Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Updated: July 16, 1:46 PM ET
Remembering Tex Schramm
Quotes about Tex Schramm, who died Tuesday:
"Tex was the ultimate football-minded man. He loved the game
and he had a flair about him of show business that showed up on the
halftime programs and the cheerleaders and the various things he
did. He was just very innovative, an icon in the formation of the
Cowboys and the popularity of the NFL. We're going to miss him.''
-- Hall of Famer Bob Lilly, the Cowboys' first draft pick.
"His name was Texas and he led the Cowboys, but the NFL family
has lost one of its giants. Tex Schramm was one of the visionary
leaders in sports history -- a thinker, doer, innovator and winner
with few equals. He played a major role in building the NFL into
America's passion by developing a glamour franchise with national
appeal and by his leadership on so many league issues.''
-- NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue
"Tex will go down as one of the most influential figures in the
history of the NFL. I truly believe he had as much, or more to do
with the success of professional football as anyone who has ever
been connected with the league.''
-- Former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, who worked with Schramm on the competition committee for more than 20 years.
"On behalf of the entire Dallas Cowboys organization, its players, coaches and fans, we express our deepest sympathy to the Schramm family and everyone whose life was touched by Tex. His ultimate legacy is that of a family man and a football man, and he was a champion in both pursuits. His essence and influence nurtured the Dallas Cowboys from an
expansion team to America's Team. This organization and its fans
will forever be the beneficiaries of Tex Schramm's spirit and
vision -- his passion and creativity.''
-- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
"The world is not as lively a place without Tex. ... Above
everything else, Tex was a great guy; a person who could make you
laugh, and appreciate the moment.''
-- Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell
"He was a tough but fair person. He was highly competitive, and
that is one of the reasons he lasted as long as he did,'' Brandt
said. "He was innovative, creative and a man with great vision.''
-- Gil Brandt, Cowboys' longtime player personnel director
"We were on opposite sides of the negotiating table and he was
always firm in his beliefs, but Tex and I had great respect for
each other. He was a competitor and loved to argue, but he had a
lot of class and you always knew he was trying to do what was best
for the NFL. He played a big part in getting us to where we are
-- Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players' Association
"I don't know of a person that did his job any better than Tex
did. He was a tireless worker for the betterment of the National
Football League, for the fans of the NFL and the players in the
"There's no telling how big he was. Having the influence he did
with (NFL commissioner Pete) Rozelle and the other owners, there
are many, many things we don't even know about.''
"As commissioner, I have benefited greatly from what Tex had a
big hand in creating. Personally, I am mourning the loss of a
friend of three decades.''