BOB LILLY

BOB LILLY

Class of 1980
Defensive Tackle >>> 6-5, 260
(Texas Christian)
1961-1974 Dallas Cowboys

Robert Lewis Lilly ... Consensus All-American at Texas Christian ... Cowboys' first-ever draft choice (1961), first Hall of Famer (1980) ... Foundation of great Dallas defensive units ... Had unusual speed, strength, intelligence, recovery ability ... All-NFL/NFC eight years ... Named to 11 Pro Bowls ... Played in five NFL/NFC title games, two Super Bowls ... Missed just one game in 14 years ... Born July 26, 1939, in Olney, Texas.

Bob Lilly was a two-time All-South West Conference pick and a consensus All-America choice at Texas Christian before the Dallas Cowboys' selected him as their first-ever draft choice in 1961.

For the next 14 seasons, his play on defense was so outstanding that he became popularly known as "Mr. Cowboy." Bob starred as a defensive end in 1961 but then moved to a defensive tackle spot in his third season with even more sensational results. As a tackle, Lilly was a first-team All-NFL choice every year from 1964 through 1969, then again in 1971, and 1972. The only years he missed first-team honors was his final two seasons in the league and in 1970 when he was a second-team choice.

Equally effective as both a pass rusher and a rushing defender, Lilly continually battled double-team and even triple-team opposition but he rarely was delayed in his pursuit of the ball carrier. Quick, agile and coordinated, he even scored four touchdowns in his career. One came on a 17-yard interception return in 1964 while the other three came on fumble recoveries. Altogether, he returned 18 fumbles for 109 yards.

Extremely durable, Bob played in 196 consecutive regular-season games. His only career "miss" came in the 1973 championship game with Minnesota, when a leg injury put him on the bench. Post-season play became a way of life for the 6-5, 260-pound Olney, Texas, native. The Cowboys played in seven NFL/NFC title contests in an eight-year period from 1966 through 1973 and also in Super Bowls V and VI. Bob also was selected to play in 11 Pro Bowls. He is the first player who spent his entire career with the Cowboys to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Year
Team
G
FumRec.
Yds.
TD
1961 Dallas
14
1
0
0
1962 Dallas
14
1
0
0
1963 Dallas
14
1
42
1
1964 Dallas
14
3
4
0
1965 Dallas
14
2
41
0
1966 Dallas
14
1
0
0
1967 Dallas
14
0
0
0
1968 Dallas
14
1
0
0
1969 Dallas
14
2
9
1
1970 Dallas
14
0
0
0
1971 Dallas
14
1
7
1
1972 Dallas
14
1
0
0
1973 Dallas
14
2
6
0
1974 Dallas
14
2
0
0
Career Total
196
18
109
3
Additional Career Statistics: Inteceptions: 1-17, 1 TD

Championship Games

1966 NFL – Green Bay Packers 34, Dallas Cowboys 27
Lilly started at right defensive tackle and blocked one extra point.

1967 NFL – Green Bay Packers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17
Lilly started at right defensive tackle. He had three tackles, one pass defensed and one sack for a nine yard loss.

1970 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 17, San Francisco 49ers 10
Lilly started at right defensive tackle. He finished with 3 tackles and 2 assists.

1971 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 14, San Francisco 49ers 3
Lilly started at right defensive tackle. He had two tackles and one sack for a loss of six.

1972 NFC – Washington Redskins 26, Dallas Cowboys 3
Lilly started at right defensive tackle. He had four tackles and seven assists.

1973 NFC – Minnesota Vikings 27, Dallas Cowboys 10
Did not play.


Super Bowls

Super Bowl V – Baltimore Colts 16, Dallas Cowboys 13
Lilly started at right defensive tackle. He had four tackles.

Super Bowl VI – Dallas Cowboys 24, Miami Dolphins 3
Lilly started at right defensive tackle. He had three tackles, three assists, and one sack for a loss of 29 yards.

All-NFL: 1964 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1965 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1966 (AP, UPI, NEA, WA, NY), 1967 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1968 (AP, UP, NEA, NY, PW, PFWA), 1969 (AP, NEA, PW, NY), 1971 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW), 1972 (PW)

All-NFL Second Team: 1969 (UPI), 1970 (PFWA, NEA), 1972 (AP, PFWA, NEA), 1977 (NEA)

All-Pro: 1968 (PFWA), 1969 (HF, PFWA, NEA)

All-Conference: 1964 (SN), 1965 (SN), 1966 (SN), 1967 (SN), 1968 (SN), 1969 (SN), 1971 (AP, UPI, SN, PW), 1972 (AP, UPI, SN)

All-Conference Second Team: 1970 (UPI), 1973 (UPI)

(11) – 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973*, 1974*

* Did not play

(at time of his retirement following 1974 season)

• [Tied for 1st] Most Touchdowns, Opponents’ Fumble Recovery, Career - 3
• [3rd] Most Consecutive Games Played, Career – 196

(Cowboys’ Records held by Lilly at the time of his retirement following the 1974 season)


• [1st] Most Consecutive Games Played, Career – 196

Team Statistical Championships
Sack Titles: 1961, 1962, 1963

• 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
• 1960’s All-Decade Team
• 1970’s All-Decade Team
• All-Time NFL Team
• AFL-NFL 1960-1984 All-Star Team

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1961 Dallas Cowboys 4 9 1 (6th)
1962 Dallas Cowboys 5 8 1 (5th)
1963 Dallas Cowboys 4 10 0 (5th)
1964 Dallas Cowboys 5 8 1 (5th)
1965 Dallas Cowboys 7 7 0 (2nd)
1966 Dallas Cowboys 10 3 1 (1st)
1967 Dallas Cowboys 9 5 0 (1st)
1968 Dallas Cowboys 12 2 0 (1st)
1969 Dallas Cowboys 11 2 1 (1st)
1970 Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 (1st)
1971 Dallas Cowboys 11 3 0 (1st)
1972 Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 (2nd)
1973 Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 (1st)
1974 Dallas Cowboys 8 6 0 (3rd)

Full Name: Robert Lewis Lilly

Birthdate: July 26, 1939

Birthplace: Olney, Texas

High School: Throckmorton (TX); Pendleton (OR)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 19, 1980

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 2, 1980

Presenter: Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys head coach

Other Members of Class of 1980: Herb Adderley, Deacon Jones, Jim Otto

Pro Career: 14 Seasons, 196 games

Drafted: 1st round (13th player overall) in 1961 by Dallas Cowboys. Also drafted in 1st round of 1961 AFL Draft by Dallas Texans

Uniform Number: 74


 

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