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Tony Dorsett 33

RUNNING BACK

1977-1987

The Cowboys sent four draft picks to Seattle in 1977 for the rights to draft Tony Dorsett, a Heisman Trophy winner at Pittsburgh, selecting him with the second overall choice. Dorsett signed a five-year contract for a reported $1.1 million, becoming the first player in franchise history to reach this amount. He rushed for 1,007 yards as a rookie leading the Cowboys to a Super Bowl XII victory. Dorsett became the first player to win the college football championship, then win the Super Bowl the next year, when the Cowboys beat the Denver Broncos 27–10 in Super Bowl XII. 

 

Dorsett made the Pro Bowl 4 times during his career (1978, 1981–1983) and rushed for over 1,000 yards in 8 of his first 9 seasons. He finished with 12,739 rushing yards, fifth most in NFL history. Ninety-nine of those yards came on his NFL-record run against Minnesota in 1983.

 

Dorsett was elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994 and was enshrined in the Cowboys Ring of Honor the same year. He is the first of only two players in history who has won the Heisman Trophy, won the Super Bowl, won the College National Championship, been enshrined in the College Hall of Fame, and been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. Show your appreciation for Tony Dorsett with collectibles, photographs and more here at the Drew Pearson's Cowboys Legends Pro Shop.

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