Thomas Wade "Tom" Landry

Inducted: 1988

Best Known For: Football

Hometown: Mission, TX

HS: Mission High School

College: The University of Texas at Austin

Professional Team: New York Giants (Player & Coach); Dallas Cowboys (Coach)


Perhaps the greatest legend in Valley history, Tom Landry of Mission was an outstanding football player, a war hero, and eventually a Hall of Fame coach with the Dallas Cowboys.

In high school, he led the 1941 Mission Eagles to an undefeated season and after flying 30 missions on the B-17 he helped UT go 10-1 in 1947.

Landry played in the NFL for nine seasons as a defensive back and punter, intercepting 32 passes and making All-Pro in 1954.

After retiring, he was Giants defensive coordinator from 1956-59, before leaving to take the helm of the expansion Dallas Cowboys, with whom he would win 270 games and two Super Bowl titles.

Landry invented the 4-3 Defense, and later employed the Flex Defense and Shotgun formation with Dallas. A long-time mentor with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Landry died in 2000.