Widby, punter on Cowboys’ first title team, dies at 75
Ron Widby, the punter for the Dallas Cowboys’ first two Super Bowl teams, including the Super Bowl champions after the 1971 season, died Wednesday at age 75, the team announced.
The cause of death wasn’t revealed.
Widby, a fourth-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints out of Tennessee in 1967, played six seasons in the NFL, the first four for the Cowboys and the final two with the Green Bay Packers.
The Knoxville, Tenn., native averaged 42 yards per punt in his career. He twice averaged just over 43 yards per kick, and he led the league in his rookie season, 1968, with an 84-yard punt.
In Super Bowl VI, when the Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins 24-3, Widby punted five times for a 37.2-yard average.
Widby also was remembered for a different type of number. He gave up his No. 12 jersey so rookie Roger Staubach could wear it starting in 1969, the quarterback keeping the same number he wore in his Heisman Trophy-winner career at Navy.
Gil Brandt, a longtime player-personnel executive for the Cowboys, tweeted, “Condolences to the family of Ron Widby, our punter for five years in Dallas who passed away today. He originally wore No. 12 is his first two years for us but then switched to 10 in 1969, freeing 12 up for Roger Staubach. Rest easy, my friend.”
–Field Level Media