Former Cowboys Pro Bowl RB Perkins dies at age 84

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Don Perkins, a six-time Pro Bowler over an eight-year career as the Dallas Cowboys running back, died Thursday at the age of 84, according to the team.

Perkins played for the Cowboys from 1961 to 1968. In 1961 NFL Rookie of the Year, Perkins rushed for 6,217 career yards with 42 touchdowns, numbers that are both in fourth place in franchise history.

He was inducted into the Cowboys’ honorary ring in 1976.

Perkins played college football in New Mexico, where he was All-American in 1959 and had his No. 43 retired from school.

“I’m just proud to have known him and that he’s a great Lobo. It’s really cool that he played and was a great player here and then became a well known big player in the NFL,” current New Mexico coach Danny Gonzales said according to KRQE in Albuquerque. “I’m proud of it, and I’re constantly reminding our guys of the amazing things that have come through here.”

The Cowboys have had several prominent former players, coaches and front office staff die in 2022, including Hall of Fame offensive tackle Rayfield Wright; offensive tackle Ralph Neely; backward Marion Barber; Dan Reeves, who played and was an assistant to the Cowboys before his head coaching career; Scout Director Larry Lacewell; running backs coach Gary Brown; and Marilyn Love, who served as longtime assistant to team owner Jerry Jones.

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