Replacing a Legend-Danny White in 1980

Danny White deserves special attention because he played for the Philadelphia Eagles number one rival, the Dallas Cowboys.  Here in Phoenix, he went to Arizona State University and is now heavily involved with the Sun Devils Athletic Program.  In 1980, Danny White had the difficult task of replacing Cowboy legend Roger Staubach.  A versatile player in this age of specialization,  White was also the punter in his 11 years with the Cowboys.  Dallas happily, for us,  lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game 20 to 7. 

Nevertheless White had a great season  with Dallas finishing 12-4, a one game improvement over 1979.  In all, Danny White completed 260 passes for,  a 59.6% completion percentage, 3,287 yards, and 28 touchdown passes.   The Cowboys also defeated both Super Bowl teams, the Oakland Raiders and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Here are the big milestones in the 1980 season and White’s statistics when significant.

–buried  San Francisco 49ers 59 to 14 at home.  Completed 16 passes for 239 yards and four touchdowns;

–defeated San Diego with both barrels blazing at home 42 to 31.  Completed 22 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns;

–defeated Seattle at home 51 to 7.  Completed 11 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns;

–at Oakland defeated the Raiders 19 to 13;

–at Los Angeles lost to the Rams 38 to 14;

–defeated the Philadelphia Eagles at home 35 to 27.  Completed 16 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns.

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In the playoffs

–at home in the Wild Card Game defeated Los Angeles Rams 34 to 13.  This was a big reversal from the regular season loss.  This, as generally known, is quite common.  The outcome  of regular season game means nothing when two teams meet again in the playoffs.

–at Atlanta, Danny White gave a good imitation of Roger Staubach in a come from behind game.  Dallas scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes to win 30 to 27. Completed 25 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns.

–at Philadelphia the Eagles defeated Dallas 20 to 7 in the NFC Title Game.

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