1961 Dallas Cowboys

1961 Dallas Cowboys Schedule card

1961 Dallas Cowboys Schedule card

The Dallas Cowboys began their 1961 season with a draft pick, something they did not get in 1960. Their first pick in an NFL draft was a defensive tackle from Texas Christian University named Bob Lilly. Lilly of course turned out to be one of the NFL’s greatest players, a NFL Hall Fame inductee and a Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member! The Cowboys also drafted future Hall of Fame Guard Billy Shaw in the 14th round but Shaw was also drafted and signed by the AFL’s Buffalo Bills and spent his entire career in Buffalo.

The Cowboys began their 2nd season by winning their first 2 games and 3 out of their first 4.  After which they won only 1 of their remaining 10 games to finish with a 4-9-1 record and next to last place in the NFL Eastern Division. Despite their final record, the Cowboys improved immensely on all phases of the game. The Cowboys were led by Don Perkins who rushed for 815 yards and made the Pro Bowl. Frank Clarke was their leading receiver with 919 yards and Billy Howton caught the most passes with 56. Eddie LeBaron led the Cowboys at quarterback but Don Meredith got a lot of playing time. On Defense the Cowboys were led by Rookie DT Bob Lilly and LB Chuck Howley who they acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bears.

1961 Dallas Cowboys NFL draft picks

Rnd Pick Pos College/Univ
1 13 Bob Lilly HOF DT TCU
2 16 E.J. Holub LB Texas Tech
3 30 Stew Barber T Penn St.
4 44 Sonny Davis LB Baylor
7 86 Art Gilmore B Oregon St.
8 100 Don Talbert T Texas
9 114 Glynn Gregory E SMU
11 142 Norris Stevenson B Missouri
12 156 Lowndes Shingler QB Clemson
13 170 Don Goodman B Florida
14 184 Billy Shaw HOF G Georgia Tech
15 198 Julius Varnado T San Francisco St.
16 212 Jerry Steffen B Colorado
17 226 Everett Cloud B Maryland
18 240 Randy Williams B Indiana
19 254 Lynn Hoyem G Long Beach St.
20 268 Jerry Morgan B Iowa St.

1961 Dallas Cowboys Roster

1961 Dallas Cowboys

1961 Dallas Cowboys Roster

Score
Week Date Opp Tm Opp
1 September 17 W Pittsburgh Steelers 27 24
2 September 24 W Minnesota Vikings 21 7
3 October 1 L Cleveland Browns 7 25
4 October 8 W Minnesota Vikings 28 0
5 October 15 L New York Giants 10 31
6 October 22 L Philadelphia Eagles 7 43
7 October 29 W New York Giants 17 16
8 November 5 L St. Louis Cardinals 17 31
9 November 12 L Pittsburgh Steelers 7 37
10 November 19 T Washington Redskins 28 28
11 November 26 L Philadelphia Eagles 13 35
12 December 3 L Cleveland Browns 17 38
13 December 10 L St. Louis Cardinals 13 31
14 December 17 L Washington Redskins 24 34

The Dallas Cowboys 1961 Roster (* designates Pro Bowl selection):

No. Age Pos G GS College/Univ
33 Gene Babb 27 LB-FB 14 9 Austin
20 Bob Bercich 25 DB 6 6 Michigan St.
36 Dick Bielski* 29 E-FB 14 0 Maryland
44 Don Bishop 27 B 14 0 Los Angeles CC
87 Nate Borden 29 DE 14 0 Indiana
77 Byron Bradfute 24 T 5 0 Southern Miss
82 Frank Clarke 27 E 14 0 Colorado
53 Mike Connelly 26 C-G-T 14 0 Washington St.,Utah St.
62 Andy Cvercko 24 G 11 10 Northwestern
88 Sonny Davis 23 LB 2 0 Baylor
83 Jim Doran 34 E-DE 14 0 Buena Vista,Iowa St.
34 Merrill Douglas 25 FB-HB 6 0 Utah
30 Mike Dowdle 24 LB-FB 14 6 Texas
45 L.G. Dupre 29 HB 10 0 Baylor
63 Mike Falls 27 G 14 0 Minnesota
32 Tom Franckhauser 24 DB 6 4 Purdue
79 Ken Frost 23 DT 14 0 Tennessee
75 Bob Fry 31 T-G 14 0 Kentucky
71 Charley Granger 23 T 8 7 Southern
61 Allen Green 23 K 14 0 Mississippi
21 Glynn Gregory 22 E-DB 14 0 SMU
64 Bob Grottkau 24 G 13 0 Oregon
40 Jimmy Harris 27 DB 11 4 Oklahoma
78 Don Healy 25 DT-G 14 0 Maryland
72 Bill Herchman 28 DT 14 0 Texas Tech
67 John Houser 26 G-C-T 14 7 Redlands
54 Chuck Howley 25 LB 13 13 West Virginia
81 Billy Howton 31 E 14 0 Rice
11 Buddy Humphrey 26 QB 2 0 Baylor
14 Eddie LeBaron 31 QB 14 10 Pacific
74 Bob Lilly 22 DT-DE 14 0 TCU
41 Warren Livingston 23 DB 8 8 Arizona
35 J.W. Lockett 24 FB 12 7 Central Oklahoma
31 Amos Marsh 22 HB-FB 14 7 Oregon St.
70 Bob McCreary 22 T 9 4 Wake Forest
42 Don McIlhenny 27 HB 3 0 SMU
17 Don Meredith 23 QB 8 4 SMU
47 Dicky Moegle 27 DB-HB-FB 14 0 Rice
80 Lee Murchison 23 WR 14 0 Pacific
56 Jack Patera 28 LB 1 0 Oregon
43 Don Perkins* 23 FB-HB 14 0 New Mexico
50 Jerry Tubbs 26 LB-C 14 0 Oklahoma
Team Total 25.7 14