Dallas Cowboys, American professional gridiron football team based in Dallas that plays in the National Football Conferenceof the National Football League .
One of the NFL’s most successful and popular franchises, the Cowboys have won five Super Bowls and eight conference championships.
The Cowboys joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960 under head coach Tom Landry. After posting a losing record in each of their first five seasons, the Cowboys quickly became one of the NFL’s better teams.
The Cowboys joined the Detroit Lions in hosting an annual home game on Thanksgiving Day in 1966, a move that greatly increased the team’s national exposure.
Future Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach arrived in 1969 and went on to establish the Cowboys as a perennial title contender.
With Staubach the Cowboys won five NFC championships and two Super Bowls.
Other notable players of the Landry era included defensive tackles Bob Lilly and Randy White, wide receiver and former Olympic sprint champion Bob Hayes, cornerback Mel Renfro, and running back Tony Dorsett.