The end for Roger Staubach

On December 16, 1979 Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach lead his team to a 35-34 victory over the Washington Redskins at home in his final regular season game.

Joe Theismann‘s Redskins did not make it easy for the Cowboys to win. At the beginning of the fourth quarter Dallas was up 21-20. Soon enough, Washington was up 34-21. By the final whistle, the Cowboys came back for the win. The Cowboys went on to suffer a 11-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at home in Texas Stadium in the first round of the playoffs.

Staubach was originally picked by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1964 AFL Draft. Later in the same year he was chosen by the Cowboys in the 10th round of the NFL draft. He played in Dallas for all 12 years of his career. His honors include six Pro-Bowl appearances, NFL Super Bowl MVP in 1971, the 1978 Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and a 1985 Hall of Fame induction.

Staubach played for the New Mexico Military Institute, also known as the U.S. Naval Academy in college. For his outstanding efforts he was awarded with the Heisman Trophy at the end of the 1963 regular season. The same year he was presented with the Maxwell Award an was named to the Consensus All-America team.

“Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something… hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” -Roger Staubach


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