January 28, 1960

On this day in Cowboys' history "America's Team" the Dallas Cowboys officially became an NFL football franchise.

The organization was first known as the Dallas Steers then they became the Dallas Rangers. On March 19, 1960 the organization announced that they would be called the Dallas Cowboys to avoid confusion with the American Association Dallas Rangers baseball team.


Dallas Cowboys (Franchise Highlights)

First Draft Choice: Hall of Famer Bob Lilly, DT, TCU, 1961.

First Regular-Season Game: A 35-28 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 9/24/60.

First Regular-Season Touchdown: A 76-yard pass from Eddie LeBaron to Jim Doran vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, 9/24/60.

First Regular-Season Win: A 27-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 9/17/61.

First Winning Season: 1966 (10-3-1).

First Playoff Appearance: A 34-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the 1966 NFL Championship game, 1/1/67.

First Super Bowl Appearance: A 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V, 1/17/71.

First Super Bowl Win: A 24-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI, 1/16/72.

First Pro Bowl Selection: WR Jim Doran, 1960.

First All-Pro Selections: RB Don Perkins and LB Jerry Tubbs, 1962.

First Cowboy Elected to the Hall of Fame: DT Bob Lilly, 1980.

First to Rush 100 Yards in a Game: Don Perkins, 108 yards vs. the Minnesota Vikings, 9/24/61.

First 1,000-Yard Rusher: Calvin Hill, 1,036 yards (1972).

First To Pass 400 Yards in a Game: Don Meredith, 460 yards vs. San Francisco 49ers, 11/10/63.

Most Career Rushing Yards: Emmitt Smith, 17,162 yards (1990-2002).

All-Time Leading Scorer: Emmitt Smith, 986 points (1990-2002).

Longest Fumble Return: 98 yards (TD) by Greg Ellis vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, 10/10/99.

Last Original Dallas Cowboy to Retire: RB Don Perkins, 7/18/69.



Stat via www.nflteamhistory.com