Born in South River, NJ, on January 12, 1951, Drew began his football career at South River High School where he succeeded Joe Theismann as Quarterback. He continued his career at the University of Tulsa and was converted to a flanker where he caught 33 passes for a run-oriented team. He received the University's President's Award as the team's "best spirited and most unselfish" member. Drew graduated from Tulsa in 1972.
In 1973, Drew rose from a free agent to earn for the Dallas Cowboys career records of 489 receptions and 7822 receiving yards. A three time NFL All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection, Pearson was recognized for his achievements by being named to the 1970's NFL Hall of Fame's All-Decade Team. Drew led the National Football Conference in pass receptions in 1976 with 58. A team leader, he served as offensive captain in 1977, 1978, 1982, and 1983. He was on the Dallas Cowboys' Super Bowl X, XII and XIII teams. In 1980, the Cowboys selected Drew as their nominee for NFL Man of the Year and in 2011, he was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.
Since his retirement in 1983, Pearson has done work as a radio and TV sports broadcaster including color commentating for CBS television's broadcasts on the NFL, providing expert analysis for Home Box Office (HBO), and hosting the KLUV Dallas Cowboys post game show.
As a humanitarian, Drew sponsors the Annual Drew Pearson All Star Banquet in memory of his late father, Samuel Pearson and his late brother, Carey Pearson. This banquet is held annually since 1980 and contributes to the educational growth of a number of scholars along the eastern seaboard. Drew is also actively involved and serves as a board member for several organizations including, TROT (Therapeutic Riding of Texas), American Police Academy, and he serves as Chairman of The Samuel Pearson and Carey Pearson Memorial Scholarship Fund.
After retiring from football, Drew stated, "one of my main goals is to create and build a business that would be more successful than my football career." In 1985 Drew founded the Drew Pearson Companies, a manufacturer of licensed headwear for the NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA, NASCAR, the NCAA and the Walt Disney Company, among others.
After selling his company, Drew started focusing on consulting and speaking for corporations and community groups. His speaking topics include: "From the Locker Room to The Board Room" and "Facing the Challenge." Drew's presentations include football stories as they relate to leadership, teamwork and customer service issues in the work place.