Longtime Cowboys assistant Myers dies at 92

07/18/2014 11:19 PM

11/12/2014 6:57 PM

Former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Jim Myers died Thursday. He was 92.

Visitation is Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Restland Memorial Chapel in Dallas, with the funeral service Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church.

Myers spent four seasons as head coach at Texas A&M, replacing Bear Bryant. His record was only 12-24-4 from 1958-61.

Myers once recounted that A&M actually offered him a four-year contract extension, but when he saw the salary, he told the school president that he’d “just as soon be fired as have a contract like this.”

“OK … you’re fired,” came the reply.

Myers became a bigger name as an assistant coach with the Cowboys. He was Tom Landry’s right-hand man from 1962-86 while coaching the offensive line.

Only Landry has a longer coaching tenure with the Cowboys than Myers, who also spent time as the team’s offensive coordinator and associate head coach.

With the Cowboys, Myers went to five Super Bowls, won two Super Bowl rings, produced 18 Pro Bowlers and coached Rayfield Wright to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He also coached in two Rose Bowls as UCLA’s line coach, and, while playing offensive guard for the University of Tennessee, Myers played in a Sugar Bowl and an Orange Bowl.

Myers coached at Wofford (1947) and Vanderbilt (1948) as an offensive line coach in addition to UCLA, where he was offensive coordinator and the line coach from 1949-56. In his one season as Iowa State’s head coach in 1957, Myers’ Cyclones posted a 4-5-1 record.

The book Glory Days: Life with the Dallas Cowboys, 1973-1998, described Myers as a “hard-nosed, no-nonsense” coach who was “organized, dedicated and smart.”

Myers, a Marine who was promoted to instructor at Quantico during World War II, earned mention by legendary Los Angeles Times writer Jim Murray in a 1979 column: “His face looks as if he just went 10 hard rounds with Dempsey or as if he were the last guy out of a plane wreck. It would have to improve to be called ‘craggy’ — a relief map of Colorado with eyes. … Life never dealt Jim Myers many aces. Every card he ever turned over broke the flush. It made him hard and his face got the message.”

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