28 December, 2021

28 December, 1975

The “Hail Mary” pass is born!

Dallas beats Minnesota on a Staubach-Pearson miracle pass.

The term "Hail Mary" was used by Staubach when the quarterback spoke with sportswriters following the game. Staubach reminisced to the Dallas Morning News in 2010 about how his pass got its name.
"I was kidding around with the writers," Staubach said. "Then they asked the question. I said, 'I got knocked down on the play...I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.'"

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