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Jethro Pugh 75

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

1965-1978

Jethro Pugh was selected in the eleventh round (145th overall) of the 1965 NFL draft, by the Dallas Cowboys. He was only 20 years old when he started his professional career as a backup defensive end for the Cowboys. At the end of the 1966 season, he was moved to left defensive tackle. He played with the Cowboys for his entire career, from 1965 through 1978. His 14 seasons represent the fourth-longest career in Cowboys history; only Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates, and Mark Tuinei played more years. 

 

While quarterback sacks were not an official NFL statistic during his career, Pugh is unofficially credited with a career total of 95.5. He led the Cowboys in sacks each season from 1968 to 1972 with a high mark of 15.5 in 1968, a team record that stood until 2010 when DeMarcus Ware reached six straight seasons. He averaged 12½ sacks, during one amazing stretch of his career (1968–1972) and currently ranks sixth on the Cowboys all-time sacks list with 95.5. Following the 1978 season and Super Bowl XIII, Pugh retired on January 29, 1979,[10] after helping the Cowboys win two Super Bowls, five NFC Championships, qualify for the NFL post-season in 12 out of 14 seasons, and played in a then league record 23 playoff games. Show your appreciation for Jethro Pugh with collectibles, photographs and more here at the Drew Pearson's Cowboys Legends Pro Shop.

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