Tom Landry's widow: Cowboys coach died a Giants fan


Tom Landry died a New York Giants fan.

Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post got his hands on Mark Ribowsky's "The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry," and noted that Landry's 1989 firing by the Dallas Cowboys compelled the coach to cheer for Big Blue until the end of his days.

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Alicia Landry said her husband's loyalties switched because of the behavior of owner Jerry Jones, who reportedly took away the family's suite at Texas Stadium and barred Landry's son, Tom Jr., from owning season tickets.

Landry had built-in Giants ties after serving as New York's defensive coordinator from 1954 to 1960, when he assumed control of the Cowboys. After Jones fired Landry on a golf course in 1989, Alicia Landry said the family never pursued a relationship with the Cowboys' owner.

"I don't know him at all," she said. "I really don't. I know what he looks like. I've seen him a few times and we say hello to each other in a friendly way. But I don't know him."

Not the case with New York's Mara clan.

"The Giants are still like family," said Alicia Landry, who acknowledged she's never set foot in AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys' new, high-octane playground.

"They call it 'Jerry's World,' " she said, "which is more about what it is than anything Tom Landry was."

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