Originally Posted by burmafrd
don't know where you got the idea that play calling had anything to do with it but it was all about the concussions. The fact you claim he retired too young shows how little you know
Besides the video I posted, a few posts back on Page 1, -- also in answer to your reply -- I found the old story below, which also speaks to the reasons that Roger gave concerning his decision to retire.
[Roger] said, "based on several reasons."
He said it was not just about the concussions, nor was it just about if Landry had told him he could call his own plays. So, to be fair, I didn't have his reasoning for retiring exactly right ... the play calling issue was only a part of it. I knew that Staubach had had concussions, but Roger says that wasn't the overriding reason for his decision to retire, either.
When I said he retired "too young," a better choice of words would've been, "too early." I know he was 38 when he retired, but he'd only been with the Cowboys for 11 seasons. His highest passing total came in 1979, his last year in the league, when he threw for 3,586 yards and 27 touchdowns, so I felt he had more to give at the time. That was my opinion.
From a prior thread post by WoodysGirl: http://cowboyszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=180835
DMN Blog: Anniversary: Roger Staubach retires from Cowboys 30 years ago today
Posted at 4:41 PM on Wed., Mar. 31, 2010 | Permalink
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Roger hangs 'em up
March 31, 1980
By CARLTON STOWER / The Dallas Morning News
Editors' note: The following appeared in the final April 1, 1980 edition of The Dallas Morning News.
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A portion of the article:
[Roger Staubach:] "It was,"
he said, "based on several reasons."
"I want to spend more time, more quality time, with my family. Then, there was a gut feeling that the time had come for me to retire. And the concussions (he suffered five last season alone) were somewhat of a factor, but not the overriding thing."
"I've never concerned myself too much about injury. If that had been the only thing, I think I would still be playing."
Neither, he said, would it have made any difference if Landry had told him he could call his own plays.
"I was successful," he said, "because the system we had was successful. It was successful before I arrived, it was successful while I was here and it will continue to be successful long after I'm gone, chiefly because of the man on the sidelines (Landry)."
Landry said he did not pressure his veteran quarterback to stay for another season.
"He was as good last year as he was five years ago," Landry said. "I made him aware of how much we wanted him to play but, actually, I didn't try real hard to talk him out of his decision because of the respect I have for him."