Marquez White, a cornerback who spent the 2017 season on the Cowboys' practice squad, had his jersey retired by his high school last night – for his talents on the basketball court.
White attended Northview High School in Dothan, Ala., where he was a duel-sport athlete. He was first team all-state in basketball and football his senior year.
"I had never had my jersey retired so I didn't how to react," White told Dothan Eagle reporter David Mundee. "I didn't know whether to be excited or proud. I knew I had worked my whole career towards building a legacy. I am extremely grateful."
White went to Florida State on a scholarship offer to play both sports, but ultimately decided to focus solely on football.
That decision proved to be a good one, as White got drafted by the Cowboys in the sixth round. Although he did not suit up this season, he is learning and making the most of his opportunities.
"I practiced every week and got to go up against Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, Hall of Fame guys who will go down with gold jackets," White told the paper. "Getting to go to work each day with them, I can't complain. I am doing what I love to do at age 23. There is no other place I would rather be."