Fans of the Cowboys of the 1970s and early 1980s had the extreme pleasure of watching and rooting for Drew Pearson, who is right there with Michael Irvin and Bob Hayes in the upper echelon of wide receivers in Dallas Cowboys and NFL history.
While the greatness of Pearson certainly wasn't measured only in statistics, here's a look back at some of the numbers and key events from #88's magical 11 years in Dallas:
1st Catch- a 15 yard reception in the Cowboys 40-3 rout of the New Orleans Saints on 9/24/73.
1st TD- a 28 yard pass from Roger Staubach in Dallas' division clinching 30-3 win at St. Louis on 12/16/73.
1st 100 yard game- Pearson caught five passes for 140 yards and two TDs in the 12/16/73 game at St. Louis.
1st playoff TD- a 4 yard pass from Staubach in the Cowboys 27-16 playoff win over the Rams on 12/23/73
100 yard games- Pearson gained 100 yards or more on pass receptions 19 times as a Cowboy. His high for games over the century mark in a season was in 1974, when have achieved the feat five times. Pearson's final 100 yard game came on 11/22/81 in a win over the Redskins. Pearson's career high for receiving yards in a game was 188, set on 10/6/75 at Detroit.
TD receptions- Pearson had 48 regular season touchdown catches for the Cowboys, with 27 of them coming off of passes from Roger Staubach. Pearson also caught 18 from Danny White, two from Clint Longley and one from Robert Newhouse. 14 of Pearson's TD catches came in the fourth quarter. He scored seven touchdowns each against the Giants, Redskins and Cardinals. Pearson caught 22 TD passes at Texas Stadium in regular season games, and had 26 scoring catches on the road. In the post-season, Pearson had eight TD receptions and had two mutiple touchdown games (two v.s. the Rams in the 1973 playoffs and two v.s. the Falcons in the 1980 playoffs).
TD passes- As he was a quarterback in high school and during part of his career at Tulsa University, Pearson brought a skill to the Cowboys that was utilized in Tom Landry's imaginative offense. Pearson had three touchdown passes in his career. He threw a 46 yard scoring pass to Golden Richards in a 1974 win at the New York Giants, a 39 yard TD to Richards in a thrilling 1976 win at home against the Baltimore Colts and a 22 yard scoring toss to Tony Hill in 1981 at San Francisco.