Tom Landry

Head Coach Tom Landry

Dallas Cowboys Head Coach 1960-1988

NFL Legendary Coach Tom Landry’s Bio

Date of birth: September 11, 1924
Birth Place: Mission, Texas
Date of death: February 12, 2000 (age 75)
Cause of death: Leukemia
College: Texas

Cowboys Head Coach Tom Landry Career Highlights

Pro Bowls 1
Awards 1975 UPI COY
1966 AP Coach of the Year
1966 Sporting News COY
1966 UPI COY
Dallas Cowboys ROH 
Career Wins (250)
Career Record 250-162-6 (Regular Season)
20-16 (Postseason)
270-178-6 (Overall)
1977 Super Bowl XII Champion
1971 Super Bowl VI  Champion
Won 1978 NFC Championship
1977 NFC Championship
1975 NFC Championship
1971 NFC Championship
1970 NFC Championship

More info from DCA on Ring of Honor inductee Tom Landry:

Tom Landry was the Dallas Cowboys coach for a remarkable twenty-nine years.

During his reign as head coach from the start of the franchise in 1960 through to his departure in 1989, the team established a number of records. One such record is the most consecutive winning seasons – 20 in all – from 1966 to 1985. Additionally, under Landry’s reign the Cowboys were Super Bowl Champions two times.

Tom Landry, a Texas native, attended the University of Texas where he played fullback and defensive back. From 1949 through 1955, Landry played defensive back in the NFL and in his last two years he also took on assistant coach duties.

Landry brought many new innovations to the game. He introduced the now-popular 4-3 Defense during his time as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants. Landry also invented and popularized the use of keys to determine what the offense might do. Landry then refined his own 4-3 defense creating the “Flex Defense”. He then invented an offense to score on the Flex Defense as he revived the man-in-motion and the shotgun formation. Landry’s biggest contribution in this area was the use of “pre-shifting”.

In 1993 Landry was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium.

Tom Landry died of leukemia at the age of 75 in Dallas on February 12, 2000.

Tom Landry’s Cowboys Coaching Stats

Year Team W L T Pct Place Playoff
1960 Dal 0 11 1 .000 7 NFL-E
1961 Dal 4 9 1 .308 6 NFL-E
1962 Dal 5 8 1 .385 5 NFL-E
1963 Dal 4 10 0 .500 5 NFL-E
1964 Dal 5 8 1 .769 5 NFL-E
1965 Dal 7 7 0 .643 2 NFL-E
1966 Dal 10 3 1 .857 1 NFL-E **0-1
1967 Dal 9 5 0 .846 1 NFL-Cap **1-1
1968 Dal 12 2 0 .714 1 NFL-Cap 0-1
1969 Dal 11 2 1 .786 1 NFL-Cap 0-1
1970 Dal 10 4 0 .714 1 NFC-E *2-1
1971 Dal 10 4 0 .714 1 NFC-E *3-0
1972 Dal 8 6 0 .786 2 NFC-E 1-1
1973 Dal 10 4 0 .857 1 NFC-E 1-1
1974 Dal 8 6 0 .571 3 NFC-E
1975 Dal 10 4 0 .714 2 NFC-E *2-1
1976 Dal 11 3 0 .786 1 NFC-E 0-1
1977 Dal 12 2 0 .857 1 NFC-E *3-0
1978 Dal 12 4 0 .750 1 NFC-E *2-1
1979 Dal 11 5 0 .688 1 NFC-E 0-1
1980 Dal 12 4 0 .750 2 NFC-E 2-1
1981 Dal 12 4 0 .750 1 NFC-E 1-1
1982 Dal 6 3 0 .667 ***2 NFC 2-1
1983 Dal 12 4 0 .750 2 NFC-E 0-1
1984 Dal 9 7 0 .563 4 NFC-E
1985 Dal 10 6 0 .625 1 NFC-E 0-1
1986 Dal 7 9 0 .438 3 NFC-E
1987 Dal 7 8 0 .467 2 NFC-E
1988 Dal 3 13 0 .188 5 NFC-E
Total 250 162 6 .605 14 20-16
* Super Bowl Appearance
** NFL Championship Game Appearances
*** NFL strike-shortened season

Coach Landry Once Said:

“I don’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game.”

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