Roger Staubach

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Roger Staubach To Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

November 12, 2018 - 10:25 am

DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN / AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach is set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and they include Staubach, and will posthumously recognize baseball legend Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley and others. 

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest honor for a civilian.

Staubach attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he won the 1963 Heisman Trophy, and after graduation he served in the U.S. Navy, including a tour of duty in Vietnam.

Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1969 and played with the club during all 11 seasons of his career. He retired from football in March 1980 as the second-highest-rated passer of all time at 83.4 (behind Otto Graham at 86.6), and was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Medals are going to Miriam Adelson, a doctor and wife of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor; Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after more than 41 years in the U.S. Senate, and Alan Page, who began a legal career after leaving the NFL.