Don Perkins

#17 Don Perkins

Dallas Cowboys Running Back 1961-1968

Cowboys Great Running Back Don Perkins

Date of birth: March 4, 1938
Birth Place: Waterloo, Iowa
College: New Mexico
NFL Draft 1960 / Round 9/ Pick 106

Cowboys Running Back Don Perkins Career Highlights

6-Time Pro Bowl 
1-Time All-Pro
1961 NFL Rookie of the Year 
3 Straight Division Titles
First in Dallas Cowboy in  history to reach 6,000 yards rushing
Tied 2nd Cowboy history with 4 consecutive seasons leading Dallas in rushing touchdowns
3rd franchise history with 42 rushing touchdowns
3-time All-Skyline selection University of New Mexico 

More info from DCA on Ring of Honor inductee Don Perkins:

Perkins was a standout running back at the University of New Mexico before signing with the Dallas Cowboys. He will forever be known as the first Cowboy to rush for 6,000 yards, first as a running back and then as a fullback. To this day Perkins still ranks third on the team’s all-time rushing list behind such luminaries as Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett.

During his career, Perkins was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, and in 1961 was named the NFL Rookie of the Year. Perkins retired in 1969, some thought before his time. When he retired, following an eight-year career with the Dallas Cowboys, only four other running backs in NFL history had rushed for more yards than his 6,217.

Perkins was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1976, alongside quarterback Don Meredith.

 

Don Perkins’ Offensive Stats

Rushing

Year G Att Yds Avg TD
1961 14 200 815 4.1 4
1962 14 222 945 4.3 7
1963 11 149 614 4.1 7
1964 13 174 768 4.4 6
1965 13 177 690 3.9 0
1966 14 186 726 3.9 8
1967 14 201 823 4.1 6
1968 14 191 836 4.4 4
Total 107 1500 6217 4.1 42
Receiving

Year G Rec Yds Avg TD Fum
1961 14 32 298 9.3 1 5
1962 14 13 104 8.0 0 2
1963 11 14 84 6.0 0 0
1964 13 15 155 10.3 0 4
1965 13 14 142 10.1 0 2
1966 14 23 231 10.0 0 1
1967 14 18 116 6.4 0 1
1968 14 17 180 10.6 2 3
Total 107 146 1310 9.0 3 18

“I was small,” the 5-10, 204-pound Perkins once said, “but I was one that was afraid. When you’re scared, you can run real fast.”

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