‘He Deserves To Be There’: Cowboys Legends Share Disappointment Over Drew Pearson Hall Of Fame Snub

PLANO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Drew Pearson, along with family, friends and media members, waited for nearly two hours Wednesday morning at his Plano home for the long-awaited news of the Dallas Cowboys legend’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The news never came.

Pearson will have to continue to wait — and he’s been waiting for over 30 years.

“We thought we were gonna have a good moment. We deserve that moment. Can’t do nothing about it,” Pearson told everyone at his home.

As a receiver, Pearson was part of a Super Bowl winning Cowboys team in the 1970s that included current Hall of Famers Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett.

He began his historic NFL career as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Tulsa with the Cowboys in 1973. He then went on to make three Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro three times, as well.

Pearson made many game-winning catches in his 11-year career, but his most famous was the 50-yard “Hail Mary” catch from Staubach to seal a 1975 playoff victory over the Vikings.

Pearson helped lead Dallas to three Super Bowl appearances and one win in Super Bowl XII at the end of the 1977 season.

Many, including himself, believe he deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame alongside his fellow teammates. He’s been eligible for over 30 years after retiring in 1983.

Pearson was visibly upset after the NFL Network finished listing the names for this year’s Hall of Fame Class of 2020, which includes former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson and former safety (and Pearson’s teammate) Cliff Harris.

“Can’t catch no more damn passes. Can’t run no more routes. It’s there!” Pearson said. “What upsets me more is when they say you don’t deserve it, they sought negative about you. There’s nothing negative about my career in the NFL. Nothing!”

“You put your hands into fate, your fate in the hands of people and you trust them to do it right… it hurts. They broke my heart,” Pearson said.

After waiting over 30 years for the call into the Hall of Fame, Pearson was also upset over how the NFL handled the announcements of the inductees. The remaining Class of 2020 — after Johnson and former Steeler coach Bill Cowher were announced last weekend — was listed during the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football show over a nearly two-hour stretch.

Pearson and everyone at his home were forced to sit and wait while the names were listed during the show, hoping Pearson would finally be called. They never got the call.

“They won’t get me again. They won’t get me like this again. This is the last one. They’re not gonna screw me again,” Pearson said.

“They broke my heart. And they did it like this!” Pearson said. “They strung it out like this.”


Comments (14)
  1. Joseph A Scott says:

    I do not understand the Hall of Fame committee’s way of thinking. What is the criteria, and why is it so inconsistent? For example, Lynn Swann is in the “Hall” (as he should be) with 336 receptions totaling 5462 yards with 51 touchdowns. Tony Dorsett who isn’t a receiver has 382 receptions with 3432 yards, 2936 carries for a total of 12,739 yards. Drew Pearson has 489 receptions for 7822 and 48 touchdowns. All three athletes have at least one Superbowl victory. What makes a man worthy, and when will the Dallas Cowboy players be treated fairly? The committee should be ashamed of itself.

  2. Brandon Johnson says:

    The anti-Cowboy bias in the Hall is still alive and well.

  3. John Smith says:

    Poor guy who got to play a kids game for a living while others worked actual jobs. If you can’t tell I have no sympathy for anyone who doesn’t make the hall. It’s a kids game, get over it.

    1. Who cares about your being envious because you weren’t good enough to play professional football. That is why you were at a job…

  4. theshawn says:

    Anti Cowboy bias? They elected Cliff Harris, who did not deserve to be in over Lee Roy Jordan or Drew Pearson imo.

    Pearson needs to suck it up though, with all the guys in that potential HOF group, there were more not making it than making it. He needs tot quit crying about it. Bob Hayes didn’t get in until he was dead, the HOF is a joke sometimes, but at least he was part of the conversation this time.

    1. RDW says:

      Wow! Cliff Harris over #88? I grew up a Cowboys fan,, but no longer a fan, but Drew deserves it way more than Cliff Harris and Cliff was one of my favorite players, but man!

  5. Hardy Rayam says:

    Yes, I loved watching Drew Pearson play football ! Surely, there wasn’t anyone smoother and more consistent, then Drew Pearson! Certainly, Drew should have made the NFL Hall Of Fame Status ! But Drew, there are bigger tragedy’s in the world for which you can be a greater “Hall Of Fame-er”, with your “Voice”; Advocate for Healthcare, Feeding the Poor and Homeless, Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Mentor for At-Risk Youth, Prison Ministry, nothing in the world can bring you greater joy and notoriety than helping someone else-Christ Like!

    1. Sandra Sanders says:

      He lends his time to some of the organizations you mentioned now, but this is personal. This is like being on a job for years and never receiving recognition for the work you’ve done. Most of us will just pick up and walk away, but he played and contributed until it was time for him to leave. HE BELONGS THERE, AND I HOPE THAT HE LIVES TO SEE IT COME UNLIKE “BULLET” BOB HAYES HE WHO DIED BY THE TIME HE WAYS INDUCTED.

  6. Ben Baca says:

    The HOF is a joke! Drew should have been a first ballot HOFer. So, here he is, some 30 years later, and the only member of the 70s All Decade Team that is NOT in the HOF and now depends on a bunch of idiots that were either not even born to see him play or were still filling diapers when he was playing. He was Mr Clutch in big games. The only reason he retired was because of that car accident in which his brother was killed and he was injured. I do not blame him for his reaction. 30 years waiting is ridicules.

  7. carolyn says:

    I think the public has the right to say how they feel Drew Pearson was a all time great he needs to be put in Hall of Fame take a vote on channel 11 u will see how many agree and it was sad to see him crying

  8. Rhonda Jones says:

    I believe the public should be the one’s voting on the Hall of Fame. Drew Pearson should have made it when Roget and Tony Dorsett made it. They made the Cowboys in that era

  9. Sheila Pullins says:

    Wow, I’m sad he didn’t make it this time however, he was an amazing athlete and hopefully he’ll get in soon! Tyler Tx Loves You

  10. Beth says:

    I would love to see the Metroplex do something for Drew Pearson to honor his football career as a Dallas Cowboy, a local Hall of Fame of sorts, but on a large scale. I know he is in the Ring of Honor, but it is a mistake to not put him in the Hall of Fame. He should have gone in long ago. How can this wrong be righted?

  11. Don Ivey says:

    It hurts to have to beg for what you have earned. I don’t know the process but I do know this man gave it all and all is owed.

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