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George Andrie
No. 66     
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1940-04-20) April 20, 1940 (age 79)
Career information
College: Marquette
NFL Draft: 1962 / Round: 6 / Pick: 82
Debuted in 1962 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1972 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career sacks     97
Most sacks, season     18.5
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

George Joseph Andrie (born April 20, 1940 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League. Andrie prepped at Catholic Central High School.

Early yearsEdit

He attended Catholic Central High School and played two seasons of college football at Marquette University (1959–60) and led his team in receiving both years. The two-way standout was also among the tackle leaders during his career and had over 80 career stops as a defensive lineman. Marquette University's football team was known as the "Golden Avalanche" prior to the program being terminated in 1960.

In 1991, Andrie was inducted into the Marquette Athletics Hall of Fame.

Professional careerEdit

He wore uniform #66 and played his entire professional career with the Dallas Cowboys. He was 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall and weighed 250 lb (113 kg).

Andrie was drafted in the sixth round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Cowboys as a defensive end, despite not playing his senior season because the sport was dropped at Marquette University.

As a rookie, Andrie won the starting job at right defensive end and also made the NFL All-Rookie team.

Andrie had excellent size and strength to hold his ground against the run, yet he had quickness and agility that allowed him to become a great pass rusher. His height also allowed him to excel at batting down passes if he couldn't get to the quarterback.

In 1964, after playing on the left side of the defense, he was switched back to his original position at right defensive end, where he stayed throughout his career.

He played most of his career next to hall of fame defensive tackle Bob Lilly. Together they helped to form the Cowboys' original "Doomsday Defense", that dominated the NFL for the next 20 years.

Andrie always played well in the big games. In the 1967 NFL Championship Game, often referred to as the Ice Bowl, against the Green Bay Packers he picked up a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown, scoring 6 of the 17 points the Cowboys had in the loss. In 1970 he took part of the first Super Bowl after the merger with the American Football League was completed. The Cowboys faced the Baltimore Colts, but lost in a game known for the record 11 turnovers committed by both teams, as well as 10 penalties committed by the Cowboys. In this game Andrie knocked out Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas with a shoulder tackle in the second quarter. In the 1971 NFC Championship game he made another pivotal play. He intercepted John Brodie near the San Francisco 49ers 10 yard line and took it to the 2 yard line. This set up a Calvin Hill touchdown.

The Cowboys finally found championship glory by winning Super Bowl VI. This was in the heyday of "Doomsday Defense I", and they did not disappoint by trouncing the Miami Dolphins 24–3.

The NFL didn't start recognizing quarterback sacks as an official stat until 1982; however, the Cowboys have their own records, dating back before the 1982 season. According to the Cowboys' stats, Andrie is unofficially credited with a total of 97 sacks,[1] leading the Cowboys in sacks each year from 1964 to 1967, with a high total of 18.5 sacks in 1966.[2] Andrie also had eight straight games with a sack from 19661967, making it the fourth longest such streak in club history. He ranks fifth on the team's all-time sack leaders list.[3]

He was a starter at defensive end for the Cowboys for 11 seasons from 1962 to 1972. He was named to the Pro Bowl five straight times (19651969), All-Pro once and three times second team All-Pro during his career. He was also named the Pro Bowl MVP in 1970.

During his career, he was part of two NFC Championship and one Super Bowl Championship team. He retired in 1972, after battling back problems. To this day, he remains one of the greatest defensive ends in Dallas Cowboys history.

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