Super Bowl XLV Also Gave Us ... The Greatest Moment in Texas Football History?
What started with 250 of the greatest moments in Texas football history -- high school, college and pro -- was whittled, thanks to fan and Internet voting, down to the Top 100 during the Super Bowl's stay in the metroplex. And the countdown from 100 to 1 climaxed last week with the release of the Top 10.
Of all the games and players and moments in the pigskin history of our state, there are 10 that stand out. The Hail Mary? Nope. Cowboys' back-to-back Super Bowls in the '90s? Sorry. Not even Masonic Home's 12 Mighty Mites, the Herschel Walker trade or TCU's undefeated season cracked a surprising -- but worthy -- Top 10.
Grab a blanket, pour some hot chocolate and sit a spell for a warm-n-fuzzy trip down memory lane.
10. June 8, 1966: Cowboys general manager Tex Schramm from the NFL and Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt of the AFL merge the NFL and AFL. The meeting famously takes place beneath the Texas Ranger statue in the lobby of Love Field Airport.
9. April 23, 1989: Reaping the rewards of a 3-13 season under Tom Landry, the Dallas Cowboys new brain trust of Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones select Troy Aikman with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. After a rocky start, Aikman goes on to win three Super Bowls in Dallas.
8. January 28, 1996: Two weeks after his interception helped the Dallas Cowboys win the NFC Championship, cornerback Larry Brown intercepts two more as the Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17, to win Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Arizona. Brown, a former 12th-round draft pick afterthought from TCU, picks off quarterback Neil O'Donnell twice and is named Most Valuable Player.
7. December 8, 1948: SMU junior Doak Walker, ultimately a three-time All-American for the Mustangs, caps a magical season by winning the Heisman Trophy. A rare three-way player, The Doaker finished among college football's top five in rushing, scoring, interceptions and kicking while leading SMU to another Cotton Bowl.
6. 1966: Acting on a recommendation by Cowboys general manager Tex Schramm, the NFL awards the Cowboys a Thanksgiving Day afternoon game, giving Dallas the advantage of a home game on a short week and the league with a holiday double-header tradition led by the Detroit Lions.