Dallas Cowboys: Drew Pearson finally named to Hall of Fame

Drew Pearson of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Drew Pearson of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

On Saturday night, the original No. 88 finally got the call he’s been waiting decades to receive. The NFL has announced that former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, Drew Pearson, will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Senior Committee pick.

The other end of the famous Hail Mary pass, Pearson went undrafted out of Tulsa in 1973. He would elevate himself from being undrafted to a three-time All-Pro, a three-time Pro Bowler, a Super Bowl champion, and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s.

The favorite target of Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach and a big reason the Cowboys are still known as America’s Team today, Pearson helped to carve the identity of this legendary franchise and still remains connected to the organization to this day.

Following a devastating car accident, Pearson retired in 1984 after an 11-year career, all of which played for the Cowboys. Ever since the now 70-year old has been waiting for his enshrinement to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And now, his wait is finally over.

Pearson ended his NFL career recording 489 receptions for 7,822 yards and 48 touchdowns. Despite his success, he only recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards twice. Pearson’s best season came in 1979 when he posted 55 catches for 1,026 yards while averaging a career-high 18.7 yards per catch and tying a career-high in touchdowns with eight.

Inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2011, Pearson was heartbroken last year when his bid to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame fell through. That makes the announcement of his induction Saturday night even sweeter.

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Drew Pearson made headlines during the 2017 NFL Draft when he went on a pro-Cowboys rant in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania prior to announcing the team’s second-round selection. His rousing and spirited comments had the Cowboys’ war room cheering along with the team’s massive fanbase. And the display put the injustice of Pearson not being in the Hall of Fame once again in the spotlight.