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THE MANIN THE HAT

More than 30 years after his final season, Tom Landry’s shadow still stretches across all levels of football.
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Landry (far right #49) was a key part of the New York Giantsʼ “umbrella” (6-1-4) defense in the 1950s.
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You can’t travel the 30-mile stretch of Interstate 30 connecting Dallas and Fort Worth without being reminded of Tom Landry.

The piece of highway is named after the legendary Dallas Cowboys head coach. His unmistakable fedora and stoic stare are etched into stone sections bracketing the highway like an homage to a once-great king.

You could say that Tom Landry Highway is the backbone of North Texas. From it you can see Cotton Bowl Stadium, the original home of the Cowboys, and the team’s current home, AT&T Stadium in Arlington. It’s fitting, because in many ways, Landry helped build Dallas. As the original head coach in 1960, he transformed a winless, laughable team into an American sports juggernaut. The city’s national reputation suffered after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the Cowboys were instrumental is rebuilding Dallas’ brand. The franchise evolved into a perennial power during the ‘60s and ‘70s when football became America’s most watched sport, exploding in popularity on TV.

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