Roger Thomas Staubach, also known as Roger the Dodger, Captain Comeback, and Captain America, (born February 5, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a businessman, Heisman Trophy winner, and legendary Hall of Fame quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys from 1969 to 1979. Staubach led the team to nine of the Cowboys record-setting twenty consecutive winning seasons. Staubach attended the United States Naval Academy and was named the starting quarterback in 1962. After his required service in the US Navy, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys.
Staubach was a 10th round pick in the 1964 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, but due to his military commitment, did not begin playing until 1969 as a 27 year old rookie. He was also draftd by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 10th round of AFL draft. In 1969, Staubach resigned his commission, just in time to join the Cowboys training camp. Prior to reporting the Cowboys full-time in 1969, Roger spent his leave working out with the team during training camp sessions.
Staubach assumed the full-time quarterbacking duties mid way through the 1971 season, and led the Cowboys to ten consecutive victories, including their first Super Bowl victory, 24-3 over the Miami Dolphins. He was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VI on January 16, 1972, completing 12 of 19 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and rushing for 18 yards. Staubach was a 6-time Pro-Bowler (1971, 1975-1979), and led the Cowboys to another NFL championship win in the 1977 season. Staubach was one of the most exciting NFL players of the 1970s. Perhaps his most famous moment was the controversial "Hail Mary Pass" in the 1975 playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. With seconds on the clock and the Cowboys trailing 14-10, Staubach launched a 50-yard bomb to wide receiver Drew Pearson, who caught the pass and strode into the end zone for a 17-14 victory. Staubach recorded the highest passer rating in the NFL in four different seasons (1971, 1973, 1978, 1979), and led the league with 23 touchdown passes in 1973. Overall, he finished his 11 NFL seasons with 1,685 completions for 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns, with 109 interceptions.
Staubach retired from football in March 1980, as the then highest rated passer of all time at 83.4, and was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1977, he capitalized on his football fame and started a commercial real estate business. In the early 1980s, Staubach worked for a short time as a color commentator for CBS Sports. Staubach founded an eponymous commercial real estate brokerage firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Staubach jointly owns Hall of Fame Racing, a NASCAR Nextel Cup team, with fellow former Cowboy and hall-of-famer Troy Aikman, which began racing for the 2006 season. Staubach was named The Walter Camp "Man of the Year" in 2001.
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