A sportscaster and former American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, Drew Pearson was born January 12, 1951 in South River, New Jersey.
In 1973, Pearson was selected as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys, where he rose to become one of the NFLs greatest wide receivers, earning career records of 489 receptions and 7,822 receiving yards, along with 189 rushing yards, 155 yards returning kickoffs, and 50 touchdowns (48 receiving and 2 fumble recoveries). Pearson who was named one of the Top 20 Pro Football All-Time Wide Receivers, was also recognized for his achievements by being named to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team.
Pearson was named All-Pro 3 times (1974, 1976-77) All-NFC in 1975 and 2nd Team All-NFC in 1978. In addition, he was a Pro Bowler in 1974, 1976 and 1977. He also led the National Football Conference (NFC) in pass receptions in 1976 with 58. He served as offensive captain for the Cowboys in 1977, 1978, 1982 and 1983. He helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowl appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XII in 1978. He also scored a touchdown in Super Bowl X.
In 1980, the Cowboys selected Pearson as their nominee for NFL Man of the Year. Pearson is known around the NFL as Mr. Clutch for his numerous clutch catches in game-winning situations, especially the Hail Mary reception from Roger Staubach that sealed the victory in a 1975 playoff game, one of the most famous plays in NFL history. He also caught the game-sealing touchdown in 1973 playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams and caught the game-winning touchdown pass from reserve quarterback Clint Longley in the 1974 Thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins. All three of those plays were named among the Top 75 plays in NFL history by NFL Films in 1994. All were included on a video/DVD by that name.
After a lengthy wait, Pearson was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2021. His presenter at a ceremony announcing his hall of fame status was Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Roger Staubach.