Tony Dorsett was a phenomenal running back in college at the University of Pittsburgh. While with the Panthers, Dorsett earned the Heisman Trophy and helped rush his team into the National Championship.
In 1977, the Dallas Cowboys made Dorsett the number two overall draft pick, after trading up to get him. In his rookie season with Dallas, number 33 ran for 1,007 yards and 12 TDs. Although he wasn't named the starter until the tenth game of the season, he still put up those impressive numbers in his first season. That performance earned him the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Interestingly, the 12 touchdowns that Dorsett ran for in his rookie season, would be the most in any single season during his Hall of Fame career with Dallas.
In the postseason, number 33 would excel as Dallas moved through the playoffs en route to the Super Bowl Championship. During that run of three games, Dorsett carried the ball for 222 yards and 4 touchdowns.
For his sophomore campaign with Dallas, Dorsett increased his rushing yards to 1,325. Dorsett was now a bona fide star running back in the NFL. As such, he was recognized with a Pro Bowl selection.
Although number 33 might have had his best overall season as a Cowboy in 1977, his rookie campaign, he certainly continued to produce for Dallas over his 11-year career with the team. Here are some of his career numbers:
- 8 seasons with more than 1,000 yards rushing
- 2,755 regular season rushing yards for Dallas
- 77 regular season rushing touchdowns for Dallas
- Longest rush from scrimmage (99 yards) in 1982
- 3,432 regular season receiving yards for Dallas
- 13 regular season receiving touchdowns for Dallas
- 4-time Pro Bowl selection
- 16,293 total rushing yards from scrimmage