They worked together on every offensive play for two seasons at Princeton, so the bond between Princeton head coach Bob Surace '90 and new Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett '89 is a strong one. Surace talked to Dan Loney about his close friend as he becomes the first Princeton graduate to become a head coach in the National Football League. The interview will air during halftime of this weekend's Princeton-Yale football game on WPRB 103.3 FM and GoPrincetonTigers.com, but you can hear it by clicking on the link above.
Garrett was the captain of the 1988 Princeton team and went on to win the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year. He threw for 2,217 yards that season; only two Princeton quarterbacks have thrown for more yards in a single season since (Matt Verbit, 2003 and Jeff Terrell, 2006). He ended his Princeton career with 4,274 passing yards, third most in program history, and led the Tigers to winning records in each of his last two seasons.
Garrett went on to the NFL, where he was best known for his time as a backup to Troy Aikman on the Dallas Cowboys. His career highlight came on Thanksgiving of 1994, when he completed 15 of 26 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers. He led Dallas to a team record 36 second-half points in a game that was listed among the 10 Most Memorable Games at Texas Stadium.
Like Surace, who spent nine years with the Cincinnati Bengals before taking over at Princeton prior to the 2010 season, Garrett joined the NFL coaching ranks and served as the Dallas offensive coordinator before being named head coach Nov. 8. He will become the first Princeton graduate to coach an NFL game in the same state he played his high school and college football; Dallas will take on NFC East frontrunner New York at 4:15 at the New Meadowlands Stadium.