Dallas Cowboys: 15 greatest quarterbacks in franchise history

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QB. 8. player. 123. Pick Analysis. (1960-63). EddieLeBaron. Scouting Report

He only played in four seasons and had a record of 5-22-1, but yet Eddie LeBaron cracks the top 10. Known as “The Little General,” LeBaron makes the list because he was coaxed out of retirement in 1960 after the expansion Cowboys traded for his rights from the Washington Redskins.

This was the Cowboys’ first season of existence, making LeBaron their first-ever starting quarterback in franchise history. He also threw their first-ever touchdown pass, which came in an exhibition game.

Sadly, the team was 0-9-1 with him under center, but that wasn’t too shocking considering their status as an expansion team — plus that they weren’t even able to take part in the 1960 NFL Draft. In all, LeBaron played 52 games in four seasons with Dallas and made the Pro Bowl once for them before being replaced by Don Meredith.

Originally a 10th-round pick of the Redskins, LeBaron played 82 games with 57 starts for the D.C. club. He spent one season in the CFL back in 1954 but quickly returned to his first team. With Washington, he was 23-32-2 as a starting quarterback.

Following his playing days, LeBaron spent time as an announcer for CBS Sports, a gig he held for roughly five seasons. He then spent six years as the general manager of the Atlanta Falcons before spending his final season with the NFL as the executive vice president for Atlanta in 1983.