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19 Somethin’ – Roger Staubach

250px-staubach_cowboys_qbThe 19 Somethin’ series continues. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

Here is the next line in the song:

well, I was Roger Staubach in my back yard

Roger Staubach (born February 5, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a legendary Hall of Fame former quarterback who played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1969 until 1979.

Staubach was also a college superstar when he played for Navy. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1963, and was the last player from a military academy to win the award. He was drafted by the Cowboys in 1964, but due to his military commitment, did not begin playing until 1969 as a 27-year-old rookie. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Staubach could have requested an assignment in the States but he chose to volunteer for a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam where he served as a supply officer for the United States Navy until 1967.

In 1969, Staubach joined the Cowboys.
In 1971, the Cowboys made their first Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl V. Staubach had split time with Craig Morton at Quarterback, and Morton played in the Super Bowl. The Balitomre Colts won the game 16-13.

On January 16, 1972, Staubach led the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl victory, in Super Bowl VI, over the Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys won 24–3, and Staubach was the MVP.

In a 1975 playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings, Staubach had one of his most famous moments. With seconds on the clock and the Cowboys trailing 14–10, Staubach launched a 50-yard bomb to wide receiver Drew Pearson, who caught the pass and strode into the end zone for a 17–14 victory. After the game, Staubach quipped he prayed a “Hail Mary” before throwing the pass. Ever since then, any long pass to the end zone at the end of a game has been called a “Hail Mary”.

Staubach had one more Super Bowl victory – Super Bowl XII. The Cowboys beat the Denver Broncos 27-10.

Staubach was in two other Super Bowls in which the Cowboys lost to Terry Bradshaw and the Pittsburgh Steelers – Super Bowl X in 1976 by a score of 21-17, and Super Bowl XIII in 1979 by a score of 35-31.

Staubach retired from football in March 1980, as the then highest rated passer of all time at 83.4, and was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1999, he was ranked number 29 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the second-ranked Cowboy behind Bob Lilly.

Roger Staubach has spent most of his football retirement as a successful businessman.