Tom Landry was born on September 11th, 1924 in Mission,
Texas. His parents were Christians, but they didn't really
focus on teaching him the Word. As a child he was shy,
probably because of his speech impediment, nevertheless he
did very well in school. He also enjoyed all sports, but
excelled in football. This undoubtedly led to his love for
After several years of having an outstanding record as a
player, he decided to take on the job of coaching the
Dallas Cowboys. He led them to many playoffs and Super
Bowls. Even though he had an excellent record and held the
job for twenty-nine yeas, he became involved in a political
controversy. Jerry Jones, coach of a Florida college team,
bought the team on February 25, 1989 and fired Tom Landry.
Jerry Jones named himself head coach but the team was never
the same after that.
Tom Landry's life really was significant to people across
America, because he was so upstanding. He was greatly
admired and in remembrance of him, Dallas made "Tom Landry
Day" on April 22. In 1990 he was elected to the Pro
Football Hall of Fame.