Beloved Cowboys Star Dies At 66

By Daniel Walker | March 21, 2024

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Don Smerek, a former defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, passed away on March 16, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that resonates on and off the football field.

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The former Dallas Cowboys defensive star died after a fight with cancer. He was 66.

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Born on December 20, 1957, in Waterford, Michigan, Smerek’s impact as a professional football player and his enduring contributions to the sport have left an indelible mark on the Dallas Cowboys franchise and the football community at large.