Roger Staubach grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of a salesman. He saw football as his opportunity for college. After being appointed to the Naval Academy, Staubach won the Heisman Trophy in 1963 during his junior year.
At the time he was the fourth junior to win the Heisman Trophy. Navy coach Wayne Hardin called him “the greatest quarterback Navy ever had.” Staubach was one of the hottest prospects in college football in 1963. A splendid NFL career beckoned but Staubach had to finish his required service of four years with the armed forces.
Most teams were scared off by his Naval commitments and he was not selected until the 10th round of the 1964 Draft. After being picked by the Cowboys, Staubach was forced to wait five years before breaking into the NFL in 1969 as a 27-year-old, not-so-young rookie. “I never thought we would see this Heisman Trophy winner in a Cowboys’ uniform,” remarked head coach Tom Landry. Staubach kept up with the Cowboys’ playbook and attended the team’s training camps every year during his annual leave from the Navy (one year served in Vietnam). He threw his first competitive pass for Dallas in 1969, and although Staubach did not become a regular starter for Landry’s side until 1971, he showed flashes of brilliance during his rookie year.
Staubach managed to do more than just survive his initiation into the NFL as he fired one touchdown pass and scrambled for 140 yards. His first scoring toss as a professional went to Lance Rentzel and Staubach remembers it well. “I remember I was on the run when I made that throw,” the rookie said. “I was just trying to get rid of it. It wasn’t a great pass, but Lance made a nice play on it and scored.” It was the start of a career which saw Staubach become the most exciting quarterback of the 70s, with Staubach largely responsible for the Cowboys becoming known as “America’s Team.”
Roger led Dallas to four Super Bowls in games VI, X, XII and XIII., losing only X and XIII to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The two Super Bowl losses marked one of the few occasions when Staubach was unable to launch one of his famed last-minute comebacks.
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