Tony Liscio, the former Cowboys offensive lineman who protected quarterbacks Don Meredith and Roger Staubach, died Sunday morning at his Lake Highlands home. He was 76 and suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
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 Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. and 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 survived the 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 and his new career of commercial real estate to rejoin the team. Coach Tom Landry needed him after tackle Ralph Neely broke a leg and replacement Don Talbert sprained an ankle.
Liscio retired for good after earning his Super Bowl ring.
“What can you do better than that?” he said nearly 40 years later
Liscio received a diagnosis of ALS after he fell and broke his hip last summer and started slurring his words. He had lost his ability to speak and required a feeding tube, according to Annette, who was with him when he passed peacefully, she said. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
The couple remained close to other former Cowboys and their wives, including linebacker Lee Roy Jordan, who visited Liscio recently.
“I loved every minute of it,”…
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