So You Think You're a Dallas Cowboys Fan?: Stars, Stats, Records, and Memories for True Diehards

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So You Think You’re a Dallas Cowboys Fan? tests and expands your knowledge of America’s Team. Rather than merely posing questions and providing answers, you’ll get details behind each—stories that bring to life players and coaches, games and seasons.

This book, the first in a new sports trivia series, is divided into four parts, with progressively more difficult questions in each new section. The rookie section contains the most basic questions. Next come the Starter and Pro Bowl sections, followed by the biggest challenge: the Ring of Honor.

Also, you’ll learn more about the great Cowboys players and coaches of the past and present, from Roger Staubach to Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Tony Dorsett, Emmitt Smith, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Bob Lilly, DeMarcus Ware, Mike Ditka, Jason Witten, Tom Landry, Jerry Jones, and so many more. Some of the many questions that this book answers include:

• Who was the first player drafted by the Cowboys?
• Tony Romo wears No. 9 in honor of which fictional sports hero?
• In the Cowboys’ first Super Bowl victory, Roger Staubach threw touchdown passes to two future Pro Football Hall of Famers. Name them.
• The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college football. How many Heisman winners have played for the Cowboys? Can you name them all? What college did they attend? What years did they win the Heisman?

This book makes the perfect gift for any fan of America’s Team!

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team.

Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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About the author

Jaime Aron covered the Dallas Cowboys for twelve of his twenty years with the Associated Press and was named the AP Sports Writer of the Year in 2001. He is the author of Dallas Cowboys: The Complete Illustrated History and Breakthrough ’Boys: The Story of the 1971 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys, as well as coauthor of I Remember Tom Landry. Aron lives in Dallas with his wife and three sons.
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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Sep 20, 2016
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781613219683
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Language
English
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Sports & Recreation / Football
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