The 1975 draft for the Cowboys remains part of the team’s great legacy. Twelve players made the squad in 1975, which turned out to be a Super Bowl year. The draft class produced a number of starters, including Randy White, Hollywood Henderson, Bob Breunig, Mike Hegman, and Herb Scott.
The team’s fifth-round pick was a center named Kyle Davis, who was an All-American at Oklahoma. At the time, the team had John Fitzgerald, who had replaced Dave Manders at the center position.
Fitzgerald played most of the 1975 season, so Davis hardly had a chance to prove himself. When Dallas traveled to Minnesota for the divisional playoffs, though, Fitzgerald hurt his arm.
MOP Award Winner for 1975: Center Kyle Davis
Dallas had brought the shotgun back to the NFL in 1975 and was running it late in the game while trailing the Vikings 14-10. Fitzgerald was having problems snapping the ball thanks to his injury, and one of his snaps ended up costing the Cowboys a six-yard loss late in the game.
Davis replaced Fitzgerald, and Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson performed their magic. Staubach hit Pearson on a sideline route to convert a 4th-and-16 play, and Staubach then hit Pearson on the famous Hail Mary.
The snapper? Davis, who wins the Most Obscure Player Award for 1975.
Davis was injured and missed the 1976 and 1977 seasons. He did not return to the NFL until 1978 when he played in seven games for San Francisco.
Best obscurity about Davis, other than the Hail Mary? He was not only the deep snapper for the Sooners in college, but he also punted.
Most Obscure Player of 1974: Dennis Morgan
Most Obscure Player of 1973: Cyril Pinder
Most Obscure Player of 1972: Billy Parks
Most Obscure Player Award for 1971: Gloster Richardson