Tony Liscio, the former Cowboys offensive lineman who protected quarterbacks Don Meredith and Roger Staubach, died Sunday morning at 76. He suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
The lineman helped anchor an offensive line that led the Cowboys to their first ever league championship, Super Bowl VI.
Per the Dallas News, Annette, his wife of 54 years, said he believed playing football had contributed to his condition. His brain will be tested for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and services are pending.
Liscio starred at the University of Tulsa before being drafted in 1963 by the Green Bay Packers, who then traded him to the Cowboys. At 6-5, 265 pounds, he could play guard or tackle. He played in the famous and frigid Ice Bowl, and helped Dallas reach Super Bowls V and VI.
The Cowboys won in their second appearance after the 1971 season, aided by Liscio coming out of retirement from his new career of commercial real estate. Coach Tom Landry needed him after tackle Ralph Neely broke a leg.
Liscio retired for good after earning his Super Bowl ring.
"What can you do better than that?" he said nearly 40 years later in a 2010 story by the Dallas News.