While the Cowboys are never short on current superstars, their legacy was built on legends, many of which have long retired from the game. Still, former Cowboys players and coaches constantly garner headlines, which will be captured in the ongoing "Past/Present Blog." Here are some of the latest news that have come from some members of the Cowboys' alumni.
Former Cowboys OC Ernie Zampese Passes Away
Former Cowboys offensive coordinator and longtime NFL coach Ernie Zampese passed away over the weekend.
Zampese served as the Cowboys' OC from 1994-97, running an offense that made two straight NFC Championship Games and won Super Bowl XXX. During that 1995 season, the Cowboys ranked third in the NFL, averaging 27.2 points per game.
He later returned to the Cowboys staff in the early 2000s as a consultant.
In his career, Zampese served as either a coach, scout or consultant for nearly 30 years in the NFL, spanning six different teams – with multiple stops with the Chargers, Rams and the Cowboys.
In a statement from the Cowboys on Monday, the organization said:
" He was a friend, mentor, leader and difference maker in many ways to many people. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Zampese family."
His passing is yet another loss for the Cowboys' family during 2022, that has included the deaths of former players and coaches such as Dan Reeves, Marion Barber, Rayfield Wright, Don Perkins, Gary Brown and Larry Lacewell.