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Drew Pearson was undrafted, in a 17-round draft

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The headline from Drew Pearson’s memorable appearance at the draft in Philadelphia came from his next-level trolling of the crowd, which as it turns out was encouraged by the guy who otherwise would have secured the title of “most intensely booed” for the weekend. But there was an irony to Pearson’s appearance on behalf of the Cowboys that should be celebrated.

Pearson, as he pointed out at the podium, was not drafted. In 1973. When the draft had 17 rounds.

Making Pearson’s ability to make the final roster more impressive was that it didn’t consist of 53 players at the time but only 40. And with no free agency, teams had fewer open spots every year. The fact that the Cowboys were a perennial playoff team means that fewer spots would have been up for grabs.

Pearson explained on PFT Live how he made the team, which is a testament both to him and to the Cowboys’ scouting methods at the time. He’d go on to earn a spot in the team’s Ring of Honor. Some would say he earned another spot on Friday night.

 

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15 Responses to “Drew Pearson was undrafted, in a 17-round draft”
  1. lsxsx says: May 1, 2017 12:49 PM

    That was so funny..and Eagle fan myself really enjoyed it..That was good natured and the way it should be among fans.

    Pearson looked so happy..If we can’t take it ..we shouldn’t give it..

  2. harrisonhits2 says: May 1, 2017 12:49 PM

    “Pearson, as he pointed out at the podium, was not drafted. In 1973. When the draft had 17 rounds.”

    17 rounds all in 1 day. After all the bigtime prospects were off the board many of the GMs and coaches left the other personnel people to draft well into the night and finish up the low rounds around 4 or 5 am.

  3. BringBackTheFlex says: May 1, 2017 12:54 PM

    He was also on the all-decade team. One of only two people on that team NOT in the Hall of Fame. Imagine that.

  4. abninf says: May 1, 2017 1:05 PM

    Tom Landry, the real GOAT.

  5. nard100 says: May 1, 2017 1:06 PM

    Since when do Philly fans need a reason to troll? Lol

  6. weepingjebus says: May 1, 2017 1:26 PM

    It was a great moment. I love the guys who stick up for their teams even if I personally don’t like that team. Not all NFL players are mercenaries, and in fact a lot of the low or undrafted guys end up being team members for life.

  7. magnumpimustache says: May 1, 2017 1:37 PM

    Clearly the highlight of the draft

  8. realoldguy says: May 1, 2017 1:40 PM

    That was so funny..and Eagle fan myself really enjoyed it..That was good natured and the way it should be among fans.

    Great post by lsxsx. This person has their head on straight.
    So many posts are not good natured.

  9. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: May 1, 2017 1:49 PM

    Somebody in the aftermath changed the Eagles Wikipedia page to list Pearson as the owner.

  10. granadafan says: May 1, 2017 2:38 PM

    That’s better than letting an animal making a pick or announcing from outer space.

  11. purpleguy says: May 1, 2017 3:12 PM

    I still hate his guts for pushing off on that NFC championship game Hail Mary from Staubach.

  12. ncfloyd says: May 1, 2017 3:16 PM

    Drew is just trying to get his name back in circulation so he can get in the HOF. What he should have done for enshrinement was not disappear in the playoffs. Sorry Drew, you were good not great. Only caught 7 balls in 3 SBs, many of which were in garbage time in two looses to Pittsburgh.

    Rec Yds TD
    2 59 1 Pitt (L)
    1 13 0 Den (W)
    4 73 0 Pitt (L)
    7 145 1 Total

  13. dallasbeast says: May 1, 2017 4:00 PM

    The ORIGINAL 88.

  14. stucats says: May 1, 2017 7:01 PM

    DREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW!

  15. 1bigtex says: May 2, 2017 1:12 AM

    BringBackTheFlex says:
    May 1, 2017 12:54 PM
    He was also on the all-decade team. One of only two people on that team NOT in the Hall of Fame. Imagine that.
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    The other First Team All-Decade player from the 70’s not in the HOF is Cliff Harris.

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