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Cowboys Midsummer Madness, Second Round: Bob Lilly vs. Danny White

Round two of our Midsummer Madness tournament is underway! Today’s match-up features top seed Bob Lilly facing off against nine seed Danny White. Who will advance to the Sweet Sixteen?

Today, we turn to the Pete Rozelle Regional, and a match-up between top-seeded Bob Lilly, "Mr. Cowboy," and ninth-seeded Danny White, who did yeoman's work in an unenviable situation as Roger Staubach's replacement. Now Danny faces another challenge offered by a Cowboys legend. Can he keep it close enough to rally at the end for a huge upset? Read the bios and comments and hit the poll, good people!

Wanna keep tabs on the state of the bracket or look ahead to future contests? All the Midsummer Madness info you could ever want can be found right here.


Player: Bob Lilly

Position: defensive end, tackle

Seed: 1

How he got here: defeated Mark Tuinei, 683-20


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Robert Lewis Lilly

Bio: The Cowboys selected Lilly in the first round of the 1961 draft; he was the franchise's first ever draft pick. Lilly began his career as a defensive end in 1961, but moved to defensive tackle midway though the 1963 season, whereupon he immediately began to flourish. As a tackle, Lilly was earned first-team All-NFL laurels six of the next seven seasons. In total, Lilly was named All-Pro seven times (and twice netted Second Team All-Pro honors), and was selected to play in 11 Pro Bowls. Lilly was an ironman, playing in 196 consecutive regular-season games and missing only one game in his entire career, the 1973 NFC Championship Game.

Lilly used a stunning combination of strength, agility, speed and toughness to make plays. From his distinctive four-point stance, he would explode at the snap, knifing between gaps or, alternatively, rag-dolling opposing linemen. These traits allowed him to score four defensive touchdowns and were in evidence in the signature play of his career, Lilly's NFL record 29-yard sack of Dolphin quarterback Bob Griese in Super Bowl VI. Because he was unstoppable one-on-one, Lilly was regularly double and triple teamed for the majority of his career.

Lilly boasts a long list of all-timer honors. He was selected to the NFL All-Decade teams for both the 1960s and 1970s as well as the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time team. The Sporting News named him a member of the All-Century NFL Team, deeming him "the greatest defensive tackle in NFL history," and later ranked him tenth (where he was the the highest-ranking defensive lineman) on their "100 Greatest Football Players" list. Although the Cowboys don't officially retire jerseys, he is the only player in team history to ever have worn #74 in a regular season game. In 1975, his name was the first to be inscribed in the Ring of Honor. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980, his first year of eligibility.

Member comments:

Member Comment

first ever draft pick - Mr Cowboy!

That’s the way to set the standard.


Ahh! Bob Lilly! The man responsible for making me a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan!

How can I vote for him 74 times? :wink:


Lilly is 1 of 2 Cowboys who I consider to be the best ever at his position.

…and being the original Cowboy gives him even a little extra boost.


Player: Danny White

Position: punter, quarterback

Seed: 9

How he got here: defeated Terrell Owens, 888-164


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Wilford Daniel White

Bio: White signed with Dallas in 1976, after playing for two years in the World Football League, serving as the team's punter and backup quarterback for four seasons. In 1980, he assumed the starter's mantle, and the Cowboys didn't appear to lose a beat; from 1980-83, White threw for more than 12,000 yards and 95 touchdowns. And, White concluded his first year as the team's signal caller in Staubachian fashion, leading the Cowboys to a come-from-behind 30-27 win on the road in a 1980 playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Indeed, White was capable of Staubach-like heroics; another memorable game was the 1983 season opener at Washington, wherein the Redskins raced out to a 23-3 halftime lead that White turned around with two long touchdowns to Tony Hill and a 31-30 Cowboys victory. For his career, White led twelve fourth-quarter comebacks and 16 game-winning drives, and finished with an impressive 62-32 record as the Cowboys' starting quarterback.

That said, his record in the playoffs was only 5-5. White is probably best known for never being able to get the Cowboys over the proverbial hump, with season-ending losses in three consecutive NFC Championship games from 1980-82. For the last five years of his career, White was in and out of the starting lineup due to benchings (for the likes of Gary Hogeboom and Steve Pelleur) and injuries (in 1986, White was the NFC's top-rated passer and led the Cowboys to a 6-2 record when he suffered a season-ending wrist injury).

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Danny White was the image you wanted for America's Team

The only thing he didn’t do was win the big one but there were other factors...I was just watching the ‘81 Championship game and he was solid....It seemed like it was Montana who choked and White was definitely the better QB at that point of their careers.

Also, not too many players could avg 40 yards per punt and be among the leaders in passer rating.


Besides kicking the ball...

Danny White has thrown, ran, and caught a TD pass.

Anyone know of any other Cowboys who have also done this?


Danny White all the way.

White was a solid Cowboy for 13 years and a franchise QB for most of that time. He was consistently one of the better QBs in the league and held a lot of franchise passing records that stood until Romo came along in a much pass happier era.

Alright, BTBers, which man advances to the sweet sixteen?

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