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Stribling, receiver of Landry's only NFL TD, dies at 78

8/23/2006 - NFL

ROGERS, Ark. -- Majure Blanks "Bill" Stribling Sr., a
former NFL player who caught the only touchdown pass Tom Landry
threw as a professional football player, died Monday night, family
and friends said. He was 78.

Stribling died at his home on Monday, according to the Rollins
Funeral Home in Rogers. The cause of death was not released.

Stribling played six seasons in the NFL, three for the New York Giants (1951-53) and three for the Philadelphia Eagles (1954-57).
He caught 114 passes for 1,573 yards and 14 touchdowns in his NFL
career. He also played with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian
Football League in 1960.

Stribling caught a 70-yard TD pass from Landry, the Hall of Fame
coach with the Dallas Cowboys, in the Giants' 63-7 loss at
Pittsburgh on Nov. 30, 1952, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Stribling played college football at the University of
Mississippi, and was later inducted into the Mississippi Sports
Hall of Fame.

Rob Brothers, president of Arvest Bank-Rogers, said Stribling
was known as "an intense competitor" but that the football player
turned businessman rarely raised his voice.

"You knew the wheels had to be grinding but Bill was always on
an even keel," Brothers said.

Friend Ben Rowell called Stribling, an Ole Miss graduate, a
"rebel who loved the Razorbacks."

"He was my best friend, a tremendous athlete and, most of all,
a good Christian," Rowell said.