Legendary running back for the Dallas Cowboys
Tony Dorsett's record breaking football achievements began at the University of Pittsburgh. He was the first player in NCAA history with four 1000 yard seasons and three 1500 yard seasons which led to him receiving the Heisman trophy. Tony's impressive career with the Dallas Cowboys included NFL Rookie of the Year and four-time Pro Bowl honors. A pivotal player in five NFC Championship games and two NFL Super Bowls, he was inducted into the Cowboy's Ring of Honor, the College Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
Dorsett was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft and played with them through 1987. In Dorsett's rookie year, he rushed for 1,007 yards and 12 touchdowns and won the Rookie of the Year honors. Dorsett was announced the starter in the 10th game of the Cowboys' season, and he would stay the starter for many years. Dorsett was the first player to win the college football championship one year, then win the Super Bowl the next, when the Cowboys beat the Denver Broncos 27-10 to win Super Bowl XII. Ironically, Dorsett ended his career as a Denver Bronco. In his sophomore season, 1978, Dorsett recorded 1,325 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Cowboys once again traveled to the Super Bowl, and lost 35-31 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIII.
Dorsett's most productive season was in 1981, when he recorded 1,646 yards. Dorsett had a career total of 12,033 yards in Dallas before being traded to the Denver Broncos in 1988. Dorsett led the Broncos with 703 yards that year, but injuries led to his retirement.
Dorsett recorded 12,733 yards and 77 touchdowns in his 12-year career. Dorsett also had 13 receiving scores and even a fumble recovery for a touchdown. On January 3, 1983, with only 10 Dallas players on the field, Dorsett broke a 99-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings, which is the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history.
Dorsett made the Pro Bowl 4 times during his career (1978, 1981-1983) and rushed for over 1,000 yards in 8 of his first 9 seasons. The only season that he didn't reach the 1,000 rushing yards milestone was the strike-shortened, 9-game season of 1982 which he led the NFC in rushing with 745 yards. He was a First-team All-Pro in 1981 and a Second-team All-Pro in 1982 and 1983.
Dorsett was elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994 and was enshrined in the Texas Stadium Ring of Honor the same year. In 1999, he was ranked number 53 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
His son, Anthony Dorsett, played defensive back in the NFL from 1996 to 2003, making Super Bowl appearances with the Tennessee Titans (Super Bowl XXXIV) and Oakland Raiders (Super Bowl XXXVII).
The football stadium at Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, is named after Dorsett.
Tony Dorsett hosts the Tony Dorsett Celebrity Golf Classic for McGuire Memorial. This premiere event, in it's 17th year, has raised close to 5 million dollars in support of McGuire Memorial's mission.
McGuire Memorial, a ministry of the Felician Sisters, is a not-for-profit, non-denominational facility that has, for over 40 years, served those who are physically and developmentally challenged. Located in Western Pennsylvania, McGuire Memorial has created a unique program that includes the care of those with profound disabilities. Known for its care and commitment to those they serve, McGuire Memorial is synonymous with the highest quality of care of individuals with mental retardation and/or physical disabilities.
As President of Touchdown Products, Tony brings to the podium his business expertise coupled with sports experience. He is a very popular motivational and keynote speaker.