Drew Pearson’s “Hail Mary” Play One Of Many Late-Game Miracles For 1975 Cowboys Team
Memories of the Dallas Cowboys’ 1975 season invariably revolve around the crowning moment in the waning seconds of that fabled Divisional Playoff game in Minnesota. But what Drew Pearson’s “Hail Mary” touchdown catch does not tell is that the Cowboys had been full of such surprises for the entire season.
From rookie punter Mitch Hoopes’ penchant for running, Lee Roy Jordan’s eleventh-hour interception, and late-game magic from Roger Staubach, the 1975 Cowboys were a team gifted with a knack for making the critical play that turned the game in their favor. This was a by-product of an ultra-talented, enthusiastic draft class, a cutting-edge formation, and a blue-collar work ethic that redefined the organization moving forward, while helping the Cowboys to an unlikely playoff spot and an equally improbable berth in Super Bowl X.
You can read the entire story in my soon-to-be-released book “The Dirty Dozen.”