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The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most popular teams in the NFL. The team is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and play in the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC). The team’s home stadium is at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and their headquarters can be found in Frisco, Texas.
The Dallas Cowboys’ current team manager is Jerral Wayne Jones, a businessman who has been the owner of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club Ltd. since 1989.
Jones started his career in business in his last year of college. After amassing a fortune from his business ventures, he was able to purchase the Dallas Cowboys on February 25, 1989. Jones hired his road-game roommate and college teammate Jimmy Johnson, which irked some people at the time. He then fired the legendary coach, Tom Landry. He also fired the Cowboys’ long-time manager Tex Schramm, assuming control over all football matters.
Jones was always described as a maverick owner. The NFL’s “league think” mindset was not his thing. His leadership was innovative and he enjoyed the attention he was getting.
When the All-American Football Conference collapsed, the Dallas Cowboys were the first successful fresh team in the NFL in 1960. Acquiring their franchise wasn’t easy. George Preston Marshall, the owner of the Washington Redskins, strongly opposed the idea of having an expansion team in Texas. What Marshall didn’t know was that Clint Murchison Jr, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys franchise, owned the rights to the Redskin’s fight song. Murchison wouldn’t allow Marshall to use the song during the games, which made Marshall agree to back Murchison’s bid.
Murchison hired Tom Landry as the team’s head coach, Tex Schramm as general manager and Gil Brandt as the personnel director. The team’s first few years weren’t easy – they didn’t have a permanent training facility or stadium. The team finished the 1960 season with no wins.
The team had their first win on September 17, 1961, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1966, the Cowboys won their first Eastern Conference championship. In 1966 and 1967, the team bagged two divisional championships. The Cowboys were able to build their own stadium in Irving, Texas in 1967. From the 1970s to early 1980s, image-enhancing promotions were done which made the Cowboys popular.
After two decades of winning streaks, the team’s first losing season happened in 1986. Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys franchise in 1989. The team has 5 Super Bowl wins under their belt.
With the nickname “Captain Comeback” and “Roger the Dodger”, Roger Staubach was the star quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys from 1969-1979. He was an important factor in why the Dallas Cowboys became dominant in the NFL in the 70s. He led the team to two Super Bowl victories (Super Bowl VI and XII).
Emmitt Smith became the running back for the Dallas Cowboys from 1990-2002. Smith holds the all-time rushing record of 18,355 yards. He had the most rushing touchdowns as well at 164. In 2010, he was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
Bob Lilly was considered one of the greatest defensive tackles in the league. Nicknamed “Mr. Cowboy”, he played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1961-1974. He was able to play 196 consecutive games making him the team’s first Ironman. Lilly became a Pro Football Hall of Famer in 1980.