In a move rumored for more than a year, Dallas Cowboys director of pro and college scouting Larry Lacewell on Thursday announced his retirement, ending a career in which he supplied much of the talent for three Super Bowl championship teams.
Lacewell, 67, has been a longtime close associate of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and will serve as a consultant to the club's personnel department.
About a year ago, Lacewell sold his house in Dallas, and built a retirement home in Hot Springs, Ark. That sparked suggestions he was about to step down but he spent one final season with the Cowboys while also spending plenty of time at his retirement home. It is not yet known who, if anyone, will replace Lacewell as the team's scouting director.
"I just felt this was the appropriate time," Lacewell said. "I'm going to continue to help Jerry and Bill in whatever ways I can in the future, but I'm looking forward to slowing down the pace a little."
After a distinguished career as a college coach and administrator, Lacewell joined the Cowboys in 1992 as the director of college scouting. Twenty-five of the 37 players from his first four draft classes earned spots on the Dallas roster and eventually comprised the corps of the team's talent base.
His recent drafts have not been as productive -- just one player from the 2000 and 2001 drafts, for instance, remains on the roster -- but Jones still leaned heavily on Lacewell and his keen eye for talent. In 1994, Jones added the pro scouting director responsibilities and Lacewell helped to annually prepare the team for free agency.
"Larry is, and will always be, a very valued member of this organization," Jones said. "His experience and knowledge of the game are understood and respected by football people throughout the collegiate and professional ranks. We will continue to seek his input in the months and years ahead, and we wish him continued good health and gratitude for his contributions to the Dallas Cowboys."
It is believed that Lacewell will attend the postseason college all-star games and perhaps the February predraft combine as well.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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