Tom Landry began his career as an outstanding football player at Mission High School. At the University of Texas, he was a standout halfback and defensive back. He played in the NFL from 1950-1955 with the New York Giants eventually earning the job as assistant defensive coach. In 1960 he was hired as the first coach of the Dallas Cowboys, where he became known as an innovator. He pioneered the flex defense and made effective use of the shotgun offense. As coach of the Cowboys from 1960-1988 Landry compiled a 270-178-6 record. The Cowboys were the first pro team to go to five Super Bowls, winning two in 1971 and 1977. Landry was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. He joined the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1993.