Tex Schramm

General Manager Tex Schramm

Dallas Cowboys General Manager 1959-1989

NFL Pioneer General Manager Tex Schramm’s Bio

Date of birth: June 2, 1920
Birth Place: San Gabriel, California
Date of death: July 15, 2003
Cause of death: natural causes
College: Texas

Cowboys General Manager Tex Schramm Career Highlights

P1991 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee 
1977 Bert Bell Memorial Award
1978 Executive of the Year
23-year member of NFL Competition Committee
2 Super Bowl Titles
5 Conference Championships
13 Division Titles

More info from DCA on Ring of Honor inductee Tex Schramm:

Texas Earnest Schramm, known as ” Tex “, spent 29 seasons as president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, turning the 1960 expansion franchise into ” America ‘s Team.”

With Schramm at the helm, the Cowboys reached five Super Bowls, winning two, and compiled an NFL-record 20 consecutive winning seasons, one of the longest streaks of its kind in all of professional sports.

Overseeing the birth and growth of Cowboys football, Schramm initiated ideas that changed the course of football forever. He is responsible for creating the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, for bringing the NFL to Thanksgiving Day, for developing the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor; for spearheading the involvement of instant replay in the officiating of the game, for giving the head referee a microphone for penalty announcements, for shortening the play-clock and for helping to develop the wild-card playoff system.

Schramm’s coordination of the merger between the NFL and the American Football League in 1966 is perhaps his most significant accomplishment. The merger of the two leagues led to what became known as the Super Bowl when the leagues combined in 1970.

Tex Schramm spent 44 years of his life in professional football and was a significant player in shaping the NFL. He was inducted into the Ring of Honor posthumously in 2003.

Dallas Cowboys Under Tex Schramm

Season W L T Finish Playoff Results
1960 0 11 1 7th West
1961 4 9 1 6th East
1962 5 8 1 5th East
1963 4 10 0 5th East
1964 5 8 1 5th East
1965 7 7 0 2nd East
1966 10 3 1 1st East Lost NFL Championship Game (Packers) 34-27
1967 9 5 0 1st Capitol Won Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 52-10
Lost NFL Championship Game (Packers) 21-17
1968 12 2 0 1st Capitol Lost Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 31-20
1969 11 2 1 1st Capitol Lost Divisional Playoffs (Browns) 38-14
1970 10 4 0 1st NFC East Won Divisional Playoffs (Lions) 5-0
Won Conference Championship (49ers) 17-10
Lost Super Bowl V (Colts) 16-13
1971 11 3 0 1st NFC East Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 20-12
Won Conference Championship (49ers) 14-3
Won Super Bowl VI (Dolphins) 24-3
1972 10 4 0 2nd NFC East Won Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 30-28
Lost Conference Championship (Redskins) 26-3
1973 10 4 0 1st NFC East Won Divisional Playoffs (L.A. Rams) 27-16
Lost Conference Championship (Vikings) 27-10
1974 8 6 0 3rd NFC East
1975 10 4 0 2nd NFC East Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 17-10
Won Conference Championship (L.A. Rams) 37-7
Lost Super Bowl X (Steelers) 21-17
1976 11 3 0 1st NFC East Lost Divisional Playoffs (L.A. Rams) 14-12
1977 12 2 0 1st NFC East Won Divisional Playoffs (Bears) 34-7
Won Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 23-6
Won Super Bowl XII (Broncos) 27-10
1978 12 4 0 1st NFC East Won Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 27-20
Won Conference Championship (L.A. Rams) 28-0
Lost Super Bowl XIII (Steelers) 35-31
1979 11 5 0 1st NFC East Lost Divisional Playoffs (L.A. Rams) 21-19
1980 12 4 0 2nd NFC East Won Wild Card Playoffs (L.A. Rams) 34-17
Won Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 30-27
Lost Conference Championship (Eagles) 20-7
1981 12 4 0 1st NFC East Won Divisional Playoffs (Buccaneers) 38-0
Lost Conference Championship (49ers) 28-27
1982 6 3 0 2nd NFC Conf.+ Won First Round (Buccaneers) 30-17
Won Second Round (Packers) 37-26
Lost Conference Championship (Redskins) 31-17
1983 12 4 0 2nd NFC East Lost Wild Card Playoffs (L.A. Rams) 24-17
1984 9 7 0 4th NFC East
1985 10 6 0 1st NFC East Lost Divisional Playoffs (L.A. Rams) 20-0
1986 7 9 0 3rd NFC East
1987 7 8 0 4th NFC East
1988 3 13 0 5th NFC East

Tex Schramm Funny Quote:

Tex Schramm, responding to holdout running back’s description of him as “sick and demented and dishonest”, Schramm replied laughing: “That’s not bad. He got two out of three right.”

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