The Genesis of the Dallas Cowboys

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The Texans had one really rabid fan. His name was Clint Murchison Jr. When Giles Miller forfeited the team Clint tried to take them over. The NFL turned him down.

What become of that Texans team? Well, the NFL awarded the players and franchise to a man named Carroll Rosenbloom and he moved them to Baltimore where they became the Baltimore Colts in 1953, an invited team from the AAFC. As we all know the Colts later moved to Indianapolis and Rosenbloom traded the Colts for the Rams and ended up out in Los Angeles. But that’s another story.

Murchison began to feverishly try and land an NFL team. The first team Murchison tried to acquire was the Chicago Cardinals from the Bidwell family. The Cardinals are one of two original NFL teams from the fledgling year of 1920. The other is the Chicago Bears. However, unlike the Bears, the Cardinals have been a major disaster. Thankfully we dodged that bullet. By the way, Lamar Hunt who founded the AFL Dallas Texans that became the Chiefs, was also trying to buy the Cardinals and also planned to move them to Dallas.

Murchison did not give up. After failing to acquire the Chicago Cardinals he turned his attention to the Washington Redskins. That’s right folks, the Redskins and their racist History almost made a sojourn to Dallas. What hung up that deal? Simply put, Redskins owner George Preston Marshall did. He insisted that he be given a ten year contract and free reign to do with the team anything he pleased. This is what started the friendly rivalry between Murchison and Marshall. Well, perhaps Marshall didn’t find it so friendly.

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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.