Sports · June 17, 2022

Don Perkins, Star Dallas Running Back, has died at 84

Don Perkins, who returned to the Pro Bowl six times with the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s, died Thursday. hey what 84

The Cowboys and the University of New Mexico, where Perkins was an extraordinary player prior to his professional career, have announced his death. Neither of the ads said where he died and neither of them mentioned the cause.

Perkins ran 6,217 yards in 107 games with the Cowboys from 1961 to 1968. He is fourth on the team’s career list behind two Pro Football Hall of Famers – Emmitt Smith, career race leader in the NFL, and Tony Dorsett – and the current of the Cowboys coming back, Ezekiel Elliott. Perkins’ 42 running touchdowns are fifth in team history.

Although he was initially drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the ninth round of the 1960 draft, Perkins had already signed a personal service contract with the Cowboys expansion. Dallas acquired the rights to him after sending the Colts a pick in the ninth round.

Perkins missed the Cowboys’ inaugural season in 1960 due to a broken foot. He ran 815 yards in 1961 and finished third in the NFL rookie of the year vote, behind Mike Ditka and Fran Tarkenton. He had the best 945-yard runs of his career in 1962.

Donald Anthony Perkins was born on March 4, 1938 in Waterloo, Iowa. He played for New Mexico from 1957 to 1959 and was the team captain in his last two seasons. Lobos’ coach at the time, future Hall of Famer Marv Levy, said Perkins was one of the greatest players he ever coached.

Perkins returned to the Albuquerque area following the end of his pro career. He later worked as a television and radio football analyst.

Information on survivors was not immediately available.

“Don is one of the greatest Lobo, and certainly one of the greatest football players to play for UNM,” said New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nuñez. “He went back to New Mexico and worked for the state and was an outstanding ambassador for so many.”