Wards of the League

This is the untold story of the first NFL team in Dallas

Wards of the League Author Mike Cobern grew up in the Dallas area, and at an early age fell in love with the Cowboys. One of his first memories was watching Super Bowl V, as his Cowboys fell to the same descendants that this very book is about. His intention was to chronicle something that had never been covered before and it was fulfilled in this, his first book. Today, along with his wife Deb, he still resides in Dallas and remains a football fan and avid historian.

Photos from Wards of the League's post 03/11/2024

This entry also has been posted on Mike Cobern’s page:

I thought that I’d make this week’s entry give a nod to Dallas Texans memorabilia. This statue is actually piggy bank that was designed by artist Fred Kail. Anyone who is proficient with ebay will find that all NFL teams along with major colleges, and even some local high schools, were produced.

I’ll be posting some other items leading up to the book release. Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of Mike Cobern (it is his bank and no it is NOT FOR SALE).🤣


This entry also has been posted on Mike Cobern’s page:

Advance Praise Endorsement from people in the know.

Many years before the Dallas Cowboys, my father brought the first NFL team to Dallas. Knowing people loved High School and College football, he figured a pro team in the Cotton Bowl would be a natural winner. The Dallas Texans came, but the crowds did not. Mike Cobern has gone through the family history of the team to reveal the inside story. It was a real adventure….and I got to live through it as a child.

Ed Miller, son of franchise owner Giles E. Miller

Photo of Ed pictured to the far right. On the left are brothers, Donny Miller, and center Randy Miller. Photo courtesy of Connell Miller Jr.


This entry also has been posted on Mike Cobern’s page:

Advance Praise Endorsement from people in the know.

I remember the 1952 Dallas Texans, but only vaguely. Mike Cobern has written a cogent and intriguing history of this misbegotten team. I recommend it.

Verne Lundquist, CBS Sports


This entry also has been posted on Mike Cobern’s page:

Advance Praise Endorsement from people in the know.

Few football fans know that the 1952 Dallas Texans even existed. Even ardent researchers have yet to find much information about the team. Mike Cobern fills the gap in his book, easily the most comprehensive account of the first NFL franchise in Dallas. His valuable research is a must-read for any serious fan of pro football and its history.

Jackson Michael, author of The Game Before the Money and host of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Podcast.

Photo of Jackson credit to Julie Wise.


I enjoyed doing the first podcast, for the book, with Jackson and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame last July.

Over the holidays, I was approached by Warren Rogan, who is the host of Sports Forgotten Heroes, and a great guy with a ton of knowledge. We put together a chat recently that you can listen to by clicking the link below.

Thanks to anyone that chooses to devote the time and attention!
You can also listen almost anywhere you get podcasts:


I’d posted this earlier on my individual page. And I thought we’d start out by posting here on the new dedicated book page, by making mention of the first Podcast I did with the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Jackson Michael is both a friend as well as fellow member of the Professional Football Researcher Association. He serves as the Moderator and Producer for the Hall and has his own group of networks where this interview can be heard. Jackson has written books on football and has a highly impressive knowledge of sports history.

We had a blast with this discussion, and it can be heard on the tshof.org website, along with being available on Google Podcasts, Apple Play, and Spotify.

Check it out, it’s a good start to the story.

More to come.

Photos from Wards of the League's post 01/26/2024

As an introduction to Wards of the League, this is a long-lost tale from pro football’s buried past.

Very few people even know that the 1952 Dallas Texans ever existed and played in the National Football League. For those few, who do know, the story has been forgotten in time. And for others, they believe that the former NFL Dallas Texans team now plays in Kansas City and are known as the Chiefs. Which is not the case and is another story itself.

Before the Dallas Cowboys became America's Team, these Texans were nobody’s team. The league’s first venture into the football-crazed hotbed known as the Lone Star State began with enthusiasm but ended in a doomed collapse prior to the season being over. The Texans’ rapid rise and subsequent fall, along with what happened to their leftover remnants, are chronicled in this book for the very first time.

In the NFL’s first thirty-two seasons, there were forty-seven failed franchises, but only once has the league shuttered a team in the seventy-two seasons since. And it happened in a place that now boasts of having the most valuable sports franchise in the world today. This story has been buried long enough. It is truly a tale of being in the right place…but at the wrong time.


This site has been set up to keep anyone, who wishes to be, informed of all the upcoming info leading up to the book's publications date.

Additionally, there will be both stories and bonus features that are a part of this lost piece of history.

Please pass this on to any friends that you might have.

More to come soon. Hope you enjoy!

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