Randy White speaks to Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 2

Randy White spoke at the Little Rock Touchdown Club yesterday. He did a great job. I have always been a big Dallas Cowboy fan.

Here is a story from Arkansas Sports 360:

HOW ‘BOUT THEM COWBOYS: The Touchdown Club welcomed Randy White to town this Monday. The former Dallas Cowboy defensive tackle is one of the most honored college and pro football players to play the game and he has a place in both the College and NFL halls of fame. He’s also a great storyteller, with most of what he told Monday being true.

He mentioned running the Las Vegas strip after his playing days with the likes of former Razorback and Chicago Bear Dan Hampton and former Washington Redskins star John Riggins. Riggins and White were part of two teams that absolutely hated each other in the 1980s, but away from football they found they had a bond.

White didn’t realize it, but he brought up another former Razorback in offensive lineman Greg Koch, now a lawyer in the Houston area who played for the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. White said Koch “used to crack me up” trying to get under his skin. Lately, they’ve struck up a friendship over the phone as Koch also is a Houston area sports talk show host and often has White on his program.

White, who retired before Jerry Jones took over the ownership of the franchise, said the Cowboys appear headed in the right direction. He had high marks for Coach Jason Garrett while noting that after an impressive opening victory at New York, the Cowpokes “kinda stubbed their toe” in losing at Seattle on Sunday.

The formula for all that success in the Tom Landry era in which he played was fairly simple, White said. The team “cared about each other.” In 1975, quarterback Roger Staubach made an effort to greet all 12 rookies, including White, and told them they mattered in the team’s success, and Dallas went on to post a surprising run to the Super Bowl against Pittsburgh. Everyone on the roster had drive, White said, and they all had a strength to react positively when times were tough.

Arkansas fans today can probably see where little of that is happening with the Razorbacks after week three of what was supposed to be a special season.

White said that when he stopped playing, he contemplated being a coach, but Jimmy Johnson had already put together his own staff for the Cowboys. “I started doing Miller Lite commercials, and that was that,” he said with a laugh.

Someone in the audience asked him if he was interested in a job opportunity in Fayetteville. He laughed again.

Later, he said, “To me, recruiting talent is more important than being a great coach. If my guys are better than your guys, I can make some mistakes as a coach but I’m still probably going to win.”

Email: jharris@abpg.com. Also follow Jim on Twitter @jimharris360

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