ROGER STAUBACH

ROGER STAUBACH

Class of 1985
Quarterback >>> 6-3, 197
(New Mexico Military Institute, Navy)
1969-1979 Dallas Cowboys

Roger Thomas Staubach. . .1963 Heisman Trophy winner. . . Four-year Navy service preceded pro play. . .Noted for last-minute heroics, guided Dallas to four NFC titles, Super Bowl VI, XII wins. . .MVP in Super Bowl VI. . .All-NFC five years . . .Career stats: 22,700 yards, 153 TDs passing; 2,264 yards, 20 TDs rushing. . .83.4 NFL passer rating best ever at time of retirement. . .Four-time NFL passing leader. . . Born February 5, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Roger Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys as a 27-year-old rookie in 1969 and didn't win the regular quarterbacking job from until his third season in 1971. But for the nine seasons he was in command of the potent Cowboys attack, the Dallas played in six NFC championship games, winning four of them, and also scored victories in Super Bowls VI and XII.

The 6-3, 200-pound Staubach wound up his career after the 1979 season with an 83.4 passing rating, the best mark by an NFL passer up to that time. His career chart shows 1,685 completions in 2,958 passing attempts, which were good for 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns.

Making Staubach particularly dangerous was his ability to scramble out of trouble – his 410 career rushes netted him 2,264 yards for a 5.5-yard average and 20 touchdowns. He led the NFL in passing four times. He was also an All-NFC choice five times and selected to play in six Pro Bowls.

Staubach first starred as a quarterback at the U. S. Naval Academy, where he was a Heisman Trophy winner as a junior in 1963. Following his graduation, he spent a mandatory four years on active duty, including service in Vietnam, before he was able to turn his attention to pro football.

During his finest years with the Cowboys, Roger had the reputation for making the big play. He was the MVP of Super Bowl VI and provided the offensive spark in a defense dominated Super Bowl XII victory.

In 1972, he missed most of the season with a separated shoulder but he relieved Craig Morton in a divisional playoff against San Francisco and threw two touchdown passes in the last 90 seconds to defeat the 49ers, 30-28. With that performance, he won back his regular job and did not relinquish it again during his career.

Year Team
G
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yds.
TD
Int.
Rating
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1969 Dallas
6
47
23
48.9
421
1
2
69.5
15
60
4
1
1970 Dallas
8
82
44
53.7
542
2
8
42.9
27
221
8.2
0
1971 Dallas
13
211
126
59.7
1882
15
4
104.8
41
343
8.4
2
1972 Dallas
4
20
9
45
98
0
2
20.4
6
45
7.5
0
1973 Dallas
14
286
179
62.6
2428
23
15
94.6
46
250
5.4
3
1974 Dallas
14
360
190
52.8
2552
11
15
68.4
47
320
6.8
3
1975 Dallas
13
348
198
56.9
2666
17
16
78.5
55
316
5.7
4
1976 Dallas
14
369
208
56.4
2715
14
11
79.9
43
184
4.3
3
1977 Dallas
14
361
210
58.2
2620
18
9
87.0
51
171
3.4
3
1978 Dallas
15
413
231
55.9
3190
25
16
84.9
42
182
4.3
1
1979 Dallas
16
461
267
57.9
3586
27
11
92.3
37
172
4.6
0
Career Total
131
2958
1685
57
22,700
153
109
83.4
410
2264
5.5
20
Additional Career Statistics: Receiving: 1-(-13)

Championship Games

1970 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 17, San Francisco 49ers 10
Staubach played but did not start. He had no stats in the game.

1971 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 14, San Francisco 49ers 3
Staubach started the game at quarterback. He completed nine of 18 passes for 103 yards. He also had eight rushes for 55 yards.

1972 NFC – Washington Redskins 26, Dallas Cowboys 3
Staubach started the game at quarterback. He completed nine of 20 passes for 98 yards. He also had five rushes for 59 yards.

1973 NFC – Minnesota Vikings 27, Dallas Cowboys 10
Staubach started the game at quarterback. He completed 10 of 21 passes for 89 yards and four interceptions. He also had five rushes for 30 yards.

1975 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 37, Los Angeles Rams 7
Staubach started the game at quarterback. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 220 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He also had seven rushes for 54 yards.

1977 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 23, Minnesota Vikings 6
Staubach started the game at quarterback. He completed 12 of 23 passes for 165 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also had four rushes for four yards.

1978 NFC – Dallas Cowboys 28, Los Angeles Rams 0
Staubach started the game at quarterback. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 126 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also had three rushes for seven yards.


Super Bowls

Super Bowl V – Baltimore Colts 16, Dallas Cowboys 13
Staubach did not play in this game.

Super Bowl VI – Dallas Cowboys 24, Miami Dolphins 3
Staubach started the game at quarterback. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns. He also had five rushes for 18 yards. He was named MVP of the game.

Super Bowl X – Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17
Staubach started the game at quarterback. He completed 15 of 24 passes for 204 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also had five rushes for 22 yards and three fumbles with two fumble recoveries.

Super Bowl XII –Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10
Staubach started the game at quarterback. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown. He also had three rushes for six yards and one fumble.

Super Bowl XIII – Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31
Staubach started the game at quarterback. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns and one interception. He also had four rushes for 37 yards and one fumble.

All-NFL Second Team: 1971 (PFWA, NEA)

All NFC: 1971 (AP, SN, PW), 1976 (AP, SN), 1977 (UPI, SN, PW), 1978 (PW), 1979 (UPI, SN, PW)

All NFC Second Team: 1971 (UPI), 1976 (UPI), 1978 (UPI)

(6) – 1972, 1976*, 1977, 1978*, 1979, 1980

*Did not play

(at time of his retirement following 1979 season)

• [Tied for 1st] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League, Passing – 2 (1978-79)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Seasons Leading League, Passing – 4 (1971, 1973, 1978, 1979)
• [Tied for 3rd] Fewest Passes Intercepted, Season – 4 (1971)

Super Bowl Records
• [1st] Most Pass Attempts, Career – 98
• [1st] Most Pass Completions, Career – 61
• [2nd] Most Passing Yards Gained, Career – 734
• [2nd] Most Passing TDs, Career – 8
• [2nd] Lowest Percentage Passes Intercepted, Career – 4.08

NFC Divisional Playoff Records
• [1st] Most Pass Attempts, Career – 179
• [1st] Most Pass Completions, Career – 93
• [1st] Most Passing Yards Gained, Career – 1,256
• [1st] Most Passing TDs, Career – 9

Post Season Records
• [1st] Most Fumbles Recovered, Career – 5
• [Tied for 1st] Most Fumbles, Career – 10
• [2nd] Most Pass Attempts, Career – 410
• [2nd] Most Pass Completions, Career – 223
• [2nd] Most Passing Yards Gained, Career – 2,791
• [2nd] Most Passing TDs, Career – 24
• [2nd] Most Passes Had Intercepted, Career – 19

Cowboys' Records held by Staubach at the time of his retirement following the 1983 season

• [1st] Most Pass Attempts, Career – 2,958
• [1st] Most Pass Completions, Career – 1,685
• [1st] Most Passing Yards Gained, Career – 22,700
• [1st] Most Passing TDs, Career – 153
• [1st] Highest Passer Rating, Career – 83.5
• [1st] Most Pass Attempts, Season – 461 (1979)
• [1st] Most Pass Completions, Season – 267 (1979)
• [1st] Most Passing Yards Gained, Season – 3,586
• [1st] Most Passing TDs, Season – 27 (1979)
• [1st] Highest Pass Completion Percentage, Season – 62.6 (1973)
• [1st] Highest Average Gain Per Pass Attempt, Season – 8.9 (1971)
• [1st] Most Pass Attempts, Game – 49 (vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 26, 1975)
• [1st] Most Yards Lost Attempting to Pass, Game – 63 (vs. St. Louis, Sept. 21, 1969)
• [2nd] Most Passes Had Intercepted, Career – 109
• [2nd] Longest Pass Completion – 91 (TD to Tony Dorsett; vs. Baltimore, Sept. 4, 1978)

League Statistical Championships:
Passing Touchdown Titles: 1971, 1973, 1978, 1979
Passing Touchdown Titles: 1973

NFC Statistical Championships:
Passing Titles: 1971, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979
Passing Touchdown Titles: 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979

Team Statistical Championships
Passing Titles: 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979

• 1971 MVP (MX)
• 1971 NFC Player of the Year (SN)
• 1970s All-Decade Team
• MVP Super Bowl VI

Year Team W L T Division Finish
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)
1975 Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 (2nd)
1976 Dallas Cowboys 11 3 0 (1st)
1977 Dallas Cowboys 12 2 0 (1st)
1978 Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 (1st)
1979 Dallas Cowboys 11 5 0 (1st)

 

 
 

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