In this interview clip, former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys Roger Staubach shares his thoughts about the team’s progress in 1974 training camp. He is also hinting at a bigger issue at hand for the NFL in summer of ’74: the players strike. Rooting from contract disputes with owners, the strike started on Jul. 1 when league veterans did not report to training camps when they opened later that month.
“No Freedom, No Football” was the key phrase of the strike, as players petitioned for their ability to switch teams when their contracts expired.
“The Cowboys…I think we’ve got a lot going this year and there’s a lot of interesting things in our team,” Staubach said in the interview.
This appears to be when the Cowboys practiced in Lake Highlands for training camp.
“I waited for that one bargaining week and I’m just sorry I didn’t come in sooner,” Staubach said, hinting at his participation in the strike. “I’m glad the players can get in camp and we can start working together as a team.”
Staubach is a Preston Hollow resident with many children and grandchildren also living in the area. His daughter Michelle Staubach Grimes is a 1986 Ursuline graduate who went to law school at Catholic University, author and mental health advocate. Jennifer Staubach Gates also attended Ursuline Academy and is now Dallas City Council Member for District 13 and chair of the Domestic Violence Taskforce.
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