Posted on Feb 16, 2013 in Alumni News and News
Jack Eskridge, a 1950 graduate of the KU School of Education and life member of the KU Alumni Association, was a U.S. Marine who witnessed both flag raisings on Iwo Jima. He played basketball at KU, professionally for two years in Chicago and Indianapolis, coached a championship team at Atchison High, assisted coach Phog Allen for five years, and in 1959 joined yet another coach legend, Tom Landry, who hired Eskridge as the Dallas Cowboys’ first equipment manager a year before the team played its first game. Once there, Eskridge took it upon himself to improve the team’s plain white star, designing the now-iconic blue star with white border that still graces Cowboys’ uniforms.
Eskridge left the Cowboys in 1973 to return to coaching, spending 10 years in Richardson, Texas, before moving to Independence, Mo. He retired to Valley Falls, but continued to help kids as a teacher and coach at Jefferson West High. Mr. Eskridge died Monday in Valley Falls at 89.
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