Don Perkins


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Original Name Donald Anthony Perkins
Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, USA
Death 9 Jun 2022 (aged 84)
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 240543731 View Source

Professional Football Player. He played the running back position for the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys from 1961 to 1968. He played football collegiately at the University of New Mexico, where he was Skyline Sophomore of the Year in 1957, three-time All-Skyline Conference member, and third-team All-American in 1959. He was signed to a personal services contract with the newly formed Dallas Cowboys in early 1960 and when he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 1960 NFL Draft, the Cowboys had to compensate the Colts to keep him. He sat out the 1960 season with an injury, but came back in 1961 to play for the Cowboys. He went on to play for the Cowboys for the next eight seasons before retiring after the 1968 season. While with the Cowboys, he was three-time All-Pro (1962, 1967, and 1968), played in six Pro Bowls (1961-63, 1966-1968), and was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1961. During his playing career, he rushed for 6,127 yards and had 42 touchdowns in 107 games played. After his retirement in 1968, he went into broadcasting, both for CBS Sports and ABC Sports, and other local television and radio stations. He later retired to the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. In 1976, he inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.

Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye

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