#17 Don Perkins
Dallas Cowboys Running Back 1961-1968
Cowboys Great Running Back Don Perkins
Cowboys Running Back Don Perkins Career Highlights
6-Time Pro Bowl
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
“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.”