Drew Pearson (American football)

  • 3 × Pro Bowl selection (1974, 1976, 1977 )
  • 5 × All-Pro selection ( 1974-1978 ) 1 2 team
  • 1 × Super Bowl winner XII
  • 3 × NFC champion (1975, 1977, 1978 )
  • NFL 1970s All- Decade Team
  • Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
  • Texas Sports Hall of Fame (2010)

Drew Pearson ( born January 12, 1951 in South River, New Jersey, United States), nicknamed Mr. Clutch, is a former American professional American football player. He played as a wide receiver in the National Football League ( NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys.


Drew Pearson was born the son of Mary Pearson Schenck and Samuel Pearson Sr.. His father worked as a weigher at a company for agricultural products, and his mother worked as a cleaning woman. Drew Pearson grew up with his seven brothers and sisters in his native city, where he attended high school. He played for the local football team as a quarterback and was also active as a basketball and baseball player. Pearson came from a sports-loving family. His older brother Sam was also in his youth a successful football player and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals. Due to an injury he suffered in a household accident, he had to quit before his first game as a professional his football career.

Playing career

College career

After finishing school, Drew Pearson received a scholarship to the University of Tulsa. He played there from 1970 to 1972 for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Football first at the position a quarterback and after a year on the position of wide receiver. Pearson began during his student days 55 passes for a gain of space of 1119 yards and six touchdowns. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane were a run -oriented football team. The passing game of the college was there little importance. The Scouts of the NFL kept Pearson as a professional player for ill-suited he was not athletic enough, and its running time on a track about 40 yards of 4.6 seconds over the limit of 4.5 seconds as. He was a late commitment in the NFL Draft prophesied.

Professional career

Drew Pearson was never pulled in a NFL Draft. After the NFL Draft was completed in 1973, the Dallas Cowboys came up to him and offered him a professional contract with a term of three years and an annual salary of 14,500 U.S. dollars. Pearson joined the 1973 supervised by Tom Landry team from Dallas. Even in his rookie year game he made ​​national attention. The Cowboys had qualified with a season record of ten victories in four defeats for the Play Offs and met in the Divisional play -off game to the Los Angeles Rams. Pearson started in the game a 83 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Roger Staubach. With a second touchdown, he was one of the key players at the 27:16 victory of his team. The defeat of the Cowboys in the NFC 27:10 Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings could not prevent Pearson, however, subsequently.

In 1975, Pearson was able to win his first NFC title. After a season with ten wins from 14 games, the Cowboys were able to re- qualify for the play -offs, where they first met on the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys were back shortly before the game ends with 14:10, as he was able to pass from quarterback Roger Staubach a run over a distance of 50 yards in the opponent's end zone. The team from Texas left with a 17:14 win the game field. In the subsequent NFC Championship Game Cowboys defeated the Los Angeles Rams with 37:7. Pearson reach this pass five catches for a room gain of 46 yards. The subsequent Super Bowl X against the Pittsburgh Steelers but was lost with 21:17. Pearson scored in the defeat of a touchdown and caught a total of two passes to a room gain of 59 yards.

Pearson moved to the regular season in 1977 again in the NFC Championship Game. After a 37:7 victory over the Chicago Bears in the Divisional play -off game, the Minnesota Vikings were in the NFC playoff opponent. The team from Minnesota stepped on without his quarterback Fran Tarkenton -budgetary and lost with 23:6. The Denver Broncos were beaten by the team at Pearson in the Super Bowl, the Cowboys won the Super Bowl XII with 27:10.

In 1978, Pearson won his third and final NFC title. After a major round with twelve wins in four defeats his team met in the Divisional play -off game to the Atlanta Falcons. After four catches pass to a room gain of 75 yards by Pearson left the Cowboys with a 27:20 win the game and then defeated in the NFC final, Los Angeles Rams with 28:0. Although in the subsequent Super Bowl XIII Pearson could achieve the longest space gain all the Cowboys wide receiver with 73 yards through four pass catches, he failed to prevent the defeat of his team 35:31.

Drew Pearson retired in 1984 in a car accident seriously injured and finished after his playing career. Pearson drove to the rear of a semi-trailer with his sports car. His brother Carey Mark Pearson was killed in the crash. Drew Pearson was then forced to end his playing career.

After the career

Pearson worked after his career as a sports presenter for two American television stations. He founded in 1986 a firm produces headwear. Among other things, the company also produces licensed products of the NFL. Pearson is hosting the Drew Pearson show today. He wrote his memoirs in 2006 and now lives in Plano, Texas.


Drew Pearson played three times in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the NFL season. He was five times elected to the All Pro. He is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and in the NFL 1960s All- Decade Team. The Dallas Cowboys honor him on the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor