Dallas Cowboys History
The Dallas Cowboys were founded in 1960 in Arlington, Texas. Of all of stories about how professional sports teams in this country came to be, the Cowboys story is one of the more entertaining. Clint Murchison Jr., a Texas oilman, had already made several failed attempts to get an NFL team in the South. Prior to the formation of the Cowboys, there was no NFL team south of Washington D.C. after the original Houston Texas folded in 1952. Murchison and then owner of the Washington Redskins, George Preston Marshall, had a squabble going on. Marshall had control of the entire South, and was not too pleased with Mirchison's attempts to get another NFL team in Texas. So what does Murchison do? Before the 1959 expansion vote, Murchison purchased the rights to the Redskins theme song. During the meetings, he told Marshall he would exchange the rights for the song for his vote. Marshall begrudgingly agreed, and the Dallas Cowboys were born. The Cowboys are a tradition rich team since their 1960 inception. The Cowboys have made it to the NFL playoffs 31 times. Their most recent trip was in 2014. They won their division 22 times, most recently in 2014. They have 10 conference championships to their name, most recently in 1996, and they have five Super Bowl wins to their credit, also most recently in 1996. Throughout their history, the Cowboys have called three buildings home. From 1960-1971 they played at the Cotton Bowl. In 1971 the Cowboys moved into Texas Stadium and stayed there until 2008. In 2008 the Cowboys moved into the very modern AT&T Stadium, humorously dubbed “Jerry World” in honor of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Yes the Cowboys are tradition rich, but since 1995 it’s not been so good. Since their Super Bowl XXX win in 1996, the Cowboys have won just two playoff games. The experts all agree that it seems as if the Cowboys are stuck in mediocrity with no apparent direction. Following a 4-12 season, the Cowboys hold the 4th selection in the draft. Experts are saying that with an aging quarterback coming off two dislocated shoulders and major surgery, the Cowboys should select a quarterback here, such as Jared Goff from California, Paxton Lynch from Memphis, or Carson Wents from North Dakota State. What they do with this draft choice will go a long way in determining their direction.
The Dallas Cowboys surprised so many fans by the way that they played in 2014. Will their 2015 draft picks fill the gaps and make the team a playoff contender? Is the team still working on the basics? The team had played .500 football for the past two seasons, leading up to 2014, they were not expected to do very well. Two seasons back they lost a chance to make the playoffs in the last game of 2013, when they lost to the Eagles by just two points. They have big plans to “right the ship” with quality draft picks like Travis Frederick, Terrance Williams, J.J. Wilcox, and Gavin Escobar. For all the best Cowboys tickets at home and on the road, you can rely on Ticket King.
The team was founded over fifty years ago, and quickly became one of the more high profile franchises in the NFL. Their first season did not bring the team a single win, only a tie and eleven losses. In fact, the Cowboys amassed just 13 wins in 41 games, over their first three seasons. It would take five years for the team to reach the .500 mark.
In 1966, the Cowboys played against the Green Bay Packers for the championship. The team went 10-3-1 that year, but came up short in the championship match. They would once again find themselves playing against Green Bay in the 1967 Championship, but lost what is now called the “Ice Bowl.” The team was not deterred after that loss. They went on to play in Super Bowl V and VI, winning the latter. Those teams were led by Craig Morton and Roger Staubach respectively.
Why do the Cowboys fans think that they are “America’s Team?” It could be that they feel the Cowboys deserve that name after playing in Super Bowl 10, 12, and 13. They never looked better during the 1970’s. The team would decline during the 1980’s, but came roaring back in 1992, led by Troy Aikman. They took town the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl that season, proving that they were ready dominate once again. Cowboys fans were rewarded with a Super Bowl parade, after a fantastic 1993 season.
The Dallas Cowboys have some great football giants to their name. Starting with Herb Adderley, Lance Alworth, Mike Ditka, Jackie Smith, and moving to more modern times, we see that Michael Irvin, Larry Allen, Troy Aikman, and Deion Sanders all played for Dallas at one time or another. The team has nearly two dozen players in the NFL Hall Of Fame, with more to follow.
Their worst season was their first, and the team has never looked back. In 2007, Dallas matched their best overall record finishing 13-3, and matching their win-loss ratio of 1992.
The Dallas Cowboys were definitely the surprise team league-wide in 2014. Expected to finish third in their own division with a 5-11 record, the Cowboys finished the season 12-4, good for the third seed in the NFC playoffs. The Cowboys beat the Wild Card opponents, the Detroit Lions, 24-20 on a very controversial call. The next week they traveled to Green Bay, where they lost 26-21 on another controversial call, the “non-catch” by Dez Bryant. Although, according to the rule book, the officials made the correct interpretation of the catch rule.
The Cowboys enter 2015 with a completely different set of expectations than they entered the 2014 season with. Dallas is a top ten team in most preseason power rankings and is favorite to win the division. The biggest issue for the Cowboys will be who replaces the departed Demarco Murray at running back. Murray led the NFL in rushing in 2014 and signed a free agent contract in the offseason with the Philadelphia Eagles. Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, and Ryan Williams are all looking to take his spot in the backfield.