Tom Landry. Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American professional football player and coach. Regarded as one of the greatest head coaches of all time,  he was the first head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League (NFL), a position he held for 29 seasons.
Landry was an excellent player in the pros. He was a defensive back, punter and kick returner with the 1949 New York Yankees in the All-America Football Conference and with the New York Giants in the NFL between 1950 and 1955. He recorded 32 career interceptions and had a 40.9-yard punting average.
Tom Landry’s retirement led to a smooth transition into being the Giants’ defensive coordinator, which is a spot that he held through 1959. During that time, Landry played a pivotal role in helping create the 4-3 defense that has become a stable in the NFL over the last several decades.
Tom Landry, byname of Thomas Wade Landry, (born September 11, 1924, Mission, Texas, U.S.—died February 12, 2000, Dallas, Texas), American professional gridiron football coach, notably with the National Football League (NFL) Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1989.
Tom Landry was born on September 11, 1924 in Mission, Texas, USA. He was previously married to Alicia Mildred Wiggs. He died on February 12, 2000 in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Tom Landry. Thomas Wade Landry Position: DB-HB-QB Throws: Right 6-1, 195lb (185cm, 88kg) Born: September 11, 1924 in Mission, TX. Died: February 12, 2000 in Dallas, TX. College: Texas (College Stats) High School: Mission Hall of Fame: Inducted as Coach in 1990 . As Player: 7 Yrs
Tom Landry, the Dallas Cowboys coach who led America's Team to five Super Bowls and was famous for pacing the sidelines for three decades wearing a stone face, business suit and felt hat, died ...
Thomas Wade ‘Tom’ Landry was a famous American football player and a more famous coach. He was known for brining in new techniques and coaching methods in American football and made a name for himself in National Football League (NFL). He served for a good 30 years as the head coach for the Dallas Cowboys and gave the team its 20 ...
A MUCH-CHANGED Tom Landry came home after flying 30 missions, returning to his two great loves: Texas and football. He continued his education at the University of Texas-Austin, graduating in 1949 with a degree in electrical engineering.
Landry played pro football in New York (with the Yankees and Giants), and began his coaching career there, too, as the Giants’ defensive coordinator in the late 1950s.