One of the greatest moments in the Dallas Cowboys History happened in the 1975 Post Season. In the Divisional Playoffs that year the Wildcard Cowboys traveled to the Twin Cities to face the NFC’s best team, the Minnesota Vikings. The 1975 Cowboys had a large contingent of rookie players nicknamed “The Dirty Dozen.” Bob Lilly had retired after 1974 and in the first round of the 1975 Draft Dallas was able to procure the 2nd pick in that Draft by trading Quarterback Craig Morton to the Giants. They used that pick to select Mr. Cowboys’ eventual replacement legend, a man who was described as half man, half monster, Randy “Manster” White.
Randy White was easily the headline player of that Draft class for the Cowboys, but not many people remember that he was drafted as a Linebacker even though in college at Maryland he played Defensive End, and originally he was a backup for the Cowboys. Can you imagine the fans today reacting to a backup from a first round pick? We had a little of that with Felix Jones in 2007, but nothing like what happened with Randy White who was eventually moved form LB to Defensive Tackle where he became the legend mentioned earlier.
With their own pick in the first round of that Draft the Cowboys selected the flamboyant LB, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson. The rest of their rookie class from 1975 consisted of 2nd round Guard Burton Lawless, 3rd round LB Bob Bruenig, 4th round Defensive End Pat Donovan who made his Cowboys bones as an Offensive Tackle, 4th round Safety Randy Hughes, 5th round Center Kyle Davis, 6th round Cornerback Roland Woolsey, 7th round LB Mike Hegman, 8th round Punter Mitch Hoopes, 13th round Guard Herb Scott, 14th round Running Back Scott Laidlaw, and an undrafted Wide Receiver named Percy Howard.
Pat Donovan and Herb Scott would become components of the Cowboys Offensive Line known as “Four Irishmen and a Scott.” This named was bestowed by Center John Fitzgerald, who noted that he, Donovan, Tom Rafferty, and Jim Cooper all had Irish surnames, and the Scott was Herb, in my opinion, one of the most under rated Dallas Cowboys of all time.