Jason Garrett pays respect to Hudson Houck

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys coach Jason Garrett opened his introductions of new offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan and secondary coach Jerome Henderson with an homage to the man Callahan is replacing, Hudson Houck.

After 29 years in the NFL and two stints with the Cowboys Houck, who turned 69 on Jan. 7, elected to retire.

“He is as good an offensive line coach that this league has ever seen,” Garrett said.

Garrett went on to cite Houck’s time at Southern Cal where he coached linemen like Jackie Slater and Anthony Munoz and designed running games that helped Charlie White and Marcus Allen win Heisman Trophies. With the Los Angeles Rams, Houck coached Slater and saw Erick Dickerson dominate the league in rushing.

His first stint with the Cowboys coincided with Emmitt Smith’s push to become the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. In San Diego, Houck was the line coach when LaDainian Tomlinson was building a Hall of Fame career.

“He’s a rare guy, a rare person who made a tremendous impact on players through the years, on a lot of fellow coaches through the years and just a real class guy and a guy who makes me as a coach feel proud to be in the same profession,” Garrett said. “I learned an immense amount from him when I was playing and had the good fortune of coaching with him on the same staff. Really an unbelievable guy.”