Tom Landry was born on September 11, 1924 in Mission, Texas. Tom played in the AAFC and the NFL, but is best known as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. On December 27, 1959, Landry was hired by the Cowboys ownership to become the first head coach of the new expansion franchise in Dallas. Landry remained the head coach of America's Team for 29 NFL seasons, from 1960 through 1988. In those 29 years Landry led the team to two Super Bowl wins and five NFC titles. His career record is 270-178-6, making him the third winningest coach in NFL history.
Landry is one of the great innovators in the history of the game. As the Defensive Coordinator with the New York Giants Landry created the 4 - 3 defense. He also created the Flex Defense and revived the man in motion and shotgun offenses. He was also a great leader and teacher, with five of his assistant coaches eventually serving as head coaches - Mike Ditka, Dan Reeves, John Makovic, Gene Stallings and Raymond Berry. After finishing the 1988 season with a record of 3 - 13, Landry was fired as head coach shortly after the team was sold to Jerry Jones. Just two years later Landry was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
On February 12, 2000 Landry passed away after battling leukemia. On what would have been his 88th birthday we say Happy Birthday Tom Landry. Thanks for making the game of football forever better.
On January 21, 1979, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys with a 35-31 victory in Super Bowl XIII. The Steelers had previously defeated the Cowboys in Super Bowl X, and this game was the first Super Bowl rematch, in addition to being what many would consider one of the best Super Bowls. Super Bowl XIII was played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. It was the last of five Super Bowls to be played at the Orange Bowl.
Terry Bradshaw, voted Super Bowl MVP, completed 17 of 30 passes for 318 yards, a personal high. Four of those passes went for touchdowns - two to John Stallworth and the third touchdown, with 26 seconds remaining in the second period, to Rocky Bleier for a 21-14 halftime lead. Lynn Swann was the leading receiver in the game with 7 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown. Stallworth recorded 115 yards and a touchdown off just 3 receptions. Stallworth and Swann became the first pair of teammates to each have 100 yards receiving in a Super Bowl and the first time two receivers did it in the same game.
The Dallas Cowboys put up a great fight in Super Bowl XIII, however, they were unable to overcome turnovers, drops, and a controversial penalty during the second half. Although they made a valiant comeback effort, scoring twice in the last few minutes to cut the lead to 35-31, their onside kick with 22 seconds left was unsuccessful, resulting in the Steelers' victory.
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