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Iowa Time Machine: Cowboys Pick Randall - May 3, 1978

Iowa Time Machine : On May 3, 1978, the Dallas Cowboys drafted standout Mason City High School and Iowa State football player Tom Randall. A dominant lineman, Randall stood out on the gridiron and went on to play in a Super Bowl.

A notable athlete growing up, Randall initially focused on basketball and managed to set a MCHS school record with 21 rebounds in a game. A dominant two-way force on the football field, Randall picked up All-State honors during his senior year at offensive tackle.

Randall next headed to Iowa State to play for Earle Bruce. Starting at defensive tackle as a sophomore, Randall started to disrupt Big-8 offenses. In his senior year of 1977, he captained the Peach Bowl team while also garnering honors as Iowa State’s defensive MVP. Randall also captured first-team All-Big 8 honors as a senior.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Randall in the seventh round (194th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft with the intention of converting him into an offensive lineman. As a rookie, he served as backup left guard and played on special teams. Randall went on to play in Super Bowl XIII. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar


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