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Cowboys Craig Morton named Davey O’Brien Legend Award winner

Dallas Cowboys' Craig Morton, pictured here in 1971, has been selected as the Davey O’Brien Legends Award winner and will be honored at the O’Brien Awards Dinner, Feb. 15 at the Fort Worth Club.
Dallas Cowboys' Craig Morton, pictured here in 1971, has been selected as the Davey O’Brien Legends Award winner and will be honored at the O’Brien Awards Dinner, Feb. 15 at the Fort Worth Club. AP

Craig Morton, the quarterback who led the Dallas Cowboys to their first Super Bowl appearance in team history, has been selected as the Davey O’Brien Legends Award winner and will be honored at the O’Brien Awards Dinner, Feb. 15 at the Fort Worth Club.

O’Brien Foundation officials made the announcement Wednesday, along with a couple of other Cowboys-related twists regarding the ceremony. Former Cowboys’ quarterback Roger Staubach, one of Morton’s teammates during his tenure in Dallas, will be a featured presenter at the ceremony and another of the honorees, CBS broadcaster Verne Lundquist, also has a Cowboys’ connection.

Lundquist, winner of the Charles Ringler Founder’s Award, was the radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys from 1967-84 in addition to handling his network television duties with ABC Sports (1974-81), CBS (1982-95; 1998-present) and TNT (1995-97).

Morton and Lundquist will receive their honors at the Fort Worth Club, where Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will be recognized as winner of the 2015 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

Morton, an 18-year NFL veteran, became the first quarterback in league history to start for different teams in the Super Bowl: the Cowboys (Super Bowl V) and Denver Broncos (Super Bowl XII). Morton also was a member of the Cowboys’ 1971 team (Super Bowl VI) when Staubach started and led the team to its first of five Super Bowl titles.

In a statement, Morton said: “I am so honored to be recognized. The past winners of the Legends Award are giants of the game and heroes to many. I am humbled to be listed among them.”

Lundquist called his selection “a tremendous honor … I will cherish.”

A limited number of tickets for the Feb. 15 awards dinner, priced at $250 each, are available through the O’Brien Foundation. Call (817) 338-3488 for additional information.

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