This Week in Cowboys History: March 14th-20th

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March 14, 1967: The Cowboys take part in the first ‘common draft’ with the AFL, part of the AFL-NFL merger. Dallas had traded its 1st and 2nd round picks to Houston for offensive lineman Ralph Neely. The jewel of the Cowboys’ 1967 draft was RAYFIELD WRIGHT, a defensive end from Fort Valley State. Once he was converted to offensive line by the Cowboys, he went on to a career worthy of the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

March 15, 1985: Radio helmets are approved by NFL owners on an experimental basis for 1985 preseason games. Cowboys team president & general manager Tex Schramm was chairman of the Competition Committee which recommended the new communications system which would be used by the quarterback and the offensive play caller on the sideline.

March 16, 1985: The Cowboys announce the team will use radio helmets on an experimental basis during 1985 training camp in Thousand Oaks, California. At the NFL Owners Meeting, the league announced that player salaries had doubled over the previous three seasons to a league-wide average to close to $165,000.

March 17, 1984: Tight end Billy Joe Dupree announces his retirement after 11 seasons with the Cowboys. Dupree was the Cowboys’ first round draft pick in 1973.

March 18, 1991:   Two-time Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick was born in Sharon, Wisconsin.

March 19, 1984: NFL Owners approve the sale of the Dallas Cowboys to businessman H.R. “Bum” Bright.

March 20, 2010: Cowboys Stadium hosts its first Supercross event. A total of 49,082 motocross fans flock to the stadium to see the motorcycle race.

Author: Kristi Scales

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