Why Are You A Dallas Cowboys Fan?
Super Bowl Sunday has become a painful exercise in recent years. As the unprecedented string of years grow in which the Cowboys have not appeared in the NFL title game that almost became synonymous with them during the 1970’s and briefly again in the 1990’s, a dichotomy of sorts has arisen within CowboysNation.
Old fans such as myself have experienced multiple times the ecstasy of championships.
On the other hand, millennial fans have experienced nothing more than the tease of a few playoff wins in the midst of an ample dose of losing and mediocrity.
While the passion and dedication of the younger generation of fans is not to be questioned, their zeal and commitment is, nevertheless, based upon vastly dissimilar personal experiences.
So, I thought it would be appropriate to pose this question and allow the fans to respond with their stories.
“Why Are You A Dallas Cowboys Fan?”
My personal story goes back to the Cowboys original run to their first Super Bowl victory and is centered around Roger Staubach. Regardless of the moniker you attach to him and his exploits (Captain America, Captain Comeback, etc), Staubach provided the consummate image, style and leadership to convince players and fans alike to follow.
I was 8 years old at the time and remember very little about their previous years’ campaign when they came up short against the Colts in Super Bowl V. I do, however, remember my Mom always talking about how good Don Meredith was. To this day, she will eagerly tell you that no one was like “Dandy Don!” But personally, I remember almost nothing about him. And I remember very little about the 1970 season.
But 1971 was different. And as the story unfolded during the latter part of the season, the legend of Staubach was just getting started!