Unsung Cowboys defensive standout Jethro Pugh dead at 70

Jethro Pugh, an unsung member of the "Doomsday Defense" that helped the Dallas Cowboys win two Super Bowls in the 1970s, has died. He was 70.

The team said Pugh died of natural causes Wednesday, four days before the Cowboys were to play their first postseason game in Green Bay since the famous Ice Bowl in 1967.

The longtime defensive tackle played alongside Hall of Famer Bob Lilly in that 21-17 Dallas loss that sent the Packers to the Super Bowl.

Pugh was the first Dallas player to lead the team in sacks five straight seasons (1968-72). DeMarcus Ware, the franchise sacks leader, was the only other to do it. Pugh is fifth on the team's career list with 99 1/2 sacks.