Dwight Clark made his name against the Cowboys with "The Catch," one of the most famous plays in NFL history. Clark, now the team's business-operations consultant, was asked by San Francisco reporters this week about the rivalry with the Cowboys and said: "The America's Team thing rubs the other 31 teams a little raw. Not that they're as much of an America's Team now, and not that they have the arrogance now, but why are they America's Team? They probably named themselves that."
Clark could use a history lesson: It was Bob Ryan of NFL Films who coined the phrase while editing the Cowboys' 1978 highlight film. Cowboys coach Tom Landry intially did not approve of the nickname, feeling it gave opponents added motivation when they played Dallas.
-- Charean Williams