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10-4-0, Finished 2nd in NFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.1, Offense: 3.4, Defense: 2.7, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 319 points (22.8/g), 10th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 240 points (17.1/g), 6th.
 Differential of 79 points (5.6/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 9.3-4.7.

Coach: Tom Landry (10-4-0)

Stadium: Texas Stadium
 Training Camp: California Lutheran College (Thousand Oaks, California)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Craig Morton 29 7 14 185 for 339, 2,396 yards, 15 td, 21 int, & 8 rushes for 26 yards and 2 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
RB Calvin Hill* 25 3 14 245 rushes for 1,036 yards, 6 td, & 43 catches for 364 yards and 3 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 24th pick / 1969
FB Walt Garrison* 28 6 14 167 rushes for 784 yards, 7 td, & 37 catches for 390 yards and 3 td Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 79th pick / 1966
Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 151st pick / 1966
WR Lance Alworth 32 10 7 15 catches for 195 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 2 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 8th pick / 1962
Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 9th pick / 1962
WR Ron Sellers 25 3 9 31 catches for 653 yards, 5 td Boston Patriots / 1st / 6th pick / 1969
TE Mike Ditka 33 11 14 17 catches for 198 yards, 1 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 5th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 1st / 8th pick / 1961
LT Ralph Neely 29 7 13 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1965
Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 28th pick / 1965
LG John Niland*+ 28 6 14 2 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1966
Oakland Raiders / 13th / 116th pick / 1966
C Dave Manders 31 8 14 1 fumble recovered
RG Blaine Nye 26 4 14 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 130th pick / 1968
RT Rayfield Wright*+ 27 5 14 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 182nd pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Larry Cole 26 4 7 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 16th / 428th pick / 1968
LDT Jethro Pugh 28 7 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 145th pick / 1965
RDT Bob Lilly* 33 11 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 13th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 2nd / 14th pick / 1961
RDE Pat Toomay 24 2 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 153rd pick / 1970
LLB Dave Edwards 33 9 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 25th / 194th pick / 1962
MLB Lee Roy Jordan 31 9 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 6th pick / 1963
Boston Patriots / 2nd / 14th pick / 1963
RLB Chuck Howley 36 14 13 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 7th pick / 1958
LCB Herb Adderley 33 11 7 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 1st / 12th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 2nd / 13th pick / 1961
RCB Mel Renfro* 31 8 13 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 17th pick / 1964
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 79th pick / 1964
SS Cornell Green* 32 10 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
FS Cliff Harris 24 2 14 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Toni Fritsch 27 1 0 21 of 36 field goals & 36 of 36 extra points
P Marv Bateman 22 Rook 0 51 punts for a 38.2 average, 0 blocked Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 78th pick / 1972
PR Cliff Harris 24 2 14 19 punt returns for a 4.1 average and 0 td
KR Cliff Harris 24 2 14 26 kick returns for a 23.7 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
26 Herb Adderley 33 LCB 13 7 205 6-0 Michigan St. 6/8/1939 11 6 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 12th pick / 1961
New York Titans / 2nd / 13th pick / 1961
19 Lance Alworth 32 WR 14 7 184 6-0 Arkansas 8/3/1940 10 2 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 8th pick / 1962
Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 9th pick / 1962
66 George Andrie 32 3 0 250 6-6 Marquette 4/20/1940 10 3 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 82nd pick / 1962
San Diego Chargers / 12th / 96th pick / 1962
53 John Babinecz 22 14 0 222 6-1 Villanova 7/27/1950 Rook 4 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 39th pick / 1972
31 Benny Barnes 21 4 0 190 6-1 Stanford 3/3/1951 Rook 2
81 Marv Bateman 22 P 14 0 213 6-4 Utah 4/5/1950 Rook 2 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 78th pick / 1972
63 Larry Cole 26 LDE 9 7 252 6-5 Air Force,Houston,Hawaii 11/15/1946 4 4 Dallas Cowboys / 16th / 428th pick / 1968
86 Ralph Coleman 22 1 0 216 6-4 North Carolina A&T 8/31/1950 Rook 3 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 208th pick / 1972
89 Mike Ditka 33 TE 14 14 228 6-3 Pittsburgh 10/18/1939 11 2 Chicago Bears / 1st / 5th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 1st / 8th pick / 1961
52 Dave Edwards 33 LLB 14 14 225 6-1 Auburn 12/14/1939 9 7 Denver Broncos / 25th / 194th pick / 1962
62 John Fitzgerald 24 14 0 255 6-5 Boston Col. 4/16/1948 1 3 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 101st pick / 1970
15 Toni Fritsch 27 K 14 0 190 5-7 none 7/10/1945 1 4
84 Jean Fugett 21 14 0 225 6-3 Amherst 12/16/1951 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 338th pick / 1972
32 Walt Garrison* 28 FB 14 14 205 6-0 Oklahoma St. 7/23/1944 6 11 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 79th pick / 1966
Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 151st pick / 1966
34 Cornell Green* 32 SS 14 14 208 6-3 Utah St. 2/10/1940 10 8
77 Bill Gregory 23 13 1 255 6-5 Wisconsin 12/14/1949 1 4 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 77th pick / 1971
43 Cliff Harris 24 FS 14 14 188 6-0 Ouachita Baptist 11/12/1948 2 7
22 Bob Hayes 30 wr 12 5 187 6-0 Florida A&M 12/20/1942 7 2 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 88th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 14th / 105th pick / 1964
35 Calvin Hill* 25 RB 14 14 227 6-4 Yale 1/2/1947 3 13 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 24th pick / 1969
54 Chuck Howley 36 RLB 13 13 228 6-3 West Virginia 6/28/1936 14 8 Chicago Bears / 1st / 7th pick / 1958
55 Lee Roy Jordan 31 MLB 14 14 221 6-1 Alabama 4/27/1941 9 8 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 6th pick / 1963
Boston Patriots / 2nd / 14th pick / 1963
57 Mike Keller 23 5 0 221 6-4 Michigan 12/13/1949 Rook 3 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 64th pick / 1972
50 D.D. Lewis 27 12 1 225 6-1 Mississippi St. 10/16/1945 4 4 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 159th pick / 1968
74 Bob Lilly* 33 RDT 14 14 260 6-5 TCU 7/26/1939 11 11 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 13th pick / 1961
Dallas Texans / 2nd / 14th pick / 1961
51 Dave Manders 31 C 14 14 250 6-2 Michigan St. 2/20/1941 8 6
23 Mike Montgomery 23 12 0 210 6-2 Kansas St. 7/10/1949 1 2 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 65th pick / 1971
14 Craig Morton 29 QB 14 14 214 6-4 California 2/5/1943 7 10 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
73 Ralph Neely 29 LT 13 13 265 6-6 Oklahoma 9/12/1943 7 7 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1965
Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 28th pick / 1965
44 Robert Newhouse 22 14 0 209 5-10 Houston 1/9/1950 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 35th pick / 1972
76 John Niland*+ 28 LG 14 14 245 6-3 Iowa 2/29/1944 6 12 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1966
Oakland Raiders / 13th / 116th pick / 1966
61 Blaine Nye 26 RG 14 14 251 6-4 Stanford 3/29/1946 4 6 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 130th pick / 1968
21 Billy Parks 24 wr 12 7 185 6-1 Long Beach St. 1/1/1948 1 4 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 146th pick / 1970
75 Jethro Pugh 28 LDT 14 14 260 6-6 Elizabeth City St. 7/3/1944 7 7 Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 145th pick / 1965
30 Dan Reeves 28 14 0 200 6-1 South Carolina 1/19/1944 7 0
20 Mel Renfro* 31 RCB 14 13 190 6-0 Oregon 12/30/1941 8 12 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 17th pick / 1964
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 79th pick / 1964
88 Ron Sellers 25 WR 14 9 205 6-4 Florida St. 2/5/1947 3 8 Boston Patriots / 1st / 6th pick / 1969
85 Tody Smith 24 lde 10 6 250 6-5 Michigan St.,USC 12/24/1948 1 3 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 25th pick / 1971
12 Roger Staubach 30 4 0 197 6-3 New Mex. Mil. Inst.,Navy 2/5/1942 3 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 16th / 122nd pick / 1964
Dallas Cowboys / 10th / 129th pick / 1964
27 Bill Thomas 23 7 0 225 6-2 Boston Col. 8/7/1949 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 26th pick / 1972
67 Pat Toomay 24 RDE 14 14 247 6-5 Vanderbilt 5/17/1948 2 7 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 153rd pick / 1970
87 Billy Truax 29 6 0 240 6-5 LSU 7/15/1943 8 1 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 14th pick / 1964
Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1964
71 Rodney Wallace 23 14 1 255 6-5 New Mexico 2/10/1949 1 3 Dallas Cowboys / 10th / 259th pick / 1971
46 Mark Washington 25 10 1 188 5-10 Morgan St. 12/28/1947 2 3 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 335th pick / 1970
41 Charlie Waters 24 14 7 193 6-1 Clemson 9/10/1948 2 5 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 66th pick / 1970
70 Rayfield Wright*+ 27 RT 14 14 255 6-6 Fort Valley St. 8/23/1945 5 12 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 182nd pick / 1967
Team Total 27.0 14 222.5 6-2.6 4.6