A Cowboy's Life

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The humble man from Throckmorton, Texas, often called "the greatest defensive tackle in NFL history," shares his life's journey for the first time in A Cowboy's Life. Bob Lilly recounts his beginnings in Texas, being the first player ever drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1961, his induction into the Ring of Honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as his passion for photography.
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A Cowboy's Life: A Memoir

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Overview

The humble man from Throckmorton, Texas, often called "the greatest defensive tackle in NFL history," shares his life's journey for the first time in A Cowboy's Life. Bob Lilly recounts his beginnings in Texas, being the first player ever drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1961, his induction into the Ring of Honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as his passion for photography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600781018
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,371,373
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Bob Lilly was the first draft choice of the then-new Dallas Cowboys in 1961. During his 14-year career with the Cowboys, he was named All-Pro seven times and played in 11 Pro Bowls. In 1980, he became the first Cowboy inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After his retirement from football, he pursued his love of photography, and in 1984 published Reflections, a book of his photographs. He lives in Sun City, Texas. Kristine Setting Clark is a University of San Francisco graduate and a feature writer for the San Francisco 49ers' Gameday magazine. She is the author of Legends of the Hall: 1950's; St. Clair: I'll Take It Raw; and Undefeated, Untied, and Uninvited. She lives in Northern. Roger Staubach is the former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys who led them to two Super Bowl victories. He was elected into the football Hall of Fame in 1985.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Roger Staubach     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction   Steve Sabol     xv
The Early Years
My Dad, My Hero     3
The Letter     9
Texas Christian University     13
From Nobody's Team to America's Team
A Cowboy First     23
Coach Tom Landry: A Man for All Seasons     29
The Birth of the Cowboys     35
Putting the Team Together     41
Stepping It Up     47
Tragedy Strikes     57
Improving the Team with Technology and the Flex     61
Post-Merger Successes     71
We Can Do Everything but Win the Big One     75
Our Season to Shine Becomes a Season of Sadness     79
Quarterback Controversy and Changes Afoot     83
Duane Thomas Makes the Scene     89
Winning the Big One     99
Farewells     107
Games I Will Never Forget     113
Characters, Heroes, and Great Leading Men
The Originals     131
Players Year by Year     147
The Coaching Staff     207
Life after Football
Battle Scars     217
Postgridiron Employment     227
TheRing of Honor and the Hall of Fame     231
The Camera's Eye     241
Stats, Accolades, Honors, and Achievements     245
Sources     247
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