As we pack for our move to the team’s new headquarters, we’re finding fun items that will ultimately end up in the Cowboys Archives or the new digs at The Star in Frisco.
This game ball recognizing linebacker Chuck Howley as the MVP of Super Bowl V is on display in the front lobby of Valley Ranch.
Six different Dallas Cowboys have been named Super Bowl MVPs, but Howley’s recognition is extra special.
Howley is the only player from a losing team that has ever won a Super Bowl MVP. He also was the first defensive player and first non-quarterback to win the honor.
You’ll notice in this photo of the game ball the final score of Super Bowl V: Baltimore 16 – Cowboys 13. That’s right, Baltimore won the game. Also, when this game was played in 1971, Baltimore’s team was the Colts, not the Ravens (the Colts later moved to Indianapolis in 1984).
Although the Cowboys lost by a close margin to Baltimore, Howley was the most outstanding player in that game. He intercepted two passes and forced a fumble.
The following season, the Cowboys returned to the Super Bowl. In that particular game, a win over the Dolphins in Super Bowl VI, Howley intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. He was under consideration for MVP, but the honor went instead to quarterback Roger Staubach.
Howley enjoyed an amazing career with the Cowboys, playing 13 seasons (1961-1973) and earning six Pro Bowl selections. He was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in 1977. He remains not only one of the finest players in team history, he’s considered one of the greatest linebackers to ever play in the NFL.