Sports Writing, (EFE) .- The former running back of the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL and six times Pro Bowl, Don Perkins, died this Friday at the age of 84, announced the lone star team.
Perkins was the fourth-best running back in Cowboys history, trailing only legends Emith Smith and Tony Dorsett, as well as current running back Ezekiel Elliott.
The player was recruited in 1960 by the Colts from the University of New Mexico with which he accumulated 3,466 yards.
In his first year in the league, Perkins ranked third in Rookie of the Year voting behind tight end Mike Ditka and quarterback Fran Tarkenton.
He came to the Dallas Cowboys in 1961 in the second season of the franchise’s existence, earning his six All-Star selections in eight years with the Lone Star team.
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He formed the first power duo in a long-standing Cowboys tradition with quarterback Don Meredith, followed by such pairings as Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, and, more recently, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. . Though he failed to win a Super Bowl, Perkins helped lay the foundation for the NFL’s most popular franchise.
The running back finished his career with 1,500 carries for 6,217 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns, along with 1,310 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 146 receptions.
The Cowboys inducted Perkins into their Ring of Honor alongside quarterback Meredith in 1976.
So far in 2022, the Dallas Cowboys have suffered the death of several of their legends.
Last April, the former lineman and also a member of the Ring of Honor team Rayfield Wright died at the age of 76.
Departing in January were former players Dan Reeves, who won a Super Bowl, and lineman Ralph Neely.
On June 2, at the age of 38, former running back Marion Barber passed away at his apartment. Barber played six years with the Cowboys and was a Pro Bowl selection once.
He was known around the league as “Marion the Barbarian” for his tough style of play.