Dallas Cowboys: 50 Years Ago Today

Posted: 9th July 2010 by Jabber Head in NFL
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Fifty years ago today, on July 9, 1960, on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, the Dallas Cowboys began their first training camp.

A staggering total of 193 players participated in that first camp under Tom Landry, who knew that the team was lacking in talent. "What we didn't have in the way of quality," he said. "We tried to make up for in quantity."

Dallas had been awarded an NFL franchise after the draft, and the players who were made available in the expansion draft were what Tex Schramm called "The Dregs."

"We got what it says on the Statue of Liberty," Schramm said. "You know, 'Send me your tired, your poor, etc.' That was kind of the theory about stocking us."

A seemingly never-ending stream of players tried out for ...

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