Staubach didn't get the Cowboy QB job full time until 1971. Landry was slow to commit to an inexperienced quarterback, even someone as talented and mature as Staubach, a Naval Academy graduate who spent five years in service to the country before going to the NFL.
Those days are gone. Ballyhooed rookie quarterbacks now almost always are thrown in the fire.
And Staubach said Weeden's age will not be a negative. He said Weeden can have as long a career as he wants. Staubach played 11 seasons and was chased away not by old age, but by too many concussions.
“If he can throw it at 28, he's still going to be firing that thing at 38,” Staubach said. “Quarterbacks can stay around quite a while … if he's a fitness guy and stays in shape, he can play a long time in the NFL. He'll get a full NFL career.”
In some ways, a fuller NFL career. Weeden is an old-pro rookie. What was a curse before the draft now becomes a blessing.
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