Ernie Stautner, the Cowboys defensive line coach, first earned a reputation as a devastating defensive lineman during his Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969.
"There won't be another Bob Lilly in my time. Nobody was better than Lilly. He is a man who will become a legend." - Tom Landry
The Dallas Cowboys selected Lilly 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."
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.
Lilly earned election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 - his first year of eligibility.
Bob Lilly's Hall of Fame mural.
Bob Lilly's Hall of Fame bust.