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Encyclopedia > Tony Dorsett
Tony Dorsett
Position(s):
Running back
Jersey #(s):
33
Born: April 7, 1954 (1954-04-07) (age 53)
Flag of Pennsylvania Rochester, Pennsylvania
Career Information
Year(s): 1977-1988
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
College: Pittsburgh
Professional Teams
Career Stats
Total TDs     92
Rushing Yards     12,739
Avg.     4.3
Stats at NFL.com
Career Highlights and Awards
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Hall of Fame

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College career

Dorsett was a college football running back at the University of Pittsburgh and helped to lead them to a national title in 1976, also picking up the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award while setting NCAA college records. He was a four-time All-American, and he finished his college career with an 6,082 total rushing yards, then an NCAA record. This would stand as the record until it was surpassed by Ricky Williams in 1998. A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ... The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ... The NCAA Division I-A national football championship is the only Division I NCAA-sponsored sport without an organized tournament to determine its champion; in fact, while various other organizations (as described below) designate a national champion at the Division I level, the NCAA itself does not award a championship... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Heisman” redirects here. ... The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. ... The Walter Camp Award, named in honor of the father of football, is given annually to the College football Player of the Year, as selected by Division 1A coaches and Sports Information directors. ... Errick Lynne Williams, Jr. ...


Dorsett is considered one of the greatest running backs in college football history.


In the first game of the 1976 season, the Panthers faced off against Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. "They even grew the grass high" said Carmen DeArdo, a diehard Pitt alumnus, "and everyone knew Tony would get the ball."


NFL career

Dorsett was drafted by the NFL's Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft and played with them through 1987. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Eastern Conference (1960-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference... The 1977 NFL Draft Round One Categories: | | ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


In Dorsett's rookie year, he rushed for 1,007 yards and 12 touchdowns and won the Rookie of the Year honors. Dorsett was announced starter for the 10th game of the Cowboys' season, and he would stay starter for many years. Dorsett was the first player to win the college football championship one year, then win the Super Bowl the next, when the Cowboys beat the Denver Broncos 27-10 to win Super Bowl XII. Ironically, Dorsett ended his career as a Denver Bronco. In his sophomore season, 1978, Dorsett recorded 1,325 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Cowboys once again traveled to the Super Bowl, but lost 35-31 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIII. The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Date January 15, 1978 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Randy White, Defensive tackle; and Harvey Martin, Defensive end Favorite Cowboys by 5 1/2 National anthem Phyllis Kelly of Northeast Louisiana State University Coin toss Red Grange Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show From Paris to the Paris... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Steelers redirects here. ... Date January 21, 1979 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Terry Bradshaw, Quarterback Favorite Steelers by 3 1/2 National anthem The Colgate Thirteen Coin toss George Halas Referee Pat Haggerty Halftime show Bob Jani Productions present Carnival Salute to Caribbean with various Caribbean bands Attendance 79,484...


Dorsett's most productive season was in 1981, when he recorded 1,646 yards. Dorsett had a career total of 12,033 yards in Dallas before being traded to the Denver Broncos in 1988. Dorsett led the Broncos with 703 yards that year, but injuries led to his retirement. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


Dorsett recorded 12,739 yards and 77 touchdowns in his 12-year career. Dorsett also had 13 receiving scores and even a fumble recovery for a touchdown. On January 3, 1983, Dorsett broke a 99-yard run against the Minnesota Vikings, which is the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history (even though the Cowboys had only 10 men on the field, not the required 11). is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division...


Dorsett made the Pro Bowl 4 times during his career (1978, 1981-1983) and rushed for over 1,000 yards in 8 of his first 9 seasons. The only season that he didn't reach the 1,000 rushing yards milestone was the strike shortened season of 1982(which had only 9 games), where he led the NFC in rushing with 745 yards. In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ...


Dorsett was elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994 and was enshrined in the Texas Stadium Ring of Honor the same year. In 1999, he was ranked number 53 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... College Football Hall of Fame front. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Texas Stadium is the home field of the National Football Leagues Dallas Cowboys. ... This article is about the year. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


Trivia

Tony Dorsett is the only player in the history of football with the following five career achievements: A national college championship, a Heisman Trophy, a place in the Collegiate Hall of Fame, a Super Bowl championship, and a permanent place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It has been said that Marcus Allen did the same, but Allen did not play in the 1978 season and even though USC was ranked number one in the UPI poll, Alabama is officially recognized by the NCAA as the 1978 national champion.


His son, Anthony Dorsett, played defensive back in the NFL from 1996 to 2003, making Super Bowl appearances with the Tennessee Titans (Super Bowl XXXIV) and Oakland Raiders (Super Bowl XXXVII). Anthony Dorsett (born September 14, 1973 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is a former American football free safety who played eight seasons for the Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders from 1996 to 2003 in the National Football League. ... In American football and Canadian football, defensive backs are the players on the defensive team who take positions somewhat back from the line of scrimmage; they are distinguished from the defensive line players, who take positions directly behind the line of scrimmage. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City Nashville, Tennessee Team colors Navy, Titan Blue, White, and Red Head Coach Jeff Fisher Owner Bud Adams General manager Mike Reinfeldt Mascot T-Rac League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Eastern Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC Central (1970... Date January 30, 2000 Stadium Georgia Dome City Atlanta, Georgia MVP Kurt Warner, Quarterback Favorite Rams by 7 National anthem Faith Hill Coin toss Super Bowl IV participants: Bud Grant, Lamar Hunt, Bobby Bell, Paul Krause, Willie Lanier, Alan Page, and Jan Stenerud Referee Bob McElwee Halftime show Phil Collins... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... Date January 26, 2003 Stadium Qualcomm Stadium City San Diego MVP Dexter Jackson, Safety Favorite Raiders by 4 National anthem Dixie Chicks and Celine Dion (God Bless America) Coin toss 1972 Miami Dolphins: Don Shula, Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, Larry Little, Jim Langer, Nick Buoniconti, Paul Warfield Referee Bill Carollo...


The football stadium at Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, PA, is named after Dorsett.


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Preceded by
Archie Griffin
Heisman Trophy Winner
1976
Succeeded by
Earl Campbell
Preceded by
Sammy White
AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
1977
Succeeded by
Earl Campbell

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