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Date of Birth 11 September 1924Mission, Texas, USA
Date of Death 12 February 2000Dallas, Texas, USA  (acute leukemia)
Birth NameThomas Wade Landry
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Landry was born on September 11, 1924 in Mission, Texas, USA as Thomas Wade Landry. He was married to Alicia Wiggs. He died on February 12, 2000 in Dallas, Texas.

Spouse (1)

Alicia Wiggs (28 January 1949 - 12 February 2000) (his death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Always wore a fedora while coaching the Dallas Cowboys

Trivia (9)

Head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, 1960-1988. Career record: 270 wins, 178 losses, 6 ties.
Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 339-340. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Was added to the Dallas Cowboy's Ring of Honor in 1993, but instead of having a football helmet beside his name, they put a side view of his trademark fedora hat next to it.
Was a devout, open Christian; was said the strongest curse word he ever said was "dad gum".
When Landry died, every NFL team sent a representative to his funeral.
Toward the end of his career, Landry showed off his sense of humor when the Cowboys made a rap video where various players and coaches describe their job with the team. It ends with Landry saying, "I call the plays, and nobody asks me why!".
One of the rare times Landry didn't wear his fedora hat was in an American Express commercial where he was dressed as a Cowboy and encounters Washington Redskins in a saloon. (The commercial, of course, ends with Landry comically slamming the door on the players).
Inducted into the ESPN Dallas Hall of Fame in 2011 (inaugural class) with Nolan Ryan, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and Roger Staubach.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Coach Don Coryell]: When he went to St. Louis he was far ahead of everybody as far as what they did with the ball. When he went to San Diego, he was one of the first real forerunners of the passing game we see today. It was a shame he could never make it to the Super Bowl.

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