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Ex-Cowboys lineman dies after battle with ALS

12up logo 12up 6/19/2017 Nick Brown
Liscio © Image by Nick Brown Liscio

​It's a tough day for the Dallas Cowboys. 

No matter how long ago you played, when you play for the Cowboys, you join the family for life. The fanbase will always be behind you and there to support you; it's just the Cowboy way. 

Unfortunately, the team and fanbase need to be there in trying times right now. Tony Liscio, who spent eight years protecting Roger Staubach's blindside and won a Super Bowl with the team in 1972, has passed away after a battle with ALS. 

​​Liscio, who was originally drafted by the Packers, was traded to the Cowboys early in his career, and then spent the rest of his years in the NFL as a core member of the Dallas offensive line, ultimately helping them win Super Bowl VI. 

Former Cowboys executive Gil Brandt reflected on making the decision to trade for him and make him a Cowboy. 

​​Clearly, he left an impact on the members of the team during his time there. 

Some may remember a few years back that Liscio actually suffered a heart attack while taking part in training camp with the Cowboys, visiting the team and checking out the new facilities. Fortunately, he was alright after the scare, but spent the following years battling ALS. 

​​Rest in peace to a true Cowboys legend. 

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