The NFL schedule maker got it right last spring when they announced the 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys would meet in the season opener this Sunday in Dallas. Games between the 49ers and Cowboys are always passionate.
Some personal observations.
Polyester coaching pants were fashionable in 1989 when I photographed my first 49er/Cowboy game in Texas Stadium.
The Cowboy’s “America’s Team” featured two iconic NFL images — Head Coach Tom Landry.
And America’s Sweetheart — The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader.
I honored Landry’s memory, wearing a gray fedora to my last game in Texas Stadium.
49er/Cowboy games were always hard hitting as the 49er Eric Johnson and Cowboy Chad Hutchingson found out.
The games were passionate often played with ruptured feelings.
Terrell Owens stirred things up in 2000 when he mocked the Cowboys by spiking the ball on their logo at mid-field following a touchdown.
Two years later, 49er Head Coach Steve Mariucci and Jim Mora celebrate a last minutes win over the Cowboys at Texas Stadium.
While inside the locker room, Terrell Owens again displayed his emotions after making the game winning catch.
I would have loved to have played football for Steve Mariucci.
The best run of Steve Young’s career was his victory lap around Candlestick Park following the 49ers defeat of the Cowboys to win the 1994 NFC Championship game.
When Texas Stadium opened in 1971 the reason given for the hole in the stadiums roof was so, “God, could watch his football team play.”
Go Niners — Beat Dallas