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Mailbag: Most Memorable Cowboys Moment?


With it being the 60thanniversary of America's Team, what is your favorite or most memorable moment about the Cowboys so far in their history? - BERNARD M / FORT WORTH, TX

David: I wasn't alive to see it, but I've always been enamored by the 1967 NFL Championship Game — aka the Ice Bowl. Yeah, I know it was a Cowboys loss, but it's just so historic. A legendary championship game, played in absolutely brutal conditions, which culminated in a gutsy quarterback sneak by Bart Starr to escape from Lambeau Field with a 21-17 Green Bay win. Think about the legends that were part of that game. The Packers had Starr, Jerry Kramer, Forrest Gregg, Ray Nitschke and Dave Robinson, while the Cowboys had Don Meredith, Dan Reeves, Bob Hayes, Bob Lilly, Chuck Howley and Mel Renfro. The coaches were freaking Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry. It was a who's who of NFL legends and Pro Football Hall of Famers, played in sub-zero temperatures at the most famous stadium in the game. Like I said, I know the Cowboys lost, but it was an absolutely iconic NFL moment and it set the stage for the Cowboys to be one of the defining teams of the 1970s — and ultimately "America's Team."

Rob: Dave and I are both a little younger in terms of the NFL and Cowboys being in our football consciousness. For me, it's the Triplets' first Super Bowl in 1992. I was only 10, but I remember the city had tremendous energy and excitement for a young team that probably was ahead of schedule. It was the start of, in my opinion, the best team the league has ever seen. Covering the team personally, it's probably the trip to Canton in 2017 for Jerry Jones' Hall of Fame induction. A special opportunity to meet some of the league's all-time greats for the first time.

How hard will the transition be for the players to go from all those years under former head coach Jason Garrett and his staff to Coach McCarthy and his new staff? I know the players are professionals, but I was just wondering how hard the transition will be. - JOHNNY P / FAYETTEVILLE, NC

David: It will be new, there's no question about that. Even if the offensive language stays the same under Kellen Moore, you can bet Mike McCarthy is still going to tweak some things. And the defensive system under Mike Nolan will be totally different. I'm sure it'll be a challenge. But these guys are professional football players. From the time they start the offseason program until they break training camp, they've got six months to figure it out. I'm not too worried about them.

Rob: Like any job with a new boss or supervisor, you've got to prove yourself all over again. That really goes for everyone on the team, but especially players with more tenuous holds on roster spots. When Bill Parcells took the job in 2003, he and the organization brought in several of his former players. That happens a lot around the league. Mike McCarthy knows about this roster mostly second hand at this point.

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