Memories From Eight Dallas Cowboys Super Bowls

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Our second Super Bowl experience was much better as we all know. In 1971 I learned to revere Roger Staubach and to detest Craig Morton. In fact for many years, looking back on Super Bowl V, I blamed the loss on him because there were so many costly turnovers. I read recently that Roger thought he could have won that game. So do I. Baltimore made mistakes too, but ours cost us more.

Super Bowl VI was an entirely different story. Chuck Howley was as dominant in the second Super Bowl as he had been in the first when he won the MVP award, still the only member of a losing squad to do so, and the first non QB ever to win it as well. It would not have shocked me if he had been a back to back winner of the award. Instead the award went to Roger, and it was richly deserved. Roger picked apart the Miami Dolphins “No Name Defense” that day. Combine that with Doomsday completely shutting down the Dolphins vaunted running attack of Jim Kiick, Mercury Morris, and Larry Csonka, and the result was a 24-3 thrashing of the Dolphins. In the locker room after the game I distinctly remember a different Bob Lilly. He was in the locker room impersonating Red Auerbach with a victory cigar.

June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Of course I remember the strange interview Tom Brookshier had with Duane Thomas. He asked Duane if he was really that fast. To which Duane Thomas replied, “Apparently.” That was all he said. Accompanying Thomas to the interview was the great Cleveland Browns Running Back, Jim Brown. He hadn’t played a down in the game, but he gave the interview, or rather sound bites from there. It was really strange. Duane Thomas faded into NFL obscurity almost as fast as he ran that day.

To this day no player has ever meant more to me than Roger Staubach did, and does. It began that season as I fell in love with the game, and with the team, and Roger Staubach’s playing ability. It culminated for me with that win, which is still as sweet after all these years. I believe Super Bowl VI is my favorite of them all for those very reasons.

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  • Renny Mason

    Wonderful piece as always Mike. You are one of the luckiest guys I know to have experienced all 8 of our Super Bowl appearances. Every single time I meet a Steelers fan, I claim the Swann/Barnes call in the 1978 Super Bowl was bogus and the flag should have not been thrown on Barnes! To which MOST reply, “What are you talking about?” Pfft, bandwagon filth! I enjoyed this Mike!

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      I experienced not only all of the Super Bowls but also the two NFL
      championship games between Dallas and Green Bay. The coaching was great in all of those games and management was also tops during the Landry days. It is sad to see what has become of the Cowboys and
      Jerry Jones is to blame for their mediocrity. After Jimmy Johnson
      left the Cowboys demise began and will never return to its glory days as
      long as Jerry Jones is the general manager. Yes, the penalty on Barnes should not have been called and it made a huge difference in the game.

  • TooHostile

    We did it Grandma! “Don’t give a shit MIkey, I’m burning in hell right now.”