​Jack Eskridge, Dallas Cowboys Designer, Dies In Kansas City

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February 18, 2021
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Jack Eskridge, designer of the Dallas Cowboys’ team logo, passed away at the age of 89. To this day, his blue star graces every Cowboy’s helmet.

Jack Eskridge

The former Cowboys’ equipment manager, who was responsible for updating the franchise’s logo died Monday at a Valley Falls, Kansas hospital outside of Kansas City.

According to the team website, Eskridge was one of coach Tom Landry’s first hires in 1959, the year before the Cowboys’ debut season. It was he who designed the white-bordered blue star used after the Cowboys began with a white star.”

Prior to joining the Cowboys Eskridge graduated from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri and joined the Marine Corps where he served as a rifle coach.

The Kansas City Campus Corner reports he stood watch in an airfield at Iwo Jima before being among the forces that went into Japan after the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Once Eskridge, 6-foot-4, returned to the United States, he attended Kansas and joined their basketball team. He played for two seasons in 1947-48 and averaged 7.6 points per game. Later, he returned as the teams assistant coach from 1954-1959.

According to his son Butch, 58, his most famous assignment was a recruiting visit out east to watch a high school center named Wilt Chamberlain.

“Phog told him to go out there,” Butch said, “And he said, ‘Jack, the thing I want to know more than anything, is when you measure him, make sure his shoes are off, he’s standing flat foot, and make sure he’s 7 feet tall.”

Eskridge’s funeral was held at Carson-Speaks Chapel in Independence, Mo. on Saturday morning.