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The TCU Football Collection - PSA with Bob Lilly

Texas Christian University

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In this short public service announcement from Texas Christian University, Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Lilly advises that making the most out of your education means more than just getting good grades. “If you want to get everything you can out of school,” Lilly says, “you have to stay after it.”
Professional football player Robert Lewis Lilly, nicknamed “Mr. Cowboy,” was born in Olney, Texas, on July 26, 1939. He played college football at Texas Christian University, where he was a two-time All-Southwest Conference pick. 
 
In 1961, he was the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft, signing with the Dallas Cowboys. As a member of Dallas’ “Doomsday Defense,” Lilly was named All-Pro seven times, and selected to play in 11 Pro Bowl games. He joined the Cowboys on two trips to the Super Bowl—in 1971 and 1972. The Cowboys won the latter, partly in thanks to Lilly’s record-setting 29-yard sack of Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese. 
 
Lilly’s name was the first inscribed into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. He was also inducted into the Pro Football and College Football Halls of Fame in 1980 and 1981, respectively. 
 
After Lilly retired from football in 1974, he moved to Waco. In 1982, he launched a landscape photography career. He now lives in Georgetown with his wife, Ann, whom he married in 1974.