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TBT: Rookie RBs Energize Cowboys in Week 1 Victory; T.O.’s Long Celebration
The 2008 season began with high expectations following a 13-3 record the year before, but the first game was far from a familiar setting.
The Cowboys played their first game in Cleveland in 17 years, when they opened the season against the Browns on the road.
But the 2008 season kicked off behind Tony Romo, who was making just his second Week 1 start of his career. But the running backs stole the show, led by veteran Marion Barber, who was coming off a Pro Bowl season. Barber scored twice to go along with 80 yards rushing. He got some help from a pair of rookies, including first-round pick Felix Jones, who scored a touchdown on his first-ever NFL career. Jones finished with 62 rushing yards, while fourth-round pick Tashard Choice added 26 yards on a handful of carries.
Romo, meanwhile, was rather effective himself. He passed for 320 yards with one touchdown to Terrell Owens, who had some fun with his end-zone celebration. All throughout training camp, Owens talked about his speed, comparing it to Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, who had just won three gold medals in the previous Olympic Games.
After his TD, Owens got into his sprinter’s stance and took off to mock a race. What made it even more intriguing was the way he “finished the race” the next week against the Eagles. Read