PRO: Phil Costa made the most of his opportunity as a rookie free agent in the Dallas Cowboys 2010 training camp, earning a spot on the team as the squad’s backup center. Costa was one of four collegiate free agents to make the 2010 team, joining Barry Church, Chris Gronkowski and Danny McCray - the most undrafted free agents to make the final roster since the team produced three in 2006 (Miles Austin, Oliver Hoyte and Sam Hurd). In his first pro season, Costa saw action in four games with one start at guard. Coming into his second pro season, Costa was named the club’s starting center following the release of Andre Gurode. Costa went on to start all 16 games at center for Dallas, helping to clear the way for 6,008 total yards - the second-most in a season in club history.
4/30/10: Signed with Dallas as a rookie free agent.
• Named the club’s starting center at the start of training camp and started all 16 games for the first time in his short career.
• Made his first career start at center in the season opener at the N.Y. Jets (9/11) and allowed time for Romo to throw for 342 yards on 23-of-36 passes as the line gave up four sacks.
• Left the game late in the fourth quarter with a knee injury in the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18).
• Returned to start the home opener against Washington (9/26) and helped block for the first 100-yard rusher of the season - Felix Jones, 115.
• Helped the offense gain 434 yards - the second-most yardage of the season to date - against Detroit (10/2).
• Opened holes for DeMarco Murray to rush for a club-record 253 yards as the team finished with the fourth-most rushing yards in a game in team history (294).
• The offensive line did not give up a sack in back-to-back games against Seattle (11/6) and Buffalo (11/13) as Romo completed a career-high tying 13 straight passes to open the game against the Bills. The offense also scored a touchdown on each of its first four possessions to open the Bills game for the first time in team history.
• Started the game against the N.Y. Giants (12/11) but left in the second quarter with a concussion.
• Was cleared to play at Tampa Bay (12/17) and helped block for an offense that jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead while controlling the clock for 37:59
• Blocked for a new quarterback in Stephen McGee against Philadelphia (12/24) after Romo was out with a hand injury following the first series. McGee finished his first action of the season 24-of-38 for 182 yards and a touchdown behind the line’s effort.
• Played in four games with one start.
• Made his NFL debut in the season opener at Washington (9/12) while playing on special teams.
• Was inactive for the next four games before filling in for Montrae Holland (groin) at left guard midway through the third quarter against the N.Y. Giants (10/25) in his first action on the offensive line.
• Earned his first NFL start at left guard in place of Kyle Kosier (ankle) and Holland (groin) against Jacksonville (10/31).
• At Green Bay (11/7) played on special teams then was inactive for the remainder of the season.
• A two-year starter at Maryland who played mostly guard until his senior season when he started at center.
• Was one of the Terps top reserve linemen 2006-07 before emerging as the starting right guard as a junior.
• Played in 40 career games, including 30 starts (13 at right guard/five at left guard/12 at center).
• Started the final 24 games of his career.
• A two-time Academic All-ACC performer.
• In the weight room, owned the all-time Terps offensive lineman record in the clean (435 in 2008) and was second all-time in the vertical jump (35.5 inches in 2007).
• Started all 12 games as a senior at center and played nearly every snap at the position.
• Played in all 13 games as a junior, including starts at right guard in the final 12, while also playing left guard.
• Member of a line in 2008 that enabled Da'Rel Scott (1,133) to become the seventh Terp back, and first since 2002 (Chris Downs), to gain over 1,000 rushing yards.
• Played in all 13 games on the offensive line as a sophomore, starting six, five at left guard and one at right.
• Saw action in two games along the offensive line as a redshirt freshman, serving as the backup center.
• Three-year starter on the offensive line at Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J., spending all three years at left guard and did not miss a game in his career.
• A second team all-state pick by the Associated Press, a first team All-South New Jersey selection by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Camden Courier Post as well as a first-team all-county selection.
• Was all-parochial as a junior and senior and all-county all three years and an All-East region pick by PrepStar.
• Team finished 9-2 his senior year, advancing to the NJSIAA non-public finals.
• Also a three-year letterwinner in golf.
• Graduated from Maryland in May 2009 with a degree in criminology and criminal justice and has credits towards a master’s in finance.
• 2010 Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club.
• 2011 Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party benefitting the North Texas Food Bank.
• 2011 participated in Super Bowl XLV youth football clinic.
• 2012 Commissions for Charity Day at Local Hedge Fund Company benefitting Children’s Charities Worldwide.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
• Annual Holiday Hospital Visits.
• Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.
• Kickoff Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefitting Happy Hill Farm.• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.