The Genesis of the Dallas Cowboys

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Last week marked the 24th anniversary of the day Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys from Bum Bright. This month on March 13th we will mark the anniversary of the first players ever to be officially called Dallas Cowboys. On that date the existing twelve NFL teams froze 25 players on their roster and Dallas got to pick up to 3 players from each team of the leftovers to create their first ever team. In those days the NFL Draft was held before the end of the season, not in April as it is now. So when the Cowboys were officially awarded to Clint Murchison on January 28, 1960 the Draft was already past; making the Cowboys the only Franchise in NFL History not allowed to build from the Draft their first year.

I thought you might like to hear some of how this all go launched into the team we all love so much today. Hopefully some of this information is new to you.

December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claps while standing on the field prior to the Cowboys game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Did you know that the Dallas Cowboys were not the first NFL team in Dallas? That distinction belongs to the Dallas Texans. Now some of you may be thinking of the Dallas Texans who went on to become the Kansas City Chiefs, but that is not who I mean either. That team was not an NFL team, but rather an AFL team.

You may also be interested to know that Kansas City was also the home of the first Cowboys of the NFL. In 1925 and 1926 the Kansas City Cowboys were a part of the 20 team NFL in 1925 and 22 team NFL in 1926. How’d they do? 2-5-1 in 1925 and 8-3 in 1926. You may be wondering at the number of games played. Back in those days the NFL clubs scheduled however many games they wanted. It really was more of a barnstorming league than the organized version we know today. The Kansas City Cowboys were actually known as the Kansas City Blues in 1924. In fact, the Blues and Cowboys had no home games. They traveled away for every game they played.

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  • Artie C

    I knew about the fight song, but not the bribe. Good story

  • Sam Lane

    Good story, great franchise, until the current micromanaging, egomaniac, camera & microphone magnet, purchased the team. Reminds me that if Al Davis had a evil buffoon twin, Jerry Jones would be his name.