Mr. Clutch

Joining the Cowboys as a rookie free agent out of Tulsa in 1973 Drew Pearson was thrust into a staring role when starter Otto Stowe went down with an injury. By 1974 he was the Cowboys leading receiver and would lead the team in receiving for the next 5 seasons. In 1980 he surpassed legendary Cowboys receiver Bob Hayes in catches and when he left the team in 1983 he was the franchise’s All-Time leading pass receiver with 489 catches and 7822 receiving yards. A 3 Time All Pro he was named to the 1970s All-Decade Team and Was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2021. During his time he earned the nickname of “Mr. Clutch” for his ability to make big catches at key moments. One of his biggest catches was during the opening round of the 1975 NFC playoffs when he hauled in a last-second 50-yard desperation pass from quarterback Roger Staubach to defeat the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys went on to face the Steelers in Super Bowl X.
Dallas Cowboys Great Drew Pearson played from 1973-1983
Drew Pearson

Image Gallery of Drew Pearson, Wide Receiver 1973-1983

Drew Pearson Career Receiving Statistics
Year Age Team Games Catches Yards Y/R Long TD
1973 22 DAL 14 22 388 17.6 40 2
1974*+ 23 DAL 14 62 1087 17.5 50 2
1975 24 DAL 14 46 822 17.9 46 8
1976*+ 25 DAL 14 58 806 13.9 40 6
1977*+ 26 DAL 14 48 870♦ 18.1 67 2
1978 27 DAL 16 44 714 16.2 53 3
1979 28 DAL 15 55 1026 18.7 56 8
1980 29 DAL 16 43 568 13.2 30 6
1981 30 DAL 16 38 614 16.2 42 3
1982 31 DAL 9 26 382 14.7 48 3
1983 32 DAL 14 47 545 11.6 32 5
11-year career Cowboys 156 489 7822 16.0 67 48
Career Playoff Receiving Statitistics
Year Age Team G Catches Yards Y/R Long TD
1973 22 DAL 2 4 111 27.8 83 2
1975 24 DAL 3 11 196 17.8 50 2
1976*+ 25 DAL 1 3 38 12.7 22 0
1977*+ 26 DAL 3 7 113 16.1 31 0
1978 27 DAL 3 10 167 16.7 39 0
1979 28 DAL 1 3 61 20.3 29 0
1980 29 DAL 3 11 165 15.0 23 3
1981 30 DAL 2 3 52 17.3 31 0
1982 31 DAL 3 13 153 11.8 35 1
1983 32 DAL 1 2 49 24.5 30 0
Career Post Season Totals 22 67 1105 16.5 83 8
  • + – All-Pro Selection
  • * – Pro Bowl Selection
  • ♦ – Led the League

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