Tony Dorsett

Football Player
Born Apr 7, 1954

Anthony "Tony" Drew Dorsett is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos.

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1954 Birth Born on April 7, 1954.


1970 16 Years Old As a high school sophomore in 1970, Dorsett started at cornerback, as his coaches did not believe the 147-pound Dorsett was big enough to play running back, the position he played in junior high school.
1971 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971, a competition between Dorsett and sophomore Michael Kimbrough for the starting running back position ended after Dorsett took a screen pass 75 yards for a touchdown against Ambridge during the season opener. … Read More
1973 19 Years Old 1 More Event
At the beginning of Dorsett's freshman year at Pitt, his son Anthony Dorsett was born on September 14, 1973.


1976 22 Years Old 1 More Event
As a senior in 1976, he had a total of 290 yards against Notre Dame. … Read More
1977 23 Years Old Entering the 1977 NFL draft, Dorsett wasn't seen as a sure thing, with many scouts considering that his small size would be a liability in the long term and affect his durability. … Read More
1980 26 Years Old In 1980 he had one of his best runs. … Read More
1981 27 Years Old His most productive season was in 1981, when he recorded 1,646 yards, breaking the Cowboys franchise record.
1982 28 Years Old In 1982, his streak of 5 straight years with at least 1,000 rushing yards was interrupted by the strike-shortened season. … Read More


1985 31 Years Old Prior to the 1985 season, he demanded that his contract be renegotiated and held out, after defensive tackle Randy White had been given a larger contract by the Cowboys.
1986 32 Years Old In 1986, running back Herschel Walker was signed by the Cowboys and moved to fullback, so he could share backfield duties with Dorsett, becoming the second Heisman backfield tandem in NFL history, after George Rogers and Earl Campbell teamed with the 1984 New Orleans Saints. … Read More
1987 33 Years Old In 1987, Walker complained with Cowboys management that he was being moved around between three different positions (running back, fullback, wide receiver) and that Dorsett had more carries. … Read More
1988 34 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 2, 1988, he was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a conditional fifth-round draft choice (#125-Jeff Roth). … Read More


1994 40 Years Old Dorsett was elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994 and was enshrined in the Texas Stadium Ring of Honor the same year.
1999 45 Years Old In 1999, he was ranked number 53 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. … Read More


2013 59 Years Old In November 2013, Dorsett announced he had signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease found in many former football players, boxers, and hockey players. … Read More
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