Tony Dorsett Biography

January 2, 2020
First published on:January 2, 2020
by John Max

Facts of Tony Dorsett

Birth Name Anthony Drew Dorsett
Birth Place Rochester, Pennsylvania
Famous Name Tony Dorsett
Father Wes Dorsett
Mother Myrtle Dorsett
Net Worth $5.5 Million
Siblings 6
Nationality American
Ethnicity Afro-American
Currently Married Yes
Married to Janet Harmon Dorsett
Children 4

Anthony Drew Dorsett, a.k.a. Tony Dorsett is a former American football running back who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1977 NFL Draft in round one. After a decade with Cowboys, he played for Denver Broncos in 1988 but retired because of injuries. In 1994, he inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. 

The NFL veteran was born on April 7, 1954, in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Standing 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), he holds an American nationality who came from the Afro-American ethnic background. 

How Much Is Tony Dorsett Net Worth In 2020? 

As of 2020, Tony Dorsett has an estimated net worth of $5.5 million, mostly earned through his NFL career. 

In 1997, he signed a five-year contract worth $1.1 million with Cowboys, becoming the very first player in franchise history to reach this amount. Reportedly, he earned $450,000 in 1985, $500,000 in 1986 and $550,000 in 1987.

After retirement, he landed a job as a television sports broadcaster at ESPN. However, he now hosts the Tony Dorsett Celebrity Golf Classic for McGuire Memorial, which has raised nearly $5 million in support of the Foundation's mission.

Tony Dorsett's House SOURCE:

Besides, in 2013 he listed his Frisco, Texas house for $950,000. The suburban Dallas estate was built in 1999. The two-story brick house covers nearly 5,500-square feet and features a total of four bedrooms and five baths.

Married Twice

Dorsett tied the knot with Julie Simon on April 11, 1981, in Kauai, Hawaii. Their wedding was attended by a few NFL popular faces, including Ed "Too Tall" Jones. Julie, a native of Oxnard, California, met Dorsett in 1980 camp when she was a nurse at a hospital where Dorsett underwent a team physical. 

Tony Dorsett and his bride Julie Simon SOURCE: siphotos

Nevertheless, the couple's relationship did not sustain long. In 1985, Mrs. Dorsett filed him for divorce, citing discord or conflict of personalities. As a settlement, Dorsett agreed to pay her $2,500 per month in support.

Tony Dorsett second wife SOURCE: Twitter @Tony_Dorsett

 After fifteen years, in 2000, he married Janet Harmon. The couple is still together, living a blissful life. 


On September 14, 1973, Tony Dorsett became father following the birth of his son Anthony Drew Dorsett, Jr., shared with his girlfriend, Karen Casterlow. The duo never married, but Dorsett remained involved with his son throughout his childhood.

On 28th January 1992, he had his second child, a daughter named Jazmyn Dorsett, a basketball player. However, he never talked about his daughter's mother. 

Tony Dorsett with his wife and three daughters SOURCE: Twitter @mamadorsett

Furthermore, his two children Madison and Mia, are from his current wife, Janet Harmon. 

Early Years

Tony Dorsett was born to parents: Wes and Myrtle and grew up alongside his six siblings. His father worked in the steel mills for thirty years while his mother ran the household and carted the children to the Methodist church every Sunday. The family lived in a government-funded project called Plan 11.

 Before him, his elder brothers were track and football stars whom they served as Dorsett's role models and motivators. Since his early years, he was determined that he would not end up working in the steel mills. 

He attended Hopewell High School, where he excelled both in football and basketball. After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh and played for the Pittsburgh Panthers football team.

Career Highlights

  • Super Bowl champion (XII)
  • 4× Pro Bowl won in 1978, 1981, 1982, & 1983
  • 1981 First-team All-Pro 
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro won in 1982 & 1983
  • 1977 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
  • 1981 Football Digest NFL Running Back of the Year
  • Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
  • 1976 National champion
  • 1976 Heisman Trophy
  • 1976 Maxwell Award 
  • 1976 Walter Camp Award
  • 3× First-team All-American won in 1973, 1975, 1976
  • NFL record 99-yard rushing touchdown (Tied with Derrick Henry)

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