Do You Know the History of the Dallas Cowboys?

By: Robin Tyler
Image: NFL Via Sportslogos.net

About This Quiz

The National Football League provides fans with some of the most spectacular sporting entertainment and has done so for decades.

And of course, the pinnacle of the sport is the Super Bowl. Played every January, America literally comes to a standstill in an event that not only combines the incredible athletes of the league but some of the top entertainers in the world.

But of course, for the Super Bowl to be a success, it needs two teams to slug it out on the pitch. Because no matter how much entertainment there is, ultimately it is all about the football on show.

And one of the teams that have always performed at the Super Bowl is the Dallas Cowboys.

Since their formation, the Cowboys have been competitive. It didn't take long for them to reach their first Super Bowl final or to win one. 

Time and time again, they have been at the forefront of the sport, not only producing legendary players but coaches as well

But just how much do you know about the biggest names in the NFL?

Enough to answer 35 questions?

Well, let's test your Cowboy knowledge and see how well you do!

Good luck, let's hope for a touchdown! 


In what year did the Dallas Cowboys originate?

The Dallas Cowboys first formed in 1960 with team colors of navy, silver and white.

Who was the driving force behind their formation?

Clint Murchison Jr. was the man behind the Cowboys. He had tried for a few years to form the team, always been blocked by George Preston Marshall. Eventually, his dream happened.

Which conference did the Cowboys join when they first began?

They only spent one year in the Western Conference, 1960.

Which conference do the Cowboys now call home?

Upon their formation, the Cowboy immediately joined the National Football Conference.

After joining the above conference, which division did the Cowboys form part of?

There are four divisions within the National Football Conference. The Cowboys form part of the Eastern division.

What is the main image on the Cowboys' logo?

The Cowboys logo includes the word Cowboys and a blue-five pointed star with a white and blue frame.

What is the name of their home stadium?

The Cowboys moved to AT&T Stadium in 2009.

How many fans does their stadium hold?

That's a lot of Dallas Cowboy fans!

Which stadium did the Cowboys play at before that?

The Dallas Cowboys played at Texas Stadium from 1971 to 2009. It held 65,675.

How many games did the Cowboys win their first year (1960)?

Yes, zero! With a roster of players past their prime or simply not good enough, the Cowboys just could not win.

Who is the current owner of the Cowboys?

Jerry Jones has owned the Dallas Cowboys for close to 30 years. He bought the franchise on February 25, 1989.

What is the name of the team mascot?

Rowdy has been the mascot of the Dallas Cowboys since 1996.

How many times have the franchise won the NFL's ultimate prize, the Super Bowl?

The Cowboys have won the ultimate prize on no less than five occasions.

When did they win the Super Bowl for the first time?

The Cowboys first won the ultimate prize at Super Bowl VI, defeating the Miami Dolphins 24-3 in New Orleans.

The Dallas Cowboys last won the Super Bowl in which year?

Its over 20 years since the Cowboys tasted the ultimate victory. In 1995, the franchise won Super Bowl XXX, downing the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17.

By winning the Super Bowl that year, which record did the Cowboys set?

The Cowboys were certainly on a roll during the early part of the 1990's.

In 2016, Forbes magazine valued the franchise at how much?

Yes, you read right... $4 billion. This made the the most valuable sports team in the world.

Which of these is a nickname that the Cowboys go by?

The nickname 'America's Team' originated in 1978 after the NFL highlights film in which the narrator used the phrase. It stuck.

What was the name of their first home field?

The Cowboys played at the Cotton Bowl from 1960 to 1971.

Name the legendary Cowboys coach in charge of the team from 1960 to 1988?

Tom Landry lead the Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl wins and five NFC championships.

How many winning seasons did he coach the Cowboys to?

Between 1966 and 1985, Tom Landry guided the Cowboys to 20 winning seasons. This remains a record in the NFL.

His influence on the NFL was so great that by 1986, how many head coaches were his former assistants?

That's an incredible stat. The coaches were Raymond Berry, Mike Ditka, Dan Reeves, John Mackovic, and Gene Stallings.

When the Dallas Cowboys won XXVIII in 1993, who did they beat?

The Cowboys easily downed the Bills to give them their fourth Super Bowl victory.

Do you know the score the Dallas Cowboys won XXVIII in 1993?

The Cowboys won 30-13. After trailing 13-6 at half-time, they scored 24 points in the final two quarters to run away with the game.

How many times has the Cowboys appeared in the Super Bowl final?

The Cowboys have appeared in 8 Super Bowl finals in 1971, 1972, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1993, 1994, and 1995.

How much revenue did the Cowboys generate in 2014, a national record?

That's an astonishing amount of money for a sport team to generate.

Can you tell us another nickname that the Cowboys are known by?

The Cowboys have always prided themselves on their defense and very early on, picked up the nickname.

Who is currently the head coach of the Cowboys?

Jason Garrett was first appointed interim coach of the Cowboys in 2010. He was given the full time position in 2011.

Which of these teams IS a major rival of the Cowboys?

The rivalry between the Cowboys and the Redskins is huge and it started right at the beginning. It was Redskins owner, George Preston Marshall who kept on opposing the formation of the team before 1960.

Which of these teams IS NOT a major rival of the Cowboys?

The Redskins, Eagles and Giants are all major rivals of the Redskins. The Broncos are not at that level... yet.

Name the Cowboys quaterback who played between 1989 and 2000 and is a member of NFL Hall of Fame.

Troy Aitken was a Dallas Cowboys legend. He played for the franchise from 1989 to 2000, leading the team to three Super Bowls.

What were the Dallas Cowboys first known as?

The first name for the Dallas franchise was the Dallas Steers. They then became the Dallas Rangers but the name was changed to the Cowboys as the Rangers name already was used by the Dallas baseball team.

The Cowboys are responsible for an incredible Super Bowl record. What is it?

In Super Bowl VI, the Cowboys dominated the Miami Dolphins and only conceded three points in the whole match. This is a record that still stands today.

In 1982, Troy Dorset of the Cowboys had the longest run in NFL history. How long was it?

99 yards! That's incredible. And the Cowboys only had 10 players on the field at the time with Ron Springs injured at the time.

The Dallas Cowboys joined their current league, the NFL East in what year?

After time in the Western Conference, Eastern Conference and Capital Division, the Cowboys joined the National Football Conference's NFL East in 1970.

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