Roger Staubach, although drafted in 1964 by the Dallas Cowboys, didn't begin playing with the team until 1969 due to military obligations. Staubach was enrolled in the Naval Academy when he won the Heisman Trophy in 1963. After graduating the Naval Academy, Staubach spent time in Vietnam and then finished out his service to the country in the U.S.
He would begin his Dallas Cowboys' career in 1969, when he started one game for the Cowboys. 1970 would see him up that number to three games, although he backed up Craig Morton for the majority of the games.
1971 was Staubach's breakout season, when he started 10 games, passing for 15 touchdowns and led the league with 8.9 yards per pass attempt. That was the same year, of course, that Staubach led the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. Staubach passed for 321 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions in those playoffs. In the big game, he passed for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns.
1972 saw Staubach miss most of the season with a separated shoulder. He did get back onto the field in the playoffs following that season however, when he threw for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Staubach, now entrenched as the Cowboys' starter, would continue to have great success in his career. He would lead Dallas to the playoffs in all but one of his seasons at the helm (1974).
1977 would see Staubach lead Dallas to Super Bowl Championship number two for them. During those playoffs, Staubach would complete 60.7% of his passes, throwing for 482 yards.
Here are some of Staubach's career numbers with the Cowboys:
- 6-time Pro Bowl selection
- 173.3 passing yards per game
- 153 passing TDs
- 2-time Super Bowl Champion
- 7.7 yards per pass attempt
- 22,700 passing yards
- 83.4 passer rating
- 1,685 passes completed
- 24 playoff passing touchdowns