Saturday, October 1, 2011

RIP Peter Gent 1942-2011

Former Dallas Cowboy and author, Peter Gent, passed away Friday.

While Gent enjoys four years with the Dallas Cowboy, he will be remembered most for writing North Dallas Forty. The book which was published in 1973 is regarded as one of the best sports novels ever written. In 1979 the book was turned into a motion picture starring Nick Nolte.

Before joining the Cowboys in 1964, Gent was a standout basketball player at Michigan State University. While there he lead the team in scoring three years in a row. His hoops talent didn't go unnoticed as he was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the 14th round of the 1964 NBA draft.

Rather than playing on the hardwood, Gent decided to try out for the Cowboys in '64. He ended up making the team as a receiver and tight end. In his 5 seasons with the Cowboys, Gent appeared in 48 games. He had 68 receptions and 4 touchdowns. In 1969 he was traded to the New York Giants but never played with them.

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