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The 1960 NFL Expansion Draft was a National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Dallas Cowboys,[1] selected its first players. The NFL awarded Dallas, Texas a franchise to compete for revenue with Lamar Hunt's Dallas Texans of the upstart American Football League.[2] The Dallas expansion franchise was approved too late for it to participate in the 1960 NFL Draft.[2] The Cowboys are the only NFL expansion team to not have had the benefit of a college draft in its first year.[2]

So that the Cowboys could become competitive with existing teams, the league gave them the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on March 13, 1960.[3] In this draft, the Cowboys chose thirty-six players from the existing twelve teams.[4] The NFL also assigned the rights to 1960 NFL Draft picks Don Meredith (who had been drafted by the Chicago Bears) and Don Perkins (drafted by the Baltimore Colts) to the Cowboys for a couple of future draft picks.[2]

Twenty-two players made the active roster that season. Eleven players played only one year with Dallas. Eight players (including Jack Patera, who was injured early in the 1961 season) played in 1960 and 1961. The three remaining players from the draft started for several years, including: Bob Fry, Tackle, 1960-64; Jerry Tubbs, Linebacker, 1960-66; and Frank Clarke, Wide Receiver, 1960-67.[5]

Rules of the Draft

Every existing NFL team listed nine players, and the Cowboys selected three players on the list from each team.

Player Selections

The players in bold made the active roster of the Cowboys in 1960.

Player Position College Team Original NFL Team
L.G. "Long Gone" Dupre RB Baylor University Baltimore Colts
Ray Krouse DE-DT Maryland Baltimore Colts
Dave Sherer WR-P SMU Baltimore Colts
Don Healy DT Maryland Chicago Bears
Jack Johnson DB-P Miami Chicago Bears
Pete Johnson DB Virginia Military Institute Chicago Bears
Leroy Bolden RB-KR Michigan State Cleveland Browns
Franklin Clarke WR-TE Colorado Cleveland Browns
Ed Modzelewski RB Maryland Cleveland Browns
Charley Ane C USC Detroit Lions
Gene Cronin LB Pacific Detroit Lions
Jim Doran TE Iowa State Detroit Lions
Nate Borden DE Indiana Green Bay Packers
Bill Butler S Tennessee-Chattanooga Green Bay Packers
Don McIlhenny RB SMU Green Bay Packers
Tom Franckhauser CB Purdue Los Angeles Rams
Bob Fry OT Kentucky Los Angeles Rams
Duane Putnam OG Pacific Los Angeles Rams
Al Barry OG USC New York Giants
Melwood “Buzz” Guy OG Duke New York Giants
Don Heinrich QB Washington New York Giants
Dick Bielski TE Maryland Philadelphia Eagles
Gerry Delucca OT Tennessee Philadelphia Eagles
Bil Striegel LB Pacific Philadelphia Eagles
Ray Fisher OT-DT Eastern Illinois Pittsburgh Steelers
Bobby Luna RB University of Alabama Pittsburgh Steelers
Ray Mathews WR Clemson Pittsburgh Steelers
Bobby Cross OT Stephen F. Austin Chicago Cardinals
Ed Husmann DT University of Nebraska Chicago Cardinals
Jack Patera LB Oregon Chicago Cardinals
Fred Dugan WR Dayton San Francisco 49ers
John Gonzaga DE-DT None San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Tubbs LB Oklahoma San Francisco 49ers
Tom Braatz LB Marquette Washington Redskins
Joe Nicely C West Virginia Washington Redskins
Doyle Nix RB SMU Washington Redskins

See also


  1. Initially the team was called the Dallas Rangers.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Buck, Ray (2008-02-15). "From meager beginnings to America’s Team". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  3. "Cowboys draft for 1960". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-09-22.
  4. "Pro Football History". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-09-22.(listed as the Dallas Rangers)
  5. "1960 Expansion Draft". 2008-09-28. Archived from the original on January 05, 2009. Retrieved 2008-09-22.