The Dallas Cowboys recently lost a member of its football family.
It’s being reported by The Dallas Morning News that Tony Liscio, a former offensive lineman for the club, passed away Sunday morning after suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Selected in the third round of 1963 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, Liscio ultimately landed with the Cowboys and is best known for protecting Cowboys’ legends and Hall of Fame quarterbacks Don Meredith and Roger Staubach as both a guard and a tackle.
Despite battling a myriad of injuries during his NFL tenure, Liscio was able to mount an impressive career that included helping the Cowboys reach both Super Bowl V and Super Bowl VI — with the latter ending in victory after coaching legend Tom Landry asked him to come out of retirement to help the team.
At a moment’s notice, Liscio answered the bell and returned to take the place of an injured Ralph Neely and Don Talbert, also walking away from his new career in commercial real estate. With the Lombardi trophy secured, the 6-foot-5, 265 lb. lineman would again walk away from the NFL, later reflecting on the decision by posing the question “what can you do better than that?”.
Things took a downturn in his health recently, which included Liscio suffering a heart attack at Cowboys’ training camp in 2012. In 2016, he suffered a broken hip that resulted in the discovery of his ALS affliction, after he began slurring his speech. He ultimately lost his ability to speak entirely, and required a feeding tube to eat.
Liscio’s brain will be submitted for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) testing, in his last grand gesture to help protect other NFL players — past, present and future.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Annette, along with three children and seven grandchildren.