throw. He was running for his life.”

Cowboys CB Dennis Thurman after the Cowboys had destroyed Doug Williams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-0 in the divisional round of the 1981 playoffs.

Source: Star-News, January 3, 1982

Super Bowl XXVII (1992 season): Dallas 52, Buffalo 17 (35 points)

 Question posed before Media Day leading to Super Bowl XXVII

“Media Day is much fun as…”:

“…giving a pit bull a root canal”—G Kevin Gogan;

“…getting trampled by a thousand horses in a very small pasture”—G Nate Newton.

 Source: Sports Illustrated, February 8, 1993

More Quote Trivia: The Dumb Things Jerry Jones Says

This picture makes as much sense as the man himself.

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This series might not catch on, but either way, it won’t take much effort to keep it alive. I’ll just keep providing quotes from Jerry Jones.

Here is the one from today:

“I see the talent level being able to put us in a competitive situation for the Super Bowl. I saw it at the start of that [2010] season and I see it with what we had last year, that there’s a talent level that can compete for a Super Bowl.”

Um, Jerry, wasn’t the 2010 season the one where the team started 1-7? Yeah, I think we all know what happened. I don’t even know how to respond to this.

Anyway, here are a few quotes from previous years, followed by some questions about the quotes:

March 31, 1994

“We had met about a year ago in Oklahoma City and had briefly talked. . . . It was very apparent to me then that this enthusiasm, and that charisma, and that charm, and that drive, was very special.”

Jones about Barry Switzer.

Source: Austin American-Stateman, March 31, 1994

April 26, 1994

“I spoke briefly with Jimmy this morning and he congratulated us on getting Shante. He knew we really needed to get someone with those kinds (pass rushing) of skills.”

Jones about contacting Johnson following the 1994 draft, when the Cowboys traded up to pick Arizona State defensive end Shante Carver.

Source: The Daily Oklahoman, April 26, 1994

February 15, 2000

“With what we’re doing with our offensive philosophy, with the skills of Troy (Aikman), with the offensive line we have, the running backs we have, as well as what we’ll be doing defensively, ( Galloway ) coupled with Rocket Ismail gives us a great opportunity to compete this year.”

Jones after the Cowboys had traded two first-round picks to acquire Joey Galloway.

Source: Houston Chronicle, February 15, 2000

April 23, 2001

“Making Quincy a second-round pick, we knew we’d have the time and patience for him to develop. That’s why it’s so important to get a five-year contract and make a statement to Quincy that he is more than [a middle-round projection] to us.”

Jones after taking Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter in the second round of the 2001 draft, even though others projected Carter as fourth- or fifth-round pick.

Source: Fort Worth Star Telegram, April 23, 2001

Now for the trivia questions:

Barry Switzer won 40 regular-season games as the Cowboys' coach. During which season did Tom Landry win his 40th game?

How many sacks did Shante Carver have with Dallas?

Which veteran did the Cowboys sign to fill in as starter in 2001 while waiting for Carter to get ready?

How many games did Carter start with the Cowboys?

The Cowboys have won how many playoff games since winning Super Bowl XXX?

Dallas Cowboys History in Quotes, Part 7

Roger Staubach
One of today’s quotes focuses on Roger Staubach and his Heisman Trophy.

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More quotes. Please take a look at the poll at the end of this post.

November 5, 1978

“We haven’t played with enough intensity, and I think it’s because we haven’t had enough concern for our opponents.”

Tex Schramm after the 1978 Cowboys lost to the Miami Dolphins in November 5 to fall to 6-4. At that point, Dallas was considered a long shot to make the Super Bowl.

Source: Sports Illustrated, November 13, 1978

August 19, 1970

“It’s big and the man on it is slanted, so the kids are always riding its or sitting on it.”

Roger Staubach about his Heisman Trophy. Staubach had three girls.

Source: Dallas Morning News, August 19, 1970

October 2, 1996

“The minute he walks out there. We’re going to throw him the ball.”

Barry Switzer about the return of Michael Irvin after Irvin had served a five-game suspension to start the 1996 season.

Source: Austin American-Statesman, October 2, 1996


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Dallas Cowboys Quote Trivia, Part 6

Jerry Jones, right, dines with Jimmy Johnson at a Tex-Mex restaurant on February 25, 1989. See the trivia questions below for  question about this picture.

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Another day, more quotes.

Three trivia questions appear at the end of this post.

“I’m always amazed at the things this team does year in and year out to survive. The courage and the heart we’ve shown and the tests this team has gone through have made our run very special. These were two championship-caliber teams going at it in an all-out battle, and the last one standing would win. It was like the Tyson-Holyfield fight.”

Tackle Erik Williams after the Cowboys had defeated the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in overtime on November 10, 1996.

Source: Sports Illustrated, November 18, 1996

“If some of those guys had been exposed much longer, they might have really been in trouble.”

Dallas Cowboys trainer Don Cochren after the Ice Bowl played on December 31, 1967. One of the players who said he suffered from frostbite was defensive end George Andrie, who scored one of the Cowboys’ touchdowns.

Source: Dallas Morning News, January 4, 1968

“It is an offer for 100 percent of the team and 100 percent of the stadium assets. We offered $120 million for the team and stadium assets, $10 million in liabilities.”

Bill Hendrix, vice president for finance of Donald Carter‘s HI Service Enterprises, about an offer to buy the Cowboys from owner Bum Bright in 1988. Carter was the founding owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

Source: New York Times, December 25, 1988

Trivia: Jerry Jones Buys Cowboys

Of course, Carter wasn’t the one who bought the Cowboys. Here are three questions about Jerry Jones’ purchase of the team.

Please go to Dallas Cowboys Quote Trivia, Part 6 to view the quiz

Dallas Cowboys Quotes, Part 5

Drew Pearson, Hail Mary
Drew Pearson hauls in the Hail Mary.

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No trivia questions today about the following quotes. However, please take a second to complete the poll question.

“Chances on a play like that are slim and none. You just have to hope and pray you’re successful.”

Drew Pearson after the Hail Mary catch against the Vikings in the 1975 playoffs. He outmaneuvered Minnesota cornerback Nate Wright for the ball on a play that gave Dallas a 17-14 win.

Source: St. Petersburg Times, Dec. 29, 1975

“Well, I’m sorry to hear that. We’re sure going to miss Coach Schramm and his boys.”

An unidentified woman who called the Dallas Morning News after learning that the Texans were moving to Kansas City to become the Chiefs. Several in Dallas confused coach Hank Stram and Cowboys general manager Tex Schramm.

Source: Dallas Morning News, February 10, 1963

“This, on my part, was not a difficult decision at all. It is, though, very disappointing.”

Jerry Jones about having to release quarterback Quincy Carter.

Source: New York Times, August 5, 2004


Here is a poll question about the Cowboys’ release of Carter.

Dallas Cowboys Quote Trivia, Part 4, February 21

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Here are the three quote trivia questions for today:

Please go to Dallas Cowboys Quote Trivia, Part 4, February 21 to view the quiz