The Dallas Cowboys have enjoyed many great quarterbacks in the team’s history. The most notable of course is Troy Aikman, then of course Roger Staubach along with Tony Romo and even Danny White. Don Meredith is one of the most memorable, not so much for his time with the Cowboys but his time with Monday Night Football. Every
franchise has had to have that first quarterback. If you ask today’s Cowboy fan who the first quarterback in team history was, they wouldn’t be able to answer. Only True Blue, die hards like myself know that Eddie LeBaron was the first quarterback in team history.
Now that you know that, you will never guess what team he came from? LeBaron played ten seasons with the hated, Washington Redskins. The ironic thing was according to history, LeBaron wasn’t supposed to be on the list of unprotected players that Dallas could pick from. Redskin owner, Preston Marshall forgot to take him off of the list and the Cowboys picked him up.
LeBaron wasn’t exactly the tallest of quarterbacks as a matter of fact his nickname was “The Little General.” Standing at a short, 5 foot 9 inches, LeBaron led the Cowboys for 3 seasons from 1960-62. He played the first game of the 1963 season, but was eventually benched and backed up Meredith. After that season, LeBaron retired from football.
LeBaron stayed in football, he was a broadcaster for CBS for many years. He eventually got back with a team as a General Manager. He became the GM of the Atlanta Falcons for 5 years (1977-82) then became the Executive Vice President from 1983-85. In between all of that time, LeBaron obtained his law degree during his off seasons while playing football.
LeBaron was a four time Pro Bowler including in 1962. He was the shortest quarterback to play in a Pro Bowl.
Eddie LeBaron may have been known as the shortest quarterback, but from the looks of his career stats and accomplishments, he was not short on talent or intelligence. Every team has to have that first quarterback and in typical Dallas Cowboy fashion, the first for the Cowboys was no slouch. Not only is he a person to look up to as far as being that first quarterback, but a person to look up to for all that love an underdog.