Originally written on Know Your Dallas Cowboys: The Blog  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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One of today’s quotes is about former defensive back Cornell Green (34).

Continuing to focus on early Dallas Cowboys history. Today’s quotes are about players from the 1960s and early 1970s.

“I hope I can hit him. I’ve been throwing to LeBaron, and you can’t hardly throw any lower than that.”

Don Meredith about throwing to receiver Cleveland (Smiley) Jones, who was three inches shorter than Eddie LeBaron, who was 5’7″. Jones did not play for the Cowboys outside of training camp.

Source: Sports Illustrated, July 16, 1961

“This ought to teach us one thing: if we ever trade any more ballplayers, we sure don’t want to send any silver-tongued orators.”

Defensive end George Andrie regarding inspirational talks given by former teammates Tommy McDonald and Jerry Rhome.

Source: Sports Illustrated, November 17, 1969

“He told me I was one of the best defensive backs he had ever coached or had ever sen. That really made me feel good.”

Defensive back Cornell Green about what Tom Landry said to him after Green retired following the 1974 season.

Source: I Remember Tom Landry (2001).

More on Cornell Green…

Green is one of the most underappreciated players in team history. I played both cornerback and strong safety and made the Pro Bowl at both positions. He was also named All-Pro three times in the 1960s.

If that occurred today, he would be at the top of any list for Ring of Honor consideration, and he would have a good chance to make the Hall of Fame.


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