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The Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team that currently plays in the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference of the NFL (National Football League). The team currently is headquartered currently in Irving, Texas. The team's logo is a representation of the state of Texas with a blue star. The blue star in the beginning was a solid shape with a white line and blue border being added in 1964. The team has not changed the logo since. The uniforms of the team are royal blue for home games and navy road jerseys. The players’ head coverings are also distinctive silver with a tint of blue known and have a blue, white, blue combination vertical streak positioned in the center of the crown. The Cowboys also include an exclusive, and often noted as clever, feature on the back of the helmet which is a blue strip of tape known as Dymo with the player's given name adorned and situated on the white part of the strip at the rear of the helmet.
The Dallas Cowboys emerged in 1960, the team's jersey comprised a white head covering decorated with a blue star and a blue, white, blue pattern strip down the center. The team had blue jerseys with white sleeves and a tiny blue star on each shoulder for home games and the negative opposite for away games. Their socks had two parallel white stripes overlying the blue. In 1964, the team selected a simple look by altering their jersey and socks to a solid color only with three horizontal stripes on the sleeves; the white jersey aspect blue stripes with a tapered black border and the blue jersey has white stripes with the similar black sketch. The starred jerseys were abolished. In 1964, the NFL permitted teams to wear white jerseys at home.
The Cowboys have always worn the color white, not including during certain times of the particular football year. Before the Dallas Cowboys were formed, an NFL team had not been present in the south prior to the Dallas Texans. Clint Murchison Jr, an oilman, had been seeking to get a particular type of sports group in Dallas but the owner of the Washington Redskins, George Marshall, had southern domination. Murchison opted to acquire the Washington Redskins from Marshall in 1958. A contract was made, however as the agreement was about to be resolved, Marshall amended the terms and the deal was subsequently called off as a result. Marshall in turn opposed all franchises for Murchison in the city of Dallas and as a result of this, Marshall's position prevented Murchison from becoming a part of the league. The feud between the two men fueled one of the longest held rivalries in the National Football League that continues to this day.
In the early to mid 1960s, the team steadily started being a strong contender in the realm of football with several players such as running back Don Perkins, linebacker Lee Roy Jordan and cornerback Mel Renfro. The team would make its first ever post season appearance at the 1966 NFL Championship Game. During this game, the team was defeated by the Green Bay Packers. In spite of them being trounced, 1966 would mark the beginning of successive postseason appearances for the team. Dallas would be able to establish itself and become of the most recognized teams in 1960s. During the 1970s, the NFL began going through many changes. One of these changes was the absorption of the American Football League. In effect, a unified league was established. The Dallas based team would also undergo a few changes. The team would travel from the Cotton Bowl to Texas Stadium during the 1971 season. Even though the first game in their new home, the Texas stadium, the team achieved a 44-21 victory over New England.
The 1972 season was an additional engaging one for the Dallas based team, but their 10-4 record only allowed them to get to the playoffs as one of the designated wild card teams. During the divisional playoff games, they competed against the San Francisco 49ers. The San Francisco 49ers had a 28-13 lead and appeared to have been able to push back against their playoff defeats to Dallas in the preceding seasons. The team would begin their 1977 season with eight victories, and no losses before losing in uninterrupted weeks to the St. Louis Cardinals in a home game in addition to a game in Pittsburgh. After the losses, though, the team won their concluding four season competitions. Dallas was able to achieve both the number one defense and offense as well in the National Football League. Dallas concluded their 1979 season by having 11 victories.
The team sprawled in November, but was able to win the following games that happened in December. This allowed for the stage to be set for the regular season culmination when they were pitted against Washington. The champion would capture the NFC East designation while the loser had to miss the playoffs. In the game, Texas Stadium supporters were delighted to Staubach's utmost reappearances. The Cowboys followed 17 to 0, and achieved three scores, specifically touchdowns to take first place. With running back John Riggins as the leader of the team, the Washington Redskins came back to assemble a 34 to 21 lead, but the team attained two scores in the last five minutes, which included a touchdown pass with under a minute to spare which led to an astonishing 35-34 triumph. The season finished with a whimper; however, as the Rams journeyed to the city of Dallas and beat them, 21-19 in the first round of the final tournament. This game was noted as the conclusion of a phase, as recurrent concussions coerced Staubach to declare his sequestration a few months later in a poignant speaking engagement in the stadium.
During the 1980s, the team was able to achieve many milestones including, Bob Lilly entering the Hall of Fame. Bob Lilly was a seven time all pro defensive for Dallas between 1961-73. He would become the first player for the team to be initiated into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Herb Adderley and Deacon Jones also joined him as inductees. Other milestones during the 1980s included a Twelfth Division Championship that they earned when they regained the NFC Eastern Division Championship against Oakland; their 200th Regular-Season Victory when they beat Washington 24-10 at RFK Stadium; when a new training facility was built in northwest Dallas; the notable Silver Season, which allowed the team to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a news conference at Texas Stadium in 1984; a few improvements on Texas Stadium in 1986 as well as their 13th division championship in 1985; when they had their 100th Win At Texas Stadium in 1987; and when they signed Troy Aikman in 1989. The 1990s saw many fluctuations for the Dallas Cowboys. The team finished strong in certain years but not in others. In 1992, the team finished with a 13-3 record, boasting the league's #1 defense. That year they also reached what many found to be their peak in popularity. In 1992, they were also able to avenge their 1981 NFC Championship Game loss to San Francisco.
1994 to 1997 has been deemed the Switzer area, when former University of Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer replaced Coach Johnson. There were many wins and losses between these years. In 1997, many pundits put the Cowboys at the top of the NFC. Dallas would, however, finish the season with a disappointing record and Switzer was arrested when a gun was found in his luggage at an airport. He resigned and was replaced by Chan Gailey in 1998. Gailey would provide Dallas with a few losses and victories as well, mostly losses and thus, many key players were unhappy with him as coach and he was fired and replaced by Dave Campo in 2000. Campo, like Gailey was not exactly a perceived as being a strong coach and thus, the team had several setbacks during 2000-2002, especially when a loss came during the opening night of the 2002 season to the Houston Texans. From 2003-2006, Dallas was coached by Bill Purcells. In 2003, the team became the surprise of many posting a 10-6 record. In 2004, the team was wrought with many injuries and penalty issues. A starting quarterback, Quincy Carter, was also released from his contract because of alleged drug usage. The team improved their defense dramatically in the 2005 season. By 2006, the team suffered some losses as well as some wins. Parcells also retired that year. San Diego defensive coordinator Wafe Philips was hired as the new coach.
During the offseason of 2007, the team brought in both Leonard Davis and Brad Johnson. These individuals were brought in to back up Tony Romo. They have also let two players go - Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Hannam. Tony Romo was able to obtained a $67.5 million dollar agreement to play for a six year period with the Dallas Cowboys in October, making him the third quarterback in the National Football League to receive such a high salary. Peyton Manning who plays for the Indianapolis Colts and Carson Palmer, who plays for the Cincinnati Bengals also receive high salaries. From 2009 to the present, the Cowboys have continued their rollercoaster of wins and losses.
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