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Cowboys Midsummer Madness, Round One: Tex Schramm vs. Jim Jeffcoat

As we head into the summer doldrums, BTB introduces its own form of March Madness to get you through the slow period until training camp: a 64-player "Best Cowboy of all time" tournament! Today’s first round match-up features four seed Tex Schramm facing off against thirteen seed Jim Jeffcoat

In addition to 58 great Cowboys players, I have included six men who made their mark in the front office. Today, we have the first of these, former President and General Manager Tex Schramm (a four seed), going against one of the players on who Schramm spent a first-round pick, defensive end Jim Jeffcoat, a thirteen seed. Both were key parts of two Super Bowl wins; only one, however, was the architect of "America's Team."

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Player: Tex Schramm

Position: President-General Manager

Seed: 4

Essentials:

Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Texas Earnest Schramm, Jr.
1959-89
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yes
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Bio: Schramm was appointed to the post of Cowboys' president-general manager before the team ever took the field, and quickly made his mark; two of his early hires were head coach Tom Landry and chief scout Gil Brandt. The Cowboys teams these three men oversaw enjoyed 20 straight winning seasons, from 1966-1985, and won the most games of any NFL team during the 1970s, appearing in five Super Bowls that decade, winning two. Under Schramm, the Cowboys became the marquee NFL franchise.

Schramm was a visionary who brought numerous innovations to the NFL, including the use of instant replay, computer technology in scouting, multi-color striping to mark the 20- and 50-yard lines, the 30-second clock between plays, extra-wide sideline borders, wind-direction stripes on the goal post uprights, the referee's microphone - and the cherry on the sundae: the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. And, finally, he was a driving force behind the AFL-NFL merger and the first Super Bowl.

While leading the league's Competition Committee, he oversaw rule changes such as using overtime in the regular season, putting the official time on the scoreboard, moving goalposts from the front of the end zone to the back, and protecting quarterbacks through the in-the-grasp rule. Schramm's desire for a more comprehensive scouting combine led to the annual offseason NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He was inducted into the Cowboys' Ring of Honor in 2003 and into the Hall of Fame in 1991.

Texas Earnest Schramm, Jr ... Cowboys president-general manager, 1960-1989 ... His Dallas teams had 20 straight winning seasons, 1966-1985 ... Significant force in AFL-NFL merger, 1966 ... Promoted six-division, wild-card playoff concepts for merged NFL ... NFL competition committee chairman, 1966-1988 ... Major advocate of instant replay, special field markings, offense-enhancing rules changes ... Born June 2, 1920, in San Gabriel, California ... Died July 15, 2003, at the age of 83. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=190#sthash.yVbNfXHR.dpuf
Selected by Dallas in first round (17th player overall), 1990 … Won rushing crowns in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 … Led NFL in rushing touchdowns three times … Major contributor to Cowboys Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII, XXX victories … Named first-team All-Pro 1992-95 … In 1993, named NFL’s MVP and MVP in Super Bowl XXVIII … 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons … Became NFL’s all-time rushing leader in 2002 … Career totals: 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns rushing; also had 515 receptions … Born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida. - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=291#sthash.i2MiaRqc.dpuf

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Player: Jim Jeffcoat

Position: defensive end

Seed: 13

Essentials:

Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
James Wilson Jeffcoat, Jr.
1983-94
73
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Bio: Jeffcoat was drafted by the Cowboys in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft to replace deluxe sack specialist Harvey Martin. Jeffcoat proved up to the task, quickly becoming a key key component of the Cowboys' defensive line, playing alongside Randy White and To Tall Jones. Jeffcoat tallied five seasons with 10+ sacks, leading the team in 1986 (with 14) and 1992 (10.5). When he retired in 1997, Jeffcoat was one of only thirteen players in NFL history with more than 100 career sacks. In addition, Jeffcoat served as the Cowboys' defensive ends coach from 1998-2004.

Alright, BTBers, which man advances to the next round?

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