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Cowboys Legend Randy White ... From The Back Of A Cop Car?! Print E-mail
by Mike Fisher    Sun, Jan 10, 2010, 06:49 PM

Oh, the delights that awaits a team like the Dallas Cowboys if they can somehow advance … and advance again. …

Is it too early to dream of another Super Bowl? No. But is it too early to plan on one, to count on one?

Do we recognize that a Dallas berth in The Big Game is so-close-and-yet-so-far-away that the previous appearances, and this opportunity, which started with a victory over Philadelphia (Dallas’ first playoff win since Jets QB Mark Sanchez was in fifth grade) and now travels to Minnesota, is not the birthright of the blue-and-silver? That besides the wins being savored and celebrated, the ride also needs to be savored and celebrated?

With that in mind, I recently shared a diet soda pop with "The Manster,'' Randy White. The Hall-of-Fame defensive lineman knows how to savor. He knows how to celebrate. We were at a TV taping of a pilot called “Glory Days,’’ which will soon air locally on CBS11 and which producers hope will be picked up by the network and turned into a regular series featuring other National Football League teams’ greats.

As always, White was as terrific telling stories on stage as he was with me … savoring and celebrating. …

A piece of my pre-Cowboys-Vikings visit with Randy White:


Full disclosure: His people have talked to my people (i.e., me) about me co-writing his autobiography. But, as he told me before the show, there's a problem.

"To really do a good book, it'd have to be one of those tell-alls,'' Randy said as we mixed-and-mingled in the VIP room at the Winspear Opera House in downtown Dallas. "I don't want to ‘tell all.' Not about other guys. I don't want to hurt people.''

Imagine: The "Manster'' doesn't want to "hurt people.''

But then White took the stage at the Winspear, along with Tony Dorsett, Roger Staubach, Mike Ditka, Drew Pearson and Bob Lilly, and offered up a tale that ... well, it would've been perfect for our book.

White talked about Super Bowl X, his second year, and the fun the team had that week in Miami.

"Hollywood Henderson was dating one of the Pointer Sisters, so we got to meet the Pointer Sisters, which was pretty neat,'' Randy said. "We're at the bar and I'm sitting next to Joe Namath. That was about as good as it gets. ...''

The Super Bowl Week party in that South Florida nightspot began to get too hot, and the Cowboys players needed to make their escape. White and fellow 1975 "Dirty Dozen'' draftee Burton Lawless were offered a ride in a police car. As they were getting into the vehicle, Randy noticed that there was somebody already in the back seat. A prisoner, it seemed.

"Scraggly, long-haired guy, a mess,'' Randy said. "I wanted no part of him. So I sat in front and told Burton to go back there with him.''

The police car moved along, and Scraggly spend the ride tapping White on the shoulder. White tried to ignore him, but finally turned around.

"Randy, I just wanted to tell you, I'm a big fan,'' said Scraggly.

"Turns out,'' White told the crowd, "the guy in the backseat was Willie Nelson.''

You will note that the Randy White and the Cowboys did not win that Super Bowl X in Miami. And while the 21-17 loss to the Steelers no doubt stings … White is smart enough to calm the pain with stories … stories to celebrate, stories to savor.

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written by Fred Goodwin , January 11, 2010

I look forward to reading White's biography.

Do you have a planned publication date or working title?

written by ElHombre , January 12, 2010

Diet soda pop...

And how are things down in Yankee-Land?

written by Mike Fisher , January 17, 2010

Fred, I don't see it happening for the reasons Randy mentioned; he'll tell stories on himself, but he doesn't want to "snitch'' on others ...
El, I've lived here 20 years! And to prove it, I once in ahwile jam an awkward 'y'all' into a sentence. :)

written by Fred Goodwin , January 18, 2010

Fish: then you'll just have to talk him into writing it w/o snitching on anybody! Cowboys' fandom demands it!

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