Roger Staubach to Speak Tomorrow

By: Peter Pollack

Hall of Famer shining example of perseverance and success

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Roger T. Staubach will take the stage as the presidential guest speaker tomorrow, Thursday, March 3, at 11:00 a.m., in the Chapin Theater. Mr. Staubach may be one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League (NFL), but his perseverance extends from the football field to his personal life and several successful business enterprises.

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Roger Staubach

Mr. Staubach attended the U.S. Naval Academy, playing quarterback for the Midshipmen and being awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1963. Although he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, he would have to wait until his 4-year Navy commitment was over to begin playing professional football.

Following his graduation from the Naval Academy, Mr. Staubach served 1 year in Vietnam, followed by a 3-year stateside assignment.

Gridiron greatness
In 1969, he joined the Cowboys as a 27-year-old rookie. He was a back-up quarterback until 1971, when he took over as the starting quarterback in the eighth week of the season and led the team to the first of ten consecutive victories.

During his NFL career, Mr. Staubach was selected to the Pro Bowl six times, led the Cowboys to the National Football Conference championship five times, and won two Super Bowls. He was named the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1971 and was rated the 46th greatest NFL player of all time by NFL.com. After 11 seasons on the field, he retired after the 1979 season with 1,685 completions in 2,958 passing attempts, 22,700 yards gained, and 153 touchdowns. His lifetime passing rating of 83.4 was the highest in NFL history at the time of his retirement.

Mr. Staubach’s uniform number 12 has been retired by the U.S. Naval Academy, and although the NFL discourages teams from officially retiring player numbers, the Dallas Cowboys has never reissued the number 12 since he hung up his jersey. In 1985, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His Hall of Fame biography reads in part, “During his finest years with the Cowboys, Roger had the reputation for making the big play. He was the MVP of Super Bowl VI and provided the offensive spark in a defense-dominated Super Bowl XII victory.”

After football
Concurrent with his football career, Mr. Staubach worked as a real estate broker during off-seasons at the Henry S. Miller Company—an independent brokerage and property management firm in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “I kept thinking about [what would happen] if some linebacker takes off my head and I can’t play anymore,” he has been quoted as saying. Following his retirement from the Cowboys, he cofounded The Staubach Company—a real estate and development firm. His leadership helped the company grow to 50 offices in North America and 1,100 employees by 2008. At that time, the Chicago-based real estate firm Jones Lang Lasalle purchased the company in a multiyear payout valued at $640 million.

Mr. Staubach currently holds the title Executive Chairman, Americas at Jones Lang Lasalle. He is also a member of the boards of directors of AMR Corporation and Cinemark Holdings, Inc., and served as chair of the Host Committee for Super Bowl XLV. He holds numerous honors for his leadership in business, civic, philanthropic, and athletic activities, including the 2006 Congressional Medal of Honor Patriot Award and the 2007 Horatio Alger Award. He has been inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and named a Distinguished Graduate by the United States Naval Academy.

“Roger Staubach has had amazing success in a variety of careers—the collegiate athletic level, as a naval officer, the professional athletic level, and running a commercial real estate firm,” said AAOS President David D. Teuscher, MD. “His life and the way he has led it embody the core values of the Academy: excellence, leadership, professionalism, collegiality, and lifelong learning. I look forward to seeing how his message resonates tomorrow with our members and their spouses.”        

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