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Billy Joe Dupree
Date of birth: March 7, 1950 (1950-03-07) (age 60)
Place of birth: Monroe, Louisiana
Career information
Position(s): Tight end
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
 As player:
1973-1983 Dallas Cowboys
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1976, 1977, 1978
Playing stats at

Billy Joe Dupree (born March 7, 1950 in Monroe, Louisiana) is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League who played his entire career (1973–1983) for the Dallas Cowboys.


College career

Before his NFL career, he played high school football at Richardson High School in West Monroe, Louisiana and collegiately at Michigan State University.

Recognized as the greatest tight end in Michigan State University history, even though he had few opportunites to prove his worth in the Spartans run oriented offense. He led his team in receiving as a junior in 1971 (25 catches, 414 yards, three touchdowns) and as a senior in 1972 (23 catches for 406 yards). Nevertheless, that was enough to get him noticed for All-America honors.

Dupree was the last tight end to lead Michigan State University in receiving. He ended his collegiate career with 69 receptions.

Professional career

Dupree was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round (20th overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft.

Known as a superb blocker and pass receiver, Dupree was one of the top tight ends of his era.

He caught 267 passes for 3,565 yards and 42 touchdowns. He also rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.

He was selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls (1976–1978) and assisted his team to a 27–10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII. Dupree was the top receiver of the game with four catches for 66 yards. He also played in Super Bowl X and scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XIII.

The durable Dupree never missed a game in his 11 seasons in the league.

Dupree helped start the franchise's legacy of great tight ends.

He was inducted into the College Football Blue/Gray Football Classic Hall of Fame, the Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas State African-American Sports Hall of Fame. He was also a Cowboys co-captain and recognized as the team’s NFL Man of the Year.

Post-Football life

More recently, he has become involved in many charities, including the Shriner's, as well as other inner city youth groups. He is an active participant in most NFL Alumni Children's Charity events. Dupree is a member of Omega Psi Phi.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

There have been numerous tight ends who have been overlooked by the Hall of Fame voting establishment and Dupree played a position that seldom receives the recognition it deserves.[citation needed] To many NFL fans and experts, Billy Joe Dupree's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is long overdue.[citation needed] For example, along with respectable regular season statistics, Dupree holds a record of post-season receptions by an NFL tight end with 39 (19 games).

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