The number 88 on a Dallas Cowboys jersey seems to signify greatness. Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin, and Dez Bryant have worn the number — earning star status on the team and in the league.
Pearson, celebrated as one of the all-time greatest wide receivers, he now hosts his own radio show. While he focuses on the current state of football, he offers unique context, having been a witness to history. Pearson’s remarkable career came during the tenure of legendary coach Tom Landry.
I sat next to Pearson at a dinner recently and it was particularly interesting to hear his memories of one of the most famous plays of NFL history. Pearson talked about his ‘Hail Mary’ reception from Roger Staubach in a 1975 playoff game against the Vikings.
Pearson played for the Cowboys from 1973 to 1983 and was a three-time All-Pro, according to his website. He wrapped up his career as the Dallas’ leader in catches (489) and yards (7,822), and making three Super Bowl appearances, including a title in 1978’s Super Bowl XII.