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Don Perkins

No. 43 is a football jersey number that will never be worn again. Lured out of Waterloo, Iowa, by head coach Dick Clausen in 1956, Don Perkins wasted little time in establishing himself as a premier football player.

A three-year letterman (1957-59) and a two-time All-Skyline Conference selection (1958-59), Perkins was a versatile performer running, catching, and returning kicks. He racked up 3,466 all-purpose yards in his career. Perkins went on to star with the Dallas Cowboys from 1961-68. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Perkins rushed for 6,217 career yards and is a member of the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor. He was inducted into the state of Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.