In March of 1980 Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach retired from the Dallas Cowboys. There to step in as the next Cowboys quarterback was Danny White. It was Danny White who served as Staubach’s backup from 1976-1979 and now it was his turn to lead the Cowboys. I’m sure it wasn’t easy following Staubach after the career he had with the Cowboys, but Danny White took full control of the team and became a leader. It was even Coach Landry who said…
“I don’t think anybody could have followed Roger and done as well as Danny”
“Danny is a solid Winner”
Growing up a Cowboys fan in the early 80’s it was Danny White who I looked up to because of the way he played the game and because of the way he became a leader of the Cowboys. He easily became my favorite player during his career and to this day at the age of 43 I still have his jersey hanging in my closet.
Danny White’s career record with the Cowboys was 62-30. He threw for 21,959 yards (3rd on the Cowboys all-time list). He threw 155 touchdowns (2nd on the Cowboys all-time list). He also threw 1,761 completions (2nd on the Cowboys all-time list) to go along with his 59.7 completion percentage. Let’s not forget his 40.2 yard career average as the Cowboys punter from 1976-85.
Numbers aside Danny White was a great player for the Dallas Cowboys. If I had my wish his name would be hanging up there in the Ring of Honor with the other great Cowboys. He simply does not get the credit he deserves for his time with the Cowboys. Whether it was his great 30-27 comeback win against the Falcons in the 1980 playoffs, the 31-30 comeback win against the Redskins in 1983 or even the five touchdown pass performance in beating the Giants 38-20 in 1983. These are only a few of the Danny White highlights that come to mind. There are so many more in his career that I could probably go on writing forever.
Over the years I’ve made it clear how much of a fan I am of Danny White during countless football conversations with people and even in posts here on LoneStarStruck over the last two years. I’ve always wanted to sit down with Danny White and talk football with him, even if it was only for a few minutes. There are just so many questions I’ve wanted to ask him. Well, this week I was lucky enough to get that opportunity and was beyond excited to exchange a few messages with Danny White. He took some time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions for me, which I am very thankful for and I’m happy to share his answers with everyone.
What are some of the things you are involved in currently?
Danny White: “I will be broadcasting all the Cowboys games this fall on their new National Syndicated Radio Broadcasts. Also, I’m building a team of marketers in BodHD (www.globalteam11.bodhd.com)”
Do you ever see yourself involved in coaching in the NFL?
Danny White: “It would be tough to start in the NFL at my age (59) but in the right situation I would love to”
Was there one person, coach or teammate who helped you more than anyone while playing for the Cowboys?
Danny White: “Coach Landry of course. He was a GREAT teacher. Also, Roger was an unbelievable influence on me”
Do you think the 1981 team had the best chance to make the Super Bowl and win it?
Danny White: “I think 80, 81 and 82 would all have won the Super Bowl if we had played the Championship games at home”
Being a starter for the Cowboys for so many years what are your thoughts on Tony Romo as the current Cowboys starter?
Danny White: “I think Tony is a Championship QB. Put the rest of the pieces together and he can get them there”
Watching the 1981 Championship game recently, I’ve always wanted to ask you if you thought your arm was going forward on that last play?
Danny White: “It was. However under the rules at that time I think it was the right call. Today it would definitely be an incomplete pass”
Looking back on your Cowboys career is there one game that stands out as far as being special to you?
Danny White: “There were a number of very special games but the Falcons playoff game in 1980 with Drew making 2 great catches in the last 4 minutes was the first big comeback and was very special”
I want to thank Danny White for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. It was very nice of him to do so and made a dream of mine for a long time come true. Considering how involved Danny White was with the Dallas Cowboys as well as playing alongside so many great players, my questions could have gone on for a long time. Mr. White, you will always be a true Dallas Cowboy and will always be a part of their history. I thank you once again for you time.