Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 416 pages
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They were America's Team—the high-priced, high-glamour, high-flying Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s, who won three Super Bowls and made as many headlines off the field as on it. Led by Emmitt Smith, the charismatic Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, and Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, the Cowboys rank among the greatest of all NFL dynasties.

In similar fashion to his New York Times bestseller The Bad Guys Won!, about the 1986 New York Mets, in Boys Will Be Boys, award-winning writer Jeff Pearlman chronicles the outrageous antics and dazzling talent of a team fueled by ego, sex, drugs—and unrivaled greatness. Rising from the ashes of a 1–15 season in 1989 to capture three Super Bowl trophies in four years, the Dallas Cowboys were guided by a swashbuckling, skirt-chasing, power-hungry owner, Jerry Jones, and his two eccentric, hard-living coaches, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. Together the three built a juggernaut that America loved and loathed.

But for a team that was so dominant on Sundays, the Cowboys were often a dysfunctional circus the rest of the week. Irvin, nicknamed "The Playmaker," battled dual addictions to drugs and women. Charles Haley, the defensive colossus, presided over the team's infamous "White House," where the parties lasted late into the night and a steady stream of long-legged groupies came and went. And then there were Smith and Sanders, whose Texas-sized egos were eclipsed only by their record-breaking on-field perfomances.

With an unforgettable cast of characters and a narrative as hard-hitting and fast-paced as the team itself, Boys Will Be Boys immortalizes the most beloved—and despised—dynasty in NFL history.

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Great teams and personalities provide fertile ground for good writers. The team of the Nineties, the Cowboys, was not short on talent or personality with the likes of Jerry Jones, Jimmy Johnson, Barry ... Read full review

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My name is Fletcher Rudisill on pg 235. It is sad what people want to view as journalism. Jerry Jones did not meet me in a bar. this squirrly writer called me. yrs ago to find out juice on everything that went on in traing camp. because i was there until the final cuts. I was injured on day 3. I also beat a starting OT on day 2. And had a sack against the first team. Much of this is just what it is. GARBAGE. maybe Jerry Jones was a dreamer. He made my dreams come true. I was not great. But what a world without someone like him would be. This Pearlman is a loser. Write me 

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About the author (2009)

Jeff Pearlman is a columnist for, a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, and the critically acclaimed author of Boys Will Be Boys, The Bad Guys Won!, and Love Me, Hate Me.

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