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Bob Lilly

Robert Lewis Lilly (born July 26, 1939), nicknamed “Mr. Cowboy“, is a former American football defensive tackle and photographer. After a college career at Texas Christian University (TCU), he played for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons. Lilly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

Lilly began his career as a defensive end in 1961, but midway though the 1963 (his third) season Cowboys coach Tom Landry moved him to defensive tackle. Lilly made the adjustment becoming the main man in Dallas’s vaunted “Doomsday Defense”. As a tackle, Lilly was a first-team All-NFL choice every year from 1964 through 1969, then again in 1971. In 1970, the Cowboys finally made the Super Bowl, against the Baltimore Colts, only to lose the game (V), 16-13, on a field goal in the final nine seconds; after the game, he infamously tossed his helmet in the air, frustrated at the loss. However, in 1971 he and the rest of the Cowboys convincingly won Super Bowl VI over the Miami Dolphins, 24-3. His 29-yard sack of Dolphin quarterback Bob Griese (an NFL Record) is one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl defensive history. This was the signature play of his 14-year hall-of-fame career.

No. 74
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: July 26, 1939 (age 78)
Olney, Texas[1]
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Pendleton (OR)
Throckmorton (TX)
College: TCU
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
AFL draft: 1961 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14
Career history
  • Dallas Cowboys (1961–1974)
Career highlights and awards
  • 11× Pro Bowl (1962, 1964–1973)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1970, 1972)
  • Super Bowl champion (VI)
  • 7× First-team All-Pro (1964–1969, 1971)
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
  • Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
  • Consensus All-American (1960)
  • 2× All-SWC (1959, 1960)
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 196
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame