If you’re craving for some NFL betting action, here’s some info that will help you pass the time this long offseason then you’re in for a blast thanks to this fun-filled comparison centered around the careers of Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. While one of these now-heralded signal-callers has the decided advantage in title-winning teams, picking the ‘better’ player of the two is a lot tougher than picking the guy with the most championship wins. With that said, let’s rock and roll.
In 1972, Staubach missed most of the season with a separated shoulder, but he relieved Morton in a divisional playoff against the San Francisco 49ers and threw two touchdown passes in the last 90 seconds to win the game 30-28. With that performance, he won back his regular job and did not relinquish it again during his career. Staubach played with the Cowboys until 1979 under Tom Landry and was a six-time Pro-Bowler (1971, 1975-1979), and led the Cowboys to another NFL championship win in the 1977 season. Staubach threw for 183 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions, in Dallas’ 27-10 victory in Super Bowl XII. Staubach also led the Cowboys to Super Bowl appearances in Super Bowl X and Super Bowl XIII, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers both times.
Known as “Roger The Dodger” for his scrambling abilities, and also as “Captain Comeback” for his many fourth quarter heroics, Staubach had a penchant for leading scoring drives which would lead the Cowboys to improbable victories. He led his team to 23 come-from-behind victories in the fourth quarter, with 17 of these coming in the last two minutes. Perhaps his most famous moment was the “Hail Mary Pass” in the 1975 playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. With seconds on the clock and the Cowboys trailing 14-10, Staubach launched a 50-yard bomb to wide receiver Drew Pearson, who caught the pass and strode into the end zone for a 17-14 victory. After the game, Staubach quipped he prayed a “Hail Mary” before throwing the pass. The moment has been emblazoned in football folklore ever since, and the “Hail Mary pass” has entered the realm of football nomenclature. Staubach recorded the highest passer rating in the NFL in four different seasons (1971, 1973, 1978, 1979), and led the league with 23 touchdown passes in 1973. He was an All-NFC choice five times and selected to play in six Pro Bowls. In his final NFL season of 1979, Staubach set career highs in completions (267), passing yards (3,586), and touchdown passes (27), with just 11 interceptions. Overall, he finished his 11 NFL seasons with 1,685 completions for 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns, with 109 interceptions. He also gained 2,264 rushing yards and scored 20 touchdowns on 410 carries.
Staubach retired from football in 1979, as the highest rated passer of all time (83.4) (at the time), and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
My Pick: I don’t care what anyone says, I have got to go with Roger Staubach in this comparison about which quarterback of the two was actually the better player. While Troy Aikman certainly has the better career statistics, I believe Staubach would have put up just as gaudy stats had he not been forced to miss a whopping dive years to serve the Navy. Not only that, but I genuinely believe that the Cowboys would have been better under Roger “The Dodger” than they were under Aikman had Staubach been the leader of the ‘Boys during Aikman’s 90s reign.
Staubach was undeniably a much better scrambler than Aikman and had just as strong of an arm. Again, let’s not forget also that Staubach missed five whole seasons of his prime because of his military obligations. Aikman accounted for 174 touchdowns in 165 career games while Staubach accounted for 173 in only 131 contests, with 20 of those scores coming on the ground.
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