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Anthony Liscio (July 2, 1940 – June 18, 2017) was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Tulsa.

Tony Liscio
No. 72, 64
Position: Offensive Tackle / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1940-07-02)July 2, 1940
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of death: June 18, 2017(2017-06-18) (aged 76)
Place of death: Lake Highlands, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 264 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Westinghouse (PA)
College: Tulsa
NFL Draft: 1963 / Round: 3 / Pick: 42
AFL draft: 1963 / Round: 10 / Pick: 75
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 89
Games started: 83
Fumble recoveries: 3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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Early yearsEdit

Liscio attended Westinghouse High School, where he was an All-state end in football, the starting center in basketball and a shot putter for the track and field team. He was inducted into the Westinghouse High School Wall of Fame.[1]

He went on to become a two-way starting tackle for the University of Tulsa. As a senior, he was moved to defensive end and was named All-Missouri Valley Conference, honorable-mention All-American and was invited to play in the College All-Star Game against the NFL champion.[2]

In 2004, he was inducted into the University of Tulsa Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was inducted into the Second Pittsburgh City League Hall of Fame.

Professional careerEdit

Green Bay PackersEdit

Liscio was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (42nd overall) of the 1963 NFL Draft. He was also drafted by the New York Jets in the tenth round (75th overall) of the 1963 AFL Draft.

During training camp he was used as a defensive end and defensive tackle.[3][4] He was eventually released the week of the season opener on September 10.[5]

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)Edit

Liscio was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys who switched him to offense, and named him the starter at left tackle (5 starts) at the end of his rookie season. He would go on to become a stalwart on the Cowboys offensive line for almost a decade and only the second player in franchise history to hold this position after replacing Bob Fry.

In 1964, he started 10 games before being placed on the injured reserve list with a right knee injury. He lost all of the 1965 season after suffering complications (staph infection) from an offseason knee surgery. In 1966, he was able to recover enough to resume his career and being named the starter at left guard (10 starts) and eventually moved back to left tackle (4 starts) at the end of the season. The next year, he played in the 1967 NFL Championship Game famously known as the "The Ice Bowl". In 1970, he only played in 11 games (7 starts) because of back problems.

On May 19, 1971, he was sent to the San Diego Chargers as part of the “Bambi” trade that brought Hall of Famer Lance Alworth to the Cowboys.[6] During his first 8 seasons, he helped them reach 2 NFC Championships and 1 Super Bowl, while playing in 89 games, many of them with injuries.

San Diego ChargersEdit

He never played a game for the Chargers because of injuries. He had problems with both of his hamstrings and a flare up the back problems that cost him the second half of the 1970 season. On September 8, 1971, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins along with a fourth round draft choice (#91-Larry Ball) in exchange for center Carl Mauck.[7]

Miami DolphinsEdit

Liscio never played a game for the Miami Dolphins either, because he announced his retirement after the trade became official, rather than reporting to the team.

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)Edit

In mid-November 1971, the Cowboys needed help at left tackle after multiple injuries at the position hit the team. Ralph Neely fractured his leg in a motorcycle accident, Don Talbert broke a bone in his foot, and Forrest Gregg was limited in the last season of his 16-year Hall of Fame career. Tom Landry called Liscio on Monday November 15, and he reported to the team on Wednesday to start at left tackle against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.[8]

Liscio went into that Redskins game with his right leg taped from the ankle to the hip and both shoulders hurt. The Cowboys won 13-0, earning first place in the NFC East division. His opponent that day was defensive end Verlon Biggs, who never reached the quarterback.

He would not allow a sack in the eight starts during his comeback and the team was undefeated with him at left tackle. He and Alworth also ended up as Super Bowl VI teammates. In that game, Liscio successfully blocked Bill Stanfill, helping Duane Thomas and other running backs register 252 rushing yards. Liscio retired after being the runner-up for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

After football, he worked in commercial real estate. In 2012, he suffered a heart attack while being present at the Dallas Cowboys training camp.[10]

Liscio died on June 18, 2017, at age 76 at his Lake Highlands home. He was diagnosed of ALS after falling and breaking his hip in mid-2016 and began slurring his words. He had lost his ability to speak and required a feeding tube, according to his wife, Annette, to whom he was married since 1963. She believed playing football had contributed to his condition and, upon his death, donated his brain to be tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. He is survived by her and their three children.[11]

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