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Emmett Cleary





Boston College
3 Years Pro

2016 Season



09/27/16:    Signed with Dallas.

09/06/16:    Waived/Injured.

09/05/15:    Released, signed to New York’s practice squad (9/6) and activated (11/16).


The Dallas Cowboys signed Emmett Cleary to their active roster in 2016 after injuries along their offensive line left them short at the backup positions. He played in 13 games with one start for Dallas, but saw most of his time on special teams and in the jumbo package. Cleary originally signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a rookie free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft and has played for several teams since entering the league. He will return in 2017 to fight for a spot on the offensive line.


2016 (N.Y. Giants/Dallas):

  • Went to training camp with the N.Y. Giants but was waived/injured at final roster cuts. Signed with Dallas in Week 4 after the team suffered injuries along the offensive line.
  • Played in 13 games with one start, filling in for Tyron Smith (knee) in the season finale, seeing most of his time on special teams and in jumbo packages.
  • Made his NFL and Cowboys debut at San Francisco (10/2), playing in the jumbo package and on special teams.
  • Had the first start of his career, playing in place of Smith (knee) in the season finale at Philadelphia (1/1/17).
  • Made his postseason debut on special teams and as an extra blocker against Green Bay (1/15/17).

2015 (N.Y. Giants):

  • Signed with the N.Y. Giants and went to training camp with the team, was released at the start of the regular season and signed to the Giants practice squad. Activated on Nov. 11 and stayed on the roster for the rest of the year but did not appear in a game.

2014 (Tampa Bay/Oakland/Cincinnati):

  • Re-signed with Tampa Bay, was released during OTAs and claimed off waivers by Oakland, but was released at the end of training camp. Added to Cincinnati’s practice squad for the remainder of the season.

2013 (Indianapolis/Tampa Bay):

  • Signed with Indianapolis as a rookie free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft but was released following training camp and signed to Tampa Bay’s practice squad for the remainder of the season.


  • Played in 48 games with 29 starts in four years at Boston College and started every game in his final two seasons, playing right tackle as a junior and left tackle his senior year.
  • Started all 12 games at left tackle in 2012 and pass blocked for an offense that averaged 259.3 passing yards- per-game - the most since the 2007 team averaged 329.7 yards-per-game through the air.
  • Earned All-ACC Academic Team honors after starting all 12 games in 2011 as a junior for an offense that had six games with more than 100 rushing yards.
  • Played in 12 games and established himself as a starter at right tackle for the last five games of the season, blocking for Eagles running backs to gain 100-or-more yards in nine different games.
  • Played in all 12 games for an offense that ranked 39th in the country in fewest sacks allowed per-game (1.54).


  • Earned all-state honorable mention honors as a senior offensive tackle at St. Viator in Arlington Heights, Ill., also playing defensive end.
  • Was an Illinois State Scholar and a National Merit Finalist and was selected to the 2007 All-State Academic Team.
  • Born in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Majored in biology at Boston College.


  • 2016 The Salvation Army volunteer bell ringer.
  • 2017 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
  • 2017 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
  • Annual Team Holiday Hospital Visits.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.


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Recent Games

17@PHIL 13-27
16DETW 42-21
15TBW 26-20
14@NYGL 7-10
13@MINW 17-15
12WASW 31-26
11BALW 27-17
10@PITW 35-30
9@CLEW 35-10
8PHIW 29-23
6@GBW 30-16
5CINW 28-14
4@SFW 24-17
3CHIW 31-17
2@WASW 27-23
1NYGL 19-20
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