The Dallas Cowboys’ website states that coach Tom Landry hired Eskridge in 1959 as the team’s first equipment manager. This was the year before the team’s 1960 season debut. In addition to maintaining the team’s uniforms and equipment, he re-designed the team’s logo, which at the time was just a white star. He remained with the team until 1973.
Eskridge’s official obituary states the prior to his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys, he “joined the Marines and witnessed both flag raisings of Iwo Jima during World War II and then went to KU and played basketball. Jack also played two years professional basketball with the Chicago Stags and Indianapolis Jets. After graduation Jack coached the Kansas League Champions at Atchison High. ‘Phog’ Allen recruited Jack to be an Assistant Basketball Coach and equipment manager for KU from 1954-1959, where he recruited Wilt Chamberlain.”
It continues, “His love for teaching and coaching brought him back to Richardson, TX for 10 years. Afterwards he moved to Independence, MO to teach at Englewood Christian Academy. Later, he moved to Valley Falls, KS to retire, but was asked to assist coaching and teaching at Jeff West High.”
He is survived by his loving wife Carol, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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