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Sandwiched between Super Bowl appearances in 1975 and 1977 was the 1976 season, which was much better than people may remember. The Cowboys began the year at 9-1 before finishing at 11-3. However, a 14-12 loss to the Rams in the playoffs ended the season.
(If you want to suffer through that game, it is available on YouTube).
Many of the stars from the Super Bowl teams were the main contributors on the ’76 squad, so there were not many good candidates for the Most Obscure Player Award.
Ah, but I found one. He attended the University of North Texas, where I received one of my degrees. He grew up in Waco, where I live. This is my blog and my award, so congratulations to…
MOP Award for 1976 goes to Beasley Reece.
You might remember Reece as a color commentator with NBC and CBS. He also worked as an analyst for NBC during the 1992 Olympics. As a player, he was not a bad defensive back with the Giants in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Before that, though, he was special teams player with the Cowboys. Drafted in the ninth round in 1976, he saw action in 10 games. However, he only showed up on the stat sheet one time.
Against New Orleans in week 2, Reece caught his only NFL pass, which went for 6 yards. He also fumbled on the play.
Apparently his one reception with a fumble was not enough to convince Tom Landry to keep Reece, so the Cowboys waived him in September 1977. He became a starter with the Giants, though, and played with the team until 1983.
He recorded his highest total of interceptions in 1983, but strangely it came with two different teams. After recording 2 interceptions in 7 games with New York, the Giants waived him. He was picked up by Tampa Bay. He played in 9 games with the Buccaneers and recorded six picks, giving him a total of 8 for the season.
He was a starter for most of the 1984 season, which was his final as a pro.
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I do not have any videos or pictures of Reece with the Cowboys, but highlights of the 1976 matchup with the Saints is available online. Here we go:
Most Obscure Player of 1975: Kyle Davis
Most Obscure Player of 1974: Dennis Morgan
Most Obscure Player of 1973: Cyril Pinder
Most Obscure Player of 1972: Billy Parks
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