“The connection between JKD and football has its earliest roots in the mid-’50s. Dan Inosanto, later Bruce Lee’s closest disciple, played football at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. Despite his short stature, Inosanto was the leading ground gainer for his team. He quickly came to the attention of a coach named Bob Ward…(who later was) the track coach with the California State University at Fullerton. Ward began to study martial arts with Inosanto in Inosanto’s backyard…from 1971 until 1976….(when) Ward was selected as the conditioning coach for the Dallas Cowboys.”
Jeet Kune Do and the Art of Professional Football
The Mark Gordon Company, who produced Saving Private Ryan and the upcoming remake of Murder on the Orient Express, is developing the story of Dan Inosanto, one of Bruce Lee’s closest associates. Turns out Inosanto was a key instrument in a secret training program that led the Dallas Cowboys to win Super Bowl XII.