History of the Dallas Cowboy quarterbacks

Troy Aikman
College
He first played his college football at the University of Oklahoma. He started some games and was very successful under head coach Barry switcher. But then when Aikman rolled his ankle, then he was sidelined and since Aikman was not the right guy for the offense that they were installing in. They got a Quarterback that can run that offense so then Troy Aikman transferred to UCLA. During his two year tenure at UCLA, he red-shirted for a year because of transfer rules but then when he was back under center. He established a 20-4 record in his two years as a starter. His accomplishments were that he won the Davy O Brian Award as a senior, All-American, and Player of the year in the conference. Also he was third in the Heisman trophy voting and then he set numerous of records at UCLA as well.

Professional career as a Dallas Cowboys player
He was the first pick in the 1988 nfl draft to the Dallas Cowboys, and he went on the have a remarkable career with the Dallas Cowboys. He went to the pro bowl 6x times (1991, 1992, 1993, 19994, 1995, 1996) 3x all pro selection (1993, 1994, 1995), 3x time super bowl champion (1992, 1993, 1995), and super bowl MVP. Also he was the Walter Payton Player of the year, and then he was a part of the cowboys Ring OF Honor. His overall career stats with the Dallas Cowboys were 32, 942 passing…..165-TD 141-INT….. And an 81.6 passing rating. But then, after his 1996 season, it went at a all-time low for troy, he was getting a little old at the position and he had a total a 10 concussions. But then in 2000 when they played the Washington Redskins, Larva Arrington’s knee hit troy head for the 10th one and then that was the one that took the cake, on April 9, 2001 he officially retired from the game.

What he is doing now
But he has been busy over the years with doing color commentary on Sunday’s with Football games, Also the best feeling to him was when he was inducted into the HALL OF FAME class of 2006.

Roger Staubach
His college career
He went to New Mexico Military Institute for one year before he transferred to the United States Naval Academy where he played quarterback. When he was a sophomore he started some games but not all. It was when he became a junior he took the lead role and the starting quarterback. He led the team to victory over their rival Notre Dame. Staubach was awarded the Heisman Trophy after that season and he was college football’s highest honor. Stauback was the last player from a military academy to win the Heisman.

Career with the Dallas Cowboys
In 1964 he was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 10th round of the Draft. he was unable to start playing with the team because he had to finish his four years with the Navy. In 1969 he was finally able to report to the team as a rookie at age 27. At the start of he career with the team he didn't see much of the field playing in only 14 games. Though the season of 1971 he was handed the starting role as quarterback where he lead the team with no loses the rest of the season with victory of their first Super Bowl title. The 1972 season he missed close to all of the games due to a separated shoulder injury, but he returned as the starter in the playoffs and didn't surrender his starting quarterback role the rest of the season. He played seven more years with the team leading them to six NFC Championship games, six NFC Championship games, Named MVP of Super Bowl VI, Two-time Super Bowl Champion: VI and XII ,Six-time Pro Bowler: 1971 and 1975-1979, Five-time All-NFC, Led NFL in passer rating four times: 1971, 1973, and 1978-79, Led the NFL with 23 touchdown passes in 1973, Set career highs in passing yards and touchdown passes in 1979, his final NFL year: 3,586 yards and 27 touchdowns,Finished NFL career with 1,685 completions, 22,700 yards passing, 153 passing touchdowns, 410 rushing attempts, 2,264 yards rushing, and 20 rushing touchdowns, Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, and Named to Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1983.

Eddie Wayne LaBaron
Eddie Wayne Lebaron was born January 7, 1930 in San Rafael, California. He graduated from Oakdale High School and went on to play football at College of the Pacific from 1946 to 1949. He lettered all four years and received All-American honors in 1949. He went into the United States Marines Corps after graduation and served during the Korean conflict. He was awarded the Purple Heart after he was wounded twice, and he received the Bronze Star for his heroic actions. After his military service he was drafted in the tenth round of the 1950 draft by the Washington Redskins. He played with them through 1959 except during the year of 1954 when he played for the Canadian Football League. In 1960 he became the first quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. He was asked by Tex Schramm, the General Manager of the expansion Dallas Cowboys, if he would quarterback for the Cowboys. He played for the Cowboys for four years, 1960-1963, and was a Pro Bowl selection during this time, even though the team struggled. After his NFL career he became a football announcer for CBS Sports, practiced law with the degree he received during his off-seasons, and was the general manager and vice president of the Atlanta Falcons. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Dandy Don Meredith
Don Meredith was born in Mt. vernon Texas on April 10, 1938. We he grew up loving the sport of football. Eventually he was drafted into the National Football League, by the Chicago Bears then traded to the Dallas Cowboys where he became a legend. Dandy Don is still one of the most favored Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks despite never winning a Championship. He played for the cowboys from 1960 to 1968. The end of his career was the best years as a cowboy. He was NFL player of the year in 1966 and was a two time pro bowl selection. After his career he went into the business of broadcasting, and at the end of each show he would always sing, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over”. Which he became well known for. He never got elected to the NFL Hall of Fame, but he will ever be inshrined into the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

Tony Romo
Romo was born in San Diego and raised in Burlington, Wisconsin. He played college football at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. As a sophomore, he was ranked #2 in Division 1-AA in passing efficiency. In 2002, he was the first player in Eastern Illinois and the Ohio Valley Conference history to win the Walter Payton Award, given to the nation’s top player at the NCAA 1-AA level. He also finished his career there with the school and conference records of 85 touchdown passes.

Tony went undrafted in the 2003 NFL draft. Afterwards he was signed as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. After being a second and third string quarterback, he first saw the field on October 1, 2006. Since then he has been the Cowboy’s quarterback. He was selected to the 2007 and 2008 Pro Bowls and holds a few Cowboy’s team records.

Quincy Carter
Quincy Carter was born in Decatur, Georgia and had a stellar high school football career, becoming well-known in the Atlanta area. He originally signed a football letter of intent with Georgia Tech in 1996, but opted instead for baseball after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs. After two seasons in baseball, he went to the University of Georgia college football program in 1998. Carter won the starting job at Georgia in a tighly contested battle (over future Oklahoma starter Nate Hybl among others), and after an excellent freshman season, was recognized as one of the top young quarterbacks in NCAA football. He had a superb sophomore season but was mediocre as a junior due to injuries and inconsistencies. Carter declared himself eligible for the NFL draft after his junior season and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2nd round as the 22nd pick of the 2001 NFL Draft Carter became the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys team as a rookie, being part of a succession of short-tenured quarterbacks following the retirement of Troy Aikman. The highlight of his rookie season was a 20-13 victory over the New York Giants in which Carter threw for nearly 200 yards, scrambled for a key first down late in the game, and tossed the game-winning touchdown pass to veteran tight end Jackie Harris. Dallas would sign another young quarterback and former baseball player, Chad Hutchinson, following Carter's rookie season. He lost the starting job during his second season to Hutchinson after a loss to the Arizona Cardinals in which he engaged in a heated sideline discussion with Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. However, in his third season, under newly-hired head coach Bill Parcells, Carter retook the starting job and led the Cowboys to a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance. Hutchinson was released the next season after playing in NFL Europe Carter was released on August 4 of the 2004 offseason under unclear circumstances. The field of quarterbacks for the Cowboys in that offseason had expanded with the drafting of yet another former baseball player, Drew Henson and acquisition of Vinny Testaverde off of waivers; before Carter's release, it had been projected that Carter had a slight edge over Testaverde as the starting quarterback, and that former third-string quarterback Tony Romo would be released. Many believe Carter was released because of a failed drug test: However, the Cowboys' coach Bill Parcells insisted that, for reasons including but not limited to his drug problems, Carter could not be trusted with the leadership of the team. The official Cowboys statement regarding his release was a failed drug test, a poor attitude over the signing of Vinny Testaverde, and an average performance during the first week of training camp. After being released by the Cowboys, Carter was signed to a one-year contract with the New York Jets, where he served as a backup to Chad Pennington and started three games (winning two) after Pennington suffered a rotater cuff injury. He suffered a drug relapse during the playoffs of the 2004 season, and has received treatment for drug addiction and recently-diagnosed bipolar disorder in Houston. The Jets released him during the 2005 offseason, and he currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Danny White
Danny white was born February 9, 1952 in Mesa, Arizona. He attended Arizona State College. He was drafted in the third round, 54th overall of the 1974 draft. He still hold’s eight records with the Dallas cowboys. He bridged the gap between two hall of fame quarterbacks, Roger Staubach of the seventies and Troy Aikman of the nineties and early 2000’s. He led his team to the NFC title game for a third straight year, which earned him a Pro Bowl Berth for his efforts. Tom Landry, the legendary former head coach of the cowboys once stated, “He wasn’t gifted as some quarterbacks were, but he knew how to win football games. I don’t think anybody could have followed Roger and done as well as Danny. If we had reached the Super Bowl in 1981, we might have won the Super Bowl a couple of more times. I think Danny would have gotten us there again. Danny was a solid winner.”



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