A native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Tony Dorsett attended the University of Pittsburgh where he crowned a brilliant collegiate career by being named All-American four times and winning the coveted Heisman Trophy in 1976. He is considered one of the greatest running backs in college football history.
In the 1977 draft, the Dallas Cowboys were quick to select Tony in the first round. He won consensus rookie of the year honors in helping Dallas win Super Bowl XII. Tony is one of the top ten all-time leading rushers in the National Football League (NFL). He is the only NFL runner to gain 1,000 yards in each of his first five seasons. In 1982, Tony captured his first National Football Conference (NFC) rushing title and established an unbreakable NFL record by racing 99 yards from scrimmage for a touchdown.
Tony served as team captain in '81, '82 and '84. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in '78, '81, '82 and '83. In 1981 he earned consensus All-Pro honors and was named NFC Player of the Year by United Press International (UPI). In a 1979 Gallup Youth Survey of American teenagers' favorite sports personalities, Tony finished second to Roger Staubach.
1994 was a banner year for Tony. He was inducted into the prestigious Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Today, Tony lives with wife Janet and their three daughters in the Dallas area. His son, Anthony, also a former NFL player, lives in the Dallas area. Tony works for Integrated Card Services, a credit card processing company. His is newest venture is the promotion of IV-7, a revolutionary germ fighting product.
Tony is involved in many community activities and charities in Dallas, including Special Olympics and the Tony Evans Ministry. Tony also supports the McGuire Memorial Foundation in Pittsburgh, a facility for handicapped children. Each year Tony hosts the Tony Dorsett Celebrity Golf Classic which has raised over five million dollars over the last 17 years.