Died: Feb. 12, 2000
Years Coached: 1960-1988
Alma Mater: Texas
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: 1990
Tom Landry Quotes:
"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan."
"Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve."
Having coached in an NFL-record 20 consecutive winning seasons, it's tough to pick out Tom Landry's best season as a head coach. In 1977, his Cowboys ran off a 12-2 record on their way to a Super Bowl championship. They also recorded a 12-2 record in 1968, but failed to win the championship.
Regular Season 250-162-6
Played fullback and defensive back for the Texas Longhorns
Won the 1948 Sugar Bowl and the '49 Orange Bowl
Defensive back and punter with AAFC's New York Yankees and NFL's New York Giants, 1949-55.
First head coach of the Dallas Cowboys (1960-1988)
Set an NFL record with 20 consecutive winning seasons (1966-1985)
1966 NFL Coach of the Year
1975 NFC Coach of the Year
Won 13 NFC East titles
Won five NFC titles
Won Super Bowl VI and XII
Introduced the flex defense
Developed the 4-3 defense
Revived the shotgun offense
Introduced motion offenses
Popularized situational substitutions
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1990)