The Ultimate Dallas Cowboys Quiz


By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When you start thinking about the most historic franchises in the NFL, you would be hard pressed to not include the Dallas Cowboys, a team as widely recognized as any in the league. The Cowboys have been fielding a team for over 50 years, after all, and many of those years were not void of success. How well do you know the history of the Cowboys' franchise, though? Here's your chance to find out!

The Cowboys are a unique team because their fanbase is spread all over the United States. Go anywhere in the country and you will see Cowboys jerseys popping up during the football season. Sure, you can say other teams have national fanbases as well, but there is definitely something special about the Cowboys' fanbase who have faith their team can win a championship year in and year out. 

What makes the Cowboys' team and fanbase so special? Is it the blind loyalty to the team even when they aren't playing so well? Is it how high they get when the team is on top of the football world? It's hard to tell, but there is definitely something great about being a Cowboys' fan. 

If you are a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, get started with this quiz and see if you can get a winning score! 

Which of the following nicknames has been given to the Dallas Cowboys?

Although the sport is growing, the Cowboys were one of the first national brands in the NFL. Cowboys merchandise along with fans can be found all over the United States.


Which division do the Cowboys currently play in?

The Cowboys' oldest rival is the Washington Redskins. This rivalry dates back to before the start of the Cowboys' franchise when a previous Redskins' owner wanted to keep a team out of Texas.


What year did the Cowboys play their first season?

The Cowboys got out to a terrible start as a franchise. In their first season, the team went 0-11-1 with their only tie coming against the New York Giants.


Who founded the Dallas Cowboys' franchise?

Clint Murchinson Jr. came from a family who made their money in the oil business. His father was famous for his involvement in hot oil, an illegal method of shipping oil.


The Cowboys' defense was nicknamed what in the '60s and '70s?

The Doomsday Defense was broken into two different generations of players. Generation I was led by stars like Chuck Howley, Lee Roy Jordan and Mel Renfro.


Which position did Deion Sanders play for the Cowboys?

Deion Sanders played in Major League Baseball when he wasn't playing on the football field. He's the only person to ever compete in both a Super Bowl and a World Series.


Who spent the most time as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys?

Tom Landry served as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants prior to joining the Cowboys in 1960. With the Cowboys, Landry won a franchise record 250 games.


What was Michael Irvin's nickname when he played for the Cowboys?

Michael Irvin was drafted out of the University of Miami where he won a national championship in 1987. Irvin struggled his first few seasons before exploding for over 1,500 receiving yards in 1991.


Tony Romo was selected in which round of the 2003 NFL draft?

The Cowboys showed interest in Tony Romo prior to the 2003 NFL draft. However, the team decided to fit other needs during the draft then invited Romo to training camp when he wasn't selected.


Who did the Cowboys face in the 1966 NFL Championship Game?

The Packers went on to compete in Super Bowl I against the Kansas City Chiefs. Coached by Vince Lombardi, the Packers won the game 35-10.


How many Super Bowls have the Cowboys won?

The Cowboys have the second most Super Bowls of any NFL franchise. The Patriots and Steelers sit at the top of this category with six each.


How many Super Bowls have the Cowboys appeared in?

The Cowboys were defeated in their first Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 1970 season. Even though they lost 16-13 to the Baltimore Colts, Cowboys' linebacker Chuck Howley was named the MVP of the game.


What college did the Cowboys draft Tony Dorsett out of?

Tony Dorsett won the 1976 Heisman Trophy while playing at Pittsburgh. Dorsett racked up 2,150 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns that season.


Who did the Cowboys defeat in their first Super Bowl victory?

Super Bowl VI was played in Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. At 39 degrees, it was the coldest outdoor Super Bowl ever played.


How many touchdowns did Roger Staubach throw in 1973?

In 1973, Roger Staubach was the passing touchdowns leader and the passer rating leader for the NFL. That season, the Cowboys went 10-4, losing in the conference championship.


Who took over as the starting quarterback for the Cowboys when Roger Staubach left at the end of the 1979 season?

Danny White went into coaching after he left the NFL. He coached in the Arena Football League where he won two championships with the Arizona Rattlers.


Randy White and Harvey Martin were named the MVPs of which Super Bowl?

Dominating the game, the Cowboys' defense forced eight turnovers during Super Bowl XII. The defense also held the Broncos to eight pass completions for a dismal 61 yards.


Which division rival did the Cowboys play in the 1980-81 NFC Championship game?

The Eagles won the franchise's first Super Bowl at the end of the 2017 season. Backups quarterback Nick Foles was named the MVP of the game.


Which quarterback threw the play known as "The Catch" against the Cowboys in the 1981-82 NFC Championship game?

Joe Montana finished his career winning four Super Bowls. He was also named the NFL MVP in 1989 and 1990 while playing for the 49ers.


Who bought the Dallas Cowboys in 1989?

Jerry Jones has served as the general manager for the Cowboys throughout his tenure with the team. He's often been criticized for his relationship with coaches, who he expects to take a backseat to his authority.


What year did Tom Landry get fired from the Cowboys?

Tom Landry led the Cowboys to 20 straight winning seasons from 1966 until 1985. During that span, he won two Super Bowls and five NFC titles.


What pick was Troy Aikman in the 1989 NFL draft?

Troy Aikman finished his college career at UCLA, but he played for the Oklahoma Sooners prior to transferring to the Bruins. Aikman was the starting quarterback for the Sooners in 1985 before he was injured in a game against Miami. The Sooners went on to win the national championship without him.


Who was hired as offensive coordinator for the Cowboys in 1991?

Norv Turner received his first head coaching job after leaving Dallas following the 1993 season. He served as the head coach of the Redskins from 1994 until 2000.


Which team did the Cowboys defeat in Super Bowl XXVII?

From the 1990 season until the 1993 season, the Bills went to four straight Super Bowls. Despite the four appearances, they never won a title.


How many touchdowns did Troy Aikman throw in Super Bowl XXVII?

The Cowboys destroyed the Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII. It was the Cowboys' first Super Bowl victory in 15 years.


Who is the all-time rushing leader for the Dallas Cowboys?

Emmitt Smith not only set the Cowboys' franchise record, but he also set the NFL rushing record for a career. Retiring in 2004, Smith finished his career with 18,355 rushing yards.


Which Cowboys' player caught 110 passes in 2012?

Drafted in 2003, Jason Witten spent his entire NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys. Before retiring in 2017, Witten was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro​ twice.


How many passing touchdowns did Tony Romo throw in 2007?

2007 was Tony Romo's first season starting every game at quarterback for the Cowboys. He didn't let the team down, throwing for over 4,000 yards with a 64% completion rating.


Who coached the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVIII?

Jimmy Johnson surprised the football world when he quit as the Cowboys' head coach following Super Bowl XXVIII. However, internal strife with owner Jerry Jones forced Johnson to look elsewhere.


Which team defeated the Cowboys in the 1994 NFC Championship?

The 49ers were led by Steve Young, who took over the team after Joe Montana went to Kansas City. The 49ers would go on to win the Super Bowl, and Young was named the MVP of the game.


How many yards did Emmitt Smith rush for in Super Bowl XXVIII?

The Bills had no answer for Emmitt Smith throughout Super Bowl XXVIII. He was named the MVP of the game after carrying the ball 30 times and scoring two touchdowns on the ground.


Who was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXX?

Larry Brown was the first cornerback to ever win the Super Bowl MVP award. A 12th-round draft pick, Brown had two interceptions in the biggest game of his career.


What year did Emmitt Smith break the NFL all-time rushing record?

Walter Payton previously held the career rushing record in the NFL. Payton, who played for the Bears, rushed for 16,726 yards throughout his career.


Which Cowboys' player was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016?

Prior to entering the 2016 NFL draft, Day Prescott played college football at Mississippi State. In 2014, he led the Bulldogs to their first number 1 ranking in school history.


What season did Ezekiel Elliott lead the league in rushing yards?

Drafted with the fourth pick in the 2016 draft, Ezekiel Elliott was only a rookie when he led the league in rushing yards. He finished the regular season with 1,631 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.


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