Drew Pearson was with Dallas from 1973-1983. He played in 156 games, catching 489 passes for 7,822 yards and 48 touchdowns. He appeared in the Super Bowl three times, winning Super Bowl XII in 1978.
Pearson signed with the Cowboys in 1973 after going undrafted out of Tulsa. He made the team thanks primarily too his play on special teams. He only entered the WR rotation after incumbent starter Otto Stowe and his backup Mike Montgomery were injured. As a rookie, Pearson hauled in 22 receptions for 388 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Cowboys No. 88 Club Starts with Pearson
He took over as a full-time starting in 1974, starring opposite Golden Richards. Pearson led Dallas with 62 catches for 1,087 yards and two touchdowns. In 1979, he, Tony Hill (no. 80) and Tony Dorsett made the Cowboys the first team in NFL history to feature two 1,000-yards wide receivers and a 1,000-yard running back. Pearson and Hill also became the first WR tandem in Dallas’ history to notch 1,000-yard years in the same season.
Pearson went on to become one of the most prolific WRs of the 70s and 80s. He landed on the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade team, but he’s yet to receive the Pro Football Hall of Fame nod.
What they did to Drew Pearson is not Right… Original 88… you deserve to be in the hall of fame no if and buts about it.. I’m sorry how they are doing you man…
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) January 15, 2020
Pearson finished his career with a Super Bowl championship (XII), three Pro Bowl selections (1974, 1976, 1977) and three first-team All-Pro (1974, 1976, 1977) positions. He was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2011.
It’s because of his achievements that the Cowboys No. 88 club became reserved for only the best in team history. No player wore 88 until Michael Irvin arrived in 1988.
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