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Cowboys Midsummer Madness, Round One: Roger Staubach vs. Eugene Lockhart

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 top seed Roger Staubach facing off against sixteen seed Eugene Lockhart

With our tournament well underway, we have concluded the first round in the Bert Bell Regional, where the favorites have all advanced to round two. Before we move on, lets review what has transpired thus far, anticipating (or dreading!) some of the second round matchups:

bert bell regional

That done, its time to proceed to the Paul Tagliabue Regional's first contest, where a heavy favorite, top-seeded Roger Staubach, "Captain America" himself, duels sixteenth-seeded Eugene "the Hitting Machine" Lockhart. Does Lockhart have what it takes to pull off an upset for the ages? Read the bios and cast your ballots, faithful readers!


Player: Roger Staubach

Position: quarterback

Seed: 1


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Roger Thomas Staubach

Bio: A 10th-round "futures" draft pick in the 1964 Draft, Staubach, who attended the Naval Academy, joined the team in 1969 after fulfilling his military commitment. After backing up and sharing time with Craig Morton for two plus seasons, Staubach took over the starting role for good midway through the 1971 season, leading the team to ten straight wins, including its first Super Bowl victory (where he won MVP honors, becoming the first Heisman Trophy winner to be a Super Bowl MVP). Later that decade, "Roger the Dodger" led the Cowboys to a second Super Bowl victory and two other appearances in the Big Game (both agonizing losses to the Steelers).

Staubach had several nicknames; he was was known as "Roger The Dodger" for his scrambling abilities, "Captain America" as quarterback of "America's Team," and also as "Captain Comeback" due to his penchant for leading the Cowboys to improbable victories. In his career, Staubach led the Cowboys to 23 game-winning drives (15 comebacks) in the fourth quarter, with 17 of those in the final two minutes or in overtime, the most famous of which was the "Hail Mary" pass in a divisional round playoff game against the Vikings in 1975.

Staubach retired as the second-highest-rated passer of all time (he was the NFL's top-rated passer four separate seasons), a .750 career winning percentage, and six Pro Bowl invitations. He was inducted into the Cowboys' Ring of Honor in  1983 and elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985.

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:


Player: Eugene Lockhart

Position: middle linebacker

Seed: 16


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Eugene Lockhart, Jr.

Bio: Lockhart was selected in the 6th round of the 1984 Draft, and assumed the starting MLB role mid-season, becoming became the first rookie in Cowboys history to start at middle linebacker. After leading the team with 86 tackles (49 solo), he was named to the 1984 NFL All-Rookie team. Lockhart led the team in tackles in four of his seven years with the Cowboys and contributed with more than 100 tackles in every season except the strike-shortened 1987 campaign.

Lockhart played for a lot of bad Cowboys teams, which cost him his share of post-season accolades. The notable exception happened in the 1-15 1989 season, when he he led the NFL and set a club record with 222 tackles, while also leading the team in interceptions (2) and the linebackers in passes deflected (8). He also set club records with 154 solo tackles, 16 double-digit tackle games, earning an All-Pro nod. Lockhart's punishing style of play earned him the apt moniker "the hitting machine."

*Lockhart's CAV with Dallas was 51; his CAV for his full career (two teams) was 61.

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

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