Local U.S. Army All-Americans Visit Cowboys, Including Former Alumni

The Cowboys had some special guests on hand Friday at The Star in Frisco.

Some of the North Texas players selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that is played annual in San Antonio, visited head coach Jason Garrett and some of the players Friday.

Robert Barnes, a standout linebacker at Southlake Carroll and Denton Ryan's Earnest Brown were both in attendance. Barnes is the son of Reggie Barnes, who played linebacker for the Cowboys in 1995.

The two All-Americans took photos with several players, including Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott, who can certainly relate to the All-Americans. Back in 2013, Elliott also played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"Its exciting," Elliott said. "I played small school ball that was the first time I've been in full pads and a real setting, surrounded by people that were as good or better than me. I think that was the most unique part about this game. It was cool to meet them. I know they're excited to play in it."

The 17th U.S. Army All-American Bowl is scheduled to take place on January 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM (CST) in San Antonio and will be broadcast nationally on NBC and live across the world to soldiers deployed overseas in the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation's premier high school All-American game, featuring the best 90 players in a classic East vs. West match-up every January in San Antonio's Alamodome. Each year, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl provides a glimpse into the future of college and pro football. 

The history and tradition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl is unparalleled, highlighted by Heisman Trophy winners and NFL MVPs. A total of 330 U.S. Army All-Americans have been selected in the NFL Draft.

The Bowl has consistently featured the nation's most elite football players, providing a launching pad for college and NFL stars: Andrew Luck (2008), Odell Beckham Jr. (2011), Jamaal Charles (2005), Patrick Peterson (2008), and hundreds more.

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