Don Perkins, a six-time Pro Bowler during an eight-year career as a Dallas Cowboys running back, passed away on Thursday at the age of 84.
“What a sad year it’s been for the Cowboys and running backs,” Eatman said on Twitter. “Since Jan 1, we’ve seen Dan Reeves, Gary Brown, Marion Barber and now Don Perkins all pass away. RIP to RBs!”
New Mexico coach Danny Gonzales also issued a statement on Perkins’ passing:
“I am just proud to have known him and him being a great Lobo,” he said, via ESPN. “It’s really cool that he played and was a great player here and then got to become a well-known great player in the NFL. I am proud of that, and I am constantly reminding our guys of the great ones that have came through here.”
Perkins played for the Cowboys from 1961 to 1968. The 1961 NFL Rookie of the Year rushed for 6,217 career yards with 42 touchdowns. Those both rank fourth in franchise history. He was inducted into the Cowboys’ ring of honor in 1976.
News of Perkins’ death comes just days after the organization learned of the death of another former star halfback, Marion Barber.