FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Dallas Cowboys great Drew Pearson will be the honored keynote speaker at the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Team Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Armed Forces Insurance and the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. The luncheon will honor the bowl’s competing teams and coaches and will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, the day before the annual postseason college football bowl game.
Drew Pearson played for the Dallas Cowboys as a wide receiver under legendary coach Tom Landry. The original bearer of the number “88” jersey, his choice in number has since been followed by other notable Cowboys such as hall of famer Michael Irvin and most recently, Dez Bryant.
Pearson is perhaps most remembered for a catch he made in a 1975 divisional playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. Down 14-10 with one minute and fifty-one seconds left in the fourth quarter, Pearson was the recipient of a mid-field pass thrown by Roger Staubach that resulted in the game-winning touchdown. During a postgame interview Staubach referred to the pass thrown in desperation as a “Hail Mary”, coining the term still used today.
Beginning his early football career at New Jersey’s South River High School, Pearson succeeded Joe Theismann as quarterback. His change in position came while playing for the University of Tulsa. He caught 33 passes for the Golden Hurricane’s run-oriented team and received the university’s President’s Award as the team’s "best spirited and most unselfish" member before graduating from Tulsa in 1972.
In 1972 Pearson signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent and proceeded to enjoy an eleven-year professional football career. He appeared in three Super Bowls, was selected as an NFL All Pro three times (1974, 1976, 1977), and was named to the NFL All Decade Team of the 1970’s. Since his retirement, Pearson has worked as a sports broadcaster and motivational speaker. He is also chairman of the board for Drew Pearson Marketing, Inc.
Tickets for the noon luncheon held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel can be purchased in advance at www.ArmedForcesBowl.com, or by calling the bowl office at 817-810-0012.Tickets are $40 per individual or $300 per table of eight.