Boys Will Be Boys by Jeff Pearlman
The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty

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They were America's Team—the high-priced, high-glamour, high-flying Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s, who won three Super Bowls and made as many headlines off the field as on it. Led by Emmitt Smith, the charismatic Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, and Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, the Cowboys rank among the greatest of all NFL dynasties.

In similar fashion to his New York Times bestseller The Bad Guys Won!, about the 1986 New York Mets, in Boys Will Be Boys, award-winning writer Jeff Pearlman chronicles the outrageous antics and dazzling talent of a team fueled by ego, sex, drugs—and unrivaled greatness. Rising from the ashes of a 1–15 season in 1989 to capture three Super Bowl trophies in four years, the Dallas Cowboys were guided by a swashbuckling, skirt-chasing, power-hungry owner, Jerry Jones, and his two eccentric, hard-living coaches, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. Together the three built a juggernaut that America loved and loathed.

But for a team that was so dominant on Sundays, the Cowboys were often a dysfunctional circus the rest of the week. Irvin, nicknamed "The Playmaker," battled dual addictions to drugs and women. Charles Haley, the defensive colossus, presided over the team's infamous "White House," where the parties lasted late into the night and a steady stream of long-legged groupies came and went. And then there were Smith and Sanders, whose Texas-sized egos were eclipsed only by their record-breaking on-field perfomances.

With an unforgettable cast of characters and a narrative as hard-hitting and fast-paced as the team itself, Boys Will Be Boys immortalizes the most beloved—and despised—dynasty in NFL history.


About Jeff Pearlman

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Jeff Pearlman is a columnist for, a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, and the critically acclaimed author of Boys Will Be Boys, The Bad Guys Won!, and Love Me, Hate Me.
Published September 3, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 420 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Though the players Jones and Johnson drafted and signed banded together to win a then-unprecedented three Super Bowl titles in four years, Pearlman’s chronicle reveals a collection of sexual deviants (hulking defensive lineman Charles Haley was notorious for pleasuring himself in full view of his...

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In his latest effort, Pearlman (The Bad Guys Won! ) tells the story of how the Dallas Cowboys went from being a league doormat to a Super Bowl–winning machi

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And most memorably, there's Charles Haley, a seemingly psychotic defensive end who livened up team meetings by masturbating while discussing other players' wives, and who once cut open the roof of a teammate's convertible in order to piss into it.

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Bleacher Report

I just finished reading the second chapter, which is all about the firing of Tom Landry and the sale of the team to Jerry Jones.

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Bleacher Report

I got my copy of Boys Will Be Boys, Jeff Pearlman's recent take on the '90s Dallas Cowboys, on Tuesday...And finished it last night.

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Budd Bailey 26 Mar 2014

Holy mackerel.

If you are going to write an expose about a group of individuals that staggers the reader at times, this is the way to do it.

Jeff Pearlman seemed to talk to just about everybo...

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