One question immediately popped into my mind when I learned that Tom Landry’s old house is up for sale:
No, not why is it only $795,000? But rather, why isn’t it a historical landmark?
In 1962 Landry was the bright, defensive-minded head coach of the expansion Cowboys. He had the security of a 10-year contract, a couple of decent players (Don Meredith, Don Perkins and Bob Lilly) and a keen sense for what he wanted and how he planned to get it.
On the field, it was “Flex” defense. Off the field, it was a custom-designed, spacious 4-bedroom house near the intersection of Midway/Forest in North Dallas.
No telling what Landry conceived and diagrammed in that home. But undoubtedly he hung his Fedoras on a rack in the corner.
Landry, without saying, belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Texas sports icons. And he’s face should be carved on the mountain of this nation’s great men.
His house shouldn’t go to the highest bidder. It should go to the state as a landmark. Put one of those markers in his front yard and open it up as a shrine to wonderment.
I’d be first in line.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.