It was today in 1980 that Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach announced his retirement at a press conference at Texas Stadium. At the time of his retirement, Staubach was the highest rated passer of all time. After retirement, he had a successful real estate business and a sports commentator.
The term “Hail Mary Pass” is said to have come from a 1975 playoff game where Staubach threw a 50-yard pass to Drew Pearson as the clock ticked to zero to give Dallas the 17-14 win. Staubach said in an interview later that he prayed “Hail Mary” before his threw the pass. And there you go. It’s in our football verbiage forever. Man, I really loved the Cowboys back then.
It was also around this time that I changed my favorite football team from the Cowboys to the Giants. I was 14 years old. My father, a true die-hard Cowboys fan has never forgiven me, but we have a fun football season razzing each other every year. =)
“Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.” ~ John Steinbeck