Dallas Cowboys Greatest Quarterbacks: Number Thirteen – Gary Hogeboom (1980-85, 12 starts)
A fifth-round selection of the Cowboys in 1980, Gary Hogeboom was a part of 45 games with the franchise, but he did make 12 starts with the team from 1980-85, finishing with a 6-6 record as a starter.
All six of his wins as a starter came in 1984, where in 10 starts he totaled a 6-4 record with 2,366 yards passing on 195 completions. That season, he threw just seven touchdowns, but also had 14 interceptions, leaving a lot more needed from the quarterback in what happened to be his best season with the franchise.
Michael J. Mooney of Texas Monthly wrote this of Hodeboom’s 1984 season in a recent article on the Cowboys’ current quarterback situation:
"“The playoff losses stacked up, and Landry finally replaced White with Hogeboom to begin the 1984 season—the first year the Cowboys missed the playoffs in more than a decade. So White was the starter again in 1985, and they returned to the playoffs, but again lost in the first round.”"
Hogeboom was the backup to Danny White during his tenure with the Cowboys, but in 1982, he did make one playoff start, where he was 14-of-29 for 162 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The former Cowboys quarterback has since gone on to be a contestant on “Survivor” in 2005. His career wrapped up following the ’89 season with the Phoenix Cardinals. After leaving the Cowboys, he played three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts from ’86-88.
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