Cowboys Ring of Honor member Don Perkins dies at 84

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Don Perkins, who is in the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, has died, the team announced. He was 84.

Perkins made six Pro Bowls in his eight seasons with the Cowboys. He earned All-Pro honors in 1962 after rushing for a career-high 945 yards in 14 games.

The Colts selected Perkins in the ninth round in 1960, although he signed a contract with the Cowboys before the draft. The NFL eventually allowed Perkins to play for the Cowboys in return for a ninth-round choice sent to the Colts.

He rushed for 6,217 yards, which still ranks fourth in franchise history, and scored 42 rushing touchdowns, which also ranks fourth in club history.

In 1976, the Cowboys inducted Perkins and quarterback Don Meredith into their Ring of Honor.

Perkins is the team’s second Ring of Honor member to die recently. Offensive lineman Rayfield Wright died April 7 at the age of 76. The Cowboys also have had former players Dan Reeves, Ralph Neely and Marion Barber die this year as well as former running backs coach Gary Brown, scouting director Larry Lacewell and Jerry Jones’ personal assistant, Marylyn Love.

8 responses to “Cowboys Ring of Honor member Don Perkins dies at 84

  1. He was one of the greats from a bygone era of cowboys football. I dont know how I missed it, but was unaware of both Reeves and Neely passing. I am a fortunate (and old) enough cowboys fan to have watched them all play.

  2. Perkins & Meredith were the first Cowboys stars.
    He was extremely underrated and grossly overlooked, playing at the same time as Jimmy Brown & Jim Taylor.
    He’s also the uncle of RB Paul Perkins.

  3. Nothing worse then hearing of someone’s passing. Especially when it’s someone you watched play when you were a kid.

  4. Don Perkins is one of my favorite yesteryear players ever along with running back Dickie Post of the Chargers and Warren McVea of the Houston Oilers. I must be getting older because I grew up watching the guy along with someone who never gets the credit for being a great quarterback Don Meredith and the first true deep threat Bob Hayes. So long Don Perkins, thank you and RIP.

  5. Perkins last season in the NFL was 54 years ago and he is still 4th on the Cowboys all time rushing list. Only Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett, and Ezekiel Elliott, have rushed for more yards for the Cowboys. That is truly amazing. Perkins was remarkably consistently good over his entire 8 year career. Godspeed to a true great.

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