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Drew Pearson recalls the first Hail Mary pass
Drew Pearson recalls the first Hail Mary pass

Drew Pearson played 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, made three Pro Bowls, was a three-time All-Pro, and reeled in 489 career catches… And all people ask about is The One. That was Pearson's game-winning, 50-yard touchdown catch from Roger Staubach with 24 seconds left in an NFC divisional playoff game at Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadium on Dec. 28, 1975. The quarterback later disclosed that he said a Hail Mary prayer after letting the ball fly, hence the term "Hail Mary" was introduced into the cultural lexicon. "I get asked almost every day about the Hail Mary," Pearson said by phone. "In some way, shape or form, people ask me about...

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