Brandt: First roof tear was memorable

Anyone remember the first time there was a hole in the Metrodome roof?

NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt was there, back when he was VP of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys. And he is quick to remind us that the game was played as scheduled – and produced a record that will never be broken.

As Brandt recalls:

“The Cowboys were scheduled to play the final game of the 1982 regular season in Minnesota. It was the first year of the Metrodome and there was a tear in the roof four days before the game. They weren’t sure if they’d make the repairs in time to play the game, but as it turned out, they did.”

“So we played the game as scheduled. And that was the game in which Tony Dorsett set an NFL record with his 99-yard touchdown run.”

Brandt’s favorite footnote from that historic play wasn’t that the roof issue almost forced the game to be postponed. It was that the Cowboys only had 10 players on the field when Dorsett made his run.

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