While Tom Landry is remembered for being one of the great coaches in American football history, he is equally known for his character and class. The Dallas Historical Society offers a portrait of the Hall of Fame coach through his memorabilia in “Remembering Tom Landry: The Personal Collection.” Landry’s wife Alicia has loaned dozens of artifacts to the society where they will be exhibited at the Hall of State during the State Fair of Texas.
The exhibit runs from September 23 through October 17.
“I am delighted to provide all of the items for this exhibition,” said the late coach’s wife. “Not only does it honor my husband in a wonderful way, it also gives people an opportunity to learn more about the man as well as the coach.”
The trademark fedora hat he wore during Cowboy games, various championship game balls and trophies and rarely seen family photographs will be among the many items presented in the exhibition, which will document his early years, his time as an undergraduate and star of the gridiron at the University of Texas, his years as a player and coach at the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboy years, his life following the Cowboys, and his legacy.
Tom Landry was asked by Clint Murchison, Jr., to be the first coach of the Dallas Cowboys, a position he held from 1960 to 1988. During that time, he coached 20 consecutive winning seasons and achieved two Super Bowl titles. Few may know that he was a B-17 co-pilot during World War II, or that he held a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Houston as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas. Some aren’t even aware of his 1950s playing career with the New York Giants.
Throughout his life, he was a committed family man and a man of deep faith. Landry died in 2000 at age 75 of complications from leukemia.
“This exhibition should be of interest to Cowboy fans – young and old alike. But mainly, it should be of interest to all people who want to learn more about a truly great man,” said Max Wells, chairman of the Dallas Historical Society.