Tom Landry flew bombing missions over Europe and wore a bulletproof vest all for America’s Team
Imagine surviving 30 World War 2 bombing missions and then getting a death threat while coaching an NFL game
The Definition Of Courage
Tom Landry is an NFL icon. Not just because of his body of work on the field as an NFL Head Coach. Prior to becoming the leader of men with the Dallas Cowboys in 1960, he was learning to fly a B-17 bomber years earlier in 1942. He joined for personal reasons after the loss of his brother doing the exact same thing only months previously.
Many NFL fans are likely familiar with his 29 seasons of service to America’s Team on the field. Especially in the winning department. Originally born in Mission, TX this war hero later in his career would receive a death threat during a game in Anaheim, CA.
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Imagine surviving 30 World War 2 bombing missions for your country and then getting a death threat while coaching an NFL game in California. He went from installing the brand new SHOTGUN offense with Roger Staubach who also served in the US Navy to wearing a bulletproof vest to finish coaching a game. The definition of courage.
“If our country was threatened the way it was at that time weather you come back or not was the important thing. So I could see myself doing it all again.” ~Tom Landry
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