Drew Pearson is known as “Mr. Clutch” for his numerous clutch catches in game-winning situations, especially the “Hail Mary” reception from Roger Staubach that sealed the victory in a 1975 playoff game, one of the most famous plays in NFL history. He also caught the game-sealing touchdown in 1973 playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams and the game-winning touchdown pass from reserve quarterback Clint Longley in the 1974 Thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins. All three of those plays were named among the Top 75 plays in NFL history by NFL Films in 1994. All were included on a video/DVD by that name. In addition in the 1980 playoff game at Atlanta, Pearson’s clutch receptions helped win that game in a comeback by the Cowboys.
His career accomplishments left such a mark with the Dallas Cowboys, that his number 88 jersey is reserved for the best talent at wide receiver. Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and Dez Bryant have worn it.
Pearson, who played for the Cowboys from 1973-83, was a three-time All-Pro and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s. He finished his career in Dallas as the career leader in catches (489) and yards (7,822) and third in touchdowns, with 48. He won a Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XII and made three Super Bowl appearances. In 1980, the Cowboys selected Pearson as their nominee for NFL Man of the Year.
On August 19, 2011 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced that Pearson had been selected for inclusion into the highly prestigious Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. Pearson, Charles Haley and Larry Allen were inducted on Sunday, November 6, 2011.