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1975 Dallas Cowboys season


1975 Dallas Cowboys season

1975 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Tom Landry
General manager Tex Schramm
Home field Texas Stadium
Record 10–4
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Super Bowl X
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The 1975 Dallas Cowboys season was their 16th in the NFL.


For all of the accolades that the Dallas Cowboys scouting department had received throughout the years, the team had never kept more than nine draft choices and the average number was keeping six. The 1975 draft is considered to be one of the best in league history because 12 picks made the roster, hence the nickname "The Dirty Dozen". This rookie class, didn't even include linebacker Mike Hegman, who was drafted that year but did not enter the NFL until 1976. Neither was included rookie undrafted free agent quarterback Jim Zorn who made the team, but was later cut to make room for running back Preston Pearson, who had been waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The infusion of new talent not only provided an immediate rebuilding process, but also changed the course of the team in a significant way. This group helped the team reached Super Bowl X that season, and moving forward would play a key role in the Cowboys being given the name "America's Team".

The NFL didn't start recognizing quarterback sacks as an official stat until 1982; however, the Cowboys have their own records and according to their stats, Roger Staubach got sacked a league high 45 times the previous season and 43 the year before that, to revert this trend Tom Landry revived the Shotgun formation which he called "the spread", providing the NFL with another long lasting innovation.

NFL Draft

Round Pick # Player Position College
1 2 Randy White Defensive Tackle Maryland
1 18 Thomas Henderson Linebacker Langston
2 44 Burton Lawless Guard Florida
3 70 Bob Bruenig Linebacker Arizona State
4 90 Pat Donovan Tackle Stanford
4 96 Randy Hughes Defensive Back Oklahoma
5 113 Kyle Davis Center Oklahoma

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 21, 1975 Los Angeles Rams W 18–7
2 September 28, 1975 St. Louis Cardinals W 37–31
3 October 6, 1975 at Detroit Lions W 36–10
4 October 12, 1975 at New York Giants W 13–7
5 October 19, 1975 Green Bay Packers L 19–17
6 October 26, 1975 at Philadelphia Eagles W 20–17
7 November 2, 1975 at Washington Redskins L 30–24
8 November 10, 1975 Kansas City Chiefs L 34–31
9 November 16, 1975 at New England Patriots W 34–31
10 November 23, 1975 Philadelphia Eagles W 27–17
11 November 30, 1975 New York Giants W 14–3
12 December 7, 1975 at St. Louis Cardinals L 31–17
13 December 13, 1975 Washington Redskins W 31–10
14 December 21, 1975 at New York Jets W 31–21


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 28, 1975 at Minnesota Vikings W 17–14
Conference Championship January 4, 1976 at Los Angeles Rams W 37–7
Super Bowl January 18, 1976 N Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–17



Game Summaries

Week 1

1 2 34Total
Rams 0 0 077
Cowboys 0 9 3618

at Texas Stadium, Irving, TX

  • Date: September 21
  • Game time: 3:00
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), wind 12 mph
  • Box Score

Week 2

1 234OTTotal
Cardinals 0 314140 31
• Cowboys 0 72136 37
  • Date: September 28
  • Location: Texas Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 73°F, wind 13 mph


NFC Divisional Playoff

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 0 7 10 17
Vikings 0 7 0 7 14

at Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota

The "Hail Mary" Game

NFC Championship Game

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 14 13 3 37
Rams 0 0 0 7 7

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles

Quarterback Roger Staubach threw for 220 yards and 4 touchdown passes while also rushing for 54 yards as the Cowboys upset the favored Rams.

Super Bowl X

Scoring summary


Dallas Cowboys 1975 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
44 Active, 0 Inactive

Awards and records



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