Last Chance To Win! America’s Team: The Official History of the Dallas Cowboys

Hey Cowboys fans, we have some exciting news about a fantastic new giveaway here at Lone Star Struck.

The publishers of the new book entitled: America’s Team: the Official History of the Dallas Cowboys, have authorized us to give away five free copies of this handsome new book that covers the first fifty years of our Dallas Cowboys.

To enter our exciting FREE GIVEAWAY, use this contact form and answer the following question correctly. Enter the word “Contest” in the subject box.

Two different quarterbacks have won a Super Bowl MVP with the Dallas Cowboys. Can you name both of them?

On Sunday at midnight we will sort through all the correct responses and then randomly select FIVE LUCKY WINNERS! (Winners will be contacted via the email you provide us.)

 

As you all know, the Cowboys are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season, and Jeff Sullivan has produced a true treasure chest of memories that are sure to revive your spirit and rejuvenate your pride in America’s Team. This beautiful hardcover edition is a must read for any Cowboys fan and it is loaded with stunning vintage photography and a marvelous account of all the highlights and lowlights of the first fifty years of this wonderful franchise.

No stone is left unturned, as the book chronicles the Cowboys from their inaugural 1960 season and then takes us straight through all the glory years as well as the lean years until the journeys ends with today’s team and players. It includes an abundance of great quotes from many of the all-time Dallas legends who Sullivan personally interviewed for this book.

As one of the most storied franchises in professional sports honors their 50 seasons of exciting football this year, Insight Editions will be celebrating as well with the publication of America’s Team: The Official History of the Dallas Cowboys. What makes it the official history? There’s a forward by team President Jerry Jones, unprecedented access to current and former players, historical archives and rarely seen photographs.

America’s Team opens with the inaugural season of 1960 and takes readers on a journey through five Super Bowl titles, 21 division titles, 33 playoff wins and numerous Hall of Fame careers. In the past 50 years, faces have changed, but the tradition has stayed the same—winning. The Cowboys have captivated people worldwide for half a century and given generations of fans a lifetime of memories. America’s Team captures those memories in this one-of-a-kind book.

Here is some additional information from the publisher’s press release:

As one of the most storied franchises in professional sports honors their 50 seasons of exciting football this year, Insight Editions will be celebrating as well with the publication of America’s Team: The Official History of the Dallas Cowboys. What makes it the official history? There’s a forward by team President Jerry Jones, unprecedented access to current and former players, historical archives and rarely seen photographs.

America’s Team opens with the inaugural season of 1960 and takes readers on a journey through five Super Bowl titles, 21 division titles, 33 playoff wins and numerous Hall of Fame careers. In the past 50 years, faces have changed, but the tradition has stayed the same—winning. The Cowboys have captivated people worldwide for half a century and given generations of fans a lifetime of memories. America’s Team captures those memories in this one-of-a-kind book.

It was January 17, 1993, the Cowboys had just knocked off the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game and were one step away from winning the first of three Super Bowls in a span of just four years when Jimmy Johnson coined the phrase  “How ’bout them Cowboys?” America’s Team answers that question with 400 pages of just how a fledgling upstart became an international icon. The book also includes the unveiling of the Dallas Cowboys Golden Anniversary Team, never-before told stories from nearly 100 Cowboy players and personnel, including every living member of the famed Ring of Honor, a bonus chapter devoted to America’s Sweethearts (the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders) and original essays by sports icons such as Pat Summerall, Dan Jenkins and Vern Lundquist.

Register for a chance to win your FREE EDITION of this truly amazing book that should be a part of every Cowboys fan’s library. Use this contact form to answer the question correctly. Enter the word “Contest” in the subject box. 

Q & A with Jaime Aron, Dallas Cowboys: The Complete Illustrated History

Here is a great Q & A with author Jaime Aron of the newest and latest  book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys: The Complete Illustrated History offers a complete and entertaining history of this iconic franchise’s first 50 years, celebrating the great players, teams, and moments through stories, stats, and almost 200 images.

Author Jaime Aron explores both on-field moments and off-field exploits to provide a thorough discussion of the events from each season that shaped the franchise from its dubious start to its championship rise and all sorts of twists and turns.

Special features include profiles of top players, coaches and front-office leaders, stories behind longtime rivalries and traditions, and closer looks at the greatest games in team history, including each of their Super Bowls.

With a foreword by Cowboys legend Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys: The Complete Illustrated History is the ultimate celebration of the silver and blue for Cowboys fans of all ages.

What did you discover in researching this book that readers will be excited to learn?

There’s a clear pattern to Cowboys history that bodes well these days. Since its inception, this club has gone from struggling to soaring, then back again. This is clearly one of the up cycles, with Tony Romo in position to join Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman as quarterbacks who’ve led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl championship. (Of course, he has to do it twice to truly enter the league.)

What differentiates this book from any other book about the Cowboys?

We break down the first 50 years by quarterback – a short-hand that makes sense in many ways. Think of 1964, realize it was the Don Meredith era and you have a pretty good idea of what happened. Ditto for 1984 and the Danny White years.

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman each wound up with two chapters, which is sort of fitting. But it’s also functional, because their tenures needed to be divvied up. Roger went through the years he and Craig Morton battled for the job, then the glory days once he’d turned the Cowboys into “America’s Team.” Troy had the wild ride from 1-15 to multiple Super Bowl champions, then the years Jerry Jones spent trying to recapture that glory. Tony Romo has clearly earned his own era. But what about those years post-Troy, pre-Tony? Since there was no single player worthy of naming rights, we called it “Eight is Enough,” since that’s how many starters there were.

What is the thing that the media will find most interesting about the book?

I hope reporters will get out of it the same thing as readers: Reminisce about the years you were following the team, and learn about what happened when you weren’t. The extra benefit for reporters is that this book can be a handy reference tool because it brings to life, in pictures and stories, things that the media guide list as names and numbers – from players to games to seasons.

Tell me about the photography in the book.

There are some classic shots you’ve seen before – like Landry being lifted off on his players’ shoulders after winning the Super Bowl, Drew Pearson catching the Hail Mary and Jason Witten running down the field in Philadelphia without a helmet – but only some.

Instead, a variety of archives were searched for other, fresher images that tell the story just as well. Some of my favorites are Jim Brown running away from tacklers in a practically empty Cotton Bowl in 1960, Mel Renfro alone and dejected on the bench still wearing his helmet at the end of Super Bowl V, and Daryl Johnston flipped upside down, but still gripping the ball, during his heyday.

Another favorite is that on the pages featuring each of Dallas’ five Super Bowl wins, there are action shots and either the cover of the game’s program or a copy of the ticket.

What is your personal involvement with the subject?

I grew up a Cowboys fan in Houston, then moved to Dallas to work for The Associated Press in 1992 – just in time to see the Cowboys win the Super Bowl in three of the next four years. I became the AP’s beat writer for the Cowboys in 1999, so I covered every event in the book since then. I’ve gotten to know many of the folks from previous generations along the way, and by having written other Cowboys books, including one on Tom Landry.

What is your favorite part of the book?

I loved reading and writing about Clint Murchison Jr. What a clever, colorful fellow. Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban have nothing on ol’ Clint, mainly because he steered clear of running the team. He left that to Tex and Tom, and felt so strongly about it that he wanted the next owner to do so, as well.

I’ve said before that Murchison belongs in the Ring of Honor strictly for his role as the club’s founder. I think there might be a better chance for it if Jerry realized how much he and Clint are kindred spirits.

Is there anything else you would like to add about the subject or the book?

Something else that fascinated me was the 1971 team.

That was the most important season in franchise history, yet the team has become the most overlooked. It was important because they ended the reputation for “not being able to win the big one,” which quickly morphed this club into becoming “America’s Team.” Because that morphing was so quick, and there was so much success with so many colorful teams and players, the ’71 club was mostly forgotten.

Consider this: They started the year with their reputation as chokers, with Craig Morton as their quarterback and with the Cotton Bowl as their home field. They ended the year as Super Bowl champions, with Roger Staubach as their quarterback and Texas Stadium as their home field.

There is a lot more to the ’71 club and what a turning point that season was, on and off the field – so much that I’ve started writing a book about them that will be released by MVP Books next fall.

To purchase your copy, follow the link below: Dallas Cowboys: The Complete Illustrated History

Book Review – The Dallas Cowboys: 50 Years Of Football

Last week, I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of the soon to be released “Dallas Cowboys: 50 Years Of Football” by Sports Illustrated.

Now I’ve read my fair share of books on the Dallas Cowboys over the years, but this is the first one that I immediately cherished as a collectors item. Believe me when I tell you, that once you get this fine book in your hands, you’ll find it very difficult to put down, and I’m not kidding you either.

The book is loaded with some of the most sensational anecdotes and articles about the Cowboys as brought to you be the some of the best sports writers in the country.

The photography is stunning and the book is loaded with a  vast collection of unforgettable shots that capture the entire history of this historic franchise.

Here is some additional information from the publisher:

Sports Illustrated will release ‘The Dallas Cowboys: 50 Years Of Football’ on August 24th.

The rich heritage of the Cowboys is captured in this extraordinary collection of stories by the finest sports writers in the world, including Peter King, Tim Layden and Dan Jenkins, a spectacular selection of images from the best photo archive in sports, and a mind-boggling array of stats, anecdotes and memorabilia. It is the ultimate celebration of the Dallas Cowboys.

Sports Illustrated The Dallas Cowboys: 50 Years Of Football gives fans an insider look from Sports Illustrated senior writer, Peter King, whose in depth access to “America’s Team” includes a three-city scouting trip with Jimmy Johnson to a training camp sit down interview with Tony Romo to discuss his personal life in the off-season.

From the teams humble beginnings to emerging in to a franchise for which winning, and winning it all was expected. Eight Super Bowl appearances, five Super Bowl victories and the glory and the glamour that has surrounded this team. Sports Illustrated The Dallas Cowboys: 50 Years Of Football revisits the names that leap out of NFL history: Dandy Don Meredith, Bullet Bob Hayes, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, the lineage of head coaches is a Who’s Who list – Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Bill Parcells and the Hall of Famers who could fill their own wing – from Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Troy Aikman to Michael Irvin.

As you can see, this is an incredible book that any Cowboys fan would be proud to own.

Hopefully, all of you have already registered for our contest as we are giving away 25 free copies of these stunning hard covered books. You can still register by going here.