Thomas Wade 'Tom' Landry (September 11, 1924February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. He is ranked as one of the greatest and most innovative coaches in National Football League (NFL) history, creating many new formations and methods. He invented the now popular 43 defense, and the 'flex defense' system made famous by the 'Doomsday Defense' squads he created during his 29 year tenure with the Dallas Cowboys. Landry won two Super Bowl titles (VI, XII), 5 NFC titles, 13 Divisional titles, and compiled a 270-178-6 record, the 3rd most wins of all time for an NFL coach. His 20 career playoff victories are the most of any coach in NFL history. He was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1966 and the NFC Coach of the Year in 1975. His most impressive professional accomplishment is his 20 consecutive winning seasons (-), an NFL record that remains unbroken and unchallenged.
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