Former professional football quarterback Roger Staubach has a net worth of $600 million and is one of the wealthiest people in the world. In the National Football League, he is most well-known for his time as a quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys franchise (NFL).
Roger Thomas Staubach was born on February 5, 1942, in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Staubach was the sole child of Elizabeth and Robert Staubach and the youngest of their three children.
He grew raised in Silverton, a northern suburb of Cincinnati, where he attended high school. In 1960, he received his high school diploma from Purcell High School (now Purcell Marian High School), a Catholic high school in Cincinnati.
Staubach enrolled in the United States Naval Academy in 1961 after completing a year at the New Mexico Military Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He joined the Navy Midshipmen football team in 1962 and made his debut as a third-class midshipman (sophomore) in the third game of the season against the University of Minnesota.
He was a third-class midshipman (sophomore) at the time of his first appearance. In his first game, he came in to replace starter Ron Klemick, but the team ultimately fell to Minnesota 21-0 in the game.
A few weeks later, Staubach was granted the opportunity to start the legendary Army-Navy game, in which President John F. Kennedy tossed the coin. Staubach went on to win the game. Staubach led his squad to a 31-14 triumph over the Army in the season opener.
Staubach maintained a high level of performance throughout his undergraduate career. His second class (junior) season in 1963 saw him guide the Midshipmen to a final national ranking of No. 2 (after losing on New Year's Day to the No. 1 team, the University of Texas), and a spot in the 1964 Cotton Bowl.
As a result of his outstanding junior season, he gained significant praise and recognition, including the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, and the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy, as well as being featured on the cover of Time Magazine in October 1963.
Staubach completed 292 of 463 passes for a total of 392 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions during his three seasons at Navy. As a result of his 4,253 yards of total offense at the time, he also set a school record.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981, and ESPN ranked him as the No. 9 player in college football history on their list of the “Top 25 Players in College Football History” in 2007.
U.S. Military Service
During his junior year at the Naval Academy, Staubach was diagnosed with color blindness, which has since been corrected. The Supply Corps was not concerned about his inability to discriminate between red and green lights as a result of his commissioning immediately into the Supply Corps.
Following his graduation from the Naval Academy in June 1965, he volunteered for a one-year tour of service in Vietnam, which he completed in June 1966. He worked as a Supply Corps officer at the Chu Lai base/port until September 1967, during which time he was in charge of 41 enlisted soldiers.
The remainder of his naval career was spent on active duty in the United States, where he participated in football on several military teams in preparation for a possible NFL professional football career.
As a “future” pick in the tenth round of the 1964 NFL Draft, Staubach was taken by the Dallas Cowboys. To avoid violating NCAA rules, the NFL authorized them to choose Staubach one year before his collegiate eligibility expired because it had been four years since he had graduated from high school.
However, he did not make his professional football debut until 1969, after completing his four-year military service obligation, when he was 27 years old and making his debut as a rookie.
In week eight of the 1971 season, Staubach took over for Craig Morton as the team's starting quarterback after a few games of interchanging the job with Morton. As a result of his efforts, his team went on a 10-game winning streak, which culminated in the franchise's first Super Bowl triumph in January 1972
Over the Miami Dolphins, in Super Bowl VI in January 1972. In the wake of this great season, Staubach negotiated his contract, ultimately agreeing to a three-year agreement for around $75,000 per year.
Staubach was forced to leave the quarterback position for the majority of the 1972 season due to a separated shoulder, but he returned in a divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers, in which he threw two touchdown passes in the final 90 seconds of the game to help the Bears defeat the 49ers 30-28.
He would continue as the Cowboys' primary quarterback for the remainder of his career, including in 1977, when he led the team to their second Super Bowl victory, this time over the Denver Broncos, in Super Bowl XII.
Staubach officially retired from football in March 1980, following 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys during which he threw 1,685 passes for 22,700 yards, 153 touchdowns, and 109 interceptions. He announced his retirement in 1979 and officially retired from sports in March 1980.
When he retired, the primary reason he cited was a warning from his doctor about his health, which came after he had had twenty concussions throughout his playing career, and the terrible implications that would follow if he sustained another head injury.
Staubach and his business partner, Robert Holloway Jr., founded The Staubach Company in 1977, specializing in commercial real estate. Staubach has been in the real estate industry since 1977.
From 1970 to 1977, he worked part-time in the real estate industry for the Henry S. Miller Company during his off-seasons, which he continued until he died in 1977. Holloway was purchased by him in 1982.
While working with big corporations such as AT&T, McDonald's, K Mart Corporation, and The Hospital Corporation of America, The Staubach Company also holds equity in projects such as 27 different apartment complexes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
In the years after he retired from professional athletics, Staubach concentrated his efforts on The Staubach Company, where he served as chairman and CEO until announcing his intention to stand down on June 20, 2007. The Staubach Company was acquired by Jones Lang LaSalle on July 11, 2008, for a total of $613 million.
Additionally, Staubach has pursued other endeavors, including being a joint owner of Hall of Fame Racing, a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series team with fellow former Cowboy Troy Aikman, which debuted in 2006 season and now competes in the series.
Staubach and his wife Marianne Staubach have been married since September 4, 1965. They have a total of five children together.