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Tom Landry



Sept. 11 1924 - Mission, Texas

Died: Feb. 12, 2000

Years Coached: 1960-1988

Coached For:

Dallas Cowboys

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."

Best Season:

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.

Coaching Record:

• Regular Season 250-162-6
• Post-Season 20-16

Playing Highlights:

• 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.

Coaching Highlights:

• 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)
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