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Original Cowboys player dies at 77

Tom Landry became the first coach of the Cowboys in 1960, and he remained on the job for nearly three full decades.  One of the players he acquired for the team’s first season spent all of Landry’s tenure with the team as well.  Jerry Tubbs, a linebacker turned player-coach turned assistant coach, has died at the age of 77.

A first-round pick of the Chicago Cardinals (yes, they once were in Chicago) in 1957, Tubbs later was traded to the 49ers.  The Niners didn’t include Tubbs in their 25-man protected list prior to the 1960 expansion draft because Tubbs informed the Niners he had enough of football.

“The only reason we got him was because he told the 49ers he was going to retire,” former Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt told Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News.

Tubbs became a Pro Bowl middle linebacker in 1962, added coach to his playing status in 1966, and then became a full-time assistant the next year.

He stayed with the team through the 1988 season, exited the game for good while still in his early 50s.

Our condolences go out to Coach Tubbs’ wife, Marlene, and his teammates, players, friends, and colleagues.

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6 Responses to “Original Cowboys player dies at 77”
  1. pftcensorssuck says: Jun 16, 2012 6:41 PM

    This was a guy who lived through Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, and Troy Aikman …… what a shame he had to go out with Tony Freakin’ Romo.

  2. Soulman45 says: Jun 16, 2012 6:58 PM

    RIP he had a full life after football he was one that got though it all.

  3. krause22 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:12 PM

    Didn’t the Cowboys come into the NFL in 1961 with the Vikings?

  4. lolb23 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:42 PM

    Let me guess…concussions, right?

  5. One Up the Bum says: Jun 16, 2012 10:06 PM

    RIP, he was a great guy.

    Say it….Rams were in Cleveland too. See the connections:

    Cardinals: Chicago=>St. Louis=>Phoenix/AZ
    Rams: Cleveland=>Los Angeles=>St. Louis

    Fair weather curse I tell ya! But I will give credit to a group in LA that are still die hard LA Ram fans. Almost like the group that was in Baltimore, but not as large.

  6. dccowboy says: Jun 16, 2012 10:12 PM

    krause22 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:12 PM

    Didn’t the Cowboys come into the NFL in 1961 with the Vikings?

    No, 1960

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