IRVING, Texas – Last year, when the Cowboys won a game, head coach Jason Garrett awarded the outstanding player of the game with an authentic Louisville Slugger. The “swing the bat” award was a metaphor for adversity, reminding players to keep grinding.
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This season, the bats have been replaced by a new souvenir, hard hats worn underground by real coal miners.
“Really it’s about putting your hard hat on, regardless of circumstances and going down there and doing your job,” Garrett said. “We told them some stories about coal miners early on in training camp, and what they do each and every day, and how they get paid for what they do. And DeMarcus Ware demonstrated that more than anybody else in our win against the Giants.”