The Dallas Cowboys were the NFL’s first modern-era expansion team. The NFL was late in awarding a franchise to Dallas; after Lamar Hunt was rebuffed in his efforts to acquire an NFL franchise for Dallas, he became part of a group of owners that formed the American Football League with Hunt’s AFL franchise in Dallas known as the Texans (later ...
Super Bowl VI – 1971 Super Bowl VI was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Miami Dolphins to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1971 season. The Cowboys defeated the Dolphins by the score of 24–3, to win their first Super Bowl. The ...
Super Bowl XII was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1977 season. The Cowboys defeated the Broncos 27–10 to win their second Super Bowl. The game was played on January 15, 1978, at the ...
On February 25, 1989, Jones purchased the Cowboys from H.R. “Bum” Bright for $140 million. Soon after the purchase, he fired longtime coach Tom Landry, to that point the only coach in the team’s history, in favor of his old teammate at Arkansas, Jimmy Johnson. A few months later, he fired longtime general manager Tex Schramm and assumed complete control ...
Super Bowl XXVII was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Buffalo Bills and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1992 season. The Cowboys defeated the Bills by the score of 52–17, winning their third Super Bowl in team history, and their first one ...
Super Bowl XXVIII was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Buffalo Bills to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1993 season. The Cowboys defeated the Bills by the score of 30–13, winning their fourth Super Bowl in team history, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers ...
Super Bowl XXX was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Pittsburgh Steelers to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1995 season. The Cowboys defeated the Steelers by the score of 27–17. The game was played on January 28, 1996, at Sun Devil Stadium ...
AT&T Stadium, previously named Cowboys Stadium, is a domed stadium with a retractable roof in Arlington, Texas. After failed negotiations to build a new stadium on the site of the Cotton Bowl, Jerry Jones along with the city of Arlington, Texas a suburb of Fort Worth, funded the stadium at a cost of $1.3 billion. The stadium is located in ...
History of the Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most iconic teams in the NFL, and their history is full of memorable moments. From its founding in 1960 to now, they have become a powerhouse franchise with five Super Bowl championships and numerous division titles. The team has had some of the greatest players ever to play football grace its roster over its long tenure, including Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Bob Lilly, and Roger Staubach, to name a few.
The Cowboys began playing as an expansion team under head coach Tom Landry who was hired before kickoff in 1960. They struggled for much of that first decade, but by 1970, they had made it to Super Bowl V, where they lost 16-13 against the Baltimore Colts despite having future Hall Of Fame quarterback Craig Morton at center stage behind center for them that day. In 1971, however, they won 11 games, including another trip back into the championship game. Still, this time it was different as Dallas defeated Miami Dolphins 24-3 on January 17th, 1972 becoming World Champions for the first time! This set off what would be known as “the dynasty years,” where from 1972 - 1978, the Cowboys went 8 straight times into playoffs & 4 out of those 5 trips resulted in winning the Lombardi Trophy, making them America's Team during the 70s era!
After two decades under Landry's leadership (1960–1988), Jimmy Johnson took over coaching duties after being recruited away from the University Of Miami Hurricanes program he built there & brought his brand new style of football with him too; running offense based around triplets trio consisting Tony Dorsett/Michael Irvin/Troy Aikman quickly dominated league while defensive side relied heavily on stars like Charles Haley or Ken Norton Jr. These moves enabled the Cowboys to win three more rings (1992 XXVII / 1993 XXVIII / 1995 XXX) before Johnson left the organization following the 1996 season due partly to internal conflicts between himself & owner Jerry Jones.
Since then, there have been highs, such as multiple divisional titles, along with lows which include missing playoffs entirely 3 consecutive seasons starting in the 2013 year; yet through thick and thin, fans still love cheering every Sunday wearing the star logo proudly even when things don't go well so here we are today hoping next significant era will begin soon enough!
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1960 - Present / National Football League
1960 - Present / Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys - The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most iconic teams in NFL history, with a long and storied past. Fans of the team often refer to them as “America’s Team” due to their popularity across the country. But many fans don't know there's an interesting backstory behind how they got their nickname – The Cowboys!
The name "Cowboys" was first used by sportswriter Bob St. John when he wrote about then-coach Tom Landry in 1960 for his column in the Dallas Morning News: "Coach Landry looked like a cowboy, so I dubbed him 'the Cowboy.'" Though it wasn't officially adopted until several years later, this moniker stuck with fans and eventually became synonymous with America's Team.
In 1965, general manager Tex Schramm began pushing for the official adoption of “Cowboys” as part of marketing efforts to increase fan interest and game attendance—and it worked! By 1966, all references to players being called Rangers were gone from media coverage; instead, they were referred to solely as Cowboys or America's Team (a term coined by NFL Films). This change also coincided with new uniforms featuring white helmets adorned with blue stars on either side—an homage to Texas' Lone Star flag and its Wild West heritage—further cementing The Cowboys' identity.
Today The Cowboy brand continues strong over fifty years later, thanks mainly due to its original nickname - something no other professional sports franchise can claim ownership over quite like Dallas does!
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1996, 1994, 1993, 1978, 1972
2013 - Present / AT&T Stadium
2009 - 2012 / Cowboys Stadium
1971 - 2008 / Texas Stadium
1960 - 1971 / Cotton Bowl
1989 - Present / Jerry Jones
1984 - 1989 / Bum Bright
1960 - 1984 / Clint Murchison
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