Thursday, January 27, 2011
A successful Super Bowl? Roger that
By Matt Mosley
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had the good sense to reach out to Hall of Famer Roger Staubach when he started daydreaming about bringing a Super Bowl to North Texas. Staubach would become the chairman of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, and it made sense that a man known for his clutch performances would make the final pitch to the owners.
ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer caught up with Staubach this week and talked about his storied playing career as well as his success in the business world. Current Cowboys players such as Jason Witten have benefited from getting to spend time with Staubach, one of the most unassuming icons you'll ever meet.
"When you play this game long enough, you realize that you probably made somebody angry along the way," Witten told Archer. "I don't know how he did it, but there doesn't seem to be one person saying a negative thing about him still to this day. That's the kind of image we all want to have as a player when you come here. You know you will never reach it, but what he represents both on and off the field with his image, who he is and how he carries himself as a player and a person exemplifies what it's all about."
There are only two topics that I'm aware of that can still anger the hyper-competitive Staubach: those Super Bowl losses to the Steelers in the '70s and the fact that a backup quarterback named Clint Longley once sucker-punched him from behind in training camp.
It will be interesting to watch him interact with some of the Steelers greats next week. He'll be courteous, but don't expect him to see him at dinner with any of those players. Under oath, Staubach might testify that a few of those Steelers don't belong in the Hall of Fame. But that's a topic for another day.