Former Cowboys offensive lineman Tony Liscio dies at 76

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 20: A Dallas Cowboys helmet sits on the bench during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens on November 20, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Dallas defeats Baltimore 27-17. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire)
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Former Dallas Cowboys tackle Tony Liscio has died at the age of 76, according to Vince Langford of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Liscio helped lead the Cowboys to their first Super Bowl title in 1971, coming out of retirement to do so.

Dallas called him up after injuries to tackle Ralph Neely and his backup, Don Talbert.

After Liscio helped lead the Cowboys to a championship, he retired again.

He spoke about his brief and glorious return with Carlos Mendez of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram back in 2004.

“Ralph Neely had broken his leg in a motorcycle accident. His backup had a broken bone in his foot. Forrest Gregg had pulled a hamstring. So, they were down to only one tackle, Rayfield Wright,” recalled Liscio. “Coach [Tom] Landry had been calling around, and he called, and I said I had to think about it, and how long do I have? He said 30 minutes. So, I went out there. I played every down all the way to the Super Bowl.”

The Pittsburgh native played his college football at the University of Tulsa, playing on both the offensive and the defensive line.

He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (42nd pick overall) of the 1963 NFL Draft and was released prior to the season opener.

The Cowboys then picked him up off of waivers, and by the end of that season, he was their starting left tackle.

Liscio was then traded to the San Diego Chargers in May 1971 and was then moved to the Miami Dolphins in September.

Due to injuries, Liscio retired up until Dallas gave him the call.

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