Today, football fans will have an opportunity to meet one of the great Dallas Cowboy players from the 1970s. On Thursday, May 31st at 5pm, Cowboys legendary tight end Billy Joe DuPree will be at the Three Legged Monkey, 1550 Hawkins (corner of Hawkins and Montana) for the last two hours of Sportstalk. Dupree will sign autographs and take pictures with football fans during the show (5p-7p). There is no cover charge. The program will air live from 5pm-7pm on 600 ESPN El Paso, with host Steve Kaplowitz. Pints will be on special and Three Legged Monkey is also rolling out a signature rolled taco for their menu. For more information, call 591-8817 or check out Three Legged Monkey’s Facebook page.
Billy Joe 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), NFC All Pro 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; in both games the Cowboys came up short against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dupree to this day, still leads all Cowboys tight ends with 41 touchdown catches (tied with current Cowboy tight end Jason Witten). He scored at least one touchdown in each of his 11 seasons.The durable DuPree never missed a game in his 11 seasons in the league and was part of the franchise's legacy of Pro Bowl tight ends that includes: Jim Doran, Dick Bielski, Lee Folkins, Mike Ditka, Jackie Smith, Doug Cosbie, Jay Novacek and Jason Witten. He was also a Cowboys co-captain and recognized as the team’s NFL Man of the Year.