Football as Religion: Tom Landry was Pope John Paul II

Football and religion.  To some, football… is… a religion.  Like legendary football coach Tom Landry, who you also know as Pope John Paul II.  It seems a perfect fit.


“Landry also helped restore the image of Dallas, dubbed the City of Hate after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, into a city known for its winning all-American football team. The coach’s strong work ethic and Christian belief fueled the success of his team and earned the Cowboys the nickname “America’s Team.” Landry is the third-winningest coach in NFL history, behind Don Shula and George Halas. Yet the coach is equally well known for his style. Standing on the sidelines with folded arms and a stoic expression, Landry wore his signature fedora hat, sports coat, and tie to games. A bronze statue, unveiled in October 2001, captured this pose and is displayed outside the Dallas Cowboy’s home stadium in Texas. Landry remains a national icon of control and loyalty.”

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One of the most famous “Hail Mary” passes in NFL history occurred on December 28, 1975:
We can piece together the reason for Tom Landry’s character.  It’s one of the Protocols:  to use sporting events as a great distraction for the youth of the population…

“In the 1970s, the team gained national popularity and was dubbed “America’s Team.” Football became the most-watched professional sport in the United States. Super Bowl VI, in which the Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys beat Don Shula’s Miami Dolphins 24-3, marked a turning point for the team. They shed forever their image as lovable losers and became a dominating force in the NFL. “The title validated Landry’s status and the Cowboys’ claim as one of the league’s elite teams,” wrote David Moore in the Chicago Tribune. “It forever altered the perception of the franchise.”

Landry and his players became national celebrities. Moore recounted the defining events of the Dallas Cowboy’s celebrity era. In 1975, the Dirty Dozen referred to the 12 rookies who made the team. The 50-yard Hail Mary pass from Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson climaxed a 17-14 playoff victory over Minnesota later that season. Troubled running back Duane Thomas called Landry “a plastic man, no man at all.”

The Dallas Cowboy’s cheerleading squad had a certain cachet. Former Cowboys wide receiver Pete Gent wrote a best-selling novel, North Dallas Forty based on his time with the team. The book, which was made into a movie starring Nick Nolte, portrayed the organization in a negative light, characterizing the owners as more concerned with the bottom line than with the welfare of the players.

Landry also revolutionized the college draft system by introducing the computer to organize the annual selection process. The coach became an iconic figure, known for wearing a fedora hat and pacing the sidelines with a stoic expression. Admirers saw a caring, warm, and devoutly religious man. But his aloofness also drew criticism. Landry was called “plastic man” and “computer face,” and even referred to cynically as Pope Landry I by some of his players. .”

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Check out this interesting side note.  There is a security firm by the name of “Templar Protective Services”, which boasts among their esteemed clientele in the past, both Tom Landry and Pope John Paul II – what a coincidence… Templar Protective Services.

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13 thoughts on “Football as Religion: Tom Landry was Pope John Paul II

  1. If he was the pope, he had to attend world tours, mass open to the public…football coach takes too much time for that, assuming he was even one.

  2. @nyaru- my thoughts exactly. How could he be pope and coach of the DALLAS COWBOYS for more than 10 years. JP 2 BECOMES POPE IN MID 1978! LANDRY COACHES THE COWBOYS UNTILL THE END OF THE 1988 SEASON!!! That's 11 years he's both. No way. Does anyone on this site REALLY KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL COACH. THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS BREITBART/JOHN FOX. BREITBART WAS A MARGINAL FIGURE BUT THE POPE IS A GLOBAL ICON. SORRY THIS NEEDS TO BE EXPLAINED.

  3. Is the pope Catholic? I always thought that was dumb, and I had a hunch they were just scam artists who didn't give a damn about what they preached.More coaches could be actors. It takes cunning to get people to do something stupid(destroy their bodies)

  4. Hello hello- can anyone explain how LANDRY-who coached the COWBOYS until 1988 can scram from the sidelines for 16 weeks-SEPT to FEB. PLUS 2 MONTHS Of training camp and pre season plus the NFL DRAFT in APRIL plus mini-camp in MAY to the VATICAN???? For 10 years!!!! Even if Landry was able to pre tape masses the pope traveled alot during that period. And wouldn't people notice he was gone from the VATICAN during the lengthy football season???.? AMEN!!!!

  5. I don't know, can only speculate…We think he traveled a lot, because that's what the media reported. We're finding out that much to most of what the media reports is fabricated. So fly Landry around the world for three weeks of a year(free vacation for him), doll him up in his pope tux, rent a crowd at various stops, film it, splice in some stock footage of taj mahal, great wall of china etc… Release the footage throughout the year. They could even milk this for multiple years. With clever editing you can make somebody seam to be in a place they weren't, by using the audiences' tendency to infer. And with green screen technology you can do a whole lot more. Again, just speculation, but you can check old footage for tricky editing, and continuity problems.Also, and this is more speculation, NFL coaches may not have as an active role as thought. They could be like CEOs and politicians, the face of the organization, while others behind the scenes do the real work. While they do the interviews and fire up the team. Athletes want fame so badly, they're as easy to trick as children.

  6. Well maybe but LANDRY was such a control freak. I just wonder how they can do all this in a short window and not let his duties as coach lapse. After all you now he wanted to win.

  7. I haven't investigated video of the pope, but I have looked into the fake moon landings. The media can create the illusion of an astronaut on the moon, so the pope in another country would be breeze.I don't know if they did this, but if I was the producer, and part of my responsibilities are cost effectiveness. I would book a studio with numerous pre-established sets. Have the crew add a few catholic touches to Mexico, Nigeria, Budapest, Bombay, etc.. Hire a dozen or so extras that are made to appear from those countries, and film the pope interacting with the extras for a few minutes. In one day footage from 10 or more countries could be generated.When aired, splice in the footage of the Pope kissing the ground, than the studio video, and finally cut to footage of a large crowd in the country he is visiting. The crowd film could be stock, or production companies in foreign countries could manufacture it fairly cheaply, just like shoes.Do we even know if Tom Landry is his real name? If presidents and CEOs are actors, why couldn't an NFL coach be an actor as well. Most people would think its far more implausible for an actor to be President than a football coach.

  8. goys, check out pope PIUS XII, he looks so incredibly jewy its off the charts. i bet theyve been doing their "cathlic" thing for a loooong time. we are discovering incredible frauds from as far back as 60 or 80 yrs. how long do u think this haas been going on ? 2000 yrs ago they already said "his disciples stole the body of this man (the G-man) and bribed them with money to have their way. they are doing the same today.. so what we read is only their version of things. in my encyclopedia (any encyclopedia) i find names like hannelore kohl, bill clinton, george bush, barack obama, but it is obvious that all these names are a masonic reality. they are only real because these people are in league with powerful spirits that give them the power to deceive the dumb masses who believe their reality. without anyone believeing this would not be reality.

  9. dont forget masonic games like baseball where u run around the square/circle to ascend the 3rd base. googlle maps check it for "ogden baseball field". ogden baseball field in utah they built it just like the compass of the masons. then other ballsports can also be interpreted as chasing the sun or other celestial bodies who are all round. but i havent done enough research on that yet.

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