March 11, 2007
Crossett (Ashley County) native Barry Switzer, seen here after the 1986 Orange Bowl, is one of only two football coaches to win both a national collegiate championship and the Super Bowl. Switzer’s sixteen-year tenure as head coach at the University of Oklahoma resulted in national championships in 1974, 1975, and 1985. He left Oklahoma and coaching in 1989 and did not return until 1994, when he accepted the position as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. In his first year, he led the team to a 13-5 record and the Super Bowl Championship. He retired from coaching in 1998.