Dallas Cowboys Timeline

by Paul Heckmann, Executive Director. Memories Incorporated

Credit given to:

Dallas Morning News, DallasCowboys.com, Pro Football Reference, Texas State Historical Society, ESPN, Wiki,

a innumerable number of Cowboy fan sites, Dallas Public Library, and several hardcore Cowboy fans.

Plus many hours of proofing by an anonymous member of Memories of Dallas amd 

This is a 'living document' and will be updated as new information is proven and added

1959

  • Clint Murchison signs Don Meredith to a 5 year personal service contract with his marine company Tecon to lock him up for the proposed Dallas Steers franchise. In November 1959, they also signed Don Perkins to a personal-services contract for a $1,500 bonus and a $10,000 salary
  • The Steers name was changed to the Dallas Rangers after a short time.
  • Murchison doesn't have the votes against the powerful Redskins franchise that have the South locked up.

    The original Cowboy brain trust. Coach Landry, owner Bedford Wynne, GM Tex Schramm and owner Clint Murchison
  • Clint and Bedford Wynne find out "Hail to the Redskins" is not owned by Washington, and in a nutshell purchase it and trades it to the Skins for their vote.
  • The founding investors were Clint Murchison, Jr. (45%), John D. Murchison (45%), Toddie Lee and Bedford Wynne (Director and Secretary) (5%) and William R. Hawn (5%).
  • Clint Murchison Jr. becomes the new team's majority owner. His first order of business was to hire Tex Schramm as General Manager and Gil Brandt as Player Personnel Director
  • December 22, 1959 Clint Murchison hires Tom Landry as Head Coach

1960

  • January 28, 1960. Dallas Rangers awarded NFL Franchise for the astronomical sum of $600,000
    • March 13 1960. Dallas Rangers expansion draft (regular draft was in November) Each of the 12 NFL teams had to submit a list of 9 players. Dallas could only choose 3 of the 9 players. They chose:
      - Baltimore Colts: RB L.G. Dupre, P/WR Dave Sherer, DE Ray Krouse
      - Chicago Bears: DT Don Healy, RB Jack Johnson, RB Pete Johnson
      - Cleveland Browns: WR Frank Clarke, RB Leroy Bolden, RB Ed Modzelewski
      - Detroit Lions: WR Jim Doran, C Charlie Ane, LB Gene Cronin
      - Green Bay Packers: RB Don McIlenny, DE Nate Borden, S Bill Butler
      - Los Angeles Rams: CB Tom Franckhauser, T Bob Fry, G Duane Putnam
      - New York Giants: QB Don Heinrich, G Buzz Guy, G Al Barry
      - Philadelphia Eagles: TE Dick Bielski, T Jerry DeLucca, LB Bill Striegel
      - Pittsburgh Steelers: WR Ray Mathews, DT/T Ray Fisher, RB Bobby Luna
      - San Francisco 49ers: LB Jerry Tubbs, WR Fred Dugan, DE John Gonzaga
      - St Louis Cardinals: DT Ed Husmann, LB Jack Patera, T Bobby Cross
      - Washington Redskins: LB Tom Braatz, C Joe Nicely, RB Doyle Nix
      - At this time the NFL also assigned the rights to 1960 NFL draft picks Don Meredith (who had been drafted by the Chicago Bears) and Don Perkins (drafted by the Baltimore Colts) to the Cowboys for a couple of future draft picks. Dallas had to give their third-round and ninth-round choices in the 1962 NFL draft to the Bears and Colts respectively.
  • March 19, 1960 - Rangers officially changed their name to the Cowboys. They had planned on using Dallas Rangers, but the baseball team in the area decided not to disband and since they wanted a clear and separate identity.

    The Cowboys first headquarters on 4425 Central Expressway left to right, GM Tex Schramm, owners Bedford Wynne and Clint Murchison and Head Coach Tom Landry,
  • After not being able to participate in the 1960 NFL draft during their inaugural year of existence, the Dallas Cowboys traded their first round (who became future 4x Pro Bowler Norm Snead) and sixth round (#72-Joe Krakoski) draft choices in the 1961 NFL Draft to the Washington Redskins in exchange for Eddie LeBaron, convincing him to come out of retirement to become the franchise's first starting quarterback. He started 10 of 12 games in 1960, with rookie Don Meredith and Don Heinrich starting the other two. He also scored the Cowboys' first-ever touchdown in their first exhibition game against the San Francisco 49ers, on August 6 in Seattle. He set a record for the shortest touchdown pass in league history, with his throw to receiver Dick Bielski from the 2-inch line against the Redskins on October 9, 1960.

April 1960: Cowboys set up headquarters at 4425 N. Central Expressway on the second floor from the first-floor tenant Dallas Automobile Club. The Cowboys' box office is on the first floorst season-ticket prices were $27.60 for six games.

Second-floor workers consisted of general manager Tex Schramm, Brandt, coach Tom Landry, three assistant coaches, a public relations director, a couple of secretaries and a receptionist.

July 9, 1960: Rookie training camp in Oregon starts

Cowboys held the first part of regular training camp at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. The second half of camp was at St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin, a site handpicked by Milwaukee native Brandt which turned into a disaster as it hadn't been updated in decades and the rooms were built for youngsters, not very large men

1960-62 seasons: Cowboys primarily practice at Burnett Field, home of minor league baseball's Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers; The offense met in the first-base clubhouse, the defense in the third-base clubhouse. The training room consisted of a couple of tables and ice tubs crammed into the stadium's women's restroom.

Some practices are held at DISD-owned Cobb Stadium when Burnett floods, which technically makes it the Cowboys second practice field

Tom Franckhauser, the first Cowboy to touch the ball. Took the opening kickoff in the first game in preseason and regular season

1960 Season. Ticket sales are slow. "The league has come a long, long way from the days when we used to pay players $5,000 a year and didn't pay till Tuesday to make sure the checks cleared." Gil Brandt

Sept 10 1960. Cowboys play first game in their history at Cotton Bowl.

Tom Franckhauser becomes the first Cowboy to ever touch the ball, taking the opening kickoff, which he also did in their preseason.

1960-1971: Cowboys use Cotton Bowl for NFL games

Cowboys end 1960 with no wins and a single tie, 0-11-1

1961

  • Training camp moved to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota
  • Cowboys add a box office at 1509 Elm Street, tickets can also be purchased at Reynolds-Penland and Jas. K. Wilson stores.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1961 1 Bob Lilly HOF 13 DT TCU
1961 2 E.J. Holub 16 LB Texas Tech
1961 3 Stew Barber 30 T Penn St.
1961 4 Sonny Davis 44 LB Baylor
1961 7 Art Gilmore 86 B Oregon St.
1961 8 Don Talbert 100 T Texas
1961 9 Glynn Gregory 114 E SMU
1961 11 Norris Stevenson 142 B Missouri
1961 12 Lowndes Shingler 156 QB Clemson
1961 13 Don Goodman 170 B Florida
1961 14 Billy Shaw HOF 184 G Georgia Tech
1961 15 Julius Varnado 198 T San Francisco St.
1961 16 Jerry Steffen 212 B Colorado
1961 17 Everett Cloud 226 B Maryland
1961 18 Randy Williams 240 B Indiana
1961 19 Lynn Hoyem 254 G Long Beach St.
1961 20 Jerry Morgan 268 B Iowa St.

Location of the Cowboys third practice field on Central just south of Yale. That is the 6116 N Central Building - Expressway Towers, aka Cowboy Towers

1962

  • Cowboys owner Clint Murchison Jr. buys property at Yale Boulevard and North Central Expressway from underneath the AFL's Dallas Texans which included a practice field and field house.
  • The Texans are forced to move to a new field a few blocks away for the 1962 season while the Cowboys move to their 3rd practice field. Today this would be directly below where Murchison built the Cowboys Towers at 6116 N Central, approximately where the former Magnolia Hotel and current Beeman Hotel sits at 6070 N Central and 6060 N Central are today.
  • Training camp moved to Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan
  • Cowboys are approached by a faction of IBM that wants to get into the NFL accounting areas via their computer systems. Instead Schramm flips it on them and asks them to see what they can do about developing a scouting system. A young Salam Qureishi joins forces with Gil Brandt to create pro sports first version of 'Moneyball'.  They didnt call them 'analytics' back then, instead the used the moniker, 'predictables'
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1962 2 Sonny Gibbs 18 QB TCU
1962 3 Bobby Plummer 39 T TCU
1962 6 Donnie Davis 74 WR Southern
1962 6 George Andrie 82 DE Marquette
1962 8 Ken Tureaud 102 B Michigan
1962 10 John Longmeyer 130 G Southern Illinois
1962 11 Larry Hudas 144 E Michigan St.
1962 13 Bob Moses 172 E Texas
1962 14 Harold Hays 186 LB Southern Miss
1962 15 Guy Reese 200 DT SMU
1962 16 Bob Johnston 214 T Rice
1962 17 Ray Jacobs 228 DT Howard Payne
1962 18 Dave Cloutier 242 DB Maine
1962 19 Paul Holmes 256 T Georgia
1962 20 Amos Bullocks 270 HB Southern Illinois

1963

  • 1963-1989: Training camp moved to California Lutheran in Oxnard
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1963 1 Lee Roy Jordan 6 LB Alabama
1963 3 Jim Price 34 LB Auburn
1963 4 Whaley Hall 48 T Mississippi
1963 7 Marv Clothier 90 G Kansas
1963 10 Rod Scheyer 132 T Washington
1963 11 Ray Schoenke 146 G SMU
1963 12 Bill Perkins 160 HB Iowa
1963 13 Paul Wicker 174 T Fresno St.
1963 14 Lou Cioci 188 LB Boston Col.
1963 15 Jerry Overton 202 DB Utah
1963 16 Dennis Golden 216 T Holy Cross
1963 17 Ernie Parks 230 G McMurry
1963 18 Bill Frank 244 T Colorado
1963 19 Jim Stiger 258 HB Washington
1963 20 Tommy Lucas 272 E Texas

1964

  • February 5, 1964: Clint Murchison signs Tom Landry to the longest contract in sports history, a 10 year agreement.

    Coaching staff 1964
  • June 22, 1964: Cowboys move to their second, albeit temporary headquarters, 5738 N. Central Expressway (between Mockingbird and Yale, approximately where Mockingbird Station is now), with plans to move again in 1966 to a nearby office tower being constructed by Murchison. The temporary office is about 3 blocks south of the practice field.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1964 1 Scott Appleton 4 DT Texas
1964 2 Mel Renfro HOF 17 DB Oregon
1964 4 Perry Lee Dunn 45 RB Mississippi
1964 6 Billy Lothridge 73 DB Georgia Tech
1964 6 Jim Curry 82 E Cincinnati
1964 6 Jim Evans 83 WR Texas-El Paso
1964 7 Bob Hayes HOF 88 SE Florida A&M
1964 8 Al Geverink 101 HB UCLA
1964 9 Jake Kupp 116 G Washington
1964 10 Roger Staubach HOF 129 QB Navy
1964 11 Bob Crenshaw 144 G Baylor
1964 12 Johnny Norman 157 E
1964 13 Jerry Rhome 172 QB Tulsa
1964 14 Jim Worden 185 LB Wittenberg
1964 15 Bill Van Burkleo 200 B Tulsa
1964 16 Paul Cercel 213 C Pittsburgh
1964 17 Bud Abell 228 LB Missouri
1964 18 Theophile Viltz 241 DB USC
1964 19 H.D. Murphy 256 B Oregon
1964 20 John Hughes 269 LB SMU

 

1965

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1965 1 Craig Morton 5 QB California
1965 2 Malcolm Walker 19 C Rice
1965 4 Jimmy Sidle 47 RB Auburn
1965 4 Bob Svihus 53 T USC
1965 5 Roger Pettee 61 LB Florida
1965 6 Sonny Utz 75 FB Virginia Tech
1965 7 Brig Owens 89 DB Cincinnati
1965 8 Russell Wayt 103 LB Rice
1965 9 Jim Zanios 117 FB Texas Tech
1965 10 Gaylon McCollough 131 C Alabama
1965 11 Jethro Pugh 145 DT Elizabeth City St.
1965 12 Ernie Kellermann 159 DB Miami (OH)
1965 13 Jack Schraub 173 E California
1965 14 Garry Porterfield 187 DE Tulsa
1965 15 Gene Foster 201 RB Arizona St.
1965 16 Doug McDougal 215 E Oregon St.
1965 17 Mitch Johnson 229 T UCLA
1965 18 Marty Amsler 243 DE Evansville
1965 19 Marv Rettenmund 257 HB Ball St.
1965 20 Don Barlow 271 T Kansas St.

1966

  • Lamar Hunt had moved the Dallas Texans to Kansas City in 1963 as the NFL was simply too strong, the current owners were too wealthy. And then the Giants approached Bills kicker Pete Gogolak and they signed him and all hell broke loose. The AFL started to fight back, signing current NFL players like Roman Gabriel to futures contracts. The bidding wars were causing contracts to run too high. Secret meetings authorized by Pete Rozelle were held between old friends, Lamar Hunt and Tex Schramm. On June 8 1966, the AFL-NFL merger was announced. Common schedules came into play in 1970 
  • 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.
  • Cowboys won Division title but lost in the NFL championship to Green Bay
  • Dec. 19, 1966: Thirteen days before hosting the Packers in the NFL Championship Game, Cowboys move into their third headquarters in the new offices at 6116 N. Central Expressway, taking over the 11th floor of a 15-story, $7 million Expressway Tower built primarily for Murchison's marine construction company, Tecon. The office overlooks the team's practice field.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1966 1 John Niland 5 G Iowa
1966 2 Willie Townes 22 DE Tulsa
1966 5 Walt Garrison 79 RB Oklahoma St.
1966 6 Bob Dunlevy 86 E West Virginia
1966 7 Arthur Robinson 100 E Florida A&M
1966 8 Don Kunit 116 HB Penn St.
1966 9 Darrell Elam 130 E West Virginia Tech
1966 10 Mason Mitchell 146 HB Washington
1966 11 Austin Denney 160 TE Tennessee
1966 12 Les Shy 173 RB Long Beach St.
1966 12 Craig Baynham 176 HB Georgia Tech
1966 13 Ron Lamb 190 RB South Carolina
1966 14 Lewis Turner 206 HB Norfolk St.
1966 15 Mark Gartung 220 T Oregon St.
1966 16 Tom Piggee 236 HB San Francisco St.
1966 17 George Allen 250 T West Texas A&M
1966 18 Steve Orr 266 T Washington
1966 19 Byron Johnson 280 T Central Washington
1966 20 Lou Hudson 296 FL Minnesota

1967

  • June 1967: Cowboys lease 3.5 acres near Forest Lane and Abrams Road and begin construction of a training facility and practice fields, which they move to in October and this becomes their fourth practice facility
  • Cowboys won Division title but lost in the NFL championship to Green Bay
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1967 3 Phil Clark 76 DB Northwestern
1967 4 Curtis Marker 103 G Northern Michigan
1967 6 Sims Stokes 157 WR Northern Arizona
1967 7 Rayfield Wright HOF 182 T Fort Valley St.
1967 8 Steve Laub 208 QB Illinois Wesleyan
1967 9 Byron Morgan 234 DB Findlay
1967 10 Eugene Bowen 260 HB Tennessee St.
1967 11 Pat Riley 285 FL Kentucky
1967 12 Harold Deters 312 K North Carolina St.
1967 13 Al Kerkian 338 DE Akron
1967 14 Tommy Boyd 364 G Tarleton St.
1967 15 Leavie Davis 390 DB Edward Waters
1967 16 Paul Brothers 416 QB Oregon St.
1967 17 George Adams 442 LB Morehead St.

1968

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1968 1 Dennis Homan 20 WR Alabama
1968 2 Dave McDaniels 45 WR Miss. Valley St.
1968 3 Ed Harmon 71 LB Louisville
1968 4 John Douglas 97 LB Missouri
1968 5 Blaine Nye 130 G Stanford
1968 6 D.D. Lewis 159 LB Mississippi St.
1968 7 Bob Taucher 185 T Nebraska
1968 8 Frank Brown 211 DT Albany St.
1968 9 Ken Kmiec 241 DB Illinois
1968 10 Ben Olison 266 FL Kansas
1968 11 Ron Shotts 292 RB Oklahoma
1968 12 Wilson Whitty 321 LB Boston Univ.
1968 13 Carter Lord 347 FL Harvard
1968 14 Ron Williams 373 DB West Virginia
1968 15 Tony Lunceford 402 K Auburn
1968 16 Larry Cole 428 DE Hawaii
1968 17 George Nordgren 454 RB Houston

 

1969

  • Cowboys win the Capital Division. They lose to the Cleveland Browns in the Eastern Championship 38-14

Bill Bragg's Press Passes for 1969 when he ran cameras for CBS

You want to know about 'luck of the draw'?
As the AFL-NFL merger approached in 1969-70
The AFC teams quickly decided on a divisional alignment but the NFC had a lot of infighting. They had gone to 4 team divisions in 1967 but nobody wanted to be in the same divisions as the Cowboys or Vikings. Everyone wanted the Saints as they were the worst team in football
The final five proposals were as follows:
PLAN 1: East: NYG, PHI, WAS, ATL, MIN; Central: CHI, GB, DET, NO; West: LA, SF, DAL, STL.
PLAN 2: East: NYG, PHI, WAS, MIN; Central: ATL, DAL, NO, STL; West: LA, SF, CHI, GB, DET.
PLAN 3: East: NYG, PHI, WAS, DAL, STL: Central: CHI, GB, DET, MIN; West: LA, SF, ATL, NO.
PLAN 4: East: NYG, PHI, WAS, STL, MIN; Central: CHI, GB, DET, ATL; West: LA, SF, DAL, NO.
PLAN 5: East: NYG, PHI, WAS, DET, MIN; Central: CHI, GB, DAL, STL; West: LA, SF, ATL, NO.
These five combinations were written up on slips of paper, sealed into envelopes and put into a fish bowl (other sources say a flower vase), and the official NFC alignment 'Plan 3' was pulled out by Rozelle's secretary, Thelma Elkjer.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1969 1 Calvin Hill 24 RB Yale
1969 2 Richmond Flowers 49 DB Tennessee
1969 3 Thomas Stincic 68 LB Michigan
1969 3 Halvor Hagen 74 G Weber St.
1969 5 Chuck Kyle 125 LB Purdue
1969 6 Rick Shaw 152 FL Arizona St.
1969 7 Larry Bales 180 FL Emory & Henry
1969 8 Elmer Benhardt 205 LB Missouri
1969 9 Claxton Welch 230 RB Oregon
1969 10 Stuart Gottlieb 258 T Weber St.
1969 11 Sweeny Williams 283 DE Prairie View
1969 12 Bob Belden 308 QB Notre Dame
1969 13 Rene Matison 336 FL New Mexico
1969 14 Gerald Lutri 361 T Northern Michigan
1969 15 Bill Justus 386 DB Tennessee
1969 16 Floyd Kerr 414 DB Colorado St.
1969 17 Bill Bailey 439 DT Lewis & Clark

1970

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1970 1 Duane Thomas 23 RB West Texas A&M
1970 2 Bob Asher 27 T Vanderbilt
1970 2 Margene Adkins 49 WR Henderson JC
1970 3 Charlie Waters 66 DB Clemson
1970 3 Steve Kiner 73 LB Tennessee
1970 3 Denton Fox 75 DB Texas Tech
1970 4 John Fitzgerald 101 C Boston Col.
1970 6 Pat Toomay 153 DE Vanderbilt
1970 7 Don Abbey 179 LB Penn St.
1970 8 Jerry Dossey 205 G Arkansas
1970 9 Zenon Andrusyshyn 231 P UCLA
1970 10 Pete Athas 257 DB Tennessee
1970 11 Ivan Southerland 283 T Clemson
1970 12 Joe Williams 309 RB Wyoming
1970 13 Mark Washington 335 DB Morgan St.
1970 14 Julian Martin 361 WR North Carolina Central
1970 15 Ken DeLong 387 TE Tennessee
1970 16 Seabern Hill 411 DB Arizona St.
1970 17 Glenn Patterson 438 C Nebraska

1971

  • January 17, 1971 - Cowboys go to Superbowl, losing to Baltimore on a last second TB in Superbowl V.
  • October 24, 1971: After playing their first two home games in 1971 at the Cotton Bowl, the Cowboys opened Texas Stadium in Irving
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1971 1 Tody Smith 25 DE USC
1971 2 Ike Thomas 51 DB Bishop
1971 3 Sam Scarber 69 RB New Mexico
1971 3 Bill Gregory 77 DE Wisconsin
1971 4 Joe Carter 80 TE Grambling St.
1971 4 Adam Mitchell 103 T Mississippi
1971 5 Ron Kadziel 129 LB Stanford
1971 6 Steve Maier 155 WR Northern Arizona
1971 7 Bill Griffin 181 T Catawba
1971 8 Ron Jessie 206 WR Kansas
1971 9 Honor Jackson 233 DB Pacific
1971 10 Rodney Wallace 259 T New Mexico
1971 11 Ernest Bonwell 285 DT Lane
1971 12 Steve Goepel 311 QB Colgate
1971 13 James Ford 337 RB Texas Southern
1971 14 Tyrone Covey 363 DB Utah St.
1971 15 Bob Young 389 TE Delaware
1971 16 John Brennan 415 T Boston Col.
1971 17 John Bomer 440 C Memphis

1972

  • January 16 1972 Cowboys win their first Superbowl 24-3 over the Miami Dolphins in Superbowl VI

    Landry finally sheds the 'bridesmaid' title. Bullet Bob Hayes, Big Cat Rayfield Wright raise Landry on their shoulders

 

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1972 1 Bill Thomas 26 RB Boston Col.
1972 2 Robert Newhouse 35 RB Houston
1972 2 John Babinecz 39 LB Villanova
1972 2 Charlie McKee 52 WR Arizona
1972 3 Mike Keller 64 LB Michigan
1972 3 Marv Bateman 78 P Utah
1972 4 Tim Kearney 83 LB Northern Michigan
1972 4 Robert West 90 WR San Diego St.
1972 4 Charlie Zapiec 93 LB Penn St.
1972 6 Charles Bolden 156 DB Iowa
1972 8 Ralph Coleman 208 LB North Carolina A&T
1972 9 Roy Bell 234 RB Oklahoma
1972 10 Richard Amman 260 DE Florida St.
1972 11 Lonnie Leonard 286 DE North Carolina A&T
1972 12 Jimmy Harris 312 WR Ohio St.
1972 13 Jean Fugett 338 TE Amherst
1972 14 Alan Thompson 363 RB Wisconsin
1972 15 Carlos Alvarez 390 WR Florida
1972 16 Gordon Longmire 416 QB Utah
1972 17 Alfonso Cain 442 DT Bethune-Cookman

1973

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1973 1 Billy Joe DuPree 20 TE Michigan St.
1973 2 Golden Richards 46 WR BYU
1973 3 Harvey Martin 53 DE Texas A&M-Commerce
1973 4 Drane Scrievener 98 DB Tulsa
1973 5 Bruce Walton 126 T UCLA
1973 6 Bob Leyen 151 G Yale
1973 7 Rodrigo Barnes 176 LB Rice
1973 8 Dan Werner 204 QB Michigan St.
1973 9 Mike White 229 DB Minnesota
1973 10 Carl Johnson 254 LB Tennessee
1973 11 Gerald Caswell 282 G Colorado St.
1973 12 Jim Arneson 307 G Arizona
1973 13 John Smith 332 WR UCLA
1973 14 Bob Thornton 360 G North Carolina
1973 15 Walt Baisy 385 LB Grambling St.
1973 16 John Conley 410 TE Hawaii
1973 17 Les Strayhorn 438 RB East Carolina

1974

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1974 1 Too Tall Jones 1 DE Tennessee St.
1974 1 Charley Young 22 RB North Carolina St.
1974 3 Danny White 53 QB Arizona St.
1974 3 Cal Peterson 72 LB UCLA
1974 4 Ken Hutcherson 97 LB West Alabama
1974 4 Andy Andrade 101 RB Northern Michigan
1974 5 John Kelsey 126 T Missouri
1974 6 Jimmy Bright 151 DB UCLA
1974 7 Raymond Nester 176 LB Michigan St.
1974 8 Mike Holt 205 DB Michigan St.
1974 9 Bill Dulin 230 T Johnson C. Smith
1974 10 Dennis Morgan 255 RB West. Illinois
1974 11 Harvey McGee 280 WR Southern Miss
1974 12 Keith Bobo 309 QB SMU
1974 13 Fred Lima 334 K Colorado
1974 14 Doug Richards 359 DB BYU
1974 15 Bruce Craft 384 T Geneva
1974 16 Gene Killian 413 G Tennessee
1974 17 Lawrie Skolrood 438 T North Dakota

1975

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1975 1 Randy White HOF 2 DT Maryland
1975 1 Thomas Henderson 18 LB Langston
1975 2 Burton Lawless 44 G Florida
1975 3 Bob Breunig 70 LB Arizona St.
1975 4 Pat Donovan 90 T Stanford
1975 4 Randy Hughes 96 DB Oklahoma
1975 5 Kyle Davis 113 C Oklahoma
1975 6 Rolly Woolsey 148 DB Boise St.
1975 7 Mike Hegman 173 LB Tennessee St.
1975 8 Mitch Hoopes 200 P Arizona
1975 9 Ed Jones 226 DB Rutgers
1975 10 Dennis Booker 252 RB Millersville
1975 11 Greg Krpalek 278 C Oregon St.
1975 12 Chuck Bland 304 DB Cincinnati
1975 13 Herbert Scott 330 G Virginia Union
1975 14 Scott Laidlaw 356 RB Stanford
1975 15 Willie Hamilton 382 RB Arizona
1975 16 Pete Clark 407 TE Colorado St.
1975 17 Jim Testerman 434 TE Dayton

1976

  • January 18 1976 In Superbowl X Cowboys lose to Steelers 21-17 on one of the worst no-calls in Superbowl history
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1976 1 Aaron Kyle 27 DB Wyoming
1976 2 Jim Jensen 40 RB Iowa
1976 2 Jim Eidson 55 G Mississippi St.
1976 3 Duke Fergerson 73 WR San Diego St.
1976 3 John Smith 75 RB Boise St.
1976 3 Butch Johnson 87 WR California-Riverside
1976 4 Tom Rafferty 119 C Penn St.
1976 5 Wally Pesuit 151 G Kentucky
1976 6 Greg McGuire 181 T Indiana
1976 7 Greg Schaum 186 DE Michigan St.
1976 7 Dave Williams 208 RB Colorado
1976 8 Henry Laws 236 DB South Carolina
1976 9 Beasley Reece 264 DB North Texas
1976 10 Leroy Cook 290 DE Alabama
1976 11 Cornelius Greene 317 QB Ohio St.
1976 12 Charles McShane 346 LB California Lutheran
1976 13 Mark Driscoll 374 QB Colorado St.
1976 14 Larry Mushinskie 402 TE Nebraska
1976 15 Dale Curry 430 LB UCLA
1976 16 Rick Costanzo 458 T Nebraska
1976 17 Stan Woodfill 486 K Oregon

1977

  • Forrest Gregg, Guard/Tackle becomes the first Dallas Cowboy in the NFL Hall of Fame
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1977 1 Tony Dorsett HOF 2 RB Pittsburgh
1977 2 Glenn Carano 54 QB UNLV
1977 3 Tony Hill 62 WR Stanford
1977 3 Val Belcher 81 G Houston
1977 4 Guy Brown 108 LB Houston
1977 5 Andy Frederick 137 T New Mexico
1977 6 Jim Cooper 164 T Temple
1977 7 Dave Stalls 191 DE Northern Colorado
1977 8 Al Cleveland 208 DE Pacific
1977 8 Fred Williams 221 RB Arizona St.
1977 9 Mark Cantrell 248 C North Carolina
1977 10 Steve DeBerg 275 QB San Jose St.
1977 11 Don Wardlow 305 TE Washington
1977 12 Greg Peters 332 G California

1978

  • Thomas Henderson destroys Denver QB in Super Bowl. This is shortly before the new NFL rules which said you were not allowed to touch QBs

    January 15 1978. Dallas destroy the Broncos 27-10 in Superbowl XII

  • Lance Alworth, Flanker, NFL Hall of Fame Class of 1978
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1978 1 Larry Bethea 28 DT Michigan St.
1978 2 Todd Christensen 56 TE BYU
1978 3 Dave Hudgens 84 DT Oklahoma
1978 4 Alois Blackwell 110 RB Houston
1978 5 Rich Rosen 138 G Syracuse
1978 6 Harold Randolph 166 LB East Carolina
1978 7 Tom Randall 194 G Iowa St.
1978 8 Homer Butler 222 WR UCLA
1978 9 Russ Williams 250 DB Tennessee
1978 10 Barry Tomasetti 278 G Iowa
1978 11 Dennis Thurman 306 DB USC
1978 12 Lee Washburn 334 G Montana St.

1979

  • January 21 1979 Stealers beat the Cowboys 35-31 in Superbowl XIII
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1979 1 Robert Shaw 27 C Tennessee
1979 2 Aaron Mitchell 55 DB UNLV
1979 3 Doug Cosbie 76 TE Santa Clara
1979 4 Ralph DeLoach 109 DE California
1979 5 Bob Hukill 121 G North Carolina
1979 5 Curtis Anderson 128 DE Central State (OH)
1979 5 Ron Springs 136 RB Ohio St.
1979 6 Tim Lavender 155 DB USC
1979 6 Mike Salzano 160 G North Carolina
1979 6 Chris DeFrance 164 WR Arizona St.
1979 7 Greg Fitzpatrick 191 LB Youngstown St.
1979 8 Bruce Thornton 219 DE Illinois
1979 9 Garry Cobb 247 LB USC
1979 10 Mike Calhoun 274 DT Notre Dame
1979 12 Quentin Lowry 329 LB Youngstown St.

1980 

  • Bob Lilly, 'Mr Cowboy', the huge DT goes into the NFL Hall of Fame
  • Herb Adderley, CB goes into the NFL Hall of Fame
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1980 3 Bill Roe 78 LB Colorado
1980 3 James Jones 80 RB Mississippi St.
1980 4 Kurt Petersen 105 G Missouri
1980 5 Gary Hogeboom 133 QB Central Michigan
1980 6 Timmy Newsome 162 RB Winston-Salem St.
1980 7 Lester Brown 189 RB Clemson
1980 8 Larry Savage 216 LB Michigan St.
1980 9 Jackie Flowers 246 WR Florida St.
1980 10 Matthew Teague 273 DE Prairie View
1980 11 Gary Padjen 300 LB Arizona St.
1980 12 Norm Wells 330 DT Northwestern

1981

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1981 1 Howard Richards 26 G Missouri
1981 2 Doug Donley 53 WR Ohio St.
1981 3 Glen Titensor 81 G BYU
1981 4 Scott Pelluer 91 LB Washington St.
1981 4 Derrie Nelson 108 LB Nebraska
1981 5 Danny Spradlin 137 LB Tennessee
1981 6 Vince Skillings 163 DB Ohio St.
1981 7 Ron Fellows 173 DB Missouri
1981 7 Ken Miller 191 DB East. Michigan
1981 8 Paul Piurowski 218 LB Florida St.
1981 9 Mike Wilson 246 WR Washington St.
1981 10 Pat Graham 273 DT California
1981 11 Tim Morrison 302 G Georgia
1981 12 Nate Lundy 329 WR Indiana

1982

  • The drafting of Rod Hill in Round One starts a string of bad draft, with a few exceptions that continue until Jerry Jones purchases the team.
  • The 1982 NFL strike, which lasted for three months and eight weeks, forced the 1982 season to be shortened to 9 games per team
  • Dallas goes 6-3 and ends the season just missing the Super Bowl.
  • Dallas wins first round over Bucs, round two over Packs and loses NFC championship to Redskins who beat the Dolphins in the Superbowl
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1982 1 Rod Hill 25 DB Kentucky St.
1982 2 Jeff Rohrer 53 LB Yale
1982 3 Jim Eliopulos 81 LB Wyoming
1982 4 Brian Carpenter 101 DB Michigan
1982 4 Monty Hunter 109 DB Salem
1982 5 Phil Pozderac 137 T Notre Dame
1982 6 Ken Hammond 143 G Vanderbilt
1982 6 Charles Daum 165 DT Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
1982 7 Bill Purifoy 193 DE Tulsa
1982 8 George Peoples 216 RB Auburn
1982 8 Dwight Sullivan 221 RB North Carolina St.
1982 9 Joe Gary 249 DT UCLA
1982 10 Todd Eckerson 277 T North Carolina St.
1982 11 George Thompson 295 WR Albany St.
1982 11 Mike Whiting 304 RB Florida St.
1982 12 Rich Burtness 332 G Montana

1983

  • November 29, 1983: Cowboys break ground on a 30-acre office and training facility in Valley Ranch.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1983 1 Jim Jeffcoat 23 DE Arizona St.
1983 2 Mike Walter 50 LB Oregon
1983 3 Bryan Caldwell 77 DE Arizona St.
1983 4 Chris Faulkner 108 TE Florida
1983 5 Chuck McSwain 135 RB Clemson
1983 6 Reggie Collier 162 QB Southern Miss
1983 7 Chris Schultz 189 T Arizona
1983 8 Lawrence Ricks 220 RB Michigan
1983 9 Al Gross 246 DB Arizona
1983 10 Eric Moran 273 T Washington
1983 11 Dan Taylor 300 T Idaho St.
1983 12 Lorenzo Bouier 331 RB Maine

1984

  • Bum Bright purchases the Cowboys for $84 million
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1984 1 Billy Cannon 25 LB Texas A&M
1984 2 Victor Scott 40 DB Colorado
1984 3 Fred Cornwell 81 TE USC
1984 4 Steve DeOssie 110 LB Boston Col.
1984 5 Steve Pelluer 113 QB Washington
1984 5 Norm Granger 137 RB Iowa
1984 6 Eugene Lockhart 152 LB Houston
1984 6 Joe Levelis 166 G Iowa
1984 7 Ed Martin 193 LB Indiana St.
1984 8 Mike Revell 222 RB Bethune-Cookman
1984 9 John Hunt 232 T Florida
1984 9 Neil Maune 249 G Notre Dame
1984 10 Brian Salonen 278 LB Montana
1984 11 Dowe Aughtman 304 DT Auburn
1984 12 Carl Lewis 334 WR Houston

1985

  • Captain America in his second job, moonlighting as a waiter

    August 27, 1985: Players and coaches move to the new Valley Ranch facility.

  • Front office personnel move in several weeks later, marking the first time since 1967 that the team's practice facility and office complex are in the same area.
  • Roger Staubach inducted into NFL Hall of Fame at QB
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1985 1 Kevin Brooks 17 DT Michigan
1985 2 Jesse Penn 44 LB Virginia Tech
1985 3 Crawford Ker 76 G Florida
1985 4 Robert Lavette 103 RB Georgia Tech
1985 5 Herschel Walker 114 RB Georgia
1985 5 Matt Darwin 119 C Texas A&M
1985 6 Kurt Ploeger 144 DE Gustavus Adolphus
1985 6 Matt Moran 157 G Stanford
1985 7 Karl Powe 178 WR Alabama St.
1985 7 Jim Herrmann 184 DE BYU
1985 8 Leon Gonzalez 216 WR Bethune-Cookman
1985 9 Scott Strasburger 243 LB Nebraska
1985 10 Joe Jones 270 TE Virginia Tech
1985 11 Neal Dellocono 297 LB UCLA
1985 12 Karl Jordan 324 LB Vanderbilt

1986

  • In a Brad Sham book 'Stadium Stories' Tex Schramm says that in the Spring of 1986 Bum Bright, Tex Schramm and Landry agree that Landry will retire at the end of the season. According to Tex, the NFL has moved past him and he will not adapt. Paul Hackett is brought in from San Francisco to take over for Landry and revive the stagnating offense
  • Landry refuses to let Hackett run the offense and blends the West Coast offense with his old one
  • He does not retire at the end of the year as he agreed to.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1986 1 Mike Sherrard 18 WR UCLA
1986 2 Darryl Clack 33 RB Arizona St.
1986 3 Mark Walen 74 DT UCLA
1986 4 Max Zendejas 100 K Arizona
1986 6 Thornton Chandler 140 TE Alabama
1986 6 Stan Gelbaugh 150 QB Maryland
1986 6 Lloyd Yancey 158 G Temple
1986 7 Johnny Holloway 185 DB Kansas
1986 8 Topper Clemons 212 RB Wake Forest
1986 9 John Ionata 242 G Florida St.
1986 10 Bryan Chester 269 G Texas
1986 11 Garth Jax 296 LB Florida St.
1986 12 Chris Duliban 307 LB Texas
1986 12 Tony Flack 322 DB Georgia

1987

  • Brad Sham “Landry then decides, without telling anyone, he is not going to quit."  Either 1987 or 1988 in the Spring, Landry had a press conference.  Schramm had Marty Schottenheimer in town, looking at houses.  He thought he was going to hire Marty Schottenheimer to replace Tom Landry, who was going to retire.  Landry comes and has a press conference, and that’s when Schramm finds out that Landry is not quitting.
  • Tex will still not fire him as Gil, Tex and Tom were hired together and would leave together.
  • This is the strike year. Replacements go 2-1. Regulars go 5-7.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1987 1 Danny Noonan 12 DT Nebraska
1987 2 Ron Francis 39 DB Baylor
1987 3 Jeff Zimmerman 68 G Florida
1987 4 Kelvin Martin 95 WR Boston Col.
1987 5 Everett Gay 124 WR Texas
1987 6 Joe Onosai 151 G Hawaii
1987 7 Kevin Sweeney 180 QB Fresno St.
1987 8 Kevin Gogan 206 G Washington
1987 9 Alvin Blount 235 RB Maryland
1987 10 Dale Jones 262 LB Tennessee
1987 11 Jeff Ward 291 K Texas
1987 12 Scott Armstrong 318 LB Florida

1988

  • Possibly Landry's worst year. He can no longer relate to the players, the NFL has long since figured out the Flex defense and his GM and Owner have expected him to retire for the past two years. They go 3-13
  • Mike Ditka goes into NFL Hall of Fame at TE
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1988 1 Michael Irvin HOF 11 WR Miami (FL)
1988 2 Ken Norton Jr. 41 LB UCLA
1988 3 Mark Hutson 67 G Oklahoma
1988 4 Dave Widell 94 C Boston Col.
1988 6 Scott Secules 151 QB Virginia
1988 7 Owen Hooven 178 T Oregon St.
1988 8 Mark Higgs 205 RB Kentucky
1988 9 Brian Bedford 232 WR California
1988 10 Billy Owens 263 DB Pittsburgh
1988 11 Chad Hennings 290 DT Air Force
1988 12 Ben Hummel 317 LB UCLA

1989

  • Feb 25, 1989 - Bum Bright sells the team. He has had several offers, however he wasn't going to sell to anyone that was going to keep Landry. Landry must be fired for the deal to be done. But does not take the highest one, instead he goes with the charismatic Jerry Jones for $170 million.
  • “Our agreement on the purchase of the Dallas Cowboys was finalized with a few notes on a napkin and a handshake,” Jones said in a statement. “With Bum, his word meant everything. LA Times
  • Jones is the the majority partner, with five minority owners, including Ed Smith of Houston, who had 27 percent under Bright's ownership. The other minority owners include Charles Wily, Sam Wily and Evan Wily, who are affiliated with U.S. Cafes, owners of the Bonanza Steakhouse chain, and Russell Glass.
  • Brad Sham; “So, Bum Bright says to Jerry Jones, ‘I’ll fire him for you.’  And Jerry says ‘No, no, I’m going to fly down and tell him face to face.’  Well, people don’t want to hear that, because that doesn’t make Jerry a villain.”
  • Announcement of the sale, rumored since Thursday, came at a news conference 8:22 p.m. Saturday at Valley Ranch. The news conference was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., but was delayed because Jones and club president Tex Schramm flew in Jones' private jet to Austin to inform Landry personally that he was being replaced as Cowboys coach. Schramm's voice broke and tears welled in his eyes as he talked of the visit with Landry. "It was a very difficult meeting, difficult and sad," said Schramm, who will retain his role with the Cowboys.  "It's tough when you break a relationship that you have had for 29 years. But I am glad the ownership problem has been cleared up. It's good for the ballclub," Schramm said. (Oklahoman)
    Bright says later that his biggest regret during his Cowboy tenure was not firing Landry himself.
  • Jones offers Landry a position with the Cowboys that Tom declines.
  • Jones hires Jimmy Johnson, his Arkansas teammate as Head Coach. He will serve from 1989-1993. He supervises the 1989 Draft
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1989 1 Troy Aikman HOF 1 QB UCLA
1989 2 Steve Wisniewski 29 G Penn St.
1989 2 Daryl Johnston 39 RB Syracuse
1989 3 Mark Stepnoski 57 C Pittsburgh
1989 3 Rhondy Weston 68 DE Florida
1989 4 Tony Tolbert 85 DE Texas-El Paso
1989 5 Keith Jennings 113 TE Clemson
1989 5 Willis Crockett 119 LB Georgia Tech
1989 5 Jeff Roth 125 DT Florida
1989 7 Kevin Peterson 168 LB Northwestern
1989 8 Charvez Foger 196 RB Nevada
1989 9 Tim Jackson 224 DB Nebraska
1989 10 Rod Carter 252 LB Miami (FL)
1989 11 Randy Shannon 280 LB Miami (FL)
1989 12 Scott Ankrom 308 WR TCU
  • October 12, 1989, centered on sending running back Herschel Walker from the Dallas Cowboys to the Minnesota Vikings. Including Walker and a transaction involving the San Diego Chargers, the trade eventually involved 18 players and draft picks. This gave Dallas the ammunition to win the three SuperBowls of the 1990s

“There is no right way to fire Tom Landry.  Yet it was what everybody wanted done, and what everybody agreed had to happen. They just wanted him to step away gracefully, but he didn’t want to.”

“The great irony to me is that is what he did with his players.  He intentionally did not have close personal relationships with most of his players while he was playing because he knew there would be a day when he would have to cut them. And all of his players, 85-90%, didn’t like him when they played for him. But they looked back after they played for him, and said “Wow.”   He cared about them deeply, but felt, this is the way I have to run this business.  Then it happened to him, and he didn’t like it.” Brad Sham courtesy Peter King podcast

Over 40 years in the NFL as a First-Team All-Pro, NFL Champion, NFL Punting Yards Leader as a player, then NFL Coach of the Year, Cowboys Ring of Honor, Cowboys record for career wins at 250, 5x NFC Champ and 2x Super Bowl Champ

 

1990

  • 1990-97: Training camp St. Edwards University in Austin
  • Tom Landry becomes the first Cowboy coach in the NFL Hall of Fame
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1990 1 Emmitt Smith HOF 17 RB Florida
1990 2 Alexander Wright 26 WR Auburn
1990 3 Jimmie Jones 64 DT Miami (FL)
1990 5 Stan Smagala 123 DB Notre Dame
1990 9 Kenneth Gant 221 DB Albany State (GA)
1990 11 Dave Harper 277 LB Humboldt St.

1991

  • Texas E. Schramm becomes the first Cowboy GM in the NFL Hall of Fame
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1991 1 Russell Maryland 1 DT Miami (FL)
1991 1 Alvin Harper 12 WR Tennessee
1991 1 Kelvin Pritchett 20 DT Mississippi
1991 2 Dixon Edwards 37 LB Michigan St.
1991 3 Godfrey Myles 62 LB Florida
1991 3 James Richards 64 G California
1991 3 Erik Williams 70 T Central State (OH)
1991 4 Curvin Richards 97 RB Pittsburgh
1991 4 Bill Musgrave 106 QB Oregon
1991 4 Tony Hill 108 DE Tenn-Chattanooga
1991 4 Kevin Harris 110 DE Texas Southern
1991 5 Darrick Brownlow 132 LB Illinois
1991 6 Mike Sullivan 153 G Miami (FL)
1991 7 Leon Lett 173 DT Emporia St.
1991 9 Damon Mays 235 WR Missouri
1991 10 Sean Love 264 G Penn St.
1991 11 Tony Boles 291 RB Michigan
1991 12 Larry Brown 320 DB TCU

1992

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1992 1 Kevin Smith 17 DB Texas A&M
1992 1 Robert Jones 24 LB East Carolina
1992 2 Jimmy Smith 36 WR Jackson St.
1992 2 Darren Woodson 37 DB Arizona St.
1992 3 Clayton Holmes 58 DB Carson-Newman
1992 3 James Brown 82 T Virginia St.
1992 4 Tom Myslinski 109 G Tennessee
1992 5 Greg Briggs 120 DB Texas Southern
1992 5 Rod Milstead 121 G Delaware St.
1992 6 Fallon Wacasey 149 TE Tulsa
1992 9 Nate Kirtman 248 DB Pomona
1992 9 Chris Hall 250 DB East Carolina
1992 10 John Terry 275 G Livingstone
1992 11 Tim Daniel 302 WR Florida A&M
1992 12 Don Harris 317 DB Texas Tech

1993

  • January 31 1993 Dallas destroys Buffalo in XXVII 52-17

Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson wtih Super Bowl trophy

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1993 2 Kevin Williams 46 WR Miami (FL)
1993 2 Darrin Smith 54 LB Miami (FL)
1993 3 Mike Middleton 84 DB Indiana
1993 4 Derrick Lassic 94 RB Alabama
1993 4 Ron Stone 96 G Boston Col.
1993 6 Barry Minter 168 LB Tulsa
1993 7 Brock Marion 196 DB Nevada
1993 8 Dave Thomas 203 DB Tennessee
1993 8 Reggie Givens 213 LB Penn St.

1994

  • 1994: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones plans to expand the 65,000-seat Texas Stadium by 40,000 seats, add retractable roof panels and install a climate-control system to make the stadium a year-round venue for sporting events, including the Super Bowl, concerts, and conventions.
  • January 30 1994 Dallas replays 1993 and take out Buffalo 30-13 in Superbowl XXVIII
  • Tony Dorsett, Cowboy RB goes into the NFL Hall of Fame
  • Randy 'The Manster' White goes into the NFL Hall of Fame
  • Jackie Smith goes in NFL Hall of Fame. Only with Dallas one year but famous for dropping the tying TD pass in Super Bowl XIII against the Steelers.
  • March 29, 1994 - a day that will live in Cowboy infamy. At a hotel bar in Orlando, Jerry Jones tells reporters Rick Gosselin and Ed Werder, "There are 500 coaches who could have won the Super Bowl with our team."
  • A week later Jerry and Jimmy part ways. Barry Switzer is hired as head coach
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1994 1 Shante Carver 23 DE Arizona St.
1994 2 Larry Allen HOF 46 G Sonoma St.
1994 3 George Hegamin 102 T North Carolina St.
1994 4 Willie Jackson 109 WR Florida
1994 4 DeWayne Dotson 131 LB Mississippi
1994 6 Darren Studstill 191 DB West Virginia
1994 7 Toddrick McIntosh 216 DE Florida St.

1995

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1995 2 Sherman Williams 46 RB Alabama
1995 2 Kendell Watkins 59 TE Mississippi St.
1995 2 Shane Hannah 63 G Michigan St.
1995 3 Charlie Williams 92 DB Bowling Green
1995 4 Eric Bjornson 110 TE Washington
1995 4 Alundis Brice 129 DB Mississippi
1995 4 Linc Harden 130 LB Oklahoma St.
1995 5 Edward Hervey 166 WR USC
1995 5 Dana Howard 168 LB Illinois
1995 7 Oscar Sturgis 236 DE North Carolina

1996

  • January 28 1996 Dallas wins it's 5th Superbowl over the Steelers, 27-17
  • Me Renfro joins the Hall of Fame at as a Cowboy S and CB

 

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1996 2 Kavika Pittman 37 DE McNeese St.
1996 2 Randall Godfrey 49 LB Georgia
1996 3 Clay Shiver 67 C Florida St.
1996 3 Stepfret Williams 94 WR La-Monroe
1996 3 Mike Ulufale 95 DT BYU
1996 5 Kenneth McDaniel 157 T Norfolk St.
1996 5 Alan Campos 167 LB Louisville
1996 6 Wendell Davis 207 DB Oklahoma
1996 7 Ryan Wood 243 RB Arizona St.

1997

  • 1997–2000: The Cowboys hold preliminary talks with Arlington officials about building a stadium there. The team also publicly discusses a $260 million plan to upgrade Texas Stadium. In 2000, the Cowboys compile a list of potential stadium sites, which include Grapevine, Coppell, and Arlington. The team continues negotiating with Irving to renovate Texas Stadium.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1997 1 David LaFleur 22 TE LSU
1997 3 Dexter Coakley 65 LB Appalachian St.
1997 3 Steve Scifres 83 G Wyoming
1997 3 Kenny Wheaton 94 DB Oregon
1997 4 Antonio Anderson 101 DT Syracuse
1997 4 Macey Brooks 127 WR James Madison
1997 4 Nicky Sualua 129 RB Ohio St.
1997 6 Lee Vaughn 187 DB Wyoming
1997 7 Omar Stoutmire 224 DB Fresno St.

1998

  • 1998-2001: Training camp moved to Midwestern State in Wichita Falls
  • however in 2001, River Ridge Playing Field in Oxnard shared training camp
  • Tommy McDonald, Cowboy WR joins the NFL Hall of Fame
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1998 1 Greg Ellis 8 DE North Carolina
1998 2 Flozell Adams 38 T Michigan St.
1998 4 Michael Myers 100 DT Alabama
1998 5 Darren Hambrick 130 LB South Carolina
1998 5 Oliver Ross 138 T Iowa St.
1998 6 Izell Reese 188 DB Ala-Birmingham
1998 7 Tarik Smith 223 RB California
1998 7 Antonio Fleming 227 G Georgia
1998 7 Rodrick Monroe 237 TE Cincinnati

1999

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
1999 1 Ebenezer Ekuban 20 DE North Carolina
1999 2 Solomon Page 55 G West Virginia
1999 3 Dat Nguyen 85 LB Texas A&M
1999 4 Wane McGarity 118 WR Texas
1999 4 Peppi Zellner 132 DE Fort Valley St.
1999 6 MarTay Jenkins 193 WR Nebraska-Omaha
1999 7 Mike Lucky 229 TE Arizona
1999 7 Kelvin Garmon 243 G Baylor

 

2000

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2000 2 Dwayne Goodrich 49 DB Tennessee
2000 4 Kareem Larrimore 109 DB West Texas A&M
2000 5 Michael Wiley 144 RB Ohio St.
2000 6 Mario Edwards 180 DB Florida St.
2000 7 Orantes Grant 219 LB Georgia

2001

  • 2001: Jones says Arlington is a leading contender for a $500 million stadium. The primary site considered is the 2,000 acres (810 ha) Lakes of Arlington tract on Farm Road 157. Other cities in the running include Grapevine and Grand Prairie. In October, Jones discusses the new stadium with the mayors of Arlington, Irving, Grapevine, and Dallas.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2001 2 Quincy Carter 53 QB Georgia
2001 2 Tony Dixon 56 DB Alabama
2001 3 Willie Blade 93 DT Mississippi St.
2001 4 Markus Steele 122 LB USC
2001 5 Matt Lehr 137 C Virginia Tech
2001 6 Daleroy Stewart 171 DT Southern Miss
2001 7 Colston Weatherington 207 DE Central Missouri St.
2001 7 John Nix 240 DT Southern Miss
2001 7 Char-ron Dorsey 242 T Florida St.

2002

  • 2002-2003: Training camp at Alamodome in San Antonio

 

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2002 1 Roy Williams 8 DB Oklahoma
2002 2 Andre Gurode 37 G Colorado
2002 2 Antonio Bryant 63 WR Pittsburgh
2002 3 Derek Ross 75 DB Ohio St.
2002 4 Jamar Martin 129 FB Ohio St.
2002 5 Pete Hunter 168 DB Virginia Union
2002 6 Tyson Walter 179 C Ohio St.
2002 6 DeVeren Johnson 208 WR Sacred Heart
2002 6 Bob Slowikowski 211 TE Virginia Tech

2003

  • 2003: The Cowboys ask the Irving City Council to extend their lease at Texas Stadium, which expires at the end of the 2008 season, on a year-to-year basis. They narrow their search to sites in Las Colinas and Dallas, and state legislators file bills that would allow Dallas County to increase its hotel occupancy and car rental taxes to pay for a new stadium.

 

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2003 1 Terence Newman 5 DB Kansas St.
2003 2 Al Johnson 38 C Wisconsin
2003 3 Jason Witten 69 TE Tennessee
2003 4 Bradie James 103 LB LSU
2003 6 B.J. Tucker 178 DB Wisconsin
2003 6 Zuriel Smith 186 WR Hampton
2003 7 Justin Bates 219 G Colorado

2004

  • April 2004: Cowboys announce plans to build a $650 million stadium at Fair Park in Dallas. The deal requires $425 million in public financing from a 3% hotel-occupancy tax and a 6% car-rental tax.
  • The deal falls apart in June when Dallas County commissioners say they cannot justify asking voters to approve the team's request for $425 million in public funding.
  • In July, the Cowboys and Arlington announce they are negotiating to locate the stadium near Globe Life Park (then Ameriquest Field). In August, the Arlington City Council agrees unanimously to put before voters a tax increase that would fund the city's $325 million portion of the project. Voters approve the tax increase on November 2.
  • 2004-2006: Training camp at River Ridge in Oxnard, CA
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2004 2 Julius Jones 43 RB Notre Dame
2004 2 Jacob Rogers 52 T USC
2004 3 Stephen Peterman 83 G LSU
2004 4 Bruce Thornton 121 DB Georgia
2004 5 Sean Ryan 144 TE Boston Col.
2004 7 Nate Jones 205 DB Rutgers
2004 7 Patrick Crayton 216 WR NW Oklahoma St.
2004 7 Jacques Reeves 223 DB Purdue

2005

  • 2005: Arlington and the Cowboys choose the site south of Randol Mill Road and east of Collins Street for the new stadium. The city begins notifying residents and property owners of its plans to acquire their property. The Cowboys hire the HKS architectural firm to design the stadium. Early blueprints show 414 luxury suites and a two-panel retractable roof. The city completes its sale of $297.9 million in bonds to pay for its portion of the construction. Demolition of houses begins November 1.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2005 1 DeMarcus Ware 11 LB Troy
2005 1 Marcus Spears 20 DE LSU
2005 2 Kevin Burnett 42 LB Tennessee
2005 4 Marion Barber III 109 RB Minnesota
2005 4 Chris Canty 132 DE Virginia
2005 6 Justin Beriault 208 DB Ball St.
2005 6 Rob Petitti 209 T Pittsburgh
2005 7 Jay Ratliff 224 DE Auburn

2006

  • January 2006: The Cowboys hired Oklahoma-based Manhattan Construction as the general contractor for the stadium and the city completes its land purchases, although it still faces a number of lawsuits over land acquisition. Later that month, Tarrant County work crews begin demolition of more than 150 Arlington residences and small business structures to make room for the stadium.
  • March 2006: Alliance announced between Manhattan Construction and two general contractors, Rayco Construction of Grand Prairie and 3i Construction of Dallas, to manage the stadium's construction.
  • April 2006: Excavation begins by Mario Sinacola and Sons Excavating. By August, they had moved over 1.4 million cubic yards of earth, shaping a 13-to-14-acre (5.3 to 5.7 ha) stadium bowl an average of 54 feet (16 m) deep.
  • October 2006: The grass amphitheater on Randol Mill Road is leveled to make way for the extension of Baird Farm Road.
  • December 2006: The stadium's structure begins to go up and on December 12, Jerry Jones unveils the in-depth plans and designs of the stadium to the public.
  • Troy Aikman goes into NFL Hall of Fame as a Cowboy QB
  • 'Big Cat' Rayfield Wright, Cowboy OT goes into NFL Hall of Fame

 

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2006 1 Bobby Carpenter 18 LB Ohio St.
2006 2 Anthony Fasano 53 TE Notre Dame
2006 3 Jason Hatcher 92 DE Grambling St.
2006 4 Skyler Green 125 WR LSU
2006 5 Pat Watkins 138 DB Florida St.
2006 6 Montavious Stanley 182 DT Louisville
2006 7 Pat McQuistan 211 T Weber St.
2006 7 E.J. Whitley 224 C Texas Tech

2007

  • January 2007: A construction worker is injured in a 20 ft fall.
  • June 2008: Jones commissions the world's largest 1080p HDTV, to hang above field. An electrician is electrocuted while working on the stadium. Two days before, three people were injured while assembling a crane.
  • Training camp at Alamodome
  • WR Micheal Irvin goes into NFL Hall of Fame
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2007 1 Anthony Spencer 26 DE Purdue
2007 3 James Marten 67 T Boston Col.
2007 4 Isaiah Stanback 103 QB Washington
2007 4 Doug Free 122 T Northern Illinois
2007 6 Nick Folk 178 K Arizona
2007 6 Deon Anderson 195 FB Connecticut
2007 7 Courtney Brown 212 DB Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
2007 7 Alan Ball 237 DB Illinois

2008

  • 2008 and 2010 Training camp at River Ridge in Oxnard
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2008 1 Felix Jones 22 RB Arkansas
2008 1 Mike Jenkins 25 DB South Florida
2008 2 Martellus Bennett 61 TE Texas A&M
2008 4 Tashard Choice 122 RB Georgia Tech
2008 5 Orlando Scandrick 143 DB Boise St.
2008 6 Erik Walden 167 DE Middle Tenn. St.

2009

  • 2009: The stadium is scheduled for 'substantial completion' in June. The artificial-turf field was brought into the stadium in July. The Cowboys played their first pre-season home game on August 21 and their first regular-season home game on Sunday, September 20.
  • May 2, 2009 Rich Behm is paralyzed and 11 others hurt when straightline winds take out a tent at Valley Ranch.
  • May 13, 2009: Jerry Jones announced the official name of the new venue as Cowboys Stadium.
  • 2009 and 2011: Training camp at Alamodome in San Antonio
  • September 20, 2009: The Cowboys played their first NFL regular season game in the new stadium, . The Cowboys lose to the Giants 33–31 on a last second field goal by Lawrence Tynes. It was televised on NBC. This game attracted a record-breaking crowd of 105,121.
  • 'Bullet' Bob Hayes finally goes into the NFL Hall of Fame

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2009 3 Jason Williams 69 LB West. Illinois
2009 3 Robert Brewster 75 T Ball St.
2009 4 Stephen McGee 101 QB Texas A&M
2009 4 Victor Butler 110 LB Oregon St.
2009 4 Brandon Williams 120 DE Texas Tech
2009 5 DeAngelo Smith 143 DB Cincinnati
2009 5 Michael Hamlin 166 DB Clemson
2009 5 David Buehler 172 K USC
2009 6 Stephen Hodge 197 DB TCU
2009 6 John Phillips 208 TE Virginia
2009 7 Mike Mickens 227 DB Cincinnati
2009 7 Manuel Johnson 229 WR Oklahoma

2010

  • Emmitt Smith, NFL all time rushing leader is a first ballot NFL Hall of Famer
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2010 1 Dez Bryant 24 WR Oklahoma St.
2010 2 Sean Lee 55 LB Penn St.
2010 4 Akwasi Owusu-Ansah 126 DB Indiana (PA)
2010 6 Sam Young 179 T Notre Dame
2010 6 Jamar Wall 196 DB Texas Tech
2010 7 Sean Lissemore 234 DT William & Mary

2011

  • February 6, 2011: The 2010 NFL Season Super Bowl was hosted at the Cowboys Stadium, which saw the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. It was in the middle of a sudden snow and ice storm where several guests were struck by ice sliding off the roof. The City of Arlington had no capabilities for ice of this magnitude.
  • Deion 'Primetime' Sanders goes into NFL Hall of Fame
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2011 1 Tyron Smith 9 T USC
2011 2 Bruce Carter 40 LB North Carolina
2011 3 DeMarco Murray 71 RB Oklahoma
2011 4 David Arkin 110 G Missouri State
2011 5 Josh Thomas 143 DB Buffalo
2011 6 Dwayne Harris 176 WR East Carolina
2011 7 Shaun Chapas 220 RB Georgia
2011 7 Bill Nagy 252 G Wisconsin

2012

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2012 1 Morris Claiborne 6 DB LSU
2012 3 Tyrone Crawford 81 DE Boise St.
2012 4 Kyle Wilber 113 LB Wake Forest
2012 4 Matt Johnson 135 DB East. Washington
2012 5 Danny Coale 152 WR Virginia Tech
2012 6 James Hanna 186 TE Oklahoma
2012 7 Caleb McSurdy 222 LB Montana

2013

  • July 25, 2013: Jerry Jones announced that the official name of the venue was changed to AT&T Stadium as part of a naming rights deal.
  • Larry Allen, OT and OG for us goes into NFL Hall of Fame
  • Bill Parcells, Cowboys Head Coach goes into NFL Hall of Fame
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2013 1 Travis Frederick 31 C Wisconsin
2013 2 Gavin Escobar 47 TE San Diego St.
2013 3 Terrance Williams 74 WR Baylor
2013 3 J.J. Wilcox 80 DB Georgia Southern
2013 4 B.W. Webb 114 DB William & Mary
2013 5 Joseph Randle 151 RB Oklahoma St.
2013 6 DeVonte Holloman 185 LB South Carolina

2014

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2014 1 Zack Martin 16 G Notre Dame
2014 2 DeMarcus Lawrence 34 DE Boise St.
2014 4 Anthony Hitchens 119 LB Iowa
2014 5 Devin Street 146 WR Pittsburgh
2014 7 Ben Gardner 231 DE Stanford
2014 7 Will Smith 238 LB Texas Tech
2014 7 Ahmad Dixon 248 DB Baylor
2014 7 Ken Bishop 251 DT Northern Illinois
2014 7 Terrance Mitchell 254 DB Oregon

2015

  • Charles Haley, DE and LB goes into NFL Hall of Fame
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2015 1 Byron Jones 27 CB Connecticut
2015 2 Randy Gregory 60 OLB Nebraska
2015 3 Chaz Green 91 T Florida
2015 4 Damien Wilson 127 ILB Minnesota
2015 5 Ryan Russell 163 DE Purdue
2015 7 Mark Nzeocha 236 OLB Wyoming
2015 7 Laurence Gibson 243 T Virginia Tech
2015 7 Geoff Swaim 246 TE Texas

2016

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2016 1 Ezekiel Elliott 4 RB Ohio St.
2016 2 Jaylon Smith 34 OLB Notre Dame
2016 3 Maliek Collins 67 DT Nebraska
2016 4 Charles Tapper 101 DE Oklahoma
2016 4 Dak Prescott 135 QB Mississippi St.
2016 6 Anthony Brown 189 CB Purdue
2016 6 Kavon Frazier 212 S Central Michigan
2016 6 Darius Jackson 216 RB East. Michigan
2016 6 Rico Gathers 217 TE Baylor

2017

  • Jerry Jones goes into NFL Hall of Fame as an owner
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2017 1 Taco Charlton 28 DE Michigan
2017 2 Chidobe Awuzie 60 CB Colorado
2017 3 Jourdan Lewis 92 CB Michigan
2017 4 Ryan Switzer 133 WR North Carolina
2017 6 Xavier Woods 191 S Louisiana Tech
2017 6 Marquez White 216 CB Florida St.
2017 7 Joey Ivie 228 DT Florida
2017 7 Noah Brown 239 WR Ohio St.
2017 7 Jordan Carrell 246 DT Colorado

2018

  • WR Terrell Owens goes into NFL Hall of Fame
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2018 1 Leighton Vander Esch 19 OLB Boise St.
2018 2 Connor Williams 50 T Texas
2018 3 Michael Gallup 81 WR Colorado St.
2018 4 Dorance Armstrong Jr. 116 DE Kansas
2018 4 Dalton Schultz 137 TE Stanford
2018 5 Mike White 171 QB Western Kentucky
2018 6 Chris Covington 193 LB Indiana
2018 6 Cedrick Wilson 208 WR Boise St.
2018 7 Bo Scarbrough 236 RB Alabama

2019

  • Gil Brandt becomes the first Director of Player Personnel in the NFL Hall of Fame

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2019 2 Trysten Hill 58 DT Central Florida
2019 3 Connor McGovern 90 G Penn St.
2019 4 Tony Pollard 128 RB Memphis
2019 5 Michael Jackson 158 CB Miami (FL)
2019 5 Joe Jackson 165 DE Miami (FL)
2019 6 Donovan Wilson 213 S Texas A&M
2019 7 Mike Weber 218 RB Ohio St.
2019 7 Jalen Jelks 241 DE Oregon

2020

Year Rnd Player Pick Pos College/Univ
2020 1 CeeDee Lamb 17 WR Oklahoma
2020 2 Trevon Diggs 51 CB Alabama
2020 3 Neville Gallimore 82 DT Oklahoma
2020 4 Reggie Robinson II 123 CB Tulsa
2020 4 Tyler Biadasz 146 C Wisconsin
2020 5 Bradlee Anae 179 DE Utah
2020 7 Ben DiNucci 231 QB James Madison

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4 thoughts on “Dallas Cowboys Timeline”

  1. Only thing missed was the reason the Cowboys got a franchise was because Lamar Hunt after trying for years to get Dallas an NFL franchise started his own league with a team in Dallas.

  2. Such great memories of the history of the cowboys, as a young man living in Pasadena later to move to Dallas. Following the Cowboys not the oilers. I remember watching the Dallas Texans Play in semi pro league against the Pasadena Pistols. Such a great article here much enjoyed memories for the love of the game.

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