Originally Posted by TheProphet
Very good. I'll never forget him coming off the bench against a good Skins team, after Staubach got knocked out of the game, and absolutely torching them with a couple of back breaking bombs. A thing of beauty.
Less than two years after that memorable day, Longley was traded to the San Diego Chargers after he landed a blindside punch on Staubach during training camp in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The infamous "sucker punch," as most former Cowboys describe it, occurred two days after Longley and Staubach had fought over a derogatory remark Longley made about receiver Drew Pearson.
Staubach eventually said he'd "knock those Bugs Bunny teeth" out of Longley's mouth, and Longley was up the challenge.
"They put me in charge of distracting [assistant coach] Dan Reeves so he wouldn't break up the fight," said former quarterback Danny White, who was in his first season with the team. "I started trying to make stuff up to talk to him about and then we looked back up the hill and Roger was just whaling on Clint."
Safety Charlie Waters was having lunch with Longley two days later when Longley told him he had figured out how to get traded.
"I asked him how," Waters said, "and he told me I'd find out that afternoon."
Waters knew how unpredictable Longley could be. The season before, Waters had agreed to let Longley keep his new pony on three acres of land he'd purchased near the team's practice facility.
"He pulls up in a 1957 Cadillac," said Waters, "and the horse's head was sticking out one of the back windows and its *** was hanging out the other side."
Hall of Fame defensive tackle Randy White, in his second year, said Staubach was trying to slip his shoulder pads over his head when Longley threw the punch that caused Staubach to crash into a nearby set of weight scales.
Defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones and linebacker D.D. Lewis restrained Staubach, who still has a scar above his left eyebrow.
"Clint looked like Donald Duck the way he was flopping around in Randy's arms," said Waters, who had rushed over from his locker. "Randy asked what we should do with Clint. When we decided to let him go, he sprinted back to the dorm. The whole thing was premeditated."
The headline in The Dallas Morning News on Aug. 14, 1976, read "Clint says he hates Roger" and the story quoted Longley saying, "If Roger wants me, I'll be in Dallas next week and he knows where he can find me. If he wants to go 15 rounds in Memorial Auditorium, he can even promote it."
Staubach, who recently said he's forgiven Longley, hasn't spoken to him since the altercation.
Of all the former Cowboys players interviewed for this story, offensive tackle Ralph Neeley was the only one who seemed to sympathize with Longley's role in the fight.
"He was in a no-win situation," Neeley said. "I don't believe that it was premeditated. I mean if the same thing happened between two offensive linemen, no one would've ever heard about it."