I Missed a Cowboys History Moment Yesterday
When Clint Murchison and Bedford Wynn originally sought to bring NFL football to Dallas Texas Longhorns Alum Bedford Wynn chose the mascot name, Dallas Steers.
Tex Schramm immediately saw the error of this. Think about it, castrated. No balls. Sergeant Foley from Officer and a Gentleman.
Bad, bad mascot name choice.So Tex Schramm originally changed the name to the Dallas Rangers, in honor of the Texas Rangers. The law enforcement team, not the baseball team.
In 1959 when all of this was happening the College Draft for the 1960 Draft Class was held in November 1959. The league allowed Tex Schramm to sign a couple of players to a "Future Services Contract. Dallas did not have the benefit of the 1960 Draft to build their team, but they signed Don Meredith from SMU and Don Perkins from New Mexico to these futures contracts.
Those contracts were between those players and the Dallas Rangers.
The Bears drafted Meredith in the 3rd round, so in the 1961 draft we owed them our 3rd round pick. The Baltimore Colts drafted Perkins in the 9th round, so in 1961 we also owed them our 9th round pick.
Well, on March 26th, 1960 the team changed their name yet again and this time it was to the Dallas Cowboys. All of the players they selected on March 13, 1960 from the expansion draft from the other 12 clubs were signed to contracts as Dallas Cowboys.
52 years ago, yesterday. My apologies for forgetting to write this then.