1975 Dallas Cowboys Player Rankings Countdown: #38 Clint Longley
A year after emerging onto the national scene with a second-half comeback victory over the Washington Redskins in relief of Roger Staubach on Thanksgiving Day, pistol-toting snake-hunting Clint Longley endured the quiet existence commonly associated with a backup quarterback.
The second-year pro out of Abilene Christian did enough in preseason to fend off Jim Zorn and secure a roster spot, but outside of a few snaps in late-season matchups versus New England and Washington, Longley spent the rest of the first thirteen weeks of the 1975 season holding a clipboard.
In Week 14 Longley started in place of the injured Staubach for a road contest at the New York Jets. Working into a cold, heartless wind inside Shea Stadium, Longley completed a pair of strikes to Drew Pearson, including a 10-yard scoring play, early in the second-half to break a 14-14 tie. With his team ahead on the scoreboard and the wind gusts remaining constant, Longley conscientiously protected the ball over the final quarter to lead the Cowboys to their tenth victory of the season by a 31-21 margin.