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    The Dallas Cowboys joined the NFL in 1960 and by 1966 had established themselves as one of the league's dynasty teams. Beginning that season, with Hall of Famer Tom Landry leading the way, the Cowboys posted 20 consecutive winning seasons. Along the way, Dallas earned wins in Super Bowls VI and XII. Continued success followed and, in the 1990s, the Cowboys added three more Super Bowl championships (XXVII, XXVIII, and XXX) to team annals.

    In the initial months following the its formation, the Dallas team was known as the "Steers". After a few weeks, however, the name was changed to "Rangers". At the same time, a baseball team operated in Dallas under that name, but was scheduled to fold before the 1960 football season. However, when the baseball team decided to play one more season, Clint Murchison Jr. and Bedford Wynne, two owners of the new NFL team, selected the name of Cowboys to avoid confusion.


    Team History

    In 1960, the Dallas Cowboys became the NFL's first successful new team since the collapse of the All-America Football Conference 10 years earlier. Clint Murchison Jr. was the new team's majority owner and his first order of business was to hire Tex Schramm as general manager, Tom Landry as head coach and Gil Brandt as player personnel director.

    This trio was destined for almost unprecedented success in the pro football world but the "glory years" didn't come easily. Playing in the storied Cotton Bowl, the 1960 Cowboys had to settle for one tie in 12 games and Dallas didn't break even until its sixth season in 1965. But in 1966, the Cowboys began an NFL-record streak of 20 consecutive winning seasons. That streak included 18 years in the playoffs, 13 divisional championships, five trips to the Super Bowl and victories in Super Bowls VI and XII.

    Dallas won its first two divisional championships in 1966 and 1967 but lost to the Green Bay Packers in the NFL championship game each year. Similar playoff losses the next seasons were followed by a 16-13 last-second loss to Baltimore in Super Bowl V following the 1970 season. The Cowboys were typified as "a good team that couldn't win the big games."

    But they dispelled such thought for good the very next year with a 24-3 win over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI. The Cowboys were Super Bowl-bound three more times from 1975 to 1978. They lost to Pittsburgh in extremely competitive games in Super Bowls X and XIII but defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 in Super Bowl XII. During their big years of the 1970s, the Cowboys were led by such future Pro Football Hall of Fame members as quarterback Roger Staubach, defensive tackles Bob Lilly and Randy White, defensive back Mel Renfro and running back Tony Dorsett.

    In 1967, Murchison announced that the Cowboys would build their own stadium in suburban Irving, Texas. A new Dallas pro football era began on October 24, 1971, when 65,024-seat Texas Stadium was opened.

    The Cowboys of the 1970s and early 1980s were known as "America's Team," an outfit that was just a step ahead of almost every other club when it came to image-enhancing promotions such as The Dallas Cowboys Newsweekly with a circulation of 100,000, sales of Cowboys souvenirs and apparel and the famous Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

    The Cowboys suffered their first losing season in two decades in 1986 and fell all the way to 3-13 in 1988. H. R. "Bum" Bright, who had purchased the Cowboys from Murchison in 1984, sold the team to Jerry Jones in 1989. Jones named former University of Miami coach Jimmy Johnson to replace Landry, who finished his career with 270 victories, third most by any coach in history.

    Johnson's first team won only once in 16 games but some daring trades and shrewd selections in the annual NFL draft quickly returned the Cowboys to championship status in Super Bowl XXVII in the fourth season of the Jerry Jones regime. They followed with a second straight world title in Super Bowl XXVIII. In March 1994, college coach Barry Switzer replaced Johnson as the Cowboys third head coach. The winning continued under Switzer, as the "Team of the Nineties" won its third Super Bowl in four years with a 27-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. In 1998, Chan Gailey replaced Switzer as the Cowboys' head coach followed two years later by Dave Campo. In 2003, Bill Parcells became only the sixth head coach in team history.


    Franchise History

    The Dallas Cowboys joined the NFL in 1960 and by 1966 had established themselves as one of the league's dynasty teams. Beginning that season, with Hall of Famer Tom Landry leading the way, the Cowboys posted 20 consecutive winning seasons. Along the way, Dallas earned wins in Super Bowls VI and XII. Continued success followed and, in the 1990s, the Cowboys added three more Super Bowl championships (XXVII, XXVIII, and XXX) to team annals.


    Interesting Facts

    First Draft Choice: Hall of Famer Bob Lilly, DT, TCU, 1961.

    First Regular-Season Game: A 35-28 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 9/24/60.

    First Regular-Season Touchdown: A 76-yard pass from Eddie LeBaron to Jim Doran vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, 9/24/60.

    First Regular-Season Win: A 27-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 9/17/61.

    First Winning Season: 1966 (10-3-1).

    First Playoff Appearance: A 34-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the 1966 NFL Championship game, 1/1/67.

    First Super Bowl Appearance: A 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V, 1/17/71.

    First Super Bowl Win: A 24-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI, 1/16/72.

    First Pro Bowl Selection: WR Jim Doran, 1960.

    First All-Pro Selections: RB Don Perkins and LB Jerry Tubbs, 1962.

    First Cowboy Elected to the Hall of Fame: DT Bob Lilly, 1980.

    First to Rush 100 Yards in a Game: Don Perkins, 108 yards vs. the Minnesota Vikings, 9/24/61.

    First 1,000-Yard Rusher: Calvin Hill, 1,036 yards (1972).

    First To Pass 400 Yards in a Game: Don Meredith, 460 yards vs. San Francisco 49ers, 11/10/63.

    Most Career Rushing Yards: Emmitt Smith, 17,162 yards (1990-2002).

    Most Career Passing Yards: Troy Aikman, 32,942 yards (1989-2000).

    Most Career Receptions: Michael Irvin, 750 receptions (1988-1999).

    All-Time Leading Scorer: Emmitt Smith, 986 points (1990-2002).

    Longest Fumble Return: 98 yards (TD) by Greg Ellis vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, 10/10/99.

    Last Original Cowboy to Retire: RB Don Perkins, 7/18/69.
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