One of the biggest draft day steals of all-time is former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach. Roger Staubach was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 10th round of the 1964 NFL Draft, but did not join the team until 1969 due to his Naval commitment. Roger Staubach is not in the all-time top 50 in any major category, however “he might be the best combination of a passer, an athlete and a leader ever to play in the NFL”, as stated by his former head coach Tom Landry.
Roger Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys as a 27-year-old rookie in 1969 and didn’t win the regular quarterbacking job until his third season in 1971. Staubach was key in developing the Cowboys to become America’s Team and led the team to nine of the Cowboys record-setting twenty consecutive winning seasons.
Staubach first achieved national attention when he was named the starting quarterback of the Navy football team in 1962. Staubach went on to lead Navy to wins as their starting quarterback. He is the last player from a military academy to win the Heisman Trophy and is considered one of the most exciting NFL players of the 1970s. He developed the reputation for making the big play and is also known for the way he conducted himself off the field.
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 and his wife, Marianne, have five children and reside in Dallas, where he is involved in many community, professional and charity activities, including the Children’s Cancer Fund, the United States Naval Academy Foundation. He played his entire 11 years of professional football with the Dallas Cowboys and was the starting quarterback for 8 of those years, leading the team to four Super Bowls and achieving victories in Super Bowls VI and XII.