Texans making history
Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach to be honored with history-making award
An annual awards presentation by the Texas State History Museum Foundation (TSHMF) will celebrate the contributions of two very different Texans who used their leadership skills to coordinate huge wins for their respective teams: legendary Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubachand retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven.
Both will be honored with the History-Making Texan Award at the 19th Annual Texas Independence Day Dinner, taking place March 2, 2023, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.
Staubach's and McRaven’s contributions are similar by nature of leading teams — one commanded troops and the other played an integral part in the Dallas Cowboys into a wave of undeniable success — but the similarities mostly stop there.
Staubach (also a U.S. Navy veteran) rose to fame as a star player while lifting the rest of the Cowboys with him. He led the team to five Super Bowls and is thought of as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Aside from giving Texans yet another point of state pride, Staubach has spent his retirement from sports on real estate and philanthropy.
McRaven led troops to rescue the ransomed Captain Richard Phillips, search for Osama Bin Laden, and ultimately capture Saddam Hussein. The Four-Star admiral has advised U.S. presidents in his retirement and written several books, mostly imparting wisdom around changing one’s own life, and hopefully the world around them.
“Our recipients reached the pinnacle of accomplishments and eminence in their fields. Importantly, they were selected as honorees based on their personal character and commitment to improving the lives of others,” said dinner chair and TSHMF trustee Lisa Cooley in a press release. “They stand as role models to emulate, and we look forward to sharing their dramatic and inspiring stories with our guests.”
The dinner supports the Bullock Texas State History Museum with ticket sales and underwriting from nearly 500 attendees annually. Dallas’ Lisa Cooley joins Austin’s Jan Felts Bullock, wife of Bob Bullock and museum trustee, as honorary chair.
In 2022, the History-Making Texan Awards went to pianist James Dick and Dallas philanthropist Lyda Hill.
More information about the foundation and the History-Making Texan Award is available at tshmf.org.