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From military veteran to NFL star

Roger Staubach deferred football career until his service was done

Updated: November 9, 2012, 10:17 AM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

He was a 10th-round draft choice. That's the first thing. It speaks to the reality -- laughable in retrospect, fair at the time -- that future Hall of Famer Roger Staubach was considered a genuine risk for any NFL front office. Staubach was a roll of the dice.

And no, there were no positional concerns. This wasn't an Eric Crouch kind of a thing, or people wondering whether Andre Ware's game could translate one level up. Staubach was a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for ...

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