Alicia Landry, Tom Landry’s widow, dies at 91

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The woman behind one of the most respected coaches in NFL history has died. Alicia Landry, the wife of Hall of Fame Cowboys coach Tom Landry, was 91.

Tom became the first coach in team history in 1960, guiding the team for 29 seasons, through 1988. He died of leukemia in 2000, after the couple had been married 51 years.

Alicia Landry met her husband on a blind date in 1947. They married 17 months later.

Her legacy will endure for decades, if not centuries. The Dallas Morning News suggests that Alicia Landry provided the inspiration for the iconic star on the team’s helmet.

Her son, Tom Jr., said that she offered this input regarding the headgear to be worn by the fledgling Cowboys, “A star would be perfect.”

More specifically, Alicia Landry had direct and complete responsibility for the headgear that helped make her husband a towering figure in football history. After he got the job as coach of the expansion team, Tom and others thought he should wear a cowboy hat on the sideline.

“No, no, no, do not do that,’’ Alicia told him, per Tom Jr. “A fedora is what you need.’’

We extend our condolences to the Landry family.

12 responses to “Alicia Landry, Tom Landry’s widow, dies at 91

  1. Met on a blind date. Married 17 months later. Marriage ended 51 years later only due to death. Plenty of people have comically bad blind date stories, how many have as great of blind date story as this? Condolences to the Landry family.

  2. The day Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry Was the day I stopped being a Cowboy fan. With the last name like Meredith I feel I was born to be a Cowboy fan. But not when an idiot like Jerry Jones treats a great man like Tom Landry like dirt. Rest in peace coach Landry, Rest In the Arms of your beloved wife once again.

  3. LB Meredith says:
    January 23, 2021 at 10:35 am
    The day Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry Was the day I stopped being a Cowboy fan. With the last name like Meredith I feel I was born to be a Cowboy fan. But not when an idiot like Jerry Jones treats a great man like Tom Landry like dirt. Rest in peace coach Landry, Rest In the Arms of your beloved wife once again.
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    Perhaps they could have handled it a little better, but let’s not forget Landry was 17-30 his last 3 seasons and the 1988 team was awful. He was 65 years old.Jones obviously thought changes needed to be mad, and you can’t really argue with the success that came in the 90s. The end comes for every coach at some point.It may not be enjoyable and may huet, but such is life. I am a Miami fan and was not all that happy the way they forced Shula to “retire”, but it was time…I think too often we, as fans, let nostalgia and sentimentality cloud or judgement.

  4. Almost all coaches (even the greatest ones) get fired (look at Paul Brown for example for us real “oldies” here)…..

  5. She sounds like she was a strong and wonderful woman. I remember Landry in his later years in coaching. If his wife had that sort of influence over such a man, you know she knew what was up. RIP…

  6. Finally, a story where there are no negative comments.
    Rest In Peace with your wonderful husband

  7. I’ve seen her interviewed a couple of times. She seemed like a very classy lady. I’m sure coach Landry felt blessed to have her as a life partner. I googled him after I read this article. I didn’t realize it’s been 20 years since his death (Feb 2000) My condolences to the remaining family.

    Interesting side note: Tom Landry as a defensive back had 31 interceptions in 80 games. That’s more than FS Cliff Harris, the Hall of Fame defensive back coach he coached for 10 years (29 in 141 games)

  8. It’s beyond unimaginable to me why any of these previous posts would garner a hands down for a sympathetic gesture..

    Rest in Peace Mrs. Landry and enjoy your awaited union with your husband in Heaven

  9. Tom Landry is the Cowboys, thanks to Mrs. Landry. Great they are together again in Heaven.

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