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It’s been a standing tradition with the Cowboys here recently that all rookies have to eventually earn their star.  When the rookies come into town this Thursday for the start of a rookie minicamp, they won’t receive a star on their helmet until they make the final roster at the conclusion of the preseason of their rookie year.

Randy Gregory decided to take matters into his own hands, forearm actually, and get his star before he is even signed with the team. 

Earlier today Gregory tweeted out photos of himself getting a star tattoo on his forearm with this message:

https://twitter.com/RandyGregory_4/status/595614559202836482

This immediately created a social media frenzy among Cowboys fans.  Take a look at some of the reaction:

https://twitter.com/LucyLuvsSports/status/595615797382373376

https://twitter.com/codyspencer/status/595693997693214721

https://twitter.com/Thee_JohnMerola/status/595615077962743808

Earlier in the week Gregory sent this out from his Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/RandyGregory_4/status/595398923696656384

On his initial call with the team immediately after being drafted, Gregory told head coach Jason Garrett, “I’m going to make you proud coach, I can promise.”  Garrett passed the phone to defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, and Gregory had this message “Be hard on me, be hard as you can on me.”

Gregory has yet to put on a Cowboys uniform, but is making all the right moves so far off the field and quickly becoming a fan favorite.

Byron Jones’ draft day started out like any other hopeful draftee in attendance in Chicago.
https://twitter.com/Byron16Jump/status/593856445239595008
https://twitter.com/Byron16Jump/status/593908442101780482
https://twitter.com/nfl/status/593915275982086145
 
By the end of the night, Jones was a Dallas Cowboy.
https://twitter.com/Byron16Jump/status/593991857027284992
https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/593987480681984000
 
The draft is a magical time for many young men that have played football their entire life.  Anyone that has played football as a kid has dreamed of playing in the NFL.  Even when those dreams become reality, sometimes it’s hard to believe.
https://twitter.com/Byron16Jump/status/594130331336310785
 
Jones’ new teammates were also watching the draft as the Cowboys made the selection with the 27th pick…
 
https://twitter.com/MrMince94/status/593981770787213312
https://twitter.com/DezBryant/status/593973397530349568
 
I’m sure we’ll see some interesting exchanges between Dez and Jones later this summer when training camp gets underway.
 
According to Mike McCord, the Cowboys equipment manager, Jones will wear #31.
https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/594180632068001792
 
 

This story starts with an exchange between a Houston Texans fan and one of their star players J.J. Watt, you may have heard of him.  I know, I know, but stick with me here, this story has a pretty cool ending.
 
Ashlee Sanchez is a Houston Texans fan that purchased tickets to Watt’s charity softball game that takes place this Friday, a five hour drive from her home town.  Other than the lengthy drive there’s one small catch, she purchased the tickets before she was hired for her new job.  So how do you ask your boss if you can miss work just four days after you start?  You take to Twitter and ask for a hand written excuse from the celebrity that’s hosting the event.
 
That’s just what Sanchez did, and to her surprise received a hand written note from Watt.
https://twitter.com/JJWatt/status/592861329884631040
 
By now you’re probably wondering why this article is on the Dallas Cowboys’ website.  Eric Garza, Sanchez’s boss, approved her day off and had a message of his own for Watt.

 

 

 
Cowboys or Texans fan, this was a pretty cool thing for everyone involved.  Bravo to Watt for taking the time to interact with his fans via social media.  Bravo to Mr. Garza for allowing his newly hired employee to attend an event for a great cause and most of all, for representing his Dallas Cowboys.
 

 

 

 
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon made an appearance on Showtime’s, The Jim Rome Show yesterday.  Nothing out of the ordinary as all potential first round draft picks are making the sports talk show circuit with the draft right around the corner.  Gordon’s choice of attire however, was out of the ordinary as he sported a Cowboys t-shirt under a hooded sweatshirt.
 
Rome asked Gordon, “Are you rocking a Dallas Cowboys shirt right now?”, prompting nervous laughter from Gordon as he began looking down toward his chest.  Rome pressed Gordon to show him the shirt and he slowly unzipped his sweatshirt to reveal a navy star centered on a grey t-shirt.

 

Gordon went on to explain that when he paid a visit to Valley Ranch earlier this month they gave him some gear.  He was wearing blue earlier in the day when he was working out and the Cowboys shirt was “in the bag” so he just put it on.
 
Is this some type of subliminal message from Gordon to Jerry Jones?  Probably not, but it still made for good TV for Cowboys fans that are still feeling the sting of the DeMarco Murray departure.  Check out the clip below.
 

The stars were out for as The Academy of Country Music held its annual awards show live from AT&T Stadium last night.
 
The event is usually held in Las Vegas but travelled to North Texas for the 50th anniversary airing.  It also set a Guinness World Record for most attended live awards show with an announced attendance of 70,252.
https://twitter.com/ATTStadium/status/589961153633079296
 
You could definitely tell the show was hosted by the home of the Cowboys as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders performed and greeted guests on the red carpet before the show, and helped stand in as ushers to present awards during.
https://twitter.com/DCCheerleaders/status/589899829343424512
https://twitter.com/DCCheerleaders/status/589908672815308801
https://twitter.com/RoseAndrews/status/589955450864406529
 
Cowboys past and present were also integrated into the show.
 
Tony Romo attended the awards with his wife Candice and later took the stage to throw a pass to cohost Luke Bryan before introducing Dierks Bentley.
https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/589933496648404992
https://twitter.com/LukeBryanOnline/status/589958012497952768
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIBTzbviHjM
 
Jason Witten took to the red carpet before the show and took the stage with Hunter Hayes to talk about the ACM Awards’ partnership with Child Hunger Ends Here.
https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/589925821151780865
 
The great Troy Aikman was also a part of the performance as he was part of one of the most moving moments of the night.  On the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombings, he introduced Alan Jackson who sang his hit song “Where Were You”.
https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/589928539484389376
 
Go check out the AT&T Twitter feed for all the red carpet action from yesterday’s event https://twitter.com/attstadium.