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Daryl Johnston 48

RUNNING BACK

1989-1998

Johnston was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round (39th overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he received his nickname "Moose" from backup quarterback Babe Laufenberg because of his large stature compared to the rest of the running backs. The name caught on among Dallas fans who would chant "Moooooose" whenever he made a play. As a Cowboy, Johnston played in 149 consecutive games from 1989-1997. He also became one of the greatest special teams players in franchise history.
He scored 22 career touchdowns and had more receptions than carries.

 

His 294 receptions is the third highest number among Cowboys running backs, totaling 2,227 yards for a 7.6 yards average, compared to 232 carries for 753 yards for a 3.2 yards average. In 1993, Johnston had 50 receptions and averaged 7.4 yards per catch. Due mainly to Johnston's contributions, the NFL created the fullback position in the Pro Bowl. Prior to this change, blocking fullbacks had little chance of beating out traditional running backs, who had better statistics.

 

In 1993 Johnston became the first fullback ever selected for the Pro Bowl, earning trips in 1993 and in 1994. Johnston retired at the end of the 1999 season, after suffering a neck injury. He was a member of three Super Bowl winning teams. Show your appreciation for Daryl Johnston with collectibles, photographs and more here at the Drew Pearson's Cowboys Legends Pro Shop.

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