SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES THE COWBOYS AND STEELERS OF TODAY ARE HEIRS TO A CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION THAT INCLUDES A COMBINED 11 SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES
January 29, 1996
COLOR PHOTO: STEELERS PHOTOGRAPHS BY BURK UZZLEBAM MORRIS & FRANCO HARRIS "We had our time. Now this is theirs," says Harris, Pittsburgh's alltime leading rusher and the MVP of Super Bowl IX. Of Morris, whose TD won the AFC title game, Harris says, "I'll keep my eye on him, make sure he makes the right cuts."COLOR PHOTO: COWBOYS PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANNY TURNERDREW PEARSON & MICHAEL IRVIN This season Irvin broke Dallas's career reception mark, passing Pearson, another number 88, who says, "I told Michael once, 'Great game: You remind me of myself.'"COLOR PHOTO: STEELERS PHOTOGRAPHS BY BURK UZZLEERRIC PEGRAM & ROCKY BLEIER Bleier returned from Vietnam in 1970 to play a decade at running back for the Steelers. "Bring home a victory," he says to Pegram, Pittsburgh's leading rusher in '95. "You got it," is the confident reply.COLOR PHOTO: COWBOYS PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANNY TURNERLEON LETT & RANDY WHITE Between them these Cowboy defensive tackles, present and past, have played in five Super Bowls. "I hope they beat 'em bad," says White, "so they can be champions, not for revenge on the guys I lost to 20 years ago."
HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS AS WE SET OFF ON A THREE-PART ADVENTURE IN THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA: A DARING SAFARI IN A PRIVATE GAME PARK, A SWIMSUIT TOUR FROM THE CAPE PENINSULA TO THE KALAHARI DESERT AND A SEARCH FOR PROMISING YOUNG ATHLETES
COLOR PHOTO: COWBOYS PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANNY TURNERTROY AIKMAN & ROGER STAUBACH "It's important for me to stay in contact with these guys, as it will be for Troy," says Staubach, Dallas's quarterback for 11 years. "No way," says Aikman. "I'll be on a beach somewhere." Says Staubach, "No, Troy, you'll see; you'll be here."COLOR PHOTO: COWBOYS PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANNY TURNEREMMITT SMITH & CALVIN HILL Hill was a Yale grad before he was a Cowboy running back; Smith left Florida early to turn pro. Now Smith is rich from endorsements and a cinch for the Hall of Fame. Says Smith, "Guys like Hill paved the way for where we are today."