Bob Lilly was born on 26th July 1939 in Olney, Texas.
He played his college football for Texas Christian Universities oddly named ‘Horned Frogs’ team in the defensive tackle position. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
In 1962, Bob Lilly became the first draft pick in Dallas Cowboys franchise history. He went on to become a major part of the Cowboys famous ‘Doomsday Defense’.
Lilly, amazingly, played 196 consecutive games for the Cowboys and missed only one game in his NFL career, when the Cowboys lost their 1973 NFC Championship match against the Minnesota Vikings.
He won Super Bowl VI with Dallas in January 1972 and was selected eleven times for the Pro Bowl. He was also named to the NFL 75th and 100th Anniversary All-Time Team’s, the 1960’s and 1970’s All-Decade Teams.
He became such a huge figure in the Dallas footballing world, that he was affectionately known as ‘Mr Cowboy’. He was also the first Cowboy to be inducted into the Dallas Ring of Honor on November 23rd 1975. Since that day, he has attended every single Ring of Honor induction and is still living up to that well-earned nickname.
Dallas doesn’t retire jersey numbers, but Lilly is still the only Cowboy to have worn the number 74 shirt during regular-season games.
Lilly is still considered to be one of, if not the, best defensive tackles in NFL history.