Induction Year: 2003
Billy Joe Dupree was a West Monroe native who began playing football at Richardson High, helping his team reach three state championship games from 1966-68, with two wins. He became an All-American at Michigan State, earning a trip to the Blue-Gray All-Star Game, and was a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1973. Dupree played 11 seasons at tight end as the Cowboys became known as “America’s Team.” He played 159 regular-season games in a row and in 22 playoff games. His career totals were 267 catches for 3,565 yards, 13.4 yards per catch, and 41 touchdowns. He played in three Pro Bowls (1977, 1978, and 1979) and was part of three Super Bowl teams (X, XII, XIII), winning in 1978 as the Cowboys defeated Denver in his home state, at the Louisiana Superdome.