As a kid growing up in the Dallas area during the 1970s, I had a front-row seat to the Cowboys' dynastic rise to "America's Team" status. As a result, I always envisioned Tony Dorsett to be way more than just one of the greatest running backs of his or any other generation. In my mind, he was a mythological masterpiece; an impeccable blend of speed, grace and toughness whose image appeared on one of my favorite childhood T-shirts and, occasionally, in my football dreams.
As a kid growing up in the Dallas area during the 1970s, I had a front-row seat to the Cowboys’ dynastic rise to “America’s Team” status. As a result, I always envisioned Tony Dorsett to be way more than just one of the greatest running backs of his or any other generation. In my mind, he was a mythological masterpiece; an impeccable blend of speed, grace and toughness whose image appeared on one of my favorite childhood T-shirts and, occasionally, in my football dreams.
During a ridiculously successful 13-month span from December of 1976 to January of 1978, Dorsett earned the Heisman Trophy and a National Championship with the University of Pittsburgh, went second overall in the NFL Draft, claimed NFL Rookie of the Year honors and won a Super Bowl. All he did after that was become one of the immortals.
Dorsett spent 12 seasons in the NFL (all but the last one with Dallas), finishing with 12,739 yards rushing and 92 total touchdowns, including an NFL-record 99-yard dash on a memorable 1983 Monday night game in Minnesota. Dorsett was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994 and still ranks eight all-time in career rushing yards.
Naturally, Dorsett — a national treasure himself — is a no-brainer for inclusion in 2012 National Treasures Football, which releases to the world tomorrow. Late last year, we had the distinct pleasure to sit down for an extended and exclusive interview with the Cowboys legend. It easily ranks as one of my favorite all-time interviews and over the course of the next two videos, you’ll see exactly why.
Here’s Part 1:
Here’s Part 2:
10 Replies to “Star Power: Panini America’s Exclusive Chat with Dallas Cowboys Legend Tony Dorsett”
Tracy you got one of the coolest jobs on the planet man! You do a great job though, great interview/conversation with Tony Dorsett.
Appreciate that, man. I thank my lucky stars every day!
Awesome interview. Thanks. Oh by the way, I turned 20 on the same day as the 99 yarder.
Wow Tracy Gives me goose bumbs watching those 2 Videos!
I think you have it as well.
Sitting with your idol. Definitely Larger than Life.
A great philosopher once said pick a job that you love then you will never work a day of your life.
This is for both of you. Living the life, introducing awesome products of Panini with unlimited Perks of meeting Legendary Players. Must be alot of fun brother.
He indeed proven that he is Larger than Life figure. With communication major. He is very entertaining as well. Tony’s signiture is such an art. With style which he is force yo use Tony. But it worked out perfectly. That hall of fame post it must be in a magnetic display.
Kudos to you and Paniniand Tony the Record holder for that amazing and entertaining video!
Great interview! Hail to PITT!
Very well done Tracy, this interview was both fun and informative. Thanks!
Thanks, Tom. Much appreciated.
so very awesome Tracy…
Great interview as always. You truly know your way around stars and have an awesome job
Really appreciate that, Matt.