Tom Landry, who died in February 2000 at the age of 75, coached the Dallas Cowboys from the time the football team was founded in 1960 until he was fired in 1989 by new owner Jerry Jones. During Landry's 29 years as coach, the Cowboys had 20 straight winning seasons, reaped 13 division titles, went to five Super Bowls and won two. Dallas was so dominant in the 1970s that its host of famous players became known as "America's Team." For this compilation of brief recollections about Landry, sportswriters Freeman and Aron canvassed approximately 125 people (including the coach's family), then organized their memories, more or less chronologically, into different parts of Landry's career. Tex Schramm and Gil Brandt talk about how they worked with Landry to build the expansion team into a winner, while other players recall Landry's days as an assistant coach with the New York Giants. The heart of the book, however, resides in the memories shared by Landry's players during the Cowboys' glory days, with the interviewees ranging from stars like Roger Staubach and Bob Lilly to players only die-hard Cowboys fans will recall. While the players, media members and coaches all have different Landry stories to tell, nearly all cite Landry as a fair-minded, hardworking, disciplined man who was an important influence in their lives. (Dec.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
From 1960 to 1988, Tom Landry had 20 consecutive winning seasons, won 13 division titles, and made five trips to the Super Bowl coaching "America's Team," the Dallas Cowboys. For 28 years, he epitomized pro football and the Cowboys, and he is often mentioned in the same breath as Vince Lombardi, each referred to as a genius of the game. Authors Freeman and Aron (the retired and current Texas sports editor, respectively, for the Associated Press) utilized over 125 of Landry's friends, relatives, and colleagues in developing the biography. Also contributing are former players such as Bob Lilly, Drew Pearson, and Tony Dorsett, with Roger Staubach writing the foreword. This compelling story of a legendary NFL coach includes numerous black-and-white photos. Recommended. Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., B.C. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.