Tom Landry was relaxed, somehow relieved, as he cleaned out his desk.
If he was bitter over being fired after 29 years as the Cowboys' head coach he never showed it. The only emotion he displayed Sunday was a smile.He looked a little tired, like he had lost some sleep in the hectic last 48 hours.
But he also looked like he was glad it's all over.
In Landry's first interview since he was replaced by new owner Jerry Jones, he told The Associated Press he will probably not coach again.
"It would be hard, not being in the Cowboys' blue," he said.
Landry, 64, walked out of his office for the final time on Sunday, saying he wouldn't be around anymore.
It left open the question of whether he would get the $800,000 remaining on his contract for this year.
"It wouldn't be fair to keep me around, hanging over everybody's shoulder," he said.
And even though he was the only coach the Cowboys had in their 29 years, Landry said, "People will forget me pretty quick."
Landry was fired after Arkansas oilman Jerry Jones bought the team. Jones and Tex Schramm, the Cowboys' president and general manager, flew to Austin to tell Landry he was being replaced by Miami Hurricanes' head coach Jimmy Johnson.
Johnson was Jones' roommate on Arkansas' national championship team in 1964.
The AP interview took place in Landry's office at the Cowboys' headquarters in Valley Ranch, 25 miles northwest of Dallas, where he was cleaning out his desk.
Landry said he knew his career was finished when Jones was announced as the new owner.
"No one had to tell me. I would have had to be pretty stupid not to know when they got on the airplane to come see me," Landry said. "They could have saved the trip because all they did was tell me I was fired."
Though it was an emotional experience, Landry said: "I'm not upset over what happened. I've never been one to get that upset, because I accept people as they are. Sure, the firing could have been handled better, but I won't get upset over it."
Asked about politics, Landry said: "No, I don't think that politics is for me. But it would be hard for me to stay inactive, and I'm probably going to do something."
Landry said it might have been best if he had stepped down three years ago, but that he felt an obligation to bring Dallas back to one more Super Bowl. The Cowboys went 3-13 last year, the second worst season in their history.
"I probably should have gotten out, but I really enjoyed the challenge of bringing a team to that game. In fact, I probably enjoy the challenge of it more than the actual game," he said.
"I knew I was taking a chance, but sometimes it's not what you know as much as in this case, who you knew. And I didn't know Jerry Jones."
Landry said in a way he feels sorry for Schramm.
"Tex has really showed a lot of emotion through this whole ordeal, and . . . Tex will probably have a harder time than I will, because it looks like he's going to have some hobbles (restrictions) put on him."