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1940s Vol, Cowboys Aide Myers Passes At 92
Aug. 23, 2014


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Jim Myers, who played for the Vols in 1941, 42 and 1946 after a serving in World War II passed away at the age of 92 earlier this summer. Myers spent 25 years as an assistant to Tom Landry with the Dallas Cowboys.

Here is the obituary written by Tom Mattingly for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Jim Myers, the Tennessee guard whose playing career spanned the pre- and post-World War II eras and who had a distinguished career as Tom Landry's 25-year assistant with the Dallas Cowboys, died July 17 at his home in Dallas. He was 92, enduring a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

Mr. Myers, a native of Madison, W.Va., who wore No. 42 with the Vols, lettered at Tennessee in 1941 and 1942 and again in 1946, playing in the 1943 Sugar Bowl and the 1947 Orange Bowl.

During World War II, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and played football at Duke University under the V-12 Program. After the war, he served in occupied Japan, returning to UT for his senior season.

After serving as line coach at Wofford College (1947) and as line coach and offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt (1948) and UCLA (1949-56) under Red Sanders, Mr. Myers became coach at Iowa State University in 1957, compiling a 4-5-1 record. He later coached at Texas A&M from 1958-61, succeeding Bear Bryant. His record there was 12-24-4.

Mr. Myers coached at Dallas from 1962-86, helping craft superior offensive lines. Landry hired him a day after he was fired at A&M, according the Dallas Morning News. He coached for the Cowboys longer than anyone who worked for Landry. During his years with the team, Mr. Myers participated in 20 straight winning seasons, five Super Bowls, and two world championships.

"I was helping Tom put a staff together," recalled Mr. Myers in a 1986 interview, "and suddenly I was the offensive line coach. That coaching job was the best thing that ever happened to me in my career."

Over the years, Landry had rewarded Mr. Myers for his loyalty, first making him offensive coordinator (1970-77), then promoting him to assistant head coach in 1977.

Mr. Myers also worked for Landry off the field as well, running his Fellowship of Christian Athletes golf tournament each spring.

In 1999, Mr. Myers earned the FCA's first Tom Landry Excellence of Character Award.

Services were held in Dallas on July 23.

 

 

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