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PRO: Perhaps one of the biggest surprises league-wide in 2009 was the emergence of Miles Austin as a viable threat to any defense around the league. After his breakout performance from Week 5 in 2009 through the end of the season, Austin earned his spot as a starting receiver for the first time in his career in 2010 and signed a six-year contract extension prior to the first game of the season. After topping 1,000 yards for the first time in his career in 2009, Austin repeated the feat by finishing 2010 with a team-best 1,041 yards to earn his second straight trip to the Pro Bowl - as an injury replacement - and become the 10th rookie free agent in NFL history - first in Cowboys history - with multiple 1,000-yard seasons. His production was slowed in 2011 as he was hampered by a nagging hamstring injury suffered early in the season that kept him inactive for six games. In his 10 games played, Austin finished fourth on the team with 43 catches and 579 yards while finishing third with seven touchdowns. Austin originally joined the club as one of just three rookie free agents to make the team out of training camp in 2006 and saw most of his time through his first four seasons as the club’s kickoff returner. Leading up to the 2009 season, Austin’s progress had him slotted as the club’s third wide receiver, but after his breakout game at Kansas City, he moved into the starting lineup. By season’s end, he led the team with 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns while finishing second with 81 catches to earn his first career Pro Bowl selection. He first earned a roster spot as a kickoff returner and holds a 24.1 career average on returns - fourth all-time in team history. His 2,146 return yards are fifth in club history, and he is the only Cowboy to return a kickoff for a touchdown in the postseason.
9/9/10: Signed a six-year contract extension with Dallas.
6/11/10: Signed one-year contract with Dallas.
4/23/09: Signed one-year contract with Dallas.
5/1/06: Signed with Dallas as a rookie free agent.
• Despite missing six games with a hamstring injury, finished fourth on the squad in both receptions (43) and receiving yards (579) while finishing third with seven touchdown catches.
• Opened the season at the N.Y. Jets (9/11) with five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown - a 36-yarder. His touchdown catch upped his career total to 22 and tied Jay Novacek for 12th in team history.
• In the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18), led the team with nine catches for 143 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. His nine catches gave him 182 for his career to pass Marion Barber and tie Walt Garrison for 22nd in team record books, while his 143 yards upped his career total to 2,948 which allowed him to pass Patrick Crayton (2,888) for 16th in team history. It also marked his 12th career 100-yard outing and the sixth-most yards in a game in his career.
• His three touchdown catches was the fourth time in his career he had a multiple touchdown game and first since his two against Detroit (11/21/10). It was the first three-touchdown catch game by a Cowboy since Terrell Owens had four against Washington (11/18/07). Austin also upped his career touchdown catch total to 24 to pass Jay Novacek (22) and Patrick Crayton (23) for 11th in club history.
• Missed the first two home games after re-aggravating his hamstring in the San Francisco game.
• Returned at New England (10/16) and led the team with seven catches for 74 yards. Upped his career receiving yards total to 3,022 to become the 16th Cowboy with 3,000 yards while also passing Emmitt Smith (3,012) for 15th in team history. His seven catches gave him 189 for his career to pass Lance Rentzel (183) and tie Preston Pearson for 20th.
• Had three catches for 27 yards at Philadelphia (10/30) then two for 53 yards before suffering a hamstring injury and missing the second half against Seattle (11/6).
• Returned against the N.Y. Giants (12/11) after missing four games with a hamstring injury and finished the game with four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.
• Led the team with five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in the win at Tampa Bay (12/17).
• Had the team’s only score on a four-yard touchdown catch, finishing with four catches for 40 yards and the score in the home finale against Philadelphia (12/24).
• Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and finished with a team-high 1,041 yards with seven touchdowns on 69 catches - both second on the team.
• Added his second straight trip to the Pro Bowl after earning a spot as an injury replacement.
• Became one-of-10 undrafted players in NFL history to post multiple 1,000-yard seasons.
• Had five 100-yard games on the season, including a 166-yard performance for his third-highest single-game receiving yards total. Also tied his career-best with 10 catches in Weeks 1 and 2.
• Opened the season at Washington (9/12) with a career-high tying 10 catches for 146 yards and a score.
• His first catch at the Redskins marked his 100th career reception.
• Led the team with a career-high tying 10 catches for 142 yards in the home opener against Chicago (9/19).
• His 10 catches in consecutive games made him the second Cowboy with back-to-back double-digit reception games. The first was Michael Irvin (11/23/05 and 12/3/05).
• Had two catches for 20 yards in the win at Houston (9/26) before leading the team with nine catches for 166 yards with a career-long 69-yard touchdown reception against Tennessee (10/10).
• The 166 yards against the Titans were the third-most in a game in his career.
• Against Jacksonville (10/31) led the team with 117 yards on seven receptions - six in the first half - to give him his 10th career 100-yard outing.
• Had two catches for 16 yards at Green Bay (11/7) then finished the game at the N.Y. Giants (11/14) with two catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown gave him 17 for his career to tie Mike Renfro, Bill Howton and Dan Reeves for 16th in club history.
• Had two catches for seven yards - both touchdowns - against Detroit (11/21). His two touchdown grabs gave him 19 for his career to pass Alvin Harper and tie Butch Johnson for 14th in club history.
• Had three catches for 25 yards to go along with a career-long 60-yard touchdown run - his first career touchdown run - against New Orleans (11/25) on Thanksgiving Day. It was the second-longest run by a club receiver behind Kelvin Edwards’ 62-yard scoring rush against Philadelphia (10/11/87).
• Had four catches for 47 yards with a rush for six yards in the overtime win at Indianapolis (12/5) before finishing with two catches for 22 yards and a run for 26 against Philadelphia (12/12).
• His 22 receiving yards against the Eagles pushed him past 2,500 for his career.
• Caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown against Washington (12/19). His scoring catch gave him 20 for his career to tie Terry Glenn for 13th in club history while also making Austin the 14th Cowboy to reach 20 career touchdown catches.
• On Christmas night at Arizona (12/25), led the team with 115 yards and a touchdown on six catches. It was his fifth 100-yard performance of the season and the 11th of his career. His touchdown catch was his 21st to break a tie with Glenn for sole possession of 13th in franchise history.
• In the season-ending win at Philadelphia (1/2/11), caught two passes for 62 yards to give him 1,041 for the season. Jason Witten also crossed the 1,000-yard threshold in the game to mark the fifth time in team history two Cowboys pass catchers had 1,000 yards in a season. Both accomplished the feat in 2009 to mark the second time in franchise history Dallas had two receivers with more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.
• Played in all 16 games with nine starts - first nine of his career - to lead the team with 1,320 receiving yards - his first career 1,000-yard season and the sixth-most in a season in team history - and 11 touchdowns while finishing second with 81 catches.
• Earned his first Pro Bowl selection following his breakout year, third in the NFL, tops in the NFC, in yards and 14th in the league, sixth in the conference, in touchdowns.
• Became just the 15th undrafted player in league history to top 1,000 yards and the 12th with 10-or-more touchdowns in a season.
• Established a single-game club-record with his 250-yard performance at Kansas City (10/11) in his first career start, replacing the injured Roy Williams (ribs).
• Had a total of 482 receiving yards through his first three career starts - the most by any NFL player through his first three starts.
• Had a four-game stretch with 531 yards, the club’s third-highest four-game receiving yards total.
• His 81 receptions on the season were good for 15th in the league and tied for eighth in a season in club history.
• Had one catch for a 42-yard touchdown in the season-opening win at Tampa Bay (9/13).
• In his first career start in place of Williams (ribs), earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week with a career-best 10 catches for a club-record 250 yards with two touchdowns, including the 60-yard game winner in overtime at Kansas City (10/11). His 250 yards eclipsed Bob Hayes’ previous club record of 246 set at Washington (11/13/66).
• His 250-yard performance marked the first time in NFL history that a player reached 250 yards in his first career start and was just the third time a player reached 200 yards in his first start. Anquan Boldin (217 in 2003) and Mark Duper (202 in 1983) were the others.
• Austin’s game-winning overtime touchdown marked the first time an NFL player scored an overtime touchdown in his first career start.
• Had his second career start the next game after the bye against Atlanta (10/25) and responded with six catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns. His 171 yards were the most by a Cowboys receiver coming off a 200-plus yard performance and were the second-most yards by an NFL receiver following a game with at least 250 yards. His 421 yards over the two games were also the most ever by a Dallas pass catcher.
• His back-to-back two-touchdown games were the first by a Cowboy since Terrell Owens had two at the N.Y. Giants (11/11/07) followed by four against Washington (11/18/07).
• Caught five passes for a team-best 61 yards with one touchdown to go along with his first career rush - on a reverse - for 11 yards in a start against Seattle (11/1).
• Had just one catch for a 49-yard touchdown to give Dallas the lead in the fourth quarter in the win against Philadelphia (11/8). His four-game touchdown streak was the longest by a Cowboy since Owens had at least one in seven straight games in 2007.
• With his 49 yards against the Eagles, upped his receiving yards total from the previous four games to 531 - the third-most over a four-game span in franchise history - Owens, 575 (10/21/07-11/18/07) and 537 (11/4/07-11/22/07).
• Paced the club with seven catches for 145 yards and a touchdown on Thanksgiving Day against Oakland (11/26). His 145 yards tied Lance Rentzel (11/23/67) for the second-most by a Dallas Cowboy on the holiday and marked his fourth 100-yard performance of the season.
• Tied his career high with 10 catches for 104 yards with one touchdown to mark the second time on the season he had back-to-back 100-yard performances. Over the last two games, Witten also had 100-or-more yards in each game to make the duo the first to each record 100 yards in consecutive games since Bob Hayes and Lance Rentzel in 1967.
• Played in his 50th career game against San Diego (12/13) and finished with six catches for 71 yards with a touchdown to make him the seventh different Cowboy receiver to reach 10 touchdowns in a season.
• Led the team in the win at previously undefeated New Orleans (12/19) with seven catches for 139 yards to up his season yardage total to 1,138 - his first career 1,000-yard performance. It marked the fifth consecutive season the Cowboys had a pass catcher top 1,000 yards, the 24th time in club history and made Austin the 11th different Cowboy to accomplish the feat.
• His touchdown gave him 11 on the season - the sixth-most in a season in club history - and made him one of just five players in club history with 10-or-more touchdowns in a season.
• Had a team-best nine catches for 92 yards in the win at Washington (12/27), assuring Dallas of a spot in the playoffs. His 92 yards upped his season total to 1,230 to pass Witten, Michael Irvin and Owens for the eighth-most yards in a season in club history.
• In the season finale against Philadelphia (1/3/10), led the team with seven catches for 90 yards to help Dallas capture its 17th NFC East Division title.
• Made his first career postseason start against Philadelphia (1/9/10) and led the team with seven catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.
• Was held to just four catches for 34 yards along with his first career postseason carry (an eight-yard reverse) in the Divisional Playoff loss at Minnesota (1/17/10).
• Saw time as a reserve receiver and kickoff returner before assuming the return role full-time in Week 6.
• Finished the season with 13 catches for 278 yards and three touchdowns and 29 kickoff returns for 624 yards.
• Was inactive in the season opener after spraining his knee in the preseason game against Houston (8/22).
• Made his season debut against Philadelphia (9/15) and had two catches for 12 yards.
• Exploded at Green Bay (9/21), scoring his first career touchdown, with a then career-long 63-yard catch and finishing with 115 yards on two catches for his first career 100-yard outing.
• Found the end zone the next week against Washington (9/28) on an 11-yard catch.
• Registered his third career receiving touchdown on a 14-yard grab and took over kickoff return duties after Felix Jones was injured at Arizona (10/12).
• With his 76 yards on three returns at St. Louis (10/19), became just the 12th player in team history to top 1,500 career kickoff return yards.
• Suffered a knee injury at Washington (11/16) and missed the next three games.
• Returned to action against the N.Y. Giants (12/14) and had one catch for 23 yards and three kickoff returns for 76 yards.
• Served as the club’s leading kick returner, finishing third in the NFC (ninth in the NFL) with a 25.5 average on 24 attempts for 612 yards.
• Recorded his first career reception against the N.Y. Jets (11/22).
• Posted season and career-highs with six kickoff returns for 166 yards against Green Bay (11/29).
• Had a regular season career-long 60-yard kickoff return at Detroit (12/9) to finish the game with three returns for 112 yards and a 37.3 average.
• Finished his rookie season with 29 kickoff returns for 753 yards for a 26.0 kickoff return average - the second-best by a rookie in club history.
• Was inactive the first eight games before playing his first NFL game against Houston in Week 5 (10/15), when he made two tackles on special teams.
• Had a season-high 29.6-yard average on five returns against New Orleans (12/10), including a season-long 37-yard return.
• Returned three kickoffs for 136 yards at Seattle in the Wild Card Playoff Game (1/6/07), the second-most in team playoff history. Set team playoff records for kickoff return average (45.3) and longest kickoff return (93 yards - the first kickoff return for a touchdown in team playoff history).
• Finished his career at Monmouth University as the school’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions (33), receptions (150) and yards (2,867).
• In eight games as a senior, had 51 catches for 1,101 yards and a team-record 14 touchdowns.
• In his sophomore and junior seasons, led the team in catches, yards and touchdowns, catching a then team record 12 touchdowns as a sophomore.
• Was a two-year letterman at Garfield, N.J., High School, where he played wide receiver and defensive back.
• As a senior, recorded 75 tackles and 10 interceptions.
• Also played basketball, finishing with 1,028 career points, and was a member of the track and field team, for which he recorded the second-longest javelin throw in Bergen County history (214’8”).
• 2006 Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club.
• 2007-08 Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party benefiting North Texas Food Bank.
• 2007 Cowboys NFL Draft Day Fan Appreciation Party.
• 2008-09 SPCA Poker for Pets Fundraiser.
• 2009 Jason Garrett Play-It-Smart Football Camp Coach/Speaker; University of Princeton.
• 2011 Susan G. Komen iPromise PSA.
• 2012 Let’s Move event with First Lady Michelle Obama.
• 2012 Children’s Cancer Fund Fashion Show.
• 2012 Reliant Home Run Derby benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters.
• 2012 Stars of Texas Racing against the Odds benefitting American Diabetes Association.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys/Miller Fan Fest in San Antonio, Texas.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
• Annual Holiday Hospital Visits.
• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
• Kick Off Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.