Clint Murchison Jr.
Working in partnership with his brother John, Clint Murchison, Jr. fulfilled a long-standing dream by founding the Dallas Cowboys Football Club in 1960. Their ownership, which encompassed 24 seasons, was officially commenced with Clint, Jr.'s first official act: the hiring of General Manager Tex Schramm. Working in tandem, the two men then went on to bring both Head Coach Tom Landry and Personnel Director Gil Brandt into the fold. After hiring them, Clint, Jr. gave them a great deal of latitude in carrying out their duties. It was a management approach he was accustomed to using in all his business ventures. As he once revealed, in his mind it was a no-brainer: "I'd rather let the folks who know what they are doing run things." Over the years he supported the trio unconditionally and drew wide acclaim after the disastrous 1963 season when he quieted critics, who were calling for Landry's removal, by signing him to a new 10 year contract. Clint, Jr.'s faith in his coach and the others was handsomely rewarded. After finding their stride in the mid 60s the team went on to post a record-setting 20 consecutive winning seasons. Yet even more impressively during the Murchison era with Landry at the helm between 1966-1983 the Cowboys qualified for the post-season play-offs 17 out of 18 times. Included among these appearances were 5 trips to the Super Bowl during the 70s and two World Championships in 1971 and 1977. Murchison was inducted into the hall of fame as part of the class of 2010.