Happy Birthday to Daryl “Moose” Johnston!
Johnston was drafted by the Cowboys in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft. There he received his nickname “Moose” from backup quarterback Babe Laufenberg.The name caught on among Dallas fans who would chant “Moooooose” whenever Johnston made a play.
As a Cowboy, Johnston played in 149 consecutive games from 1989-97. He was also one of the team’s top special teams players.
In the NFL, he scored 22 career touchdowns, but had more receptions in his career than carries. He has 294 career receptions for 2,227 yards for a 7.6 yard per catch average and rushed for 753 yards on 232 carries for an average of 3.2 yards per carry. In 1993 Johnston had 50 receptions and averaged 7.4 yards per catch. Johnston earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1993 and 1994. Johnston was a member of three Super Bowl winning teams.
His 294 receptions is the third highest total among Cowboys running backs.
Due mainly to Johnston’s contributions, the NFL created the fullback position in the Pro Bowl. Prior to this change blocking fullback had little chance of beating out a regular running back who had many more carries. In 1993 Johnston became the first fullback ever selected for the Pro Bowl.