MIDLAND, Texas (FOX 24) – Among the celebrities at FOX 24’s 4th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, a former Cowboy great who’s name will soon be added to the Hall of Fame. We got an exclusive interview with Drew Pearson on his big honor.
“What it does, it caps the career. It puts a nice ending to your career,” said Pearson. Don’t honor the man, honor the mission, the way I came through. Judge me not by the heights I reached, but rather the depths from which I come.” He attributed that to Frederick Douglas.
Pearson goes on to say, “I was an undrafted free agent, 175, 170 pounds. I didn’t look anything like a football player, no muscles or anything but I overcame a lot. That’s what I want my legacy to be. That people say hey, if Drew can do it, you know I can do it too.”
It took decades for the now 70-year-old to receive this honor. The Cowboys legend waited 37 years and was denied on multiple occasions.
“I was disappointed and it hurt, and that was real expressions that people saw. I was crying and everything. What I hope that came out of that is not to feel sorry for Drew. What I hope came out of that is this Hall of Fame voting committee to see the anguish that we go through when our name is not called,” said Pearson.
One example, another member of his Hall of Fame Class, John Lynch.
“He was a seven-time finalist. He was told seven times when he heard the knock on the door, no, you didn’t make it, you’re not good enough. Finally, on the eighth time that’s when he got in. So, it’s a process, it’s a tough deal,” said Pearson.
Pearson is thankful, he will be among a long list of great athletes.
“Once you get into that Hall of Fame, you’re solidified. Your legacy is solidified forever,” said Pearson.
His official induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will take place in August.