Tony Dorsett


Tony Dorsett owns a rarity in sports – a record that can never be broken. He holds the record for longest run from scrimmage in an NFL game at 99 yards, accomplished with the Dallas Cowboys at the Minnesota Vikings on January 3, 1983.

Dorsett is best known for his days as a Cowboy, having been drafted by the club with second overall pick in the 1977 NFL Draft. He went on to win the Super Bowl that year with Dallas, rushing for 1,007 yards and 12 touchdowns in his rookie year. Dorsett rushed for 12,739 yards and 77 touchdowns in his 12-year career, playing with Dallas from 1977-87 before finishing with the Denver Broncos in 1988 before retiring. He made the Pro Bowl four times and rushed for over 1,000 yards in eight of his first nine seasons. Dorsett was First-Team All-Pro in 1981 and Second-Team All-Pro in 1982 and 1983.

tony_dorsett_1986_11_16Winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1976, he led the University of Pittsburgh to the NCAA National Title that same year, leading the nation in rushing with 1,948 yards. Dorsett was a three-time First Team All-American, finishing his college career with 6,082 total rushing yards, then an NCAA record.

Dorsett was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994, as well as the College Football Hall of Fame and the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. He was ranked No. 53 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players in 1999. Dorsett is one of only two players (also Marcus Allen) to win the Heisman Trophy, win a Super Bowl, win the College Football National Championship and be enshrined in both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.