Tony Dorsett Net Worth

Net Worth: $5 million
Age: 64
Full name: Anthony Drew Dorsett
Born: April 7, 1954
Country of Origin: United States of America
Occupation: Football Player
Last Updated: 2018


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Tony Dorsett (Full name: Anthony Drew Dorsett) is a 64-year-old retired African-American Football Running Back who is well known for his outstanding performance while he played for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos.

He is one among two American footballers who have won the Heisman Trophy, won the Super Bowl, won the College National Championship, been enshrined in the College Hall of Fame, and been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.

Tony Dorsett’s Early Life and Education

Tony Dorsett was born to Wes and Myrtle Dorsett, on the 7th of April, 1954 in Rochester, Pennsylvania.

In his high school years in Hopewell High School, Dorsett tried out for the football team. Then he was about 5 feet, 10 inches, and 147 pounds.

The coaches who tried him out concluded that despite that with his current weight Dorsett was too big enough to play the running back position in the team.

The next year he proved them wrong by taking a 75-yard screen pass for a touchdown against Ambridge during the season opener.

That same year, 1971, Dorsett made the All-State Selection after rushing for 1,034 yards and making 19 touchdowns.


The next year, he was selected in the All-State Category after he set a single-game rushing record of 247 yards and a single-season rushing record of 1,238 yards.

This carried his career rushing records to about 2,272 yards.

When he was leaving high school, Hopewell gave tribute to him. The school retired his No 33, and in 2001, Hopewell’s Stadium was renamed Tony Dorsett Stadium.

Tony Dorsett’s College Career

With his high school education done, Dorsett enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh after acceptance where he became the first freshman in twenty-nine years to be included in the All-American Category.

He led the Pittsburgh Panthers to their first triumphant season in ten years, finishing second in the nation with about 1586 yards in only 11 games.

His 1,586 rushing yards at the time was the most ever recorded by a freshman, breaking the record set by New Mexico State’s Ron “Po” James record in 1968.

During his first year at College, Tony Dorsett’s son, Anthony Dorsett, was born out of wedlock and he faced immense criticism and backlash with some saying he should drop out of college and take care of his new family.

He was at Pittsburgh, Dorsett took home a lot of trophies and accolades, sealing his name among the best.

Some of these awards are: the national title for his school in 1976, the Heisman Trophy, The Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the United Press International Player of the Year Award, and the Maxwell Award.

He was a three-time first-team All-American (1973, 1975, 1976) and a second-team All-American in 1974 by UPI and Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA).

Dorsett finished his college career with 6,082 total rushing yards, then an NCAA record.

He held this record until it was surpassed by Ricky Williams in 1998. Dorsett’s college football career is considered by many to be one of the best of all time.

In 1994, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and in 2007, he was ranked No.7 on ESPN’s Top 25 Players in College Football History.

In 1994, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Tony Dorsett’s Professional Football Career with the Dallas Cowboys

With his small size in the way, it was hard for Dorsett to convince scouts. They believed it would affect his performance soon enough.

The Dallas Cowboys selected him as their overall second choice.

Dorsett signed a five-year contract for a reported $1.1 million, becoming the first player in franchise history to reach this amount, although it was the second largest contract signed for a rookie, with Ricky Bell beating Dorsett with a $1.2 million contract.

In 1977 Dorsett set a new Cowboys rookie record and was also the only Cowboy to rush for more than 1,000 yards in his rookie season.

This is a record he held for 39 years, until 2016, when Ezekiel Elliott surpassed 1,000 yards in his 9th game.

Dorsett was named the starter in the tenth game of the season and became the first player to win the college football championship, and then win the Super Bowl the next year, when the Cowboys beat the Denver Broncos 27–10 in Super Bowl XII.

In his second season, Dorsett recorded 1,325 yards and 9 touchdowns, with the Cowboys once again reaching the Super Bowl, although they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIII.

His most productive season was in 1981, when he recorded 1,646 yards, breaking the Cowboys franchise record.

In the final regular season game against the Minnesota Vikings, he set an unbreakable record that can only be tied, with a 99-yard run for a touchdown, making it the most extended play from scrimmage in NFL history.

In 1986, running back Herschel Walker was signed into the Cowboys team and was moved into the fullback.

But despite his ankle and knee injuries, Dorsett still led the Cowboys in rushing for the 10th consecutive season with 748 yards.

Dorsett left the Cowboys for Denver Broncos in June 1988 after demanding for an exchange.

Professional Career with Denver Broncos

By 34 years, it was reported that Dorsett could still run forty yards in 4.3 seconds.

When Walter Payton retired the previous year, he had become the career leader in rushing yards among active players.

He appeared in 16 games that season due to injuries, and he was able to lead the team with 703 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

On September 26, 1988, Dorsett moved into second place of the all-time rushing list with 12,306 yards and would finish his career with 12,739 yards, trailing only Walter Payton.

He retired after suffering torn left knee ligaments during training camp the following season.

Tony Dorsett’s Awards and Achievements

During his career, Dorsett rushed for 12,739 yards and made 77 touchdowns in his 12-year career.

On January 3, 1983, while in a game in Minnesota, Dorsett broke a 99-yard touchdown run against the Vikings, the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history.

Then he broke the previous record of 97 yards, set by Andy Uram in 1939 and Bob Gage in 1949.

Dorsett was able to make the Pro Bowl 4 times during his career (1978, 1981–1983).

He rushed for over 1,000 yards in 8 of his first 9 seasons. He was a First-team All-Pro in 1981 and a Second-team All-Pro in 1982 and 1983.

Due to his numerous achievements in football, Dorsett was elected into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994 and was enshrined in the Texas Stadium Ring of Honor the same year.

In 1999, he was ranked number 53 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

He is the first of only two players in history who has won the Heisman Trophy, won the Super Bowl, won the College National Championship, been enshrined in the College Hall of Fame, and been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.

The football stadium at Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, is named after Dorsett and a street near Heinz Field, the home stadium of the University of Pittsburgh, is named after him.

Tony Dorsett’s Personal life and Marriage

Dorsett has four children who are Anthony (born out of wedlock while he was in his first year at college), Jazmyn, Madison, and Mia (three of them with current wife, Janet).

His son, Anthony, also plays football like his father. He has played high school football at Pearce High School in the Dallas.

In college, Dorsett Jr. played college football at the University of Pittsburgh where he played in forty-two games, starting seventeen.

Dorsett ended his college career with eighty tackles and three interceptions.


He played at the University of Pittsburgh and also played defensive back in the NFL from 1996 to 2003, making Super Bowl appearances with the Tennessee Titans (Super Bowl XXXIV) and Oakland Raiders (Super Bowl XXXVII).

Tony Dorsett’s Charity Work

Dorsett has done a lot to help improve the health of current and former professional athletes through promoting awareness of sleep apnea across the United States.

He has teamed up with prize-winning orthodontic technician David Gergen and the Pro Player Health Alliance to hold free public awareness events in local communities all over the nation.

Dorsett has helped get over an astonishing 150 former players successfully treated for sleep apnea.

Tony Dorsett suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease popular among former football and hockey players.

He had always complained about his memory loss as the primary symptom affecting him.

After a three-year hiatus, Dorsett hosted the Tony Dorsett/McGuire Memorial Celebrity Golf Classic.

The event took place at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley and Montour Heights Country Club in Moon.

For the event’s first 21 years, Dorsett and his long-time friend Dan Rains to helped to raise more than $10 million for the McGuire Memorial Home, a Brighton Township facility that provides comprehensive services to children and adults with severe mental and physical disabilities.

But since 2014, Dorsett hasn’t been able to attend because he has been dealing with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Without Dorsett, a Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, McGuire’s fundraising event lost some of its lusters the past three years.

But this year, the outing’s 25th anniversary, Dorsett and Rains decided to join forces one more time.

Tony Dorsett’s Salary and Net worth (2018)

Tony Dorsett has a net worth of $5 million. He made his net worth as a running back for Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos before retiring from the game in 1989.

The Pittsburgh-born player was selected by Dallas Cowboys for the 1977 NFL Draft, signing a five-year contract, worth $1.1 million – the second highest contract to be signed by a rookie.



With all his records, many touchdowns and rushing records, Tony Dorsett proved to the world that he carried an insane amount of power that could hardly be unrivaled.

He held records for decades without anyone coming close to them. It is evident that his name will live long and he will forever be remembered in American football.