My Mom, Maxine, loves the Dallas Cowboys. She loves them to the point that she can't watch anymore on a play by play basis. She says she just gets too excited and genuinely believes her watching too closely brings them bad luck. So she flips back and forth between their games and other programs. She recently ran across a letter that she shared with the folks at the Cafe. It follows:
"Recently, my brother was sitting in first class on a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Colorado Springs when a couple boarded and sat in front of him. He immediately recognized the man as Roger Staubach. They exchanged greetings, and Staubach said he was headed to Colorado Springs for the inaugural Warrior Games.
After 60 or 70 percent of the plane was boarded, a female Army soldier who had lost her leg boarded. Staubach insisted she sit in his seat; she said, 'no, thanks,' but he insisted. He took her place in a middle seat way in the back. After a few minutes, the young girl got tears in her eyes and said she wanted to go to her seat and have Staubach return to his.
The flight attendant overheard, and, as the female soldier headed to retrieve Staubach, the attendant said she had a no-show and both could sit in first class.
The flight attendant returned with the female soldier, but Staubach sent a double amputee Army soldier to sit in his seat. Staubach remained in coach the entire flight and disembarked last. My brother waited and asked for an autograph for my birthday; Staubach said certainly. It's a great gift, but the greater gift is knowing Roger Staubach is still Captain America."
Drew Werner, Addison, TX
Nothing fires Butch Jackson up more than a good story about heroes, so he immediately took the stump to expand on Captain America, "Roger (the Dodger) Thomas Staubach was born February 5, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio. To no one's surprise he is a very successful businessman, Heisman Trophy winner and legendary Hall of Fame former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys from 1969 until 1979. Staubach was key in developing the Cowboys to become one of the best teams of the 1970s and led the team to nine of the Cowboys record-setting twenty consecutive winning seasons. Staubach led the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl victory and as a result he was named MVP in Super Bowl VI. Staubach was described by legendary coach Tom Landry as 'possibly the best combination of a passer, an athlete, and a leader to ever play in the NFL', and Tom was the master of the understatement.
Staubach first achieved national attention when he was named the starting quarterback of the Navy football team in 1962. He was hailed by Navy coach Wayne Hardin as 'the greatest quarterback Navy ever had.' He led the team for three seasons, leading the Midshipmen to two victories in the Army–Navy Game and an appearance in the 1964 Cotton Bowl Classic. Yep, he came down here and beat up on us. In addition to earning the Heisman trophy by the seventh largest point margin, Staubach was elected to the College Hall of Fame in 1981.
After his required service in the United States Navy, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys. He led the club to five Super Bowl appearances, with victories in Super Bowl VI and Super Bowl XII. Staubach was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VI becoming the first of four players to win the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP. Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen, and Desmond Howard are the other three. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times during his eleven-year NFL career."
And of course, Billy Roy closed, "In other words, Roger Staubach is a stud."
Where are today's studs?