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The Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
Inducted November 7, 1976
Don Perkins

Don Perkins, RB from the University of New Mexico, was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the 9th round of the 1960 NFL Draft, but the Cowboys beat them to the punch signing Perkins to a personal services contract. The Colts got compensatory picks and the Cowboys got Perkins. Don Perkins quickly became the Cowboys #1 running back in an offense that shuffled a lot of backs in and out during the course of the game. Perkins was named the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1961 with 815 yards rushing. He made his first Pro Bowl in 1962 with 945 yards rushing. Don was named to the Pro Bowl six times and was the Cowboys career leading rusher with 6,217 yards when he retired before the 1969 season. Don is 3rd on the Cowboys all time list for 100 yard games, and is tied for 2nd for leading the team in rushing four consecutive seasons. Don retired from the NFL after the 1968 season having played for eight years and scoring 42 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 146 passes for 1,310 yards and 3 touchdowns. Don Perkins was enshrined in the Cowboys Ring of Honor along with his Quarterback, Don Meredith, in 1976.

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