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Tom Landry

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry

Profession: NFL Head Coach

United States of America

Biography: Regarded as one of the greatest and most innovative coaches in NFL history, he created many new formations and methods, such as the 4-3 defense. His 29 years as the coach of one team (Dallas Cowboys) are an NFL record, along with his 20 consecutive winning seasons.

He won two Super Bowl titles (VI, XII), 5 NFC titles, 13 Divisional titles, and compiled a 270-178-6 record, the 3rd most wins of all time for an NFL coach. He also won 20 career playoff games, the most in NFL history.

Born: September 11, 1924
Birthplace: Mission, Texas, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: February 12, 2000 (aged 75)
Cause of Death: Leukemia

Married Life

  • 1949-01-28 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas

Historical Events

  • 1959-12-21 Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)
  • 1989-02-26 NFL Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career

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