Tony Dorsett

#33 Tony Dorsett

Dallas Cowboys Running Back 1977-1987

Superstar Running Back Tony Dorsett’s Bio

Date of birth: April 7, 1954
Birth Place: Rochester, Pennsylvania
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft 1977 / Round 1/ Pick 2

Hall of Fame Cowboys Running Back Tony Dorsett Career Highlights

  • 4-Time Pro Bowl
  • 1-Time All-Pro
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
  • 3 All-NFC selections
  • 1 Super Bowl Title
  • NFL Record 99-yard TD Run (1/3/83 @ Minnesota)
  • 4th All-Time NFL Career Rushing (12,036)
  • 3rd All-Time Franchise Career Points (516)
  • 2nd All-Time Franchise Career Touchdowns (86)
  • 2nd All-Time Franchise Career Rushing Yards Gained (12,036)
  • 1st All-Time Franchise Rookie Rushing Yards Gained (1,007)
  • 1976 Heisman Trophy (University of Pittsburgh)

More info from DCA on Ring of Honor inductee Tony Dorsett:

Running back Tony Dorsett attended the University of Pittsburgh where he set NCAA college records and helped lead his team to a national title in 1976. He was also awarded the Heisman Trophy and was a four-time All-American. Dorsett is considered one of the greatest all time running backs in college football history.

Tony Dorsett’s professional football career would prove to be just as stellar. Chosen in the first round of the 1977 draft by the NFL Dallas Cowboys, Dorsett made an instant impression winning Rookie of the Year honors and Super Bowl XII. In 1981, his most productive year, Dorsett recorded 1,646 yards. Dorsett would spend ten years with the Cowboys before being traded to the Denver Broncos in 1988. He retired from the game in 1989 due to injuries.

In total Dorsett amassed 12,739 yards and 77 touchdowns in his 12 year NFL career rushing for over 1000 yards in eight of his first nine seasons. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. The same year he was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium.

Legendary running back Tony Dorsett was an all-star who left a mark on the game and greatly impacted both college football and the National Football League.

Tony Dorsett’s Career Offensive Stats

Rushing

Year Team G Att Yds Avg TD
1977 Dal 14 208 1007 4.8 12
1978 Dal 16 290 1325 4.6 7
1979 Dal 14 250 1107 4.4 6
1980 Dal 15 278 1185 4.3 11
1981 Dal 16 342 1646 4.8 4
1982 Dal 9 177 745 4.2 5
1983 Dal 16 289 1321 4.6 8
1984 Dal 16 302 1189 3.9 6
1985 Dal 16 305 1307 4.3 7
1986 Dal 13 184 748 4.1 5
1987 Dal 12 130 456 3.5 1
1988 Dal 16 181 703 3.9 5
Totals 173 2936 12739 4.3 77
Receiving

Year Rec Yds Avg TD Fum Total TD
1977 29 273 9.4 1 7 13
1978 37 378 10.2 2 12 10
1979 45 375 8.3 1 9 7
1980 34 263 7.7 0 8 11
1981 32 325 10.2 2 10 6
1982 24 179 7.5 0 6 5
1983 40 287 7.2 1 5 9
1984 51 459 9.0 1 12 7
1985 46 449 9.8 3 7 10
1986 25 267 10.7 1 5 6
1987 19 177 9.3 1 3 2
1988 16 122 7.6 0 6 5
Totals 398 3554 8.9 13 90 91

Tony Dorsett, a 5-11, 192-pound running back from the University of Pittsburgh, already was a celebrity by the time he joined the Dallas Cowboys as their first-round draft pick in 1977. A four-time All-America at Pittsburgh, Dorsett also won the 1976 Heisman Trophy.

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