Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 - February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. He is best known for his successes as the coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
Tom Landry became a defensive back in the AAFC in 1949 for the New York Yankees, then moved in 1950 across town to the New York Giants. He played through the 1955 season, and acted as a player-assistant coach the last two years, 1954 through 1955.
For the 1956 football season, Landry became the defensive coordinator for the Giants, opposite Vince Lombardi, who was the offensive coordinator. Landry led one of the best defensive teams in the league from 1956 to 1959. In 1960, he became the first head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and stayed for 29 seasons (1960-88). During this run, he won 2 Super Bowl titles (1972,78), 5 NFC titles, 13 Divisional titles, and compiled a 270-178-6 record, the 3rd most wins of all time for an NFL coach. His 20 career playoff victories are the most of any coach in NFL history
Landry’s success during nearly three decades of coaching was the impetus for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. He died of leukemia on February 12, 2000.