Remembering Tom Landry... RIP Coach...

Discussion in 'History Zone' started by Deb, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. CM Duck

    CM Duck I'm breaking the 4th wall...

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    I never had the honor of meeting Coach Landry.

    But I was at the MNF game where they unvailed the statue in his memory.

    At the end of his wife's "thank you" speech she said something I will never forget.

    this is paraphrased...

    while looking at the statue she said "funny, I remember him being taller."

    after reading all those stories, I have to agree with her.

    Its no wonder that there was such great debate on this board over who the next HC should be. Us as Dallas Cowboys fans expect the best, and that is beacuse Coach Landry set the bar so high.

    I would like to thank him for that.

  2. GimmeTheBall!

    GimmeTheBall! Junior College Transfer

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    caint type properly because of something in my eye.

  3. Deb

    Deb Zoner

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    The staff here has always supported me, kinda adopted me, and without that, this probably never would have made it out of my head...all I did write down their stories....just nothing in the world like being a Cowboys fan
  4. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

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    Not only did we adopt ya but we ain't never givin' ya back neither.

  5. rynochop

    rynochop Well-Known Member

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    With the Giants, he became their defensive coordinator, while Vince Lombardi was the offensive coordinator.

    Well... i guess that was a pretty decently coached team.

    RIP Coach Landry.
  6. sk0aL

    sk0aL New Member

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    To the man who built the legacy that is the Dallas Cowboys. :beer2:

    I didn't get to see him coach during the early Cowboys glory years, but he represented everything about what it meant to be a Dallas Cowboy.
  7. ghosttown cowboy

    ghosttown cowboy Wyoming's #1 boys fan

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    The reason that I am a Cowboys fan today. Thank you Coach Landry. You are the best.
  8. CowboyJeff

    CowboyJeff New Member

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    The man in the funny hat was so great, I named my youngest daughter after him.
  9. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    It was 7 years ago Today.
  10. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Coach, thanks for making my childhood a blast! We will never forget you.

    You were the best!

    :starspin :star: :starspin :star: :starspin :star: :starspin :star:

    BARRYRAY Well-Known Member

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    You guys don't forget to come by the state cemetery here in Austin and check out his stone, it is something beuatiful it is cowboy blue when the sun hits it , its right off I-35, the Cowboys camp is back where it ought to be in San's to you coach..
  12. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    Great job Deb, Tom was/is a great man from the last great generation.
  13. trickblue

    trickblue Not Old School...Old Testament...

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  14. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Thanks Trick.

    I'm choked up now.

    He was a great man!
  15. dougonthebench

    dougonthebench Cowboys Forever

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    we miss you Coach!
  16. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    I had the awesome priviledge of shaking hands with Tom Landry not once, but twice in my life.

    For a Cowboys fan from the 60's living in WV that was the most awesome thing. Surreal.

    Once was beneath the bleachers underneath 3 Rivers Stadium after we played the Steelers in 1988 I believe. It was Landry's last season. I stood between their lockerroom and their bus and shook hands with as many players and coaches as I could. Coach Landry, Randy White, Too Tall, M. Irvin, Bill Bates, Jeffcoat. Somehow they snuck Herschel Walker past me because I saw him on the bus but he didn't walk past me.

    The second time was after a Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet where Coach Landry was the guest speaker at WVU in Morgantown.

    Both times he looked me square in the eyes and asked me how I was doing.

    We all have many stories that we cherish about Landry, but one that stands out to me that is as much about him as a man as it was about football.

    They tell the story that at a post Super Bowl celebration party, some of the players decided to throw Coach Landry into the pool. Well they managed to get him into the pool, but he took 5 players in with him. ;)

    Afterwards, as all of the players were climbing out of the sides of the pool, Coach Landry walked stoically the length of the pool and walked up the steps in the shallow end.

    Always under control, always in control, always a gentleman, always poised.

    About a month ago I saw a rebroadcast on TBN from a visit Coach Landry made a few years after he retired from coaching. He shared his testimony of when he became a Christian and what Christ meant to him in his life as a coach, father and husband. I was mesmorized watching him.

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