Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.
Former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach remembers the day, and the man, well.
As the quarterback for Navy, Staubach met Kennedy a handful of times and played in front of him in the 1962 Army-Navy game. Kennedy was scheduled to attend the 1963 game, but he was assassinated a week before it was scheduled to be played. The contest was pushed back a week before being played at the request of the Kennedy family.
“Obviously, the game was played on his behalf, and it was very emotional. Heck of a game,” Staubach said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “The Army quarterback was fantastic. Rollie Stichweh. We've become very good friends, Rollie and I, and talking about that game and what it meant to the country, just to see servicemen and women at the game, honoring the President at our game is what took place. That's why it's such a deal, the '63 game, because the family asked that the game be played on his behalf. So it was a special game.”
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