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Feb. 15, 2016
Feb. 15, 2016

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Feb. 15, 2016

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SUPER BOWL 50 2016
OFF-SEASON PREVIEW
BASEBALL 2016
FIFA 2016
  • WHOEVER WINS THE ELECTION TO REPLACE DISGRACED PRESIDENT SEPP BLATTER IN THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION IN FIFA'S CORRUPT HISTORY WILL BE FACED WITH THIS QUESTION: DO THE VOTERS REALLY WANT CHANGE?

COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2016
NBA 2016
COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2016
  • By Chris Johnson

    AFTER FIVE YEARS IN THE RECRUITING CROSSHAIRS, NO. 1 PROSPECT RASHAN GARY FINALLY PICKED A SCHOOL. NOW THE REAL BATTLE CAN BEGIN

  • The best way to stop the rash of decommitments and pulled scholarships is to let players sign as soon as they get an offer

  • By Gabe Baumgaertner

    How did the last 10 No. 1 recruits turn out?

  • Ten players who can make a difference next fall

NASCAR 2016
BUSHWACKER
  • Kent Cox turned Bushwacker into the greatest bucking bull in history—and their bond was as deep as that between any trainer and human athlete. So why did Cox make the bull a witness to his ultimate act of violence?

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ROGER STAUBACH

This is an article from the Feb. 15, 2016 issue

The Cowboys' legendary quarterback discusses how a heartbreaking loss to the Colts in Super Bowl V spurred his Hall of Fame career

ROGER STAUBACH: I was backup to quarterback Craig Morton [in 1970]. I thought maybe I would get the chance to play a little bit [in Super Bowl V], because he did have some injury issues, but I didn't. The game was tight. It was a close game all the way until the end [when Jim O'Brien kicked a 32-yard field goal with five seconds left, to give the Colts a 16--13 win]. After the game we were coming back on the team plane, and I told Coach [Tom] Landry that I really needed to be traded if I didn't get a chance to play someday. That was a big turning point for me because if we had won the game—and I did want us to win—[I could have gone to another team] and my life could have changed.

After losing the game, [Landry] told both me and Craig [who threw three interceptions] that we would be competing for the starting job in 1971. So Super Bowl V was a tough loss, but it also gave me an opportunity to start and play in Super Bowl VI. I was a nervous wreck that whole week. When we got down to New Orleans, I was in Coach Landry's room every night. His wife finally said to him, "Let the guy alone." [After beating the Dolphins 24--3], a couple of guys were carrying Coach Landry off the field, and you could see the smile on his face. Me? I was just excited about being the quarterback [Staubach was 12 of 19 for 119 yards and two touchdowns] on the team that had been fighting for years to try to win its first Super Bowl.

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"I told Coach [Tom] Landry that I really needed to be traded if I didn't get a chance to play."
—Roger Staubach

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