Dallas Cowboys: A Tribute To “Mr. Clutch” Drew Pearson.

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  • DrewPearson4Since his retirement in 1983, Drew Pearson has worked extensively as a sports broadcaster for networks such   as CBS and HBO; he previously hosted the Dallas Cowboys post-game show.
  • He is the CEO of Drew Pearson Companies, a manufacturer of licensed headwear since 1985.
  • He was the Head Coach of the Arena Football League’s Dallas Texans during the 1991 season and led the team to a 4-6 record.
  • Pearson was the General Manager of the New York/New Jersey Hitmen during the only season of the XFL. Midway through the season, he began attending games from the sideline and talking with announcers, something head coach Rusty Tillman refused to do.
  • Pearson is exclusively represented by PPI Marketing for speaking engagements and appearances. Drew Pearson currently lives in Plano, Texas.
  • He received the NFL Alumni Career Achievement Award in 2005 for his post-NFL career success.
  • He played basketball with Marques Haynes on a team called the Harlem Magicians. Drew Pearson is also married to Haynes’ daughter.
  • In 2009, on the NFL Network show “NFL’s Top 10”, in the episode titled “Greatest Dallas Cowboys”, he is number 10 on the list.
  • Drew Pearson wore #88 with the Dallas Cowboys. Later, Michael Irvin wore #88 for the Cowboys. His Hall of Fame career, added to the legacy. When the Cowboys drafted Dez Bryant in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, they immediately announced that Bryant would wear #88 and Pearson later posed for a photo in a Cowboys uniform with Bryant and Michael Irvin that was part of the 2010 edition of the popular Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine.
  • On August 18, 2012 Drew Pearson announced that he will host a new sports and lifestyle talk show titled “The Drew Pearson Show” with co-hosts Paul Salfen, Kristen Keith and Michael Nast.The show is on Fox Sports Southwest.
  • Each show has a higher purpose from granting wishes with the Make-A-Wish foundation to finding toys for children at Christmas via Toys for Tots. Drew Pearson and his Dallas Cowboys”Star Power” help 501C3. The first few local guests included five-time Super Bowl champion Charles Haley, as well as Kool & The Gang’s Sir Earl Toon, Machete actor Billy Blair, “Friday Night Lights star Drew Waters, “American Idol” and “Celebrity Rehab” personality and singer Nikki Mckibbin, 13-time world champion power lifter Amanda Harris (aka Barbie Barbell) and half the cast of Style Network’s hit show “Big Rich Texas”. Salfen interviewed international stars like Michael Pena and Natalie Martinez for End of Watch and Tim Burton, Winona Ryder and Oscar winner Martin Landau for Frankenweenie and the creators of Sinister, Ruby Sparks and Paranormal Activity
  • Drew Pearson is a color commentator for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League.
  • Pearson served as the Honorary Chairman for the 2012 Silver Dollar Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society.

(Pearson’s accolades are courtesy of Wikipedia)

DrewPearson6I wasn’t even born when Drew Pearson dominated on the gridiron. I wasn’t fortunate enough to experience all of those great games live. I never got to experience the Dallas Cowboys team that netted the 20 consecutive winning seasons Drew Pearson contributed to. However, thanks to my dad’s extensive video collection I got to watch all of those games. I got so caught up in the fervor and excitement that I found myself cheering and screaming at the TV as if it was live. There was an energy and physicality about that team you just don’t see anymore. Those guys left it all on the field on every play. It wasn’t about the money or the endorsements, it was good old fashioned  smash mouth football.

I was in awe when I saw “Mr. Clutch” in action. Roger Staubach always knew he could count on Drew Pearson to come through when the Dallas Cowboys needed him the most. I have followed Pearsons’ career my entire life. I have to say he is a class act and I want to show my utmost respect and appreciation for the player who I believe was the best WR in Dallas Cowboys history. Yes Michael Irvin accomplished a lot, but when Drew Pearson played it was a much tougher game. The rules were much different and it was much harder for both quarterbacks and wide receivers to succeed. I truly believe that many of the top WR’s and QB’s in the modern NFL would never be able to survive playing football in the 70’s and early 80’s. In closing I just want to say,

“Much Love And Respect To You “Mr. Clutch”. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. You Truly Are A Legend!”

If you don’t crack a tear during this video, I find it hard to believe that you are a TRUE BLUE Dallas Cowboys fan. The testimonials from his team mates are truly emotional.

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  • MichaelValentino

    Love Drew Pearson and love this tribute. He was clutch. He rarely dropped the ball. He made the big catch in big games. I think the Cowboys were playing the Giants one game. Pearson scored and went up to do a fancy spike, landed funny and buckled his right knee. He was in obvious pain. Heck, it hurt watching it. Drew goes back to the bench and he could feel Tom Landry staring a hole through him. After the defense held, when the offense went back on the field, he showed no mercy to Pearson. Coach knew Pearson was hurting. So, what does Landry do? He calls a deep route. To Pearson! Drew had to reach deep down inside to run that route. Drew lined up far left, the X receiver in that formation. He had to run a deep post. Drew hauled in the deep bomb for another TD – on back-to-back possessions. He probably ran that route out of fear. If he didn’t make the play, he’d have to face a very unhappy Tom Landry. lol.

    • MichaelValentino Ya i saw drew tell that story in the Tom Ladry football life video

    • Thank You for the kind words

    • Football Mensa

      Michael I remember that play like 10 minutes ago. Landry could do the glare like no one else.

      • MichaelValentino

        Football Mensa Pearson wanted to dig a hole and crawl into it. He didn’t even want to make eye contact with Landry. That was funny.

        • Football Mensa

          It was hilarious because we didn’t have to run the play or look at Landry….lol

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa Exactly! I’ve gotten “the look” from my wife many times (I tend to do a LOT of stupid things) and that is scary enough….but ” the look” from Landy. Man, I think I’d have peed myself. lol

        • Football Mensa

          Does your wife wear a fedora ? lol…I hear ya Mike. We have all gotten that look…from our wife….

        • MichaelValentino Football Mensa My dad has that same type of look.

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa rofl

        • MichaelValentino

          CowgirlCas22 MichaelValentino Football Mensa except you, Cas, never do anything bad to make him give you the look, right? …uh, am I right? lol

        • Football Mensa

          LOL Cas….We’ll call it the Landry Glare from now on…

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa Mensa…ur nuts.

        • MichaelValentino CowgirlCas22 Football Mensa I am pleading the 5th.  I also have Lawyer friends in low places lol

        • MichaelValentino

          CowgirlCas22 MichaelValentino Football Mensa I’m starting to  think you and Mensa have friends in the mob, too. lol

        • Football Mensa

          Me and Cas will go godfather on ya ass in a heartbeat….

        • Football Mensa

          Sad thing Michael, is I actually do know a mob guy…and get this . He is a Pats fan…lol

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa It makes perfect sense! So, tell me….what were his connections to Spygate? lol

        • MichaelValentino Football Mensa I am sure some of my clients are connected  most designers are italian

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa I’m suddenly thinking “witness protection program.” Now… how do I explain my absence to the wife?

        • Football Mensa

          LMAO…….that’s friggnin funny. I will email you some stories about him one day….dude makes more in 1 day betting football (legit mind you) than all of will make combined in our lifetimes….it’s staggering the money he makes betting football.

        • MichaelValentino

          CowgirlCas22 MichaelValentino Football Mensa Some of them “must know a guy who knows a guy”. 🙂

        • Football Mensa

          LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Cas….

        • Football Mensa

          We will give her money, she will never miss you…lol

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa man….don’t tell him I made the “Spygate” comment. Blame it on some Steelers fan. 🙂

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa She’d rather have the money!  lolllllllllllll

        • Football Mensa

          LOL….gonna tell Mrs. Valentino….HA !….

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa she’d agree with me though. 🙂

        • Football Mensa

          LOL Michael…..good stuff you two. I gotta run I am going to Los Amigos to eat. Best Rita’s in Houston and it’s just a little hole in the wall…

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa Sounds good. see you tomorrow Mensa. thanks for the laughs…. we sure strayed from football. lol

        • Football Mensa

          it can’t be football all the time….gotta have some fun with it

    • Michael Shafer

      This is weird to find this article and to find fellow fans that are as passionate as I am about this Great Player! I am 49 years old now and there isn’t another player in all the sports I have watched in my life that can even compare to Drew Pearson! I was huge Dallas Cowboy fan from the time I knew what football was. I grew up in San Antonio TX and pretty much everyone I knew was a Cowboy’s fan. Everyone Loved Roger Staubach and Tont Dorsett and so did I, but everyone who knew Me had no doubt who My favorite player was. I had a shirt with the Cowboy’s helmet on the front and on the back it said Lil’ Drew! That was my nickname from elementary throughout my high school years. Some of my lifelong friends still call Me that to this day. My game room in my house today has a great pick of the “Hail Mary” above my stadium seats from Texas Stadium. Everyone always ask Me “what made you become such a die hard fan of Drew?” My answer is pretty simple, He was and still is the most clutch receiver and player I have ever seen!! Game after game when it was third and twelve or third and whatever, and everyone in the world knew who the ball was going to, He always made the catch!!!! Like other people mentioned, the 81 NFC divisional playoff game was it for Me! When the game looked completely over and the Cowboys were doomed, Drew scored two touchdowns in less than 3 minutes!! Everyone always talks about the “Hail Mary” which was unbelievable, but He had so many plays that were game winning dangers to the other team! Everyone also remembers the “catch” by Dwight Clark in the NFC Championship game. Nobody would remember it if it wasn’t for the lucky but great jersey tackle the defensive player made on Drew around mid field. There was nothing but open field and the end zone had He not made the play. Danny White got Hit and fumbled the following play and that was it!!
      OK I will end on this, how can a Great receiver/player who was one of only two receivers named to the all Decade Team of the 70’s not be in the Hall of Fame?? The other receiver is Lynn Swann. Swann no doubt was a great receiver, but Drew has better stats in every category except TD’s, I believe Swann has one or two more career TD’s! Drew has better numbers in every other catagory! If anyone says “well Swann won more Superbowls” my answer would be, yeah but it is a “team” sport and again Drew has better numbers!! Swann has been in HOF for 15 years!! If people don’t believe there is an East Coast bias and a Bias against the Cowboys in general, they are not truth tellers!!! It is a shame on the HOF that Drew Pearson isn’t in it! I hope one day soon they will come to their senses and put this Man in where He so deservingly belongs!?!?!

  • Football Mensa

    Cas you know what’s a bummer about being young like you ? You didn’t get to see the HAIL MARY !! LOL….I was in 6th grade when that play  happened. We had company that day and no one was watching the game but me. I was almost in tears because I thought Dallas was going to lose. I was moping throwing whatever I could get my hands on and then KA—POW!!!!!! Pearson catches the ball , I jumped up and screamed YES YES YES YES (there isn’t enough room for all the yes”s I screamed). I was jumping up and down and my mom runs into the living room and ask what happened to me…..I just yelled  “WE SCORED”….God I loved my COWBOYS…Jerry has taken that away from all of us.. I hate him.

    • Football Mensa lol but i did get to see it, just not at the time.

      • MichaelValentino

        CowgirlCas22 Football Mensa goooood answer. lol

      • Football Mensa

        LOL Cas……God it was a beautiful thing….watching Vike fans get all pissed off…..LOL

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa I’m still not sure how Cowboys fans got out of Metropolitan Stadium alive that day. haha

        • Football Mensa

          LOL…

        • MichaelValentino Football Mensa good point

      • Football Mensa

        Cas I would like to be young like you again as long as I could have my 70’s memories…

    • MichaelValentino

      Football Mensa I think Drew pushed off a little on that play. shhhhhhhhhhh…that stays here. Capiche?! 🙂

      • Football Mensa

        NOPE !!!! Momentum swung his arms….it’s how you word it…

        • MichaelValentino

          Football Mensa You, sir, are a genius! (Probably a well-paid defense attorney too) lol

        • Football Mensa

          LMAO…Nah I’m just a good ol construction guy….I have friends (lawyers) in low places though.

  • Football Mensa

    Cas tweet your link again to the Pearson story and I will retweet it…

    • Football Mensa ok will do

    • Football Mensa drew pearson retweeted my story to over 177,000 followers lol.

  • Defense 28

    great article cowgirl drew pearson is my brothers all time favorate cowboy. he’s right up there for me also, he was mr. clutch for sure like i always say the original 88. i think he should be in the hall of fame his stats are as good as the steelers 88, but he won the super bowls against us. I really like the fact you made about the tackle that they made on him in 81 nfc champ game alot of people don’t remember that he looked like he was going to break that for a td, next play jim xxxxxxxxx stuckey recovered danny white’s fumble and the rest is history. me and my brother talk about that play in that game all the time and the fact dorsett got injured early. some games never die..

  • ChrisG7

    No question about it the original 88, Mr. Clutch Pearson. That black and white picture is just amazing and its always nice reliving the original glory days. Great tribute