5PB Presidents’ Day Fun Fact
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In 57 seasons of Dallas Cowboys football, only two men have held the title of ‘team president’. Both have earned status as Pro Football Hall of Famers: Tex Schramm and Jerry Jones.
Tex served 29 seasons as president and general manager. He actually assumed the job in 1959, the year before the Cowboys hit the field as an expansion team for the 1960 season. Under Tex’s guidance, from 1959 through 1989, the expansion team grew into America’s Team. In those years, the Cowboys reached five Super Bowls, winning two, and compiled an NFL record 20 consecutive winning seasons.
Tex was also instrumental in creating the Cowboys Ring of Honor, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and brought the team’s annual Thanksgiving Day home game to a national audience. As chairman of the NFL’s Competition Committee from 1966 through 1998, he brought video replays, referees’ microphones, and Wild Card playoffs to the league.
Of all his contributions, however, one of the greatest was his work with Chiefs owners Lamar Hunt to merge the NFL and AFL. Tex was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
Jerry Jones joins Tex as two of only 22 ‘contributors’ to ever earn election to The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jerry is a member of the 2017 Class which will be inducted this coming August during Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canton, Ohio.
Jerry succeeded Tex as team president and general manager after purchasing the team on February 25, 1989. Jerry won 3 Super Bowls during the team’s dynastic decade of the 1990s. He is one of only three current team owners to guide their franchises to at least three Super Bowl titles. He’s been named NFL Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America, and dramatically changed the landscape of American sports through marketing, sponsorships, and broadcast partnerships. He also was the driving force behind the concept, design and construction of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, as well as the team’s sparkling new headquarters, The Star in Frisco.
2 Cowboys team presidents = 2 members of The Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Excellence starts with leadership from the very top. The Cowboys, as a franchise, are batting a thousand.