Son of Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Babe Laufenberg Dies at 21

By Web Staff

Luke Laufenberg, the son of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Babe Laufenberg and a tight end at the University of Texas El Paso, has died after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. He was 21.

The elder Laufenberg posted on Twitter on Thursday, Aug. 22 writing, “we lost a son, a brother, a friend, and a warrior. Have never seen a person battle like Luke Laufenberg, but he lost his fight with cancer.”

A former walk-on at Texas A&M, Luke Laufenberg played at Mesa Community College before getting diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma after his only season at the junior college in 2017. He was declared cancer-free in May 2018 before experiencing further complications this past spring. Luke Laufenberg never played for the Miners.

Babe Laufenberg started six games for San Diego in 1988 before going to the Cowboys. He was Troy Aikman’s backup in 1990, getting most of his playing time in the final two games when Aikman was injured. Babe Laufenberg went on to a successful TV and radio career in Dallas.

Luke Laufenberg attended Jesuit High School in Dallas before spending his senior year at a small suburban private school.

Reactions

A number of people expressed their condolences to Babe Laufenberg and his family on Twitter.

“I’m so sorry, Babe. Luke was such an awesome dude. He’ll be greatly missed,” said ESPN reporter Tim MacMahon.

“Babe, so sorry for your loss. He was a lovely young man. Thoughts with your family,” added Cowboys reporter Mike Fisher.

“Babe, I am so sorry for your loss. Luke was incredible and I was honored to interact with him here in El Paso. I’ll be keeping you and your family in my prayers,” added Kaylee Heck of KFOX.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett became emotional at a press conference on Thursday.

“Luke was an amazing young man. You guys have heard me talk about ‘Fight’ a lot. I don’t know that I’ve ever a better example of that in my life,” he said. “What he’s gone through the last couple of years, the spirit that he had every day. To battle through it, to always be thoughtful about the people in his life—‘How’s my mom doing, how’s my dad doing, how’s my brother doing?’ Amazing.”

UTEP coach Dana Dimel told WFAA in a statement: “Luke touched my heart and soul forever. His spirit and fight are a reminder to me of what it means to play and coach the game of football.”

The Associated Press and Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this article.