#74 Bob Lilly
Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle 1961-1974
The First Dallas Legend Bob “Mr. Cowboy” Lilly’s Bio
Cowboys Legendary Defensive Tackle Bob Lilly Career Highlights
11-Time Pro Bowl (Cowboys Franchise Record)
NFL 75th Anniversary Team
AFL-NFL 25-year Anniversary Team
National Football Foundation Hall of Fame
1 Super Bowl Title
2 NFC Titles
4 Eastern Conference Titles
November 23, 1975 declared “Bob Lilly Day” in Dallas, Texas
College Football Hall of Fame
More info from DCA on Ring of Honor inductee Bob Lilly:
Bob Lilly, out of Texas Christian University, was a star defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys from 1961 to 1974. He was the number one draft pick in 1961 and the first ever draft pick in Cowboys franchise history. Among Lilly’s greatest assets were his agility, quickness, instincts and resilience.
During his 14-year career, Lilly missed just one NFL game, the1973 championship game, due to a leg injury. Known affectionately as “Mr. Cowboy”, Lilly was the first Cowboys Ring of Honor recipient. In 1980, Bob Lilly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and named by Sporting News to be “the greatest defensive tackle in NFL history”. In 1999, Sporting News ranked Bob Lilly number 10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, making him the highest-ranking defensive lineman and the highest-ranking Dallas Cowboy.
At one point, prior to joining the Cowboys, Lilly received a gift of a 35 mm camera and a year’s supply of film. Lilly took an immediate interest in his gift, one that would grow into a passion. Following his retirement Lilly’s photographic interests continued as he turned photography into his new pursuit.
Bob Lilly, “Mr. Cowboy” was the first, great Cowboy and the first Cowboy legend to leave his mark on the game, Dallas Cowboys history, and the NFL.
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Quote from Tom Landry on Cowboy Great Bob Lilly
“A man like that comes along once in a lifetime,” late Cowboys head coach Tom Landry said in 1972. “He is something a little bit more than great. Nobody is better than Bob Lilly.”