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.

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