Drew Pearson

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Drew Pearson

11 Seasons
3 Pro Bowls
7,822 Receiving Yards
489 Receptions
48 Touchdowns
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11

Seasons

3

Pro Bowls

7,822

Receiving Yards

489

Receptions

48

Touchdowns
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 “I never doubted my ability. I knew all I needed was a chance to show what I could do. It was a challenge."

Read Drew Pearson's Bio

(Tulsa)...6'0'', 184...Wide Receiver ... 6-0, 184 ... Tulsa ... 1973-83 Dallas Cowboys11 seasons, 156 games ... Undrafted free agent, signed with Cowboys in 1973 ... Retired as the Cowboys’ all-time leader for receptions (489) and receiving yards (7,822)... Caught 48 touchdown passes... Named a first-team All-Pro three times... Selected to play in three Pro Bowls ... Member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s... Inserted into starting lineup in rookie season when a teammate got hurt and responded with 22 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdownsin 6 games ... Added two TD catches in a postseason win over the Los Angeles Ramsthat season ... Followed in 1974 with 62 catches for 1,087 yards ... Team leader in receptions and receiving yards four consecutive seasons, 1974-77 ... Led NFL with 870 receiving yards in 1977 ... Seven catches for 113 yards in 1977 postseason as Cowboys won Super Bowl XII... Made three Super Bowl appearancesin career ... Big-game reputation reflected in 68 receptions for 1,131 yards (16.6 average) and 8 TDs in 22 postseason games... Teamed with Roger Staubach for memorable 50-yard score late in 1975 divisional playoff gameat Minnesota, giving rise to the term “Hail Mary” pass ... Born Jan.12, 1951 in South River, New Jersey.

BIO

Drew Pearson Dallas Cowboys

 “I never doubted my ability. I knew all I needed was a chance to show what I could do. It was a challenge."

Undrafted out of the University of Tulsa, Drew Pearson made the Dallas roster as a free agent in 1973 because he could contribute on the Cowboys’ special teams. By the time his career ended 11 seasons and 156 regular-season games later, he had left his mark as the franchise’s all-time leader in most receiving categories and established himself as one of the National Football League’s best clutch performers.

Pearson’s big opportunity came midway through his rookie season when a teammate got injured. Starting six games, he finished with 22 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns. He added two TD catches in a postseason win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Quickly becoming the team’s main receiving threat, Pearson led the Cowboys with 62 catches for 1,087 yards in 1974 — the first of four consecutive seasons leading the team in both categories.

Pearson’s 870 receiving yards in his All-Pro season in 1977 led the NFL. He followed that regular season with seven catches for 113 yards in the postseason as the Cowboys won Super Bowl XII, one of his three Super Bowl appearances.

At the time of his retirement, Pearson was the Cowboys’ all-time leader for receptions (489) and receiving yards (7,822). He caught 48 touchdown passes. He was an All-Pro three times, a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s.

Statistics alone don’t tell his story, however. It’s the big plays and when he made them that live in NFL lore. Pearson totaled 68 receptions for 1,131 yards (16.6 average) in 22 postseason games. He scored eight times, perhaps no touchdown more memorable than the 50-yard “Hail Mary” throw from Roger Staubach that beat the Minnesota Vikings in the waning seconds of their 1975 divisional playoff game, helping the Cowboys reach Super Bowl X.

Pearson was on the receiving end of three game-deciding plays that NFL Films put on one of its “Top 75 Plays in NFL History” lists, and he also delivered a key block on a fourth play: Tony Dorsett’s NFL record 99-yard TD run.

He was the team’s nominee for the NFL Man of the Year Award in 1980 and was voted into the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor in 2011.

STATS

Drew Pearson's Stats

 

 

 

 

Receiving

 

 

Rushing

 

Year

Team

G

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

1973

Dallas

14

22

388

17.6

2

 

 

 

 

1974

Dallas

14

62

1087

17.5

2

3

6

2.0

0

1975

Dallas

14

46

822

17.9

8

1

11

11.0

0

1976

Dallas

14

58

806

13.9

6

2

20

10.0

0

1977

Dallas

14

48

870

18.1

2

2

22

11.0

0

1978

Dallas

16

44

714

16.2

3

3

29

9.7

0

1979

Dallas

15

55

1026

18.7

8

3

27

9.0

0

1980

Dallas

16

43

568

13.2

6

2

30

15.0

0

1981

Dallas

16

38

614

16.2

3

3

31

10.3

0

1982

Dallas

9

26

382

14.7

3

 

 

 

 

1983

Dallas

14

47

545

11.6

5

2

13

6.5

0

Career Total

 

156

489

7822

16.0

48

21

189

9.0

0

 
Additional Career Statistics: Punt Returns: 2-13; Kickoff Returns: 7-155; Passing: 7-5-192, 3 TD, 2 INT; Fumble Returns for TDs: 2



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Drew Pearson's Championship Games

Championship Games

 

1973 NFC – Minnesota Vikings 27, Dallas Cowboys 10

Pearson started at wide receiver. He had two receptions for 24 yards.

 

1975 NFC Dallas Cowboys 37¸ Los Angeles Rams 7

Pearson started at wide receiver. He had five receptions for 46 yards.

 

1977 NFC Dallas Cowboys 23¸ Minnesota Vikings 6

Pearson started at wide receiver. He had four receptions for 62 yards.

 

1978 NFC Dallas Cowboys 28¸ Los Angeles Rams 0

Pearson started at wide receiver. He had two receptions for 19 yards.

 

1980 NFC – Philadelphia Eagles 20, Dallas Cowboys 7

Pearson started the game at wide receiver. He had two receptions for 15 yards and one pass attempt.

 

1981 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 28, Dallas Cowboys 27

Pearson started the game at wide receiver. He had one reception for 31 yards.

 

1982 NFC – Washington Redskins 31, Dallas Cowboys 17

Pearson started the game at wide receiver. He had five receptions for 55 yards and one rush for a loss of one yard.

Super Bowls

 

Super Bowl X – Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17

Pearson started at wide receiver.  He had two receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown.

 

Super Bowl XII – Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10

Pearson started at wide receiver.  He had one reception for 13 yards.

 

Super Bowl XIII – Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31

Pearson started at wide receiver.  He had four reception for 73 yards and one fumble.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Drew Pearson's Career Highlights

All-League Teams

           

All-Pro: 1974 (AP, PFWA, PW)  ·  1976 (AP, PFWA, PW)  ·  1977 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW)

All-Pro Second Team: 1974 (NEA)

All-NFC: 1974 (AP, UPI, SN, PW)  ·  1975 (PW)  ·  1976 (AP, UPI, SN, PW)  ·  1977 (UPI, SN, PW)      

All-NFC Second Team: 1978 (UPI)

 

Pro Bowls

(3) – 1975, 1977, 1978

 

In the NFL Record Book (at time of his retirement following 1983 season)

 

Postseason Records

·    [3rd] Most Consecutive Games with a Pass Reception – 22

·    [3rd] Most Receptions, Career – 67

 

Team Records

 

Cowboys records held by Pearson

(Records through the 1983 season, Pearson’s final season with Dallas)

·    [1st] Most Receptions, Career – 489

·    [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 7,822

·    [1st] Most Consecutive Games with a Receptions – 58

·    [2nd] Most Yards Receiving, Season – 1,087

·    [3rd] Most Touchdown Receptions, Career – 48

·    [3rd] Most Combined Yardage, Career – 8,180

 

Postseason Records

·    [1st] Most Receptions, Career – 67

·    [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 1,105

·    [1st] Most Touchdown Receptions, Career – 8

·    [1st] Highest Yardage Per Reception, Career – 16.5

·    [1st] Most Consecutive Games with a Receptions – 22

·    [2nd] Longest Pass Reception – 83 (from Staubach vs. L.A. Rams, Dec. 23, 1973)

·    [Tied for 1st] Most Consecutive Games with a TD Reception – 2

·    [Tied for 2nd] Most Receptions, Game – 7 (vs. Tampa Bay, Jan. 9, 1983)

·    [4th] Most Points, Career – 51

 

League/Team Statistical Titles

 

NFL Statistical Championships

            Pass Receiving Yardage Titles: 1977

 

Team Statistical Championships

Pass Reception Titles: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977

Pass Receiving Yardage Titles: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977

Pass Receiving TD Titles: 1975, 1976

 

 

Awards and Honors

·       NFL All-Decade Team of 1970s

 

Year-by-Year Team Records

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)

1980     Dallas Cowboys............... 12-4-0   (2nd)

1981     Dallas Cowboys............... 12-4-0   (1st)

1982     Dallas Cowboys................. 6-3-0   (2nd)*

1983     Dallas Cowboys............... 12-4-0   (2nd)

* NFC regular season finish in strike-shortened season.

 (Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

CAREER CAPSULE

Drew Pearson's Career Capsule

Full Name: Drew Pearson

Birthdate: January 12, 1951

Birthplace: South River, New Jersey

High School: South River (NJ)

Pro Career: 11 seasons, 156 games



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