Bill Stribling Sr., who caught Landry's pro TD pass, dies at 78

Updated: August 31, 2006, 8:45 AM ET
Associated Press

ROGERS, Ark. -- Majure Blanks "Bill" Stribling Sr., a former NFL player who caught the only touchdown pass Tom Landry threw as a professional football player, died at his home Monday night. He was 78.

Stribling died at his home on Monday, according to the Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. The cause of death was not released.

Stribling played six seasons in the NFL, three for the New York Giants (1951-53) and three for the Philadelphia Eagles (1954-57). He caught 114 passes for 1,573 yards and 14 touchdowns in his NFL career. He also played with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 1960.

Stribling caught a 70-yard TD pass from Landry, the Hall of Fame coach with the Dallas Cowboys, in the Giants' 63-7 loss at Pittsburgh on Nov. 30, 1952, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Stribling played college football at the University of Mississippi, and was later inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

After his pro career, Stribling moved to northwest Arkansas. In 1984, he started Stribling Packaging & Display.

Rob Brothers, president of Arvest Bank-Rogers, said Stribling was known as "an intense competitor" but that the football player turned businessman rarely raised his voice.

"You knew the wheels had to be grinding but Bill was always on an even keel," Brothers said.

Friend Ben Rowell called Stribling, an Ole Miss graduate, a "rebel who loved the Razorbacks."

"He was my best friend, a tremendous athlete and, most of all, a good Christian," Rowell said.

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