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Clint Murchison was such a low-key leader, but he was the guy who charted the course and sailed the ship. Without him, there would be no Dallas Cowboys.

 

Roger Staubach

Dallas Cowboys, Quarterback

I wholeheartedly support your efforts in mounting an introduction of Mr. Clint Murchison into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Though very low key as he approached so many projects throughout his endeavors, it certainly does not take away the impact he had on the NFL as well as the Dallas Cowboys.

 

Mr. Clint Murchison, was low key as most people thought of him.   He did not want or need any attention.  He needed only to perform… and perform he did. 

 

I was honored to have a great working relationship with him. 

 

He did very much for the advancement of the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys.  He never took any credit nor did he suggest any reason why his team needed any exposure.

 

Mr. Murchison was low key in the every angle ever taken by this humble servant.  He set a great example as pursued excellence.

 

Don’t hesitate to call if you need any first hand stories about how he treated all who worked for him and with him.

 

Charlie Waters

Dallas Cowboys, Safety

This guy didn’t know the meaning of the word, can’t and he didn’t listen to all the naysayers. He made the right decisions, hired the best people, and he gave Coach Landry an unprecedented10-year contract even after four losing seasons. He was a true role model.

 

Mike Ditka

Dallas Cowboys, Tight End & Coach

Chicago Bears, Head Coach

Clint Murchison should have been in long ago. Yes, you can count on me.

 

Drew Pearson

Dallas Cowboys, Wide Receiver

It is my honor to nominate your dad to the NFL Hall of Fame. He should have been in sooner.

 

Cliff Harris

Dallas Cowboys, Safety

Clint Murchison’s Special Magic was to allow cognitive dissonance to exist and flourish in order to establish and maintain the Cowboy’s unique culture— for more than 25 years. This leadership genius produced remarkable results externally and of equal importance maintained this unique, special culture internally.

Joe Bailey

Dallas Cowboys, Vice President

Clint did a marvelous thing when he brought the Cowboys to town. He was a visionary and he loved football.

 

Clint gambled big time on the Dallas Cowboys and then persevered during the tough times, and those early years were very tough, but he stayed with it and stayed with the people he hired. That’s because he picked good people.

 

I feel like he was the best owner I could play for. I enjoyed it, every minute of it.

 

 

Bob Lilly

Dallas Cowboys, Defensive Tackle

I just found out the news that Clint Murchison is not in the hall of fame and I can’t understand why.

 

 

Anne Marie Bratton

Daughter of NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle

Tex Schramm, Tom Landry and Gil Brandt deserve all the credit they get for the making of America’s Team, but without Clint Murchison Jr., the Dallas Cowboys wouldn’t have become the Dallas Cowboys. He was the right man at the right time for the franchise, hiring the right people who made the right moves.

 

Charean Williams

Pro Football Talk

Tom Landry once said, “I got my praise, Tex got his praise, Gil (Brandt) got his, but it was Clint Murchison that brought us together.”

 

Clint nurtured the team during the difficult and financially trying years of the early 60’s and eventually his ownership vision resulted in the dynasty of the Dallas Cowboys, a team that did as much, or more, than any other to bring the excitement of NFL football to America and beyond.

 

His vision established the concept of the modern football stadium, innovations in scouting and an acute awareness of the value of television to the game. No one is more deserving than Clint Murchison, Jr. to be included as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Tom Landry, Jr.

Son of Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry

Clint Murchison hired Tex Schramm, who hired Tom Landry and they were the three men responsible for the transition of the Dallas Cowboys from an expansion team into America's Team.

 

After Landry didn't win a game in his first season and won just 13 total in his first four years, Cowboys fans wanted Murchison to make a change. He did act decisively, but didn't give the fans what they wanted by firing Landry. Instead, he gave Landry a 10-year contract extension, one of the signature moves in NFL history.

 

When the Cowboys had outgrown the Cotton Bowl and no deal could be made to build a new stadium downtown, Murchison moved the Cowboys to Irving. Texas Stadium, with its unique hole in the roof, soon became the most iconic stadium in the NFL

 

Murchison is the epitome of what a Pro Football Hall of Fame owner is all about.

 

Gary Myers

Dallas Morning News 1981-89, New York Daily News 1989-2018