Originally Posted by CowboyDan
i was hoping for a more in depth explanation, but thanks.
Sorry, I was headed off to bed when I saw it.
Longley got the nickname "Mad Bomber" from the team because one time in practice he threw a pass that hit Landry's observation tower. In other words, it was way off target.
Longley was a character. He hunted rattlesnakes in his spare time and one year at Training Camp in Thousand Oaks, CA he took a rifle up to his hotel room and shot gophers in the vacant lot next to the hotel from his hotel window.
Charlie Waters owned some pasture land near the teams practice facility and Longley had bought a pony. He made arrangements with Charlie to let the pony graze on that pasture. Charlie was waiting for Longley and he expected him to bring the pony in a pickup truck and trailer. Instead Longley loaded the pony into his convertible Cadillac. He took out the back seats and just loaded him in and held onto the reins as he drove.
To say Longley was out there is to understate it. In 1974 the Cowboys traded Craig Morton away and all they had were 2 QBs on the roster, Staubach and Longley. Diron Talbert remarked before the Thanksgiving day game that year that all they needed to do was knock Staubach out of the game and deal with the rookie.
The Redskins did just that. Longley came in and had the game of his life, leading the Cowboys from a 16-3 deficit in the 3rd quarter to an improbable 24-23 win.
Larry Cole called that victory, "the triumph of an uncluttered mind."
In 1976 Longley felt like he should be starting. If not in Dallas, then somewhere. Longley wanted to be traded, but Dallas had shown no inclination to do so. Longley felt he had to do something drastic.
Longley allegedly started sniping about the WRs dropping his passes. In particular he groused out loud about Drew Pearson. Roger supposedly told him that if he didn't knock it off someone was going to "knock his Bugs Bunny teeth in." Longley asked Roger if he thought he could and Roger was alleged to reply, "yeah, I'd love to."
Two days later, Longley decided that the only way to get out of Dallas was to punch Roger. He announced his intentions to do this to Charlie Waters and asked Danny White be his lookout for Dan Reeves. They knew that Dan Reeves was the only Assistant Coach who was likely to break up the fight.
So while Danny pretended to talk to Dan Reeves, but stand so Reeves back was to the action and Danny could see, Clint Longley walked up to Roger Staubach as he was taking his shoulder pads off over his head and sucker punched him right in the face.
Danny White described it as Roger falling backwards into the scales, getting up and then absolutely pummeling Longley. When Reeves finally figured out what was going on, Roger was sitting on Longley's chest and landing punches with both fists.
Longley went straight to his hotel room and grabbed his already packed bags and left. He was traded to San Diego almost immediately.
I did see a picture of Staubach one time with a black eye, allegedly it was from that fight. I know of no other pictures of any of it.