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Some probably think that the playoff rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers began with The Catch in 1981. MOP Award Winner for 1972: Billy Parks Not true. The teams faced each other in the playoffs for three consecutive years from 1970 to 1972. Dallas beat San Francisco to reach Super Bowls V and VI. In 1972, Dallas traveled to San Francisco for the third game in the series, and the Cowboys found themselves behind 28-13 heading into the fourth quarter. This turned out to be Roger Staubach’s first miracle win, as he came off the bench to lead Dallas to a 30-28 win. Staubach threw touchdowns to two receivers in the fourth quarter, but neither of these players played for the Cowboys after 1972. The receiver who caught the game-winner was Ron Sellers, who played one more season with the Dolphins before his career ended. The other receiver was our Most Obscure Player Award winner for 1972: Billy Parks. Parks was a 6th-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 1971. He had a productive rookie season, catching 41 passes for 609 yards for the Chargers, but he suffered a broken arm after 10 games. The Cowboys finally had enough of running back Duane Thomas, and late in July of 1972, Dallas traded Thomas to San Diego for Parks and running back Mike Montgomery (yet another obscure player). Parks only caught 18 passes for Dallas during the 1972 regular season, but he was a major factor in the win over the 49ers in the playoffs. He caught 7 passes for 136 yards and a score in what turned out to be his most productive game as a professional. In May 1973, the Cowboys shipped Parks and former first-round pick Tody Smith to the Houston Oilers in exchange for a first-round pick and a third-round pick. Those draft picks proved to be rather significant, as the Cowboys grabbed Ed “Too Tall” Jones in the first round of the 1974 draft and took punter/quarterback Danny White in the third round. Parks had decent seasons in 1973 and 1974 with the Oilers but only caught one pass in 1975, his final year in the league. According to Parks’ Wikipedia page, he was inducted into the Long Beach State University Hall of Fame in 1986. Here’s the short bio from the Long Beach State site: His first catch as a sophomore was for a touchdown. When that season (1967) ended, Parks had caught79 passes for 1294 yards and 12 TDs. Injured much of his senior year, Parks finished with 169 career catches for 2919 yards and 22 TDs. After sitting out one season, Parks played five years in the NFL (San Diego, Dallas, Houston). He led the NFL in receiving in 10 games (41 catches) as a rookie in 1971 before being sidelined with a broken arm. He unfortunately died of melanoma in 2009. Related articles Dallas Cowboys Most Obscure Player Award for 1970: Steve Kiner Most Obscure Player Award for 1971: Gloster Richardson Dallas Cowboys Most Obscure Player Awards for 1965-1969 (Recap)  
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