The Dallas Cowboys have been among the best teams in professional football almost since their inception in 1960 as an expansion team. Boasting players past and present such as Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, it comes as no surprise that the Cowboys have enjoyed myriad successes.
The amazing history of "America's Team" includes some of the most phenomenal plays in professional sports. Many of these plays literally changed games or even redirected the course of the Dallas franchise. In Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in Dallas Cowboys Football History, author Ed Housewright has selected the most important of these game-changing plays from the 1960s to the present era and organized them into distinct categories.
Every Cowboys fan has heard about Drew Pearson's famous 50-yard Hail Mary catch to defeat the Vikings in 1975. That play facilitated a Cowboys victory in what would otherwise have been a crushing defeat. And how about Butch Johnson's 45-yard fingertip grab for a touchdown that propelled Dallas to a 27-10 win in Super Bowl XII? Or Jason Witten's remarkable helmetless run in 2007? These and others are amongst the best plays in Cowboys history and helped build the team into the powerhouse it is today.
But not all of the plays in this book are glorious achievements by the Cowboys franchise. Who can forget Tony Romo's botched handling of a perfect snap in the Cowboys' 21-20 playoff loss to the Seahawks in 2007? What should have been an easy last-minute victory turned into bitter defeat as Romo's mistake killed the Cowboys' then-feasible chance at yet another Super Bowl berth.
Each play in the book is accompanied by rare photos of the games and players involved, a quarter-by-quarter breakdown of scoring, a detailed list of all scoring plays in the game, and relevant quotes pertaining to the play from the players and coaches who were on the field. In addition, each play highlights key personalities and ancillary events in detailed sidebar text.
ny fan of the Dallas Cowboys will love reading about the multitude of plays that have changed the course of games in Cowboys history. All the key players are here: Tom Landry, Bob Lilly, Tony Dorsett, and all the others who have made the Cowboys the magnificent team it is today.