While the Cowboys are never short on current superstars, their legacy was built on legends, many of which have long retired from the game. Still, former Cowboys players and coaches constantly garner headlines, which will be captured in the ongoing "Past & Present Blog." Here are some of the latest news items that have come from some members of the Cowboys' alumni.
Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony Set
Cowboys legends Drew Pearson, Jimmy Johnson and Cliff Harris will receive their new Pro Football Hall of Fame rings at halftime of the Cowboys' Sept. 27 home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Thursday.
Pearson (2021 Hall of Fame Class), Johnson (2020 Centennial Class) and Harris (2020 Centennial Class) were formally inducted in Canton, Ohio, in August.
Danny McCray on Survivor: Season 41
Former Cowboys safety Danny McCray has been announced as a part of this year's cast of Survivor, which returns for a 41st season.
The reality-based show, which airs in late September on CBS, pits 18 new castaways to compete for a $1 million prize.
McCray, who played a total of five seasons for the Cowboys during his six-year NFL career, currently works for the team as the youth camps manager.
He's not the first former Cowboys player or coach to be on the show. Other Survivor contestants include Gary Hogeboom (Season 11, 2005), Jimmy Johnson (Season 21, 2010) and Alan Ball (Season 35, 2017).
HOF WR Joins Broadcast Booth Sunday
Michael Irvin has admitted it himself – there's never been a microphone he didn't like.
The flamboyant former receiver, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be in the Cowboys' broadcast booth this Sunday to call the Dallas-Jacksonville game at AT&T Stadium.
Irvin will be a part of the Cowboys' broadcast team, featuring Bill Jones, former QB Babe Laufenberg and Kyle Youmans on the sidelines.
Irvin is no stranger to the broadcast, having done Cowboys' preseason games in the past. He is currently an employee of NFL Network, who is also airing the game live as well.
During the preseason, the Cowboys have used former players in the booth to join Jones and Laufenberg.
Isaiah Stanback called the game in Arizona on Aug. 13 while Daryl "Moose Johnston" was on the air last Saturday for the Houston game.
3 More Cowboys Into The Hall
In a weekend full of new Hall of Fame inductees, the Cowboys welcomed three more to the family.
A pair of legends from the 1970s – Cliff Harris and Drew Pearson – were both officially inducted over the weekend, along with Jimmy Johnson, the head coach for the Cowboys' first two Super Bowl wins of the 1990s.
That brings the Cowboys' official total to 20 members in the Hall of Fame. The that doesn't include about eight players/coaches with Cowboys ties that also made it to Canton, including Bill Parcells, Terrell Owens and Mike Ditka.
But players such as Pearson and Harris were true Cowboys, as both were members on the All-Decade team for the 1970s. Two decades later, the Cowboys were coined the Team of the 90's and it was Johnson and Jerry Jones that put together a collection of players that ultimately won three Super Bowls in a four-year span.
Witten in Attendance For Manning's Speech
While Tom Brady caught most of the attention for sitting nearside for Peyton Manning's HOF speech in Canton on Sunday, he had some company of other great players.
One of which was Jason Witten, the Cowboys' former tight end who likely will have a spot in Canton in the next few years as well.
Witten, Brady and Ray Lewis were among some of Manning's guests for his speech.
While they were not teammates, both Witten and Manning are former standouts at the University of Tennessee.
Joe Looney Decides To Retire
Throughout the entire offseason, dating back to free agency in March, we didn't hear much about Joe Looney, who was an unrestricted free agent who didn't re-sign with the Cowboys or another team.
This week, his name has surfaced a few times. Most recently on Wednesday when word came out of New York that the veteran center/guard has decided to retire.
This is just a few days after he signed with the Giants, to rejoin Jason Garrett, the offensive coordinator in New York. And just the day before that, Cowboys OC Kellen Moore loosely referenced Looney when commenting about the current center spot in Dallas and he said "Joe isn't with us right now."
But it doesn't sound as if Looney will be playing for either team anymore with his latest announcement.
He played 9 years in the NFL, including 5 seasons in Dallas. He started 32 games for the Cowboys. And when he didn't start, Looney was a valuable game-day lineman with his versatility to play either guard spot, as well as center.
Where Aikman Says Dak Is "The Best"
The contract Dak Prescott signed this offseason certainly puts the Cowboys quarterback in a different category than most of his peers.
If there's someone who should what an elite quarterback is, it would be Troy Aikman, who showed up to camp on Sunday.
Aikman, the lead analyst for Fox, was asked about Prescott, specifically his leadership skills.
"I think he's the best at it. I honestly do. I put him in a category in a handful of players in this league as far as that goes," Aikman said. "What he represents for this franchise, for our league, the type of person and teammate he is. I was telling Jerry when I was visiting with him that I really haven't been around many players, either as a broadcaster or as a player myself, that carry themselves the way that he does. I think the Cowboys are really fortunate to have someone like him representing the team."
Aikman was obviously one of the team leaders of his 90s teams that won three Super Bowls.
He also found himself recovering from injuries from time to time, something Prescott is going through. Aikman said it's hard to tell Dak suffered an ankle injury last season.
"I think every time I see him each year he gets better and better," Aikman said. "I know that there is a lot of concern about the ankle and how he's doing there. Heck, it's probably stronger than his other ankle with everything that he has in it. But I thought he looked great today. I expect him to have an outstanding season."
One of the NFL's first strength and conditioning coaches, and a member of the Cowboys for 14 seasons, passed away this week. Bob Ward died on Monday at the age of 87.
He joined the Cowboys in 1976 as a member of the coaching staff. But given his experience in Track & Field, which included being a member of the US Olympic Committee, Ward was able to create innovative equipment that would not only study the habits of players and their training, but found ways to translate that onto the field.
During Ward's 14 seasons, the Cowboys had 10 winning seasons, including a Super Bowl title in the 1977 season, his second with the team.
Ward developed a great relationship with Tom Landry, who often praised his ingenuity. After leaving the Cowboys in 1989, Ward stayed in the strength & conditioning community, developing a variety of computer programs for sports science.
Drew Pearson's Hall of Fame Presenter Revealed
The careers of Drew Pearson and Roger Staubach are forever connected through one magical Hail Mary, so it's only fitting that Pearson has picked "Captain America" as his Hall of Fame presenter in August.
Pearson and Staubach played seven seasons together in Dallas (1973-79), winning the franchise's second Super Bowl in 1977. Staubach's Hail Mary touchdown pass to Pearson in the 1975 divisional round game against Minnesota was ranked 15th on the NFL's list of 100 greatest plays in league history.
Pearson and the 2021 Hall of Fame class will be formally inducted Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio.
Linguist Gets Head Coach Job At Buffalo
Things have changed rather dramatically for Maurice Linguist in the last calendar year.
After spending his only season with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020 as the defensive backs coach, Linguist left the staff in a mutual decision for both sides. He left to join Michigan's staff as the co-defensive coordinator. But he only spent about 100 days in Ann Arbor as Linguist was recently hired as the head coach at the University of Buffalo.
Linehan Added To Missouri Football Staff
Former Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has found another gig, and will stay in the SEC. Linehan has been added to Missouri's staff as an offensive analyst.
He spent last season at LSU as the passing game coordinator.
Linehan's last NFL job was with the Cowboys as the offensive coordinator from 2015-18 and has over 17 years of NFL experience, including being a head coach of the Rams from 2006-08.
Pearson Recognized At Texas State Capitol
Soon-to-be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Drew Pearson was recognized on May 5 at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The former Cowboys wide receiver, who will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame in Canton in August, met with Gov. Greg Abbott to honor Pearson's upcoming induction.
Pearson was also there to support Superior HealthPlan and help build support for the COVID-19 vaccine. Pearson is working to spread awareness and to make sure all communities have access to the vaccinations.
Eddie George Gets TSU Head Coaching Job
First it was Deion Sanders being named the head coaching job for Jackson State. Now, another former NFL star is joining him to lead an HBCU school.
Eddie George, a longtime Tennessee Titans running back who finished his career in Dallas, has been named head coach at Tennessee State.
George, who played for the Cowboys in 2004, doesn't have much coaching experience at all. Since he retired from the NFL, George has served as a mentor for the Titans players, including Derrick Henry. But he's also been in front of the camera, in either media roles or even as a Broadway actor.
George joins a TSU program that has put several players in the NFL, including cornerback Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie, who is actually on the current TSU staff. Other notable alumni include Hall of Famer Richard Dent, and former Cowboys great, Ed "Too Tall" Jones.
George and Sanders aren't the only former Cowboys to become head coaches recently on some level. Greg Ellis was named head coach at Texas College and Jason Witten is the head coach at Liberty Christian High School, a private school near Denton, Texas.
Deion Gets Surprise Visitor In Debut
Deion Sanders officially kicked off his college coaching debut Sunday as the head coach of Jackson State University.
Just before kickoff, Sanders was shocked to see Troy Aikman, a teammate with the Cowboys from 1995-99, show up in Jackson, Miss. to see Sanders' JSU Tigers, which opened up a spring slate of games on Sunday.
Aikman said "I wouldn't have missed it" as he gave a big hug to Sanders.
Jackson State rolled to a 53-0 win over Edwards Waters College.
The JSU players presented Sanders with the game ball after the victory.
Kris Richard Lands Another NFC Job
Former Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard has been out of football for a year, but he'll back on the sidelines in 2021.
And he could be facing the Cowboys for at least a game as a new member of the Saints coaching staff. Richard has been added to Sean Payton's staff in New Orleans as the defensive backs coach.
He was rumored to be a candidate for a few defensive coordinator openings, including one in Green Bay. But Richard will join the Saints, who will play host to the Cowboys this upcoming season.
Richard coached in Dallas in 2018-19 as the passing game coordinator and DB coach. He previously coached in Seattle alongside Dan Quinn, who is now the Cowboys' DC.
Jason Witten Becomes High School Head Coach
The first time Jason Witten retired, he immediately jumped into the broadcast booth for Monday Night Football.
This time, less than a week since he announced his retirement, Witten is now moving into coaching.
The future Hall of Fame tight end has been named head coach of Liberty Christian High School in Argyle, Texas. The school, which is located just outside of Dallas/Fort Worth near Denton, announced the move on twitter.
Witten, who is technically still on the Raiders' roster since his contract doesn't expire until March, is expected to sign with the Cowboys for a day and retire as a member of the team he spent his 16 seasons with from 2003-17 and then in 2018.
Witten and his wife have four children that attend Liberty Christian, which is a private school.
Witten is the Cowboys' all-time leader in games played (255), receptions (1,215) and receiving yards (1,297) He's also fourth in NFL history in receptions with 1,228.
Former Players On The 4 Playoff Teams
This week's conference championship games will feature some of the greatest players in the NFL, especially at the quarterback position with three MVPs and another budding young superstar.
But you might all see a few familiar names out there as all four remaining teams have either a former Cowboys player or coach on its roster.
Here's a quick list of the guys trying to make the Super Bowl:
- Tampa Bay: Chris Boniol (coach), Kacy Rodgers (coach), Todd Bowles (coach)
- Green Bay: Tavon Austin
- Buffalo: Cole Beasley
- Kansas City: Anthony Hitchens, Damien Wilson, Charvarius Ward, Taco Charlton, Matt Moore.
Miles Austin Joining NY Jets Staff
Former Cowboys receiver Miles Austin is expected to join the New York Jets coaching staff.
The Jets' new head coach Robert Saleh comes over from San Francisco, where he crossed paths with Austin, who was an offensive assistant in 2019.
Austin has also been a coaching intern for the Cowboys before that.
A 10-year NFL veteran, Austin spent his first eight seasons in Dallas, where he earned two Pro Bowl selections in 2009 & 2010. He still holds the Cowboys' single-game record with 250 receiving yards in an overtime win over the Chiefs, his first pro start.
HOF Committee Discusses Pearson, Other Finalists
The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee met virtually this week to discuss the finalists for the 2021 Hall of Fame Class, including Cowboys legend and senior finalist Drew Pearson.
Pearson's candidacy will be voted on separately from the other finalists, including 15 modern-era players.
For election, Pearson must receive an 80% vote from the 48-member selection committee on Feb. 6. The 2021 Hall of Fame Class will be announced then.
Dan Campbell To Be Named Lions Coach
Former Cowboys tight end Dan Campbell is expected to be named the next head coach for the Detroit Lions.
Campbell, who was on Sean Payton's staff in New Orleans, is reportedly close to finalizing a deal to coach the Lions and replace Matt Patricia, who was fired in midseason.
Campbell, who played for the Cowboys from 2003-05 during his 11-year career, started his coaching career in Miami, where he was an interim head coach during the 2015 season. He then went to New Orleans, where he has coached for five years, including this past season as the assistant head coach and tight end coach.
Romo Going Into College Football HOF
Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has seen plenty of success after his playing days ended after the 2016 season.
After his record-setting career ended, he's dabbled into professional golf and has become one of the most recognized football announcers, if not the very best.
And now, Romo is headed to the College Football Hall of Fame.
The announcement was made by his CBS broadcast partner Jim Nantz during the Bears-Saints playoff game Sunday.
Romo was a star quarterback at Eastern Illinois, starting 33 games over three seasons. He passed for 7,816 yards and 82 touchdowns an earned Ohio Valley Player of the Year honors three seasons in a row.
In 2002, Romo won the prestigious Walter Payton Award as the best overall player in Division I-AA, now known as FCS.
While that was enough to get him drafted, he was certainly a high-priority free agent, signing with the Cowboys, where he eventually become one of the most illustrious quarterbacks in team history.
Thomas Joins Pearson As HOF Finalist
Zach Thomas, who played one season for the Cowboys in 2008, is among 15 Modern-Era Player finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
Thomas joins Cowboys Ring of Honor inductee Drew Pearson in this year's group of finalists. Pearson is a Seniors finalist and the selection committee will vote on his candidacy separately from the Modern-Era finalists.
Thomas played the majority of his career with the Miami Dolphins (1996-2007). He had 94 tackles for the Cowboys in 2008, his final year in the league.
Ring of Honor inductee Darren Woodson, the Cowboys' all-time leading tackler, made the list of 25 Modern-Era Player semifinalists but did not reach the finalists stage this year.
Chargers Eyeing Garrett For HC Spot
The Los Angeles Chargers have formally requested permission from the New York Giants to interview Jason Garrett for their vacant head coaching position.
Garrett spent just one year as the offensive coordinator in New York after 13 seasons with the Cowboys.
The Chargers went 7-9 in 2020 and recently fired Anthony Lynn, who also served as a Cowboys running backs coach from 2005-06.
The Chargers will pick 13th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft and feature a top young quarterback in Justin Herbert.
Garrett was the Cowboys' OC in 2007 when Tony Romo began his first season as a full-time starter. Garrett also oversaw the development of Dak Prescott and Daniel Jones, who was a second-year QB for the Giants this season.
First Pro Bowl Punter-Passes-Away
Ron Widby, the punter for the Dallas Cowboys first two Super Bowl teams (1970 and 1971), passed away today at the age of 75.
Widby is the first punter in team history to make the Pro Bowl and just the second ever for the Cowboys along with Mat McBriar.
Widby punted for the Cowboys from 1968 to 1971 and was a member of the Cowboys first world championship team (Super Bowl VI) in 1971.
Widby was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1967 but began his career with the Cowboys in 1968 after a stellar career as a multi-sport athlete at the University of Tennessee.
As a Dallas rookie in 1968, Widby registered an 84-yard punt in a game at the Saints (11/3/68), a mark that still stands as the longest punt in Cowboys history. He averaged more than 40 yards-per-punt in each of his four seasons with the Cowboys, and in 1969 he finished second amongst his NFL peers with a career-best 43.3-yard average.
After wearing jersey #12 as a rookie, Widby voluntarily switched to jersey #10 in 1969 so that rookie quarterback Roger Staubach could wear #12, the same number he wore while becoming a Heisman Trophy winner at the Naval Academy.
Widby was traded from Dallas to Green Bay after the 1971 season and played his final two years in the NFL with the Packers.
A native of Knoxville, TN, Widby (born March 9, 1945) was a rare three-sport professional athlete, playing one year in the ABA with New Orleans (1967-68) and also competing on the Senior PGA TOUR in the late 1990s.
NYG OC Garrett To Miss Next Game
Former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, the current offensive coordinator of the Giants, will miss Sunday's game against the Browns.
Garrett, who calls plays for New York's offense, has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the Giants to cancel practice on Thursday out of caution. The Giants said in an official statement that Garrett will continue to work remotely.
Garrett and the Giants have led a turnaround that saw them win four straight games before last week's 26-7 loss to the Cardinals.
The Giants will look to Freddie Kitchens to call plays against the Browns. Ironically enough, Kitchens was Cleveland's head coach last season. Kitchens also served as the Cowboys tight ends coach back in 2006 under Bill Parcells' staff.
Garrett, who coached the Cowboys from 2007-2019, including nine full seasons as head coach, should have enough time to return to the Giants' sideline in time for the regular-season finale against the Cowboys on Jan. 3.
Woodson Among HOF Semifinalists
Former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson is among 25 modern-era player semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2021.
Woodson, the Cowboys' all-time leading tackler (1,350), was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2015. A member of all three Cowboys Super Bowl teams in the 1990s, Woodson made four Pro Bowls during his 13-year career (1992-2004).
"I'm honored to be on the list. In reality I'd like to be put in the Hall of Fame," Woodson said last week on an episode of "The Star At Night" on DallasCowboys.com. "I feel like I've spent a lot of time on this semifinal list. My mindset is, what's the next step? And it's because it's a competitive mindset. I played the game to win championships -- which we did, we won three – and to win games, to build on relationships. But also individually, I had my own individual goals. Anyone that's been competitive at this level, that's your ultimate goal is to get in as an individual to the Hall of Fame."
This is Woodson's fifth semifinalist selection. Here is the rest of the 25 semifinalists, including linebacker Zach Thomas, who spent one season with the Cowboys in 2008:
Eric Allen, Jared Allen, Willie Anderson, Ronde Barber, Cornelius Bennett, Tony Boselli, LeRoy Butler, Alan Faneca, Rodney Harrison, Torry Holt, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Peyton Manning, Clay Matthews, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, Steve Tasker, Fred Taylor, Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne, Patrick Willis, Charles Woodson and Bryant Young.
The 25 modern-era player semifinalists list will be trimmed to 15 finalists next.
Former Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson already has been nominated as a Senior Finalist for the 2021 class. Separate from the Modern-Era list, Pearson must receive at least an 80% vote from the entire 48-member Hall of Fame selection committee in February.
Dez, Witten Shine For New Teams
Their new teams didn't come up with a victory Sunday, but former Cowboys greats Dez Bryant and Jason Witten had productive games for the Ravens and Raiders, respectively.
In his second game elevated from the Ravens' practice squad, Bryant caught his first NFL passes since the 2017 season with Dallas (four for 28 yards). The Cowboys' all-time receiving touchdowns leader (73) had been out of the league since tearing his Achilles' tendon just after signing with the Saints in 2018.
The Ravens fell to the Titans in overtime Sunday, 30-24.
Witten, who signed with the Raiders in the offseason, caught his second touchdown pass of the season to give Las Vegas a 31-28 lead over defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City in the final two minutes. Patrick Mahomes would lead the Chiefs on a game-winning touchdown drive, however.
Giants Part Ways With Marc Colombo
Marc Colombo, who has both played and coached for the Cowboys, was fired by the Giants on Wednesday as their offensive line coach.
Colombo reportedly had a heated exchange with Giants head coach Joe Judge over a decision to hire a veteran O-line coach to help or even oversee the team's offensive line.
Colombo was eventually dismissed from the staff. He was hired this offseason to join Jason Garrett, the team's offensive coordinator. The Giants have a few former Cowboys assistants on their current staff, including Derek Dooley, Freddie Kitchens and Jerome Henderson.
Colombo has spent 10 years with the Cowboys organization – six as a player from 2005-10 and four as a coach from 2016-19.
Heath Wins AFC Defensive Player of the Week
Former Cowboys safety Jeff Heath picked off two passes for the Raiders in a win over the Broncos this past Sunday. That earned him the AFC Defensive Player of the Week honor.
It's the second time in Heath's career to have two picks in a game after recording a pair against Tampa Bay in 2015 for the Cowboys.
Heath, who signed a free-agent deal with Las Vegas to join defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, has three picks this season.
The Cowboys have three interceptions as a team through the first nine games.
Bradfute, Lineman on 1960 Team; Passes Away
One of the original Dallas Cowboys, lineman Byron Bradfute, passed away this week at the age of 82.
Bradfute played on the first two Cowboys teams in 1960 and 1961 as an offensive lineman, wearing No. 77.
Signed as undrafted rookie free agent, Bradfute only played those two seasons in the NFL, getting in 12 games in 1960, the inaugural season of the Cowboys franchise, and then five in 1961.
Bradfute, a native of Beeville, Texas, played his college ball at Southern Miss.
Legendary DB Adderley Passes Away
One of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history passed away this week.
Herb Adderley, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died at the age of 81 on Friday.
While he spent most of his career with the Green Bay Packers, Adderley finished his career in Dallas for three seasons. In that span, he helped the Cowboys advance to their first two Super Bowls, including a championship victory in the 1971 season.
Adderley helped the Packers win five championship, including the first two Super Bowls.
He had 48 career interceptions, including six during the 1971 season with the Cowboys.
Adderley was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980. He is one of about 10 players who suited up for the Cowboys but had HOF careers primarily because of their services with other teams. Those players includes Mike Ditka, Jackie Smith, Terrell Owens and Bill Parcells.
Could Cowboys Face Dez In December?
Dez Bryant's return to the National Football League appears complete – and the Cowboys might face him on the field in December.
The former Cowboys great and franchise's all-time receiving touchdowns leader (73) is expected to sign onto the Ravens' practice squad, according to NFL Media and reports, though no official announcement from Baltimore yet.
Bryant tweeted this after the NFL Media report:
Bryant reportedly had a scheduled workout with the Ravens earlier this season. He has been working on an NFL comeback since tearing his Achilles tendon during a brief stint with the Saints in 2018.
Bryant played eight seasons in Dallas (2010-17) and made three Pro Bowls along with a first-team All-Pro selection in 2014 when the Cowboys fell to Green Bay in the controversial "Dez Catch" divisional-round playoff loss at Lambeau Field. He ranks third on the franchise's all-time list in career catches (531) and fifth in receiving yards (7,459).
The Cowboys play at Baltimore Dec. 3 on Thursday Night Football.
Former DB Officiates Dal-ATL Game
For a seventh-round draft pick, Nate Jones had a really good NFL career, playing eight years in the league, including the first four with the Cowboys, who drafted him in 2004.
But Jones seems to be even more successful as an official. Jones started out in the collegiate ranks and worked himself up to the Pac-12 Conference before he became an NFL referee last season.
Jones, wearing No. 42 as the field judge, worked the Cowboys-Falcons game on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.
As a player, Jones played 51 of his 106 career games with the Cowboys, mostly as a special teams contributor and nickel/dime defender. He went to the Dolphins, Broncos and Patriots before retiring from the NFL in 2011.
Deion Named Jackson State Coach
Deion Sanders, a Hall of Famer who spent five years with the Cowboys in the 1990s, has entered the collegiate coaching world.
Sanders has been named head coach of Jackson State University, which is not playing football until the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"I am truly blessed to be the 21st Head football coach of Jackson State University," Sanders said in the school's statement Monday. "It's my desire to continue this storied tradition and history of JSU and prayerfully bring more national recognition to the athletes, the university, the Sonic Boom of the South, and HBCUs in general."
Sanders, who played 12 seasons in the NFL and is considered one of the greatest defensive players of all-time, played from 1995-99 in Dallas. He helped the Cowboys win a Super Bowl in the 1995 season and was one of the NFL's most electrifying players, even playing both receiver and cornerback during the 1996 season, becoming one of the league's rare two-way players.
9 Former Cowboys Among HOF Nominees
Nine former Cowboys are among 130 Modern-Era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021:
- S Darren Woodson
- T Erik Williams
- RB/KR Herschel Walker
- DL La'Roi Glover
- WR Jimmy Smith
- LB Zach Thomas
- RB Eddie George
- QB Randall Cunningham
- QB Drew Bledsoe
The Modern-Era nominees list will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January.
Last month, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that former Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson has been nominated as a Senior Finalist for the 2021 class. Separate from the Modern-Era list, Pearson must receive at least an 80% vote from the entire 48-member Hall of Fame selection committee in February.
Jason Garrett Reflects On Time In Dallas
Jason Garrett is focused on his new job as Giants offensive coordinator, but he did begin his virtual interview with Giants media Tuesday quick reflecting on his nine and a half seasons as Cowboys head coach.
"I just want to acknowledge my time in Dallas and how grateful I am for the whole experience and everyone in the Cowboys organization for the opportunity and the support and the lifelong friendships that I've made," Garrett said, according to ESPN. The players, the coaches and the staff members that were with me and made my life way better, I am eternally grateful to them. And really appreciative to have them in my life and for that experience. Awfully proud of the program we built and the teams we had. We had a lot of great days there. So, again, I'm very grateful for that experience and the people that made that experience what it was."
The Cowboys announced in January that they would not seek a contract extension with Garrett, whose deal expired after the 2019 season. Mike McCarthy was hired as the Cowboys' new head coach a few days later.
Deion, NFL Network Parting Ways
Former Cowboys great Deion Sanders is leaving NFL Network after 14 years,
according to Sports Business Daily and multiple reports.
Sanders reportedly has decided to move on after his contract with the network expired and might pursue coaching.
"Deion has been one of the key figures responsible for the growth of the NFL Network," NFL Media vice president of communications Alex Riethmiller said in a statement, per Sports Business Daily. "We thank him for his work and wish him the best in the future."
Sanders played five seasons with the Cowboys (1995-99) and was a member of the team's Super Bowl XXX championship team. The former eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Greg Ellis Gets Head Coaching Job
The next chapter in Greg Ellis' career is now coaching. After a 12-year playing career, Ellis has been a film director and written screenplays, including the latest Juneteenth.
But now Ellis will head into the coaching ranks. He was recently named head coach of Texas College, an HBCU institution in Tyler, Texas.
TC will not play football games this fall because of Covid-19 concerns. But Ellis and his new staff and players are expected to meet virtually throughout the school year to get ready for the 2021 season. Texas College competes in the Sooner Athletic Conference in NAIA.
Ellis, a first-round pick of the Cowboys in 1998, played 11 seasons for the Cowboys. He won the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award in 2007 after posting 13.5 sacks following a ruptured Achilles injury the season before.
Ellis finished his career with the Raiders in 2009 and retired with 84.0 career sacks, including 77 with the Cowboys.
Romo Withdraws After Golf Injury
A wrist injury ended Tony Romo's pursuit of a third straight title at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.
The former Cowboys quarterback withdrew after Saturday's round at Edgewood Tahoe in Nevada. Ex-tennis star Mardy Fish won the title Sunday with 76 total points.
Romo, the lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports, had won the past two American Century Championships.
Former Cowboys DeMarcus Ware and Eddie George also competed in this year's tournament.
Romo & Roy on College HOF Ballot
The Cowboys were well-represented on the latest ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame, with seven players from the list of over 200 players and coaches from all levels.
Of the 99 divisional players (small-schools), quarterback Tony Romo is the most notable for the Cowboys. He starred at Eastern Illinois and was a first-team All-American at the FCS level, but also won the Walter Payton FCS Player of the Year award.
Other players on the ballot include Oklahoma safety Roy Williams, an All-American who won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2001, just a few months before being drafted No. 8 overall by the Cowboys.
Offensive tackle Flozell Adams, an All-American standout at Michigan State, is on the ballot along with linebacker Ken Norton Jr., a dynamic linebacker at UCLA.
Other players on the ballot who eventually made their way to the Cowboys' roster include linebacker Jack Del Rio, a standout at Southern Cal, kicker Luis Zendejas (Arizona State) and wide receiver Bernard Ford (Central Florida).
The announcement of the 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class Presented by ETT will be made in early 2021, with specific details to be announced in the future.
The 2021 College Football Hall of Fame Class Presented by ETT will be officially inducted during the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 7, 2021, at the New York Hilton Midtown. They will also be honored at their respective schools with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2021 season.
Tony Romo Starring In New QB Show
Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's football acumen is on display every Sunday as the lead analyst for the NFL on CBS. Now he'll be sharing advice with the younger generation of NFL quarterbacks.
Romo is set to appear in a new 30-minute interview show, "In the Huddle with Tony Romo," Sunday May 24 at 1 p.m. Central on CBS, the network announced.
Romo will sit down with the Jets' Sam Darnold, the Giants' Daniel Jones and the Bills' Josh Allen to discuss "the X's and O's of the position, the difficulties of preparing for next season in a 'virtual off-season' setting, making the leap from being a first-year quarterback to the second year, and second-year to the third, as well as show a different side of their lives on and off-the-field as an NFL quarterback," according to CBS.
CBS and Romo are also helping the NFL's COVID-19 relief efforts with national organizations such as The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.
- Rob Phillips
Taco Charlton to the Chiefs
Former Cowboys defensive end Taco Charlton has joined the Chiefs, just a couple days after getting released by the Dolphins.
Charlton, the Cowboys' 2017 first-round pick, was waived by Dallas two weeks into the 2019 season. He has 9 career sacks, including 5 in 10 games with the Dolphins last year after getting claimed off waivers by Miami.
Taco Charlton Waived By Dolphins
Former Cowboys first-round draft pick Taco Charlton was waived by the Dolphins on Thursday.
Miami claimed Charlton off waivers from the Cowboys last September after he was inactive for Dallas' first two games. He played against the Cowboys the following week at AT&T Stadium and collected a sack in the Dolphins' 31-6 loss.
Charlton showed flashes in two seasons with the Cowboys but never found a consistent role. He has 9 career sacks, including 5 in 10 games with Miami last year.
Romo Could Become This Generation's Madden
Safe to say Tony Romo has settled into this broadcast thing.
Romo, the lead NFL analyst for CBS the last three years, reportedly has agreed to a new multi-year mega-deal with CBS. Per the New York Post, Romo will make a whopping $17 million a year. That's the biggest contract ever for an NFL analyst, a salary that's basically on par with his final contract as the Cowboys' former starting quarterback.
Romo has drawn critical acclaim for his relaxed analytical approach in the booth. To Cowboys fans and perhaps nationally, he will always be remembered for his feats on the field. But he also has a chance to become the John Madden of this generation – an iconic voice for the league with a laid-back style that connects with mainstream viewers.
Former Cowboys Safety To Be Honored
Charlie Waters, a member of both Cowboys Super Bowl teams in the 1970s, is receiving a special honor from his home state.
The former Cowboys safety will be inducted into the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame class of 2020 on April 2.
Waters starred at Clemson before getting drafted by the Cowboys in 1970. He played for Dallas through the 1981 season and intercepted 41 passes during his 12-year career, making three Pro Bowls along the way.
Separate HOF Events For Jimmy Johnson, Harris
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will have two separate induction ceremonies for its 20-member 2020 Centennial Class.
Former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson will be inducted Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio with the five Modern-Era player selections, three Contributor selections and fellow coaching legend Bill Cowher.
Former Cowboys safety Cliff Harris is one of 10 Seniors selections who will be formally enshrined Sept. 18 in Canton during the Hall's Centennial Celebration.
Gil's Top 5 of Cowboys QBs
There aren't many people – if any – that have seen more Cowboys football games than Gil Brandt. As the team's VP of player personnel for 29 years, Brandt is also still a member of the media that studies both college and pro football in recent years.
And he's certainly not biased towards the players he helped bring into the organization.
Brandt recently posted his personal top five of all-time Cowboys quarterbacks, and after the rather routine picks of Roger Staubach first and Troy Aikman second, he went with Dak Prescott for No. 3, followed by Danny White and then Tony Romo.
Prescott has only played four seasons, but with two Pro Bowl selections and leading the Cowboys to the playoffs twice, it apparently is enough to overtake the likes of White and Romo.
Chiaverini Named Interim Colorado HC
Former Cowboys wide receiver Darrin Chiaverini, who played for one season in 2001, is currently the interim head coach for Colorado.
The former wide receiver for the Buffaloes, has been on the staff at CU for the past four years and was promoted recently to interim head coach when Mel Tucker left for Michigan State. Chiaverini is one of the candidates to land the full-time position.
Chiaverini played four years in the NFL, including the one year for the Cowboys, catching 10 passes for 107 yards and two scores in 2001.
Former OC To Lead LSU Offense
Former Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who has been out of coaching for the past season, is heading to the college ranks to join the national champions.
Linehan is expected to become the offensive coordinator at LSU, who had an undefeated season with Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and former OC Joe Brady, who went to the NFL to run the Panthers offense.
Linehan won't have Burrow, who is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick, but should have plenty of weapons to use from the always-talented LSU roster.
Linehan spent five years (2014-18) with the Cowboys, including the last four as the play-caller and offensive coordinator.
Former Cowboys on XFL Rosters
The start of the new XFL season kicked off this weekend, with all eight teams in action, including the Dallas Renegades, coached by former OU head coach Bob Stoops.
As expected, there were several former Cowboys on the field, including running back Lance Dunbar, who played three seasons in Dallas.
Here's a look at a list of players who either spent time on the Cowboys' active roster, practice squad or went to training camp with the team that were on the final rosters for the eight XFL teams.
- RB Lance Dunbar
- CB Treston Decoud
- WR Mekale McKay
- G Damien Mama
- S Marqueston Huff
- CB Deji Olatoye
- DE Kony Ealy
St. Louis BattleHawks:
- G Jake Campos
- RB Christine Michael
- WR L'Damien Washington
- CB Marquez White
Tampa Bay Vipers
- DT Nikita Whitlock
- DT Ricky Walker
- RB Trey Williams
- LB Kyle Queiro
- TE Connor Hamlett
Los Angeles Wildcats:
- S Ahmad Dixon
- LB Will Smith
NFL's Top 100 Players Honored
Where else are you going to see so many great players in one setting? The NFL did its best to do just that, inviting the Top 100 players on the field before Super Bowl LIV to celebrate its 100th season of football.
Just looking at the quarterbacks, Roger Staubach was huddled in a group that featured Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, John Elway, Brett Favre and Dan Marino.
Other former Cowboys who made the list and were also present were Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Bob Lilly and Randy White.
Larry Allen was also on the list as one of the top guards and the late Tom Landry was among the coaches. Wide receiver Lance Alworth, who spent most of his career with the Chargers but two years in Dallas, was one of the top wide receivers.
Former Cowboys CB Overcoming Adversity
Technically, Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward was never on the Cowboys' roster. He was an undrafted rookie in 2018 and had a strong training camp and preseason and figured to make the team before Dallas sent him to Kansas City on the night of the final exhibition game in Houston.
Ward has been a key member of the Chiefs' secondary and was on the field throughout Super Bowl LIV on Sunday night.
But Ward is apparently dealing with more than just trying to cover wide receivers. This week at the Super Bowl, Ward told reporters that he deals with a constant battle of anxiety and what helped him overcome what he described as stages of depression. Ward even admitted, "I thought about hurting myself" but said it was a simple book, given to him from a friend, that helped turn his life and career around.
Murray Joins OU's Staff
Former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, one of the greatest running back in Oklahoma school history, is returning to the Sooners as their new running backs coach.
Murray served as the RB coach at the University of Arizona last year but is now joining Lincoln Riley's staff in Norman.
"This is a really exciting day, being able to welcome one of our program's all-time best players back to Norman," Riley said "DeMarco had a tremendous playing career both at OU and in the NFL and has a passion for coaching and helping young men grow as players and people. He's got an incredibly bright coaching future and will be an outstanding mentor to our players. I don't think there's anyone better to lead our running backs."
Murray's four-year career at OU made him the school's all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 6,718 and nobody in school history scored more touchdowns than Murray, who found the end zone 65 times. He also helped OU win three Big 12 championships.
A third-round pick of the Cowboys in 2011, Murray has team records for most rushing yards in a single-season with 1,845 yards in 2014 and has the single-game record of 253 yards set as a rookie against the Rams in 2011.
Garrett Has Familiar Faces in NY
Not only have the Giants hired former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett to be their offensive coordinator, but there will likely be some other familiar names on that staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
The Giants have not made many official announcements regarding their coaches, outside of new head coach Joe Judge and Garrett. But according to multiple reports, Marc Colombo is expected to join the staff as an O-line coach. Colombo had that title the past two seasons in Dallas. The giants are also expected to add former Cowboys coaches Derek Dooley (WR coach in Dallas from 2013-17) and Freddie Kitchens to the staff. Kitchens coached the tight ends in Dallas in 2006 and most recently was fired as the Browns head coach.
Former Draft Picks In Super Bowl LIV
In order for the San Francisco 49ers to move the ball down field against the Kansas City Chiefs, they're going to have to contend with a couple of former Dallas Cowboys linebackers. In all likelihood, Anthony Hitchens and/or Damien Wilson will be on the field for every single Kansas City defensive snap in Super Bowl LIV.
Both players were drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round in consecutive years. Hitchens was drafted in 2014 and, over the next four seasons, would start 48 games for the Cowboys, filling in at all three linebacker spots. Wilson was drafted in 2015 and would start 22 games for the Cowboys in four seasons. Both players developed in Dallas and arrived in Kansas City as starting-caliber defensive players.
Chiefs starting cornerback Charvarius Ward was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie in 2018 but was traded to Kansas City just after his first training camp. Former Cowboys first-round pick Morris Claiborne is also on the Chiefs' roster, though he has been inactive for their first two playoff games.
San Francisco linebacker Mark Nzeocha was also drafted by Dallas in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft and appeared in seven games in two seasons with the Cowboys. He has played the majority of special teams snaps for the 49ers this season.
Darren Woodson Looking For "Urgency"
In the final "Happy Hour" show of the season, Darren Woodson didn't just join the crew up in Cowboys Club, but he brought former Cowboys fullback and his current business partner Tyler Clutts. The two had plenty of opinions on the recent changes on the coaching staff and how to make improvements
Woodson said he noticed a lack of urgency from the Cowboys, not only in the middle of games, but late in the season when the playoffs were still on the line.
"They didn't have any urgency. They didn't have the understanding," Woodson said. "I watched a lot of defensive backs last year (that didn't have urgency). Just finish the play. It's just the little things we saw with little inconsistencies. Just something was missing."
Clutts, prefaced his statement by acknowledging he only played five years in the NFL, including three with the Cowboys and has not been on a Super Bowl team, but echoed Woodson's sentiments.
"I saw a regression from certain players and saw a lack of seriousness in preparation and execution," Clutts said. "The games they lost had some big-time mental errors they shouldn't have made. And errors they probably wouldn't made that a year ago. Was that being relaxed or 'hey, we've arrived' or 'hey, I just got paid.' So what is it?"
Check out the entire show, which includes Woodson's thoughts on the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
During halftime of Monday's College Football Playoff title game between LSU and Clemson, ESPN unveiled its list of the top 11 players in college football history in honor of the 150th anniversary of the sport. Two players in the top-11 would go on to have prominent careers with the Dallas Cowboys: Herschel Walker and Roger Staubach.
Walker was named the second-best college football player of all-time; only Jim Brown was considered by ESPN to have had a better collegiate career than him. A running back for the University of Georgia from 1980-1982, Walker led the Bulldogs to a National Championship in 1980. He is the only player in NCAA history to finish in the top-three in Heisman Trophy voting in all three of his college seasons, winning the award his junior year.
Staubach played quarterback for the U.S. Naval Academy from 1961-1963 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1963. The Midshipman finished with a 9-1 record that season and concluded the year with the number two ranking in the nation.
The Cowboys took calculated risks in acquiring both Walker and Staubach based largely on what they accomplished in their collegiate careers. Walker went to the soon-to-be-defunct United States Football League after college. Dallas drafted him in the fifth round of the 1985 Draft under the assumption that the USFL would fold. Walker joined the Cowboys in 1986, and was selected to two Pro Bowls in three and a half seasons in Dallas, before becoming the center piece of a blockbuster trade to the Minnesota Vikings that would ultimately lead to the Cowboys acquiring Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson. Walker returned to Dallas in 1996 and retired with the Cowboys.
Dallas drafted Staubach in the 10th round of the 1964 Draft despite a four-year military commitment that included a voluntary one-year tour of duty in Vietnam. Eventually he would quarterback the Cowboys to their first two Super Bowl titles in 1972 and 1977.
Rank'Em: Best Cowboys From Clemson & LSU
The world will turn its attention back to college football for one game Monday night in New Orleans. A pair of undefeated teams - LSU and Clemson - will square off for the national championship at the Superdome.
Both teams not only have great traditions, but have given the Cowboys a few great players in their franchise as well.
Before tonight's big game, we ranked the 10 best Cowboys of all-time that played at either Clemson or LSU.
- Nick Eatman
Before Monday's National Title game, we ranked the 10 best Cowboys of all-time that played at either Clemson or LSU.
Coach Teague Nominated For Shula Award
Former Cowboys safety George Teague had a nine-year career in the NFL, including five in Dallas. But he's proving to be just as successful as a high school coach. In fact, Teague has been nominated by the Cowboys as the team's representative for the 2019 Don Shula Coach of the Year Award.
The NFL announced a high school nominee for each of the 32 teams for the prestigious award, named after Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula, the winningest coach in league history. The award is designed to honor a coach that exemplifies character, integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.
Teague is the head coach and athletic director at John Paul II High School, a private school in Plano. This past year, Teague led his team to a 10-3 finish and a spot in the state championship game.
Teague played for the Cowboys in 1996 and then returned after a stint with the Dolphins, to finish his career in Dallas from 1998-2001.
Shawn Witten, the brother of Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, was the Titans' representative as the head coach of Elizabethton High School in Tennessee.
All Don Shula Award nominees are invited to attend the 2020 Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL and will be recognized in special ways during the NFL's week-long celebration of football. Throughout the week, coaches will receive VIP access and accommodations at various events such as Pro Bowl practices and the Play Football High School Skills Showdown, a chance to interact and engage with various members of the football community and attend the Pro Bowl. Each coach will also have an opportunity to invite a senior on their roster to participate in the Skills Showdown to represent their high school football community.
- Nick Eatman
Hall Of Fame Finalists Set
The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday announced the 15 Modern-Era finalists for the 2020 Centennial Class, including linebacker Zach Thomas, who played for the Cowboys in 2008.
Cowboys Ring of Honor member Darren Woodson, the franchise's all-time leading tackler, was one of 25 semifinalists but did not make the finalist group.
Several legends with Cowboys ties have already been announced as finalists for the 2020 class in various categories:
- Former head coach Jimmy Johnson, who won two Super Bowls from 1992-93 (Coaches finalist)
- Former running back and assistant coach Dan Reeves, a member of both Cowboys Super Bowl teams in the 1970s (Coaches finalist)
- Former wide receiver Drew Pearson, Cowboys Ring of Honor member (Seniors finalist)
- Former safety Cliff Harris, Cowboys Ring of Honor member (Seniors finalist)
- Clint Murchison, founder and owner of the Cowboys from 1960-83 (Contributors finalist)
The 2020 Centennial Class will include 10 of the 20 Seniors finalists, 3 of the 10 Contributors finalists, 2 of the 8 Coaches finalists and 5 of the 15 Modern-Era finalists that were announced Thursday.
The 2020 Class will be announced during the "NFL Honors" primetime show on Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl.
Maher Signs With NY Jets
Former Cowboys kicker Brett Maher, who was cut towards the end of the season, was signed by the New York Jets after the season to a reserve/futures contract.
Maher will likely spend the offseason with the Jets and go to training camp to compete for the job.
He went 20 of 30 on field goals for the Cowboys in 2019 before being released in favor of Kai Forbath, who did not miss a field goal or extra point in the final three games of the season.
Maher signing with the Jets makes sense considering he hit both a 62-yard kick and a 50-yard field goal with the Cowboys against them back in October.
Maher is the only player in NFL history with three field goals over 60 yards in his career. However, while he made 10 of 15 career attempts over 50 yards, he was just 50 percent from 40-49, making 8 of 16, including just one of five this year.
As for Forbath, he will be an unrestricted free agent in March.
Former Cowboys Closer To HOF
Several legends with Cowboys ties are finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Centennial Class of 2020:
- Former head coach Jimmy Johnson, who won two Super Bowls from 1992-93 (Coaches finalist)
- Former running back and assistant coach Dan Reeves, a member of both Cowboys Super Bowl teams in the 1970s (Coaches finalist)
- Former wide receiver Drew Pearson, Cowboys Ring of Honor member (Seniors finalist)
- Former safety Cliff Harris, Cowboys Ring of Honor member (Seniors finalist)
- Clint Murchison, founder and owner of the Cowboys from 1960-83 (Contributors finalist)
The Blue-Ribbon Panel for the 2020 Centennial Class will elect 10 of the 20 Seniors finalists, 3 of the 10 Contributors finalists and 2 of the 8 Coaches finalists.
The Centennial Class will also include 5 Modern-Era Players from a list of 15 finalists. The finalists will be announced Jan. 2.
Emmitt Smith: From Signing Day to Playoffs
What a busy day for Emmitt Smith. The NFL's all-time leading rusher spent the early part of Wednesday, accompanying his son E.J. Smith as he made his announcement to attend Stanford on National Signing Day.
Later in the day, he was part of the "Happy Hour" show at Cowboys Club in Frisco, chatting with the crew about the Cowboys' chances to turn this around and make a run to the playoffs.
"It's all about inconsistencies," Smith said. "We've had some injuries this year. We know the issues we've had on special teams with the kicking. We know we haven't been able to stop the run … inconsistency. Offensively, our O-line been banged up. Consistency has been part of the issue. Performance wise the team has the talent but the consistency of not having guys in every week has been a problem."
But going back to his playing days, Smith said he can't recall too many teams that just "turned it on" and made a run to the playoffs.
"No, I've never been on a team where something clicks and we went on a run," Smith said. "We lost a game at Thanksgiving and went on a run. It wasn't like we were up and down the whole course of the year. In 95, we lost a few there but we had the pedigree already and kicked it in gear at the end. But I still think the Cowboys have the talent to do this."
McFadden Inducted Into College HOF
Former Cowboys running back Darren McFadden only spent three seasons with the team, but the fact he was a standout at Arkansas certainly didn't hurt his chances to join the Cowboys back in 2015.
McFadden's three seasons at Arkansas have made him a legend in the state and it's not just Jerry Jones who thinks so. McFadden was recently named to the National Football Foundation (NFF) College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday in New York.
McFadden, a two-time runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, ranks second in the SEC career rushing list with 4,590 yards.
Drafted No. 4 overall by the Raiders in 2008, McFadden spent his first seven years of his career with Oakland before the final three in Dallas. In 2015, McFadden rushed for 1,089 yards despite starting only 10 games, to finish fourth in the NFL that season.
Darren Woodson Among HOF Semifinalists
For the fourth time, former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Woodson is among 25 modern-era semifinalists for the 2020 class, the Hall of Fame announced Tuesday. The Cowboys' all-time leading tackler (1,350) and Ring of Honor inductee won three Super Bowls and made five Pro Bowls during his 13-year career.
As part of the NFL's Centennial Celebration, the 2020 class will be expanded to 20 inductees and include five modern-era players. From the 25 semifinalists announced today, 15 modern-era finalists will be selected on Jan. 2.
Linebacker Zach Thomas, who played for the Cowboys in 2008, is also a semifinalist.
Patrick Crayton Impressed With DAL WRs
Former Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton joined the "Happy Hour" show this week and discussed what makes the Cowboys' wide receivers, led by Amari Cooper, such a balanced and productive group.
Crayton, who played for Dallas from 2004-09, says Cooper is one of the best route runners he's seen.
"His footwork and being able to sell that, 'I'm going to run by you at any time,' but not do it," Crayton explained. "His change of direction is what separates him from a lot of the other route runners."
Crayton addressed several other Cowboys topics, including Michael Gallup's development and the keys to finding success on offense against the Patriots this Sunday.
Check out the entire Happy Hour show featuring Patrick Crayton.
Former Lineman Erik Williams Honored
Former Cowboys right tackle Erik Williams has been elected to the Black College Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
Drafted by the Cowboys in 1991, Williams spent 10 seasons in Dallas and was a member of all three Super Bowl teams in the 1990s, returning for the 1995 championship season after a serious car accident. He made four Pro Bowls with the Cowboys and finished his career with the Ravens in 2001.
Williams is part of a five-man 2020 class that includes former NFL pass rushing great Robert Mathis. The induction ceremony is Feb. 22, 2020 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
D-Ware Puts Responsibility on Players
The Cowboys' all-time leader in sacks joined the "Happy Hour" this week.
While DeMarcus Ware is clearly one of the best players in franchise history, he doesn't always side with the players about everything.
In fact, Ware puts the Cowboys' 28-24 loss to the Vikings more on their shoulders.
"I think that falls back on to the players. I feel they had a good enough scheme to win the football game. There it was a lack of responsibility in certain areas. Yeah the guy was there, but he needs to make the tackle."
Ware addressed several other topics regarding the Cowboys, whom he believes is a better team than last year, despite their 5-4 record.
Check out the entire Happy Hour show featuring DeMarcus Ware.
Woodson Wouldn't Have Traded For Adams
One day after the Cowboys nearly pulled off a trade that would've landed them arguably the NFL's most dynamic safety, a former Cowboys safety weighed on in the decision.
Five-time Pro Bowler and Ring of Honor member Darren Woodson was a guest on the “Happy Hour” and expressed his opinions on the Cowboys not trading with the Jets for Adams.
Woodson spoke to the reports that suggested the Jets were only willing to part with Adams for a first-round pick and two second-round picks.
"If you're the Jets, of course you're going to ask for the house. He's a great young player. He's the leader of that team. Jamal Adams is a cornerstone player for the Jets," Woodson said. "Look, would I have loved to have Jamal Adams on (the Cowboys)? Absolutely. Would he have lifted the spirit and the talent level up on the defense? Absolutely. But you can't be willing to give that up. That's way too much to give up for a football player."
If there is a team that knows the value of second-round picks, it would be the Cowboys. Ironically enough, Woodson was a second-round pick back in 1992. The team also picked up Larry Allen in 1994 in the second round. Lately, Sean Lee, DeMarcus Lawrence and Jaylon Smith were all picked in the second round.
Check out the entire one-hour show with Woodson, who joined this week's cast of Lindsay Draper, Bryan Broaddus, Nick Eatman and Mike Fisher from 105.3 "The Fan."
After the Loss, Eagles Cut Scandrick
Less than 24 hours after the Eagles' loss to the Cowboys Sunday night, Philadelphia released cornerback Orlando Scandrick.
The veteran corner, who spent the first nine years (2008-17) of his career with the Cowboys, played in Sunday's game but wasn't that effective for the Eagles. He failed to make an open-field tackle on Tavon Austin during a first-quarter touchdown run. Scandrick was credited for three tackles.
The day before the game, Scandrick was obviously excited about his first meeting against his former team, tweeting out a pic of him arriving in Dallas that said "That (expletive) you wait for your whole life!"
Since leaving the Cowboys, Scandrick has now spent time with the Chiefs, Redskins and Eagles.
Carr Named NFLPA Community MVP
Former Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr has been named Week 5 NFLPA Community MVP after pledging to donate $12,500 per game ($200,000 total) this season to fund free screenings and diagnostic mammograms through the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Baltimore Ravens defensive back is making the contribution in honor of his late mother, Kathy Gail Carr, who passed away in 2004 after battling breast cancer. Carr and the foundation estimate that about 13,000 women who otherwise might not be able to afford these critical tests will benefit as a result.
"Being named the NFLPA Community MVP of the week is an incredible honor," Carr said. "There are a lot of players who are doing great things in the community, so to be recognized as this week's MVP is a blessing."
As has been the case since he entered the NFL in 2008, Carr has made his impact felt off the field during the season's first few weeks. In addition to his pledge, the 12-year veteran created a new literacy initiative called "Lit Buddies" last month that will provide bi-monthly subscriptions for books and other resources in an effort to promote a culture of reading among young students. Carr launched the program by donating 250 year-long subscriptions to students in Dallas and Baltimore, and by making a surprise visit to the second grade class at Baltimore's Glenmount Elementary School on September 30. There, he provided each student with their first Lit Buddies boxes, which included two new books, a writing journal, a Lit Buddies wrist band, a water bottle and other fun items.
The initiative is an extension of the work done by his Carr Cares Foundation, which focuses on improving literacy and physical fitness among youth. The non-profit also has a literacy mentorship program called "Reading Buddies" for second and eighth grade students that highlights the importance of reading through weekly meetings and activities.
Rayfield Wright Joins "Happy Hour"
Former Cowboys offensive tackle Rayfield Wright was the featured guest in this week's "Happy Hour" podcast, mixing up on-air talent from DallasCowboys.com and 105.3 The Fan.
Wright, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and Cowboys Ring of Honor member, had some hot takes on not only the Cowboys current status after losing two straight games, but the difference in the game today and when he played from 1967-79. Wright also told his share of stories, including the battles against Hall of Famer Deacon Jones, as well as what it takes to win a Super Bowl. Watch Now!
Callahan Named Redskins Interim HC
Former Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan is now the head coach of the Redskins, who promoted him on Monday after firing Jay Gruden.
Callahan, who was the Redskins' assistant head coach and offensive line coach, has been the head coach of the Oakland Raiders (2002-03) and guided them to the Super Bowl. He also served as Nebraska's head coach from 2004-07.
Callahan spent three years in Dallas on Jason Garrett's staff from 2012-14 as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.
Gil Brandt Gets Hall of Fame Ring
Just a few months after being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Gil Brandt was honored by the Cowboys on Sunday at halftime of the Packers. Brandt was given his Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence on the field at AT&T Stadium, in a ceremony that included Hall of Fame CEO David Baker and Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones.
Other iconic symbols of the Hall of Fame include Brandt wearing his Gold Jacket and his bronzed bust was also on the field for the event.
Brandt, the Cowboys' VP of Player Personnel from 1960-88, is the 17th member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Scandrick's Big Day For Eagles
Former Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scadrick had arguably his best game of his career this past weekend for the Eagles. The 12-year pro, who is playing for his fourth team, will likely be a candidate for NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Scandrick recorded two sacks, made four tackles, forced two fumbles and returned of them 44 yards for a touchdown. It was Scandrick's second career score and the first since he picked off Peyton Manning in 2010 and returned it 40 yards in a Dallas win over the Colts.
After his 10 years in Dallas, Scandrick has played for the Chiefs, briefly the Redskins and now the Eagles.
Church is Back in Service Again
Former Cowboys safety Barry Church, who spent seven seasons with the club, is now back in the building – on the media side of things. Church was well-known during his career for being friendly with the media and extremely easy to talk to, with his aspirations to become a broadcaster always being well-known among his peers.
His aspirations have come true, as Church is back in house with the Cowboys as a broadcaster and podcaster. You can find Barry in his debut season of Cover 4 [please link latest cover 4 episode HERE, an online show broadcasting from The Star presenting Cowboys and league-wide news every morning.
He's also a host for a brand new podcast from the Cowboys digital team called The Players' Lounge HERE, where he joins former Cowboy Danny McCray, another former free safety and special teamer, to talk all things Dallas Cowboys and NFL storylines from a locker room perspective.
Romo on Big 3 Contracts: "Just a Matter of Time"
The fun part about transitioning to a career in media is the chance to weigh in.
Tony Romo is arguably the best broadcaster in football right now, but he's also a former Cowboys quarterback – not to mention, the most recent Cowboys quarterback to sign a massive contract extension.
That gives him some interesting perspective on the team's ongoing negotiations with Dak Prescott.
In preparation for the upcoming NFL season, Romo appeared on "CBS Sports HQ," where he was obviously asked about Prescott and the ongoing speculation about his contract extension talks with the Cowboys.
"In the NFL, quarterbacks, running backs, receivers – it doesn't matter, it's about the production," he said. "Are you winning, are you helping your team win and are you producing. And Dak has done that since the moment he stepped on the field."
Romo knows that all too well.
Chalk Romo up as someone who isn't concerned about the Cowboys' current contract drama. Currently, three of the team's biggest stars are seeking new deals – most notably, Ezekiel Elliott, who is in the third week of a holdout.
But as Romo would know, these types of things tend to get done, which is exactly what he sees happening.
"I've been asked this about 40 times today, but all three of these guys – their deals are going to get done," Romo said. "It's just fun for people to talk about while it's going on, and when Zeke is going to come back. But they're all great players, and I think it's just a matter of time before they get paid."
Gil Brandt Officially A Hall Of Famer
Gil Brandt is officially enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Widely considered the godfather of NFL scouting, the 86-year-old Brandt pioneered player evaluation methods as the Cowboys' first vice president of player personnel from 1960-88, bringing in many of the stars that helped the franchise win multiple Super Bowls. He's now a senior analyst for NFL.com.
"It was very professionally fulfilling for me that so many of the traits we identified as scouting metrics and landmarks in the early days have been used by the greatest football coaches, scouts and evaluators of the current generation," Brandt said at his enshrinement speech Saturday night, wearing his new Hall of Fame gold jacket.
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones presented Brandt on Saturday in Canton, Ohio. It's the fourth time Jones, a member of the 2017 Hall of Fame class, has been asked to present a Hall of Fame enshrinee (Larry Allen, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin).
"He's been in my Hall of Fame for a long time," Jones said earlier this week, "but I'm glad he's finally getting recognized. Watch the full speech here.
Campo Returns For Camp Visit
The Cowboys only have eight head coaches in franchise history and one of them made a guest appearance on Tuesday.
Dave Campo, who coached the Cowboys from 2000-02, stopped by for a quick visit, along with Clancy Pendergast, an assistant coach from 1996-2002. Both came over for the day from Southern Cal, where the two are on the staff at USC. Campo serves as an consultant for the Trojans.
Campo actually had an interesting take on the Ezekiel Elliott situation, stating he wouldn't be concerned by the running back's absence right now. Watch More.
Hurns Returns to Miami; Joins Dolphins
Less than a week after being cut by the Cowboys, wide receiver Allen Hurns has found a new spot, and it's a familiar one.
Hurns will reportedly sign with the Miami Dolphins on a one-year deal that could reach $3 million.The former University of Miami standout will bring some veteran experience to the Dolphins.
The Cowboys decided to part ways with Hurns, who had rehabbed his knee injury and made a full recovery after a gruesome injury in the NFC Wild Card round against the Seahawks.
Hurns played just one year with the Cowboys, caught 20 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns. Before his stint with the Cowboys, Hurns played four seasons with the Jaguars.
Jerry Jones To Present Gil Brandt In Canton
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones will present Gil Brandt next month at Brandt's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in Canton, Ohio.
Brandt, the former longtime Cowboys vice president of player personnel, is among eight inductees in this year's Hall of Fame class. Jones, a member of the 2017 class, has been the Hall of Fame presenter for Cowboys greats Larry Allen, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.
Brandt originally stated his intentions back in February while covering the NFL Scouting Combine for NFL.com. The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday announced presenters for all eight inductees.
"Jerry is a friend, a confidant and someone who is a leader in the National Football League," Brandt told NFL.com. "He is also a man who took the foundation and philosophies of what we built with the Dallas Cowboys and expanded the organization's original vision and visibility to higher levels that no one could have ever imagined."
Romo Repeats at Celebrity Tourney
When the football season ended, there wasn't anyone predicting plays better than Tony Romo in the broadcast booth.
But as we're getting closer to another season, the former Cowboys quarterback and current CBS announcer has seemed to master something else.
Romo defended his title on Sunday at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, winning the American Century Championship in dominant fashion. The celebrity golf tournament uses a different scoring scale, as Romo was able to win by a comfortable margin, pulling away from other contenders such as Mark Mulder, Mardy Fish, Case Keenum and Steph Curry.
Romo has participated in two PGA Tour events this year and has said he hopes to in more in the future. If anything, expect him to go for a three-peat in this event next July.
Teague Recaps T.O. Story on the Star
It has been nearly 19 years since the famous T.O./George Teague story from Texas Stadium back in 2000. You've seen the clip for sure, as Terrell Owens, then a 49er, ran to midfield to celebrate a touchdown twice. But his second visit was met by George Teague, a former Cowboys safety who ran him down and blasted him off the star, creating quite a memory.
Teague, now an area high school coach who attended "Cowboys U" on Thursday to watch some of his players perform, joined the podcast. He was asked about the Owens incident and shared a unique story about his attempt to contact T.O. when he became a member of the Cowboys in 2006.
Check out the full interview here.
Romo Up For College Football HOF
Tony Romo's rise from undrafted rookie to 10-year Cowboys starter might become immortalized in the College Football Hall of Fame.
The former Cowboys quarterback is a first-time nominee for the 2020 class, announced Monday by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame.
Romo shattered school records at Eastern Illinois and earned first team All-American and Walter Payton FCS Player of the Year honors in 2002, his final college season before he joined the Cowboys as a rookie free agent in 2003.
The 2020 class will be announced in January leading up to the national championship game in New Orleans. National Football Foundation members and current Hall of Famers will vote on candidates and NFF's Honors Courts will deliberate and select the class.
Romo is among approximately 100 candidates from the divisional category. Former Cowboys offensive tackle Flozell Adams (Michigan State) and former safety Roy Williams (Oklahoma) are candidates for the 2020 class in the FBS category.
The full list of nominees can be found here.
Keith Davis' Son Signs With Arizona
Just like the Cowboys welcomed Larry Allen Jr. to the team this past weekend, the Arizona Cardinals are getting a look at the son of another former Cowboys player.
Jah'Shawn Johnson, a rookie free agent safety from Texas Tech, is the son of Keith Davis, a former Cowboys safety who played six years in Dallas.
Johnson, a four-year letterman for the Red Raiders, went undrafted but signed with the Cardinals after the draft – a logical destination considering he played for new Arizona head coach Kliff Kinsgbury at Texas Tech.
"To me, I'm beyond humbled," Davis said of his son playing in the NFL. "Just to be able to see my son have an opportunity to do what I've done and what he has set out to do."
Davis said Johnson, who starred at Ennis High School just south of Dallas, told his dad in the seventh grade of his dreams to follow in his father's footsteps.
"I remember him always telling me that he would go to the NFL someday. And I told him, 'Look, do you want to go to NFL because this is genuinely what you want to do or because it's what I did? Don't do it because I did because you'll be miserable. You have to love it and wake up every day wanting to be an NFL player.' He said, 'Nah Dad, I've always wanted to go to the NFL.' I'm just beyond grateful that I get to be here and witness it. It's a great opportunity for him. I think he has a great chance to make it."
Davis, who played his college ball at Sam Houston State, signed a free-agent deal with the Cowboys in 2002. He made the team that year, and then returned in 2004 to play five more seasons with the Cowboys. Davis currently ranks third in Cowboys history in special teams tackles with 97, trailing only Bill Bates (216) and Darren Woodson (134).
Cliff Harris Event Raised $2.1 Million
Former Cowboys safety Cliff Harris, a member of the Ring of Honor and NFL 1970s All-Decade Team, continues to give back to the Dallas-Fort Worth community with his 23rd annual Dream Gala, a fundraising event this past Saturday night at Omni Dallas Hotel to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund of Greater Dallas.
The event not only drew a star-studded cast of former Cowboys players and Harris' one-time teammates, but most importantly raised more than $2.1 million for the JDRF. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter's Fund A Cure cause to help Type 1 diabetes research and research related education to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives.
Not many times can an event attract such former Cowboys players as Pro Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach and Ring of Honor members Drew Pearson, Lee Roy Jordan and Harris himself, along with Charlie Waters, D.D. Lewis, Mike Renfro and former Cowboys receivers coach Derek Dooley. And on top of that, Gene Stallings, former Cowboys assistant coach, University of Alabama national championship-winning head coach and former Cardinals head coach – a College Football Hall of Fame member – served as an Honorary Chair along with Waters.
Harris, the undrafted free agent from tiny Ouachita Baptist University who earned the starting free safety job his rookie year, played 10 seasons for the Cowboys (1970-79), appearing in five Super Bowls – winning two – became a six-time Pro Bowler and never experienced a losing season during his 10-year career.
Harris also will raise further funds for JDRF with his annual Cliff Harris Reunion Golf Classic, scheduled for June 17 at Dallas Athletic Club. Harris became involved in JDRF in honor of his father, the late Buddy Harris, who suffered from Type 1 diabetes.
Woodson Leaving ESPN After 12 Years
Former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson, a Ring of Honor member and five-time Pro Bowler, is leaving his spot as an NFL analyst for ESPN after 12 seasons.
Woodson is actually going to be much closer to the Cowboys, as his real estate business is located at The Star in Frisco.
"My commercial real estate business in Frisco, Texas has grown in recent years, so much so that I have decided to focus more of my time on this," Woodson said in a statement for ESPN. "As I conclude this unforgettable chapter of my life, I thank everyone at ESPN for their friendship and for the knowledge they imparted on me, and for making my experience as an NFL analyst with the company so enjoyable."
Woodson joined the Cowboys in 1992 as a second-round pick. He helped the team win three Super Bowls in the 90s and made five straight Pro Bowls and was a four-time All-Pro selection.
In 2015, Woodson was inducted into the Ring of Honor at AT&T Stadium and has been a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction.
Romo's First Round At AT&T Byron Nelson
A scratch golfer throughout his 14-year NFL career, former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is competing against the best in the world this week.
Romo shot a 5-over-par 76 Thursday in the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. He's a sponsor's exemption is this year's PGA Tour event.
Through seven holes, Romo was 2-under after chipping in for an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole. But a pair of double-bogeys on No. 9 and 13 set him back, and he shot 5-over on the back nine to finish with a 76 for the day.
Romo just completed his second season in the CBS broadcast booth alongside Jim Nantz and has drawn critical acclaim as the network's lead NFL analyst.
A starting quarterback for 10 seasons in Dallas, Romo set franchise records for career passing yards, passing touchdowns and passer rating.
Legends Return For Taste of the Cowboys Event
Ring of Honor and Hall of Fame members Tony Dorsett, Rayfield Wright and Mel Renfro, along with host DeMarcus Ware headlined a star-studded list of names of Cowboys legends who made it back for the 15th annual Taste of the Cowboys event held at The Star on Sunday night.
The Cowboys, partnered with the North Texas Food Bank, put on quite a show at Ford Center, which was presented by Caliber Collision.
Views of the 15th anniversary Taste of the Cowboys, presented by Caliber Collision at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
This event allows the former players to pair up with local restaurants to serve food and wine at various stations across the field. The night also featured live and silent auctions on autographed items and other memorabilia.
"I think this is one of the best events that we do," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. "If you think about the best chefs in Dallas who donate their time and expertise, all in one venue. You get a chance to eat at some of the best restaurants in Dallas and it's all for a great cause. It's really been a fun thing. SO many people come here year after year. It's a great event – one of our favorites."
Other former Cowboys in attendance were Preston Pearson, Tony Tolbert, Chad Hennings, Charlie Williams, Danny McCray and Keith Davis.
All proceeds from the event will benefit NTFB's Child Programs, which help provide food access to the one in four children in North Texas who are food insecure. Last year's event provided access to 1.45 million meals for children in need. Over the years, the Cowboys have helped raise nearly $3.5 million to support the NTFB and its child programs.
McCray Embraces Role as Youth Camp Leader
For many NFL players, once their career is over, they're forced to start over. But for former Cowboys safety Danny McCray, he's back with the team he knows and loves. Now, instead of playing the game, he's teaching the game.
"It's amazing, get to walk into a building where I'm familiar with people around, and they're familiar with me. They know I'm a hard worker, and I know that they have my back," McCray said.
You may remember McCray for his standout play on special teams in his five years with the Cowboys. He joins Bill Bates as the only player in franchise history to lead the team in special teams tackles in consecutive seasons. He now translates those accolades into teaching nuggets for the local youth.
"It's great. Its something I wish I had when I was growing up playing football. So now I get to take all the stuff I wish I learned and put that into our camps," McCray said.
"The fact that everything that they learn is from an NFL level, but it's adjusted to fit whatever grade level that we're teaching. So they're going to get the best coaching no matter what. We know some of these guys are younger and we know how to teach them what they need to learn," McCray said.
There are 21 camps left throughout the summer, for both boys and girls in different capacities.
"We're working on getting some female NFL coaches out there, and they'll be teaching the little girls as well. Our current DCC run the actual camps, so they'll be learning from real Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders," McCray said.
For more information on dates and camps available throughout the summer months, and how to get your kids involved, visit www.DallasCowboys.Com/Academy.
Deion Sanders NFL's New Youth Advisory Committee
Former Cowboys great Deion Sanders is joining a new NFL Legends Youth Advisory Committee to assist and guide efforts to preserve and grow youth and high school football through peer-to-peer engagement, the league announced Wednesday.
Joining Sanders on the committee are Mark Brunell, Trent Dilfer, Maurice Jones-Drew, Willie McGinest, Jordan Palmer, Chad Pennington, Michael Robinson and Bobby Taylor. The committee "will generate inspiring conversations with youth and high school football communities about the values learned from playing football," the league announced.
"These NFL Legends are dedicated to the love of the game, the values it transfers to life, and to serving communities by sharing their experience and knowledge with parents, coaches and players," said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. "They are champions of growing youth and high school football – stressing values, playing technique and player protection."
Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, played five seasons in Dallas (1995-99) and was a key addition on the Cowboys' Super Bowl team in '95.
HOF Tackle Forrest Gregg Passes Away
Hall of Fame lineman Forrest Gregg, a native Texan who spent the final year of his career with the Cowboys, passed away on Friday at the age of 85.
Gregg played 15 seasons in the NFL, including the first 14 with the Green Bay Packers at right tackle. During his time with the team, Gregg helped the Packers win six championships, including the first two Super Bowls.
He played six games for the Cowboys in 1971 and retired after the season. In 1977, Gregg was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He later went on to coaching, becoming an NFL head coach for 11 combined seasons for the Browns, Bengals and Packers. Gregg led Cincinnati to Super Bowl XVI after the 1981 season.
Gregg, a native of Birthright, Texas, starred at SMU, where he later became head coach in 1989.
Wright, Too Tall Jones To Make Draft Picks
As the Cowboys look to improve their team in the second and third round of the NFL Draft later this month, they will have two of their most accomplished lineman getting the chance to announce the pick.
As part of a league-wide schedule that was announced this week, the Cowboys will have Ed "Too Tall" Jones announce the team's second-round pick. Ring of Honor tackle Rayfield Wright will announce the team's third-round pick.
In the past, players such as Bradie James, Dat Nguyen and of course, Drew Pearson, who made headlines in 2017 when he roasted Eagles fans in Philadelphia before announcing the Cowboys' second-round pick Chido Awuzie.
Also this year, three former Cowboys are announcing picks for other teams: Terrell Owens (San Francisco), Keith Brooking (Atlanta) and Eddie George (Tennessee).
Miles Austin Joins 49ers Coaching Staff
Former Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin is now part of the 49ers coaching staff – one of two prominent pass-catchers headed to the Bay Area.
The 49ers added both Austin and Wes Welker to the staff. Welker will be the 49ers receivers coach, while Austin has been named offensive quality control coach.
Austin was part of the Cowboys' scouting department for two seasons since he retired from the NFL in 2015. He spent eight years with the Cowboys from 2006-13, including two Pro Bowl seasons in 2009 and 2010.
Austin still holds the Cowboys' single-game receiving record with 250 yards, including a game-winning 60-yard TD in overtime, to beat the Chiefs in his true start at wide receiver.
Witten Presents 2nd Annual Collegiate Man Of The Year
Leadership defined Jason Witten's 15-year career with the Cowboys. Tuesday night, the former Cowboys captain handed out his second annual Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year award honoring a college player for his leadership on and off the field.
Former Wisconsin safety D'Cota Dixon is this year's recipient, edging out finalists Derrick Brown from Auburn and Dalton Risner from Kansas State.
"We got it down to 20 semifinalists, and any one of them could have won it," Witten said prior to the event at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. "I'm proud of them because I know what I was thinking about when I was 20 years old and in the midst of going through college. These three guys are just exemplary. I'm proud of them. I proud to have my name a part of that award."
Last year's inaugural award recipient, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin, was also present to congratulate the three finalists.
Dixon, a three-year starting safety at Wisconsin, made All-Big Ten as a player and student and was active as a community volunteer in college.
Many Familiar Names on AFF Rosters
The new professional football league - Alliance of American Football (AAF) had its debut this past week with the eight teams playing the inaugural games. To no surprise, there were several former Cowboys on the opening-day rosters, both as players, coaches and even front-office staff, including former Pro Bowler Daryl "Moose" Johnston, who is the GM of the San Antonio Commanders.
Other prominent former Cowboys include Gavin Escobar and Nick Folk, along with coaches Dennis Thurman and Jim Jeffcoat.
Here is a list of 25 former Cowboys players or coaches who are currently listed on the AAF rosters.
Arizona Hotshots: K Nick Folk, TE Connor Hamlet, DB Sterling Moore, C/G Jacob Ohnesorge
Atlanta Legends: Jimmy Robinson (WR coach), Rich Bartel (QB Coach)
Birmingham Iron: WR L'Damian Washington, OL Korren Kirven
Memphis Express:, Dennis Thurman (Def. Coordinator), David Lee (QB Coach), G Oni Omoile
Orlando Apollos: Jim Jeffcoat (D-Line coach), CB Marquez White, QB Austin Appleby,
Salt Lake Stallions: TE Austin Traylor, LB Ed Shockley
San Antonio Commanders: Daryl Johnston (GM), Joe Baker (Running Game Coordinator), QB Dustin Vaughan, RB Trey Williams, WR Mekale McKay, LB Joel Lanning, LB Kennan Gilchrist, LB Austin Larkin, DB Duke Thomas, LS Scott Daly, LB Jayrone Elliott
San Diego Fleet: TE Gavin Escobar, DB Kameron Kelly, OL Damien Mama, DE Damontre Moore, WR Brian Brown, LB John Lotulelei, LB Eric PInkins
Holloman Named High School Coach
Former Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman, whose professional career was cut short due to injuries, was recently named head coach of his alma mater, South Pointe High School in South Carolina.
Holloman, a 2013 sixth-round pick of the Cowboys, played two seasons in Dallas before retiring because of a neck injury.
A standout at South Carolina, Holloman returned to the Gamecocks' coaching staff as a grad assistant and later joined the staff at Beaufort High School before taking over South Pointe, where Holloman was a standout and helped the school win a state title in 2008.
With the Cowboys, Holloman played in nine games as a rookie in 2013 with two starts. He recovered a fumble that season, and had two other turnovers in the preseason games, showing his ability to find the ball.
For more information on Holloman's journey, click here!
'Selection Saturday' Nears For HOF Finalist Brandt
Gil Brandt is on the doorstep of Canton.
The former longtime Cowboys scouting chief and current NFL.com senior analyst will learn Saturday whether he's been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2019 class.
Seniors finalist Johnny Robinson and two contributor finalists, Brandt and Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, will be voted on separately from the 15 modern-era finalists. Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones was inducted in 2017 as a contributor.
Between four and eight new members will be elected each year, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame bylaws, but no more than five modern-era finalists can make it if the three seniors/contributor finalists are elected.
Brandt will need an 80-percent positive vote from the Hall of Fame's 48-person committee for election.
As Cowboys vice president of player personnel from 1960-89, Brandt had an essential role in bringing of some of the franchise's all-time players to the organization, helping build Dallas into a dynasty. He's also widely considered an innovator in the way front offices are built and operated today.
The 2019 class will be announced Saturday during NFL Honors, the league's annual primetime award show.
To date, sixteen Hall of Fame inductees were elected based on accomplishments with the Cowboys: Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Tom Landry, Tex Schramm, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Mel Renfro, Troy Aikman, Rayfield Wright, Michael Irvin, Bob Hayes, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Larry Allen, Charles Haley and Jerry Jones.
Will Brandt be next?
Rob Ryan Joins Redskins' Staff
The Cowboys will face Rob Ryan at least twice next season.
Dallas' former defensive coordinator has joined Washington's staff as inside linebackers coach, the Redskins announced.
Ryan directed the Cowboys' defense from 2011-12, Jason Garrett's first two seasons as full-time head coach. Ryan most recently served as the Bills' assistant head coach/defense in 2016.
Romo "Couldn't Be More Excited" For First Super Bowl Call
Maybe Tony Romo really is psychic, as many TV viewers seem to believe.
Or perhaps he's simply a terrific football mind whose passion for the game shines through each Sunday for three hours in the booth.
This week, the former longtime Cowboys quarterback and current CBS Sports lead analyst readies for his first Super Bowl call – Rams-Patriots – this Sunday in Atlanta.
"I couldn't be more excited," he said last week on CBS Sports' Super Bowl conference call. "I know we have a great team and great group of people that put together our plan each week and then we go out there and try to execute it.
"To do the Super Bowl, I've said this before, but I'm anxious to see just the feelings and everything going into it because I've never broadcasted one. But I know how I felt going into the AFC Championship and such a big deal that I just think it'll be ramped up a little bit. But the excitement level is real. It's pretty exciting."
Romo continues to draw overwhelmingly positive reviews in his second season calling games along Jim Nantz. The AFC title game between the Pats and Chiefs exposed a national audience to his pre-snap acumen. Multiple times in the fourth quarter and overtime he predicted exactly where Tom Brady would go with the ball.
Off the cuff, Nantz gave his on-air partner a new nickname: Romostradamus.
"I don't intend to do anything," Romo said regarding play predictions. "I think it's just, the game kind of calls itself. I feel like when you're young in your career you go in with all this planning of everything and you want to be prepared so you have all the information. But I try not to predetermine too much stuff because I feel like the game is the story and you're just going to call it.
"Sometimes you just get passionate and you get excited in the moment and you start really talking out loud what's going through your brain. Sometimes you see a lot of stuff and you just try and articulate that to the people that are watching.
There's no plan of doing at all. I think sometimes it just happens. And once in a blue moon you get lucky and you might say something right."
A reporter asked Romo if he's gotten any calls from NFL teams based on his forecasting accuracy.
"Just from CBS," he said. "They said I could work the Super Bowl."
He'll have the call Sunday (5:30 p.m. Central) with Nantz and Tracy Wolfson.
Witten Elected To Texas Sports Hall Of Fame
Just under a year since his NFL retirement, former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on March 30 in Waco, Texas.
Witten, now the lead analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football, made 11 Pro Bowls in 15 seasons with the Cowboys and set multiple franchise records, including career receiving yards, games played and games started. He also holds the most consecutive starts in team history, missing only game in his entire career back in 2003 as a rookie.
Witten is one of seven inductees in the 2019 class: former tennis legend Maureen Connolly Brinker (deceased), former Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, former professional basketball star Nancy Lieberman, former University of Arkansas Outland Trophy winner Loyd Phillips, former University of Texas and MLB pitcher Greg Swindell and former Texas A&M and NFL kicker Tony Franklin, the TSHOF announced.
Phillips Says Garrett is "Better Head Coach"
Wade Phillips led the Cowboys to three straight winning seasons and two playoff appearances in his first three years. Then in his fourth year, a dreadful 1-7 start led to his firing, which opened the door for his offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to become the eventual full-time head coach.
Over the years, Phillips has been honest about his disappointment in getting let go, but has never publicly bashed Jerry Jones or even Garrett as he moved in his career, which landed him several defensive coordinator gigs, including the one with the Rams, the Cowboys'' opponent this weekend.
When asked about Garrett this week, Phillips was pretty blunt about his former assistant.
"Jason Garrett's done a tremendous job there," Phillips said in his press conference on Wednesday. "He did better – he's a better head coach than I was. He's done better and they've got a really good football team, so we know that. he's done better than I have and he would've done better, so I understand that."
Phillips was 34-22 in the regular season and 1-2 in the postseason. Garrett is now 2-2 in the postseason after last week's win over the Seahawks, and with a 10-6 record this year, is now 77-59 in regular-season games over the past nine years.
Since Phillips was let go in the 2010 season, he has landed DC jobs in Houston, Denver and now Los Angeles. He helped guide the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 title in the 2015-16 season.
Rocket, McFadden Entering College HOF
Two former Dallas Cowboys will be honored at the highest level for their college achievements.
Both Rocket Ismail and Darren McFadden were named in a star-studded class for the College Football Hall of Fame for 2019.
Ismail, who played for the Cowboys from 1999-2002, was star receiver/returner for Notre Dame. McFadden, a running back for the Cowboys from 2015-17, was a two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up at Arkansas.
Other members of the class include Vince Young (Texas), Patrick Willis (Ole Miss), Terrell Buckley (Florida State), Rickey Dixon (Oklahoma), London Fletcher (John Carroll), Jacob Green (Texas A&M), Troy Polamalu (USC), Torry Holt (NC State), Jake Plummer (Arizona State), Joe Thomas (Wisconsin), Lorenzo White (Michigan State) and coaches Dennis Erickson and Joe Taylor.
All honorees will be officially inducted next December in New York.
Murray To Become Arizona RB Coach
DeMarco Murray is going back to college, sort of.
The former Cowboys' All-Pro running back, who had one of the greatest seasons in franchise history, is reportedly headed to the University of Arizona to coach running backs for the Wildcats.
Murray, who retired from football after the 2017 season, spent last season as a college football analyst for Fox Sports. He will join the staff of Kevin Sumlin, who has coached at Houston and Texas A&M before Arizona. But Sumlin was also the co-offensive coordinator at OU from 2003-07 and helped recruit Murray to the Sooners in 2006.
Murray, a three-time Pro Bowler, rushed for 7,174 yards on his seven-year career, which began in Dallas, where he set the Cowboys' single-season record with 1,845 yards in 2014.
25th Anniversary of "Emmitt Smith Game"
Most of the great players in NFL history don't have just one game that defines them. For instance, Miles Austin, Jason Garrett and maybe even Blake Jarwin, all have games that you can remember them for.
Usually, the great players have so many moments throughout their career, that they never get linked to just a single game.
Emmitt Smith has always been an exception to every rule.
January 2nd marks the 25th anniversary of the "Emmitt Smith Game," when he fought through a shoulder injury to carry the Cowboys to a dramatic 16-13 overtime win over the Giants in the 1993 season finale. The game lifted the Cowboys to not only an NFC East title, but home-field advantage in the playoffs and most importantly because of Smith's injury, a first-round bye. The Cowboys used all of that to advance to the Super Bowl for the second straight year.
Not only was a gutty performance by Smith, but arguably one of the most important regular-season victories in franchise history.
Recently, Dallas Cowboys Media profiled that game in their latest season of Deep Blue, a documentary series. Emmitt Smith's heroic game and the importance that followed can be seen in "The Cold Shoulder," which initially aired last August.
Bowles Fired as Jets Head Coach
Former Cowboys defensive backs coach Todd Bowles, who had been the head coach for the Jets the last four seasons, was fired this week.
The Jets never made the playoffs in his four years, capped by a 4-12 record in 2018, which followed a pair of 5-11 seasons. In his first year as coach, Bowles led the Jets to a 10-6 finish.
Bowles was the Cowboys' secondary coach from 2005-07 and was actually one of the candidates to interview for the vacant head coaching position after Bill Parcells left. The job went to Wade Phillips, who kept Bowles on the staff for a year before he went to Miami and eventually was an interim head coach for the Dolphins in 2011.
Aikman on Week 17 Rest/Rust Dilemma
Play or not to play? That seems to be the big debate going around for the Cowboys this week as they prepare for a Week 17 matchup with the Giants. Playoff seeding cannot change regardless of the outcome, yet Jason Garrett has kept his stance all week that he plans to play all healthy players in the final week of the season.
Troy Aikman has been in this situation as a player before and said Garrett – a former teammate of his – has a tough decision to make.
"I know there were times I did not play. There were times that I did, but they were out of necessity," Aikman said this week on 1310 "The Ticket" in Dallas. "I don't recall playing in a game that would prove to be meaningless in the final game of the season. And I think it's an interesting dilemma that not only the Cowboys have."
Aikman, who has been the lead analyst for Fox for nearly two decades, said his experiences as a player and commentator say that playing the final game doesn't tend to have a negative impact.
"It seems to me - and I'm just speaking off the top of my head - when we've covered games in Week 17 with teams that have had to win, or teams that elected to go ahead and play their starters and play it to win, I can't recall a situation where they've lost a key guy or it impacted them then going into the playoffs. I think there is something to be said for playing and trying to maintain a normal schedule. And yet, I also know there are players who we don't know about who are banged up, and could probably use the week off."
Weekly Honor For Dwayne Harris
While Cowboys kicker Brett Maher was winning Special Teams Player of the Week for the NFC, it was a former Cowboys standout doing the same in the AFC.
Oakland's Dwayne Harris won the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, thanks to his 99-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Broncos. Harris alertly scooped up the ball at the 1-yard line after a member of the Broncos touched the ball in an attempt to down it. But before the ball had come to a stop, Harris picked it up and raced the length of the field for what is now tied for the second-longest punt return in NFL history.
The Cowboys actually have two punt returns still on the NFL's Top 10 longest returns. Dennis Morgan had a 98-yard return against the Cardinals in 1974 and Bryan McCann returned a punt 97 yards against the Lions in 2010. Similar to Harris' play, McCann also recovered the ball after it touched a Detroit player and alertly went down the sidelines for a score.
Harris spent his first four NFL seasons with the Cowboys from 2011-14, and had two punt returns for touchdowns. He made it to the Pro Bowl in 2016 as a special teams ace for the Giants. This past year, he joined former Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia in Oakland.
Barry Church Cut by the Jaguars
Former Cowboys safety Barry Church, who played the last two seasons in Jacksonville, has been released by the Jags this week.
The nine-year veteran began in his career in Dallas and played seven seasons with the Cowboys.
On Friday, the Cowboys did have some internal discussions about re-signing Church, who was a team captain before joining the Jaguars in free agency in 2017.
Depth at safety has been an issue this year, especially with the Cowboys dealing with injuries to Xavier Woods earlier in the year. However, with Woods and Jeff Heath playing well as the starting safeties, it leaves Kavon Frazier and Darius Thompson as the backups. Both players are key contributors on special teams.
In 2017, Church started all 16 games for a Jaguars defense that was considered the NFL's best. Jacksonville advanced to the AFC Championship Game. But this year, not only have the Jaguars struggled all year, but Church lost his starting job a few weeks back. On Friday, the team decided to part ways with the veteran, going with younger players on both defense and special teams.
Keith Davis Graduates 17 Years Later
So much has transpired in Keith Davis' life since he left Sam Houston State in 2002. He fulfilled his dream of playing in the NFL, and despite several challenges, both on and off the field, Davis managed to play seven seasons in the league, mostly all with the Dallas Cowboys.
But Davis fulfilled another dream, and a promise to his mother this past week, as finally finished college at SHSU in Hunstville, Texas. Davis walked the stage and picked up his diploma for a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree.
Davis was inducted into the Sam Houston State Athletic Hall of Honor in 2014, and that is when he started the process of getting back to school.
Davis has said he had plenty of support throughout his journey, from his friends and even advisors and professors at SHSU that are still on campus today. But none was more supportive than his mother.
"I always said I was going to make it to the NFL and take care of her," Davis told the SHSU Media Department in a recent article.
"But she always pushed me further. She would say 'If that is your goal that is great, but I don't care if you make it the NFL or not baby. I really want you to graduate from college.' So this feels even sweeter to keep that promise and go back and finish."
Davis, who is a business-owner in Dallas, is hopeful his son can follow in his footsteps. Jah'Shawn Johnson just finished a five-year career at Texas Tech and is hopeful to be drafted or signed by an NFL team next Spring.
Dorsett Congratulates Henry On 99-Yard Run
Dorsett Congratulates Titans' Henry On 99-Yard TD Run
Until Monday night, Tony Dorsett was the only player in NFL history to run for a 99-yard touchdown.
Now, Derrick Henry is the second.
Henry, the Titans' running back, stiff-armed three Jacksonville Jaguars defenders on his way to the end zone – the highlight of a 238-yard rushing performance in a blowout victory for Tennessee.
Dorsett's touchdown was a bit more improbable considering the Cowboys only had 10 players on the field prior to that famous play in 1983.
Dorsett, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Cowboys Ring of Honor member, congratulated Henry via Twitter late Monday night:
Emmitt, D-Ware Named Pro Bowl Captains
Half of the recently-named Pro Bowl Legends Captains will have some very strong Cowboys ties, including the NFL's all-time leading rusher.
Emmitt Smith was named one of four captains for the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, and will coach alongside Brian Urlacher in the NFC. DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys' all-time leader in sacks, will actually serve as an AFC captain with Jim Kelly. D-Ware played three years in Denver and won a Super Bowl following the 2015 season.
Ware went to nine Pro Bowls in his career, including seven with the Cowboys. Smith had eight Pro Bowl selections – all with the Cowboys.
The four Legends Captains will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players and be present on the sidelines on gameday. The captains will not only be present at the Pro Bowl game, but they will also be attending various events throughout the week in Orlando.
Pro Bowl rosters will be revealed on Tuesday, December 18 at 7pm (CT) live on NFL Network.
Jimmy Johnson, Darren Woodson Named HOF Semifinalists
Former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson and former safety Darren Woodson are among 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
The list was trimmed from 103 modern-era nominees. On Jan. 3, 15 modern-era finalists will be selected from the 25 semifinalists. Gil Brandt, legendary former Cowboys personnel chief, already has been selected as one of two contributor finalists.
The Hall of Fame selection committee will vote on the 2019 class on "Selection Saturday" – February 2, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga. The committee will consider 18 finalists: the 15 modern-era finalists yet to be determined, including a senior finalist (Johnny Robinson) and two contributor finalists (Brandt and Pat Bowlen).
Also among the announced semifinalists is linebacker Zach Thomas, who played for the Cowboys in 2008.
Sanchez Signs As Redskins Backup QB
Veteran journeyman Mark Sanchez, who had a one-year stint with the Cowboys, is now expected to face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day this Thursday.
The Redskins signed Sanchez as a backup to now starter Colt McCoy, who had to finish the game Sunday in Washington. The Redskins suffered a major loss when starter Alex Smith went down with a broken tibia and fibula injury that will end his season.
Sanchez, a No. 5 overall pick of the Jets back in 2009, played just four years in New York before a two-year stint with the Eagles. In fact, Sanchez started eight games for Philly in 2014, including a Thanksgiving Day win over the Cowboys, 33-10. But he joined Dallas in 2016 after Tony Romo suffered a back injury that sidelined him most of the year. He proved to be a stable backup for rookie Dak Prescott, but did play the second half of the season finale against the Eagles in 2016.
Sanchez spent last year with the Bears but didn't play in any games.
Dez Bryant Suffers Season-Ending Injury
The Dez Bryant experiment in New Orleans ended before it ever got started.
The former Cowboys receiver who was signed earlier this week to perhaps provide the final push for the Saints in their run for the Super Bowl, suffered a torn Achilles injury on the final moments of his first practice with the Saints.
Bryant was placed on IR for the Saints with the injury that is usually an 8-10 month rehab. By then, it's likely Bryant will be a free agent unless the Saints choose to re-sign him.
Medal Of Freedom For Staubach
Roger Staubach is among the most decorated players in NFL history: Super Bowl champion, Cowboys Ring of Honor inductee, Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Now he's receiving the most distinguished of honors for a civilian: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The 76-year-old Staubach reportedly will be among seven Medal of Freedom recipients chosen by President Donald Trump. The other honorees are Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch; philanthropist Miriam Adelson; former Minnesota Vikings great Alan Page; and the late Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Beyond his football achievements at the college and professional level – he also won the Heisman Trophy at the U.S. Naval Academy – Staubach is a Vietnam War veteran who went on to become a highly successful businessman after his playing days.
Reports: Dez Bryant To Sign With Saints
Looks like wide receiver Dez Bryant will be facing his old Cowboys team Nov. 29 at AT&T Stadium.
According to multiple reports, Bryant is expected to sign with the Saints after taking a scheduled free-agent visit to New Orleans on Tuesday.
The Saints had not made an official announcement as of Wednesday morning. But Bryant retweeted the NFL.com report with the hashtag #ThrowuptheX.
Asked for comment about the news Wednesday, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said, "I love Dez. I wish him nothing but the best going forward. It's a great spot for him."
The Cowboys released Bryant in April after eight seasons with the team. He is the Cowboys' all-time leader in touchdown catches with 73
Dez Bryant Works Out For Saints
Former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, the team's all-time leader in TD receptions, could potentially face his old team if he signs with the Saints.
Bryant was part of a workout on Tuesday in New Orleans as the Saints were looking for veteran receivers. Six-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall was also working for the Saints, along with Kamar Aiken.
Bryant, who has not played an NFL game since last year's season finale with the Cowboys in Philly, was released in March.
While he had some interest from the Ravens and even visited the Browns during training camp, Bryant has not signed with another team through the first half of the season.
The Cowboys (3-5) will play host to the 7-1 Saints on Nov. 29 at AT&T Stadium.
Timmy Newsome Gets Hall of Fame Honor
Former Cowboys running back Timmy Newsome has been announced as a member of the 2019 Black College Hall of Fame class. The official induction will take place next month in Atlanta.
Newsome, who played for the Cowboys for nine seasons from 1980-88, played for Winston-Salem State, where he led his conference in rushing and scoring for three straight seasons. Newsome was also the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Offensive Player of the Year three straight seasons and was a two-time Division II All-American. Newsome also led his WSSU teams to two straight undefeated seasons in 1978-79.
For the Cowboys, Newsome was a versatile do-it-all back in Tom Landry's offense. He complemented featured tailback Tony Dorsett as a passing threat out of the backfield who could also pick up short-yardage runs. Newsome had 30 career touchdowns, including at least two scores in eight of his nine pro seasons.
Newsome, who played his entire career for the Cowboys, is the owner and founder of a Dallas-based company, Newtec Business Solutions.
Romo Still Trying To Become Pro Golfer
Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will be at AT&T Stadium Sunday to call the Jags-Cowboys game for CBS. He's on the No. 1 team for CBS' NFL coverage and that isn't expected to change anytime soon.
But Romo wouldn't mind adding some "competition" to his life again, and that would come in the form of golf. Romo has been playing more golf lately, evening winning a couple of tournaments this past summer, including the American Century Celebrity Pro-Am at Lake Tahoe.
Recently, experienced golf writer Art Stricklin caught up with Romo to discuss his future and how it likely includes a legitimate attempt to make the PGA tour at some point. Right now, Romo already has some strong support from PGA stars Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, who were both quoted in this story that details Romo's expected journey to professional golf.
Church Headlines Return of Former Cowboys
The Jaguars have plenty of elite players coming to town this weekend, mostly on the defensive side of the ball that makes up Jacksonville's No. 1 ranked defense.
The team also has a few former Cowboys on the team, and coaching staff as well.
Barry Church – After seven years with the Cowboys, including being a defensive captain at one point, Church is now in his second season with the Jaguars. He is the team's starting strong safety in a talented secondary that has multiple Pro Bowlers.
Jermey Parnell – A former Cowboys offensive tackle, Parnell signed a five-year, $32 million deal with the Jaguars back in 2015. From 2011-15, Parnell was mostly a backup, but started seven games, including five in 2014. That helped him land a deal in Jacksonville, where he has been a starter for the past four years, starting all 49 games he's played.
Tyler Patmon – The cornerback spent two seasons with the Cowboys from 2014-15. He joined the Jaguars last year and played in 13 games. He also earned one start already this season.
Joe DeCamillis – The Jaguars' special teams coordinator was with the Cowboys from 2009-2012 in the same role. A special teams coach since the early 1990s, DeCamillis has been with seven different teams, and his on his second stint with the Jaguars.
NFL Network Debuts "A Football Life" on Romo
In just his second full season since retiring as a player, Tony Romo certainly is far removed from the NFL. As the lead analyst for the No. 1 team on CBS, Romo has seemed to make the transition better than anyone could've imagined.
Still, he's still remembered more as the face of the franchise for the Cowboys during the 10+ seasons he was the starting quarterback.
NFL Network will air "A Football Life" on Tony Romo, which debuts Friday night.
There are plenty of stats and milestones that Romo achieved, but postseason success obviously escaped him.
Romo talked about that empty feeling, coming up early in his career coached by Bill Parcells and what it was like to get the star treatment that came with his role.
Plus, Jerry Jones brings some insight into what kind of legacy Romo has left behind and watch the future holds for him at AT&T Stadium, perhaps with the Ring of Honor.
Bailey Connects For 3 FGs For Vikings
Held without a single attempt in his first game with the Vikings last week, Dan Bailey was much more involved Thursday night against the Rams.
The former Cowboys' kicker made his first field goal, although he hit the upright first, of 37 yards. He then drilled a 39-yarder, followed by a 40-yard kick in the fourth quarter to pull the Vikings within a touchdown. Bailey also made both extra points.
The Cowboys' all-time leader in field goals made, Bailey was released by the team at the end of the preseason and spent two weeks without a job before the Vikings signed him before last week's loss to the Bills.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys haven't had many issues with Brett Maher, who is 4 of 5 this year with his only miss occurring in the season opener against the Panthers of 47 yards. Last week, he hit a 50-yard kick against the Seahawks.
Obada Earns NFC Player of the Week
Although it seemed a given that Seattle's Earl Thomas would claim the top defensive honor for the NFC this week for his two-interception game vs. Dallas, the actual winner began his remarkable journey to the NFL with the Cowboys.
Defensive end Efe Obada, who played in his first-ever regular season game, had a huge impact for the Panthers on Sunday. In a win over the Bengals, Obada filled up the stat sheet, recording a tackle for loss, a sack, an interception, a pass deflection, earning the game ball from head coach Ron Rivera.
Obada then earned more than that, taking home the weekly honor from the NFL.
After making the 53-man roster for the first time in his career, Obada was inactive in Week 1 when the Cowboys game to Carolina. The Panthers also de-activated him last week against the Falcons.
But his journey to the league actually started with the Cowboys, who signed him back in 2015. Obada, born in Nigeria but sent to the UK at the age of 10 where he was abandoned and lived on the streets for a while his sister, didn't play football until the age of 22. He started playing professional ball in London before eventually getting connected with the Cowboys, who had him on their practice squad for two years but never made it on the active roster.
Switzer Gets First Career TD Catch
Already playing on his third team in two seasons, Ryan Switzer had a big impact for the Steelers Monday night.
The former Cowboys' draft pick had a 1-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger before halftime in Pittsburgh's win over the Bucs Monday night. It was Switzer's first career touchdown catch. The fourth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2017 returned a punt for a touchdown as a rookie against the Redskins.
But traded to the Raiders on draft day, Switzer spent the majority of camp in Oakland before being dealt again, this time to Pittsburgh.
Playing with a crowded group of receivers including Antonio Brown and highly-drafted teammates such as JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington, Switzer still managed to catch three passes (nine yards) in helping Pittsburgh to its first win of the season.
HOF Receiver McDonald Passes Away
While Tommy McDonald spent a good portion of his career trying to run past the Cowboys, the speedy receiver did spend one of his Hall of Fame seasons in Dallas, playing the 1964 season.
McDonald, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998, mostly for his success as a Philadelphia Eagle, passed away this week at the age of 84.
McDonald played 12 years in the NFL, including his first seven in Philadelphia as an undersized receiver.
He was traded to the Cowboys in 1964 and actually made the cover of Sports Illustrated with Dallas. He caught just 46 passes for 612 yards and two scores in his 14 games with the Cowboys. He was then traded to the Rams and played four more seasons with three other clubs.
While the Cowboys don't recognize McDonald as one of their Hall of Fame players, he is included in the team's media guide as one of seven players/coaches that spent time with the organization, although they spent the majority of their career with other teams. Some of those players and coaches include Bill Parcells, Mike Ditka and Herb Adderley.
Former Draft Pick Clinches Browns' First Win
While no one could've possibly stolen the spotlight away from No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield, who came off the bench to deliver the Browns' first victory in nearly two years, there was a former Cowboys draft pick that actually slammed door on the Jets Thursday night.
Cornerback Terrance Mitchell, who actually had two stints with the Cowboys, picked off Jets rookie Sam Darnold in the final seconds to preserve the win.
Mitchell is only in his fifth season but is considering a journeyman. After being one of five seventh-round picks of the Cowboys in 2014, Mitchell was cut at the end of his first training camp. After playing five games in Chicago the next year, Mitchell returned to Dallas and played three games. But he spent 2016 and 2017 with the Chiefs before joining the Browns this year.
Mitchell has five career interceptions, including four last season alone with the Chiefs, which sparked him to sign a three-year, $10 million deal with Cleveland this past offseason.
The Jets, head coached by former Cowboys secondary coach (2005-07) Todd Bowles, dropped to 1-2 on the season.
Dan Bailey Signs With Vikings
Dan Bailey wasn't without a job for too long. Just a couple of weeks after being released by the Cowboys, the team's all-time leader in field goals is expected to join one of the NFC's top teams.
Bailey signed with the Vikings on Monday after Minnesota played to a 29-29 tie, thanks to three missed field goals by rookie kicker Daniel Carslon, including two in overtime.
Bailey, who was one of the Cowboys' final cuts after the preseason, was without a team for the first two weeks of the season. But after several teams, including the Vikings, had kicking issues last Sunday, it was plausible he would join another team this week. Minnesota makes sense, considering they kick indoors and the Vikings are one of the favorites this year to contend for a Super Bowl.
The second-most accurate kicker in NFL history, Bailey has made 88.1 percent of his kicks, only behind Baltimore's Justin Tucker (90.3).
Bailey's replacement, Brett Maher, has made 1-of-2 field goal attempts this year.
Ex-Cowboys Nominated for 2019 HOF
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has unveiled its 102 modern-era nominees for the 2019 Class, and several players and coaches are on the list.
Among the nominees: Jimmy Johnson, Darren Woodson, Daryl Johnston, Herschel Walker, Jay Novacek, Russell Maryland, La'Roi Glover and Bill Bates.
Gil Brandt, the Cowboys' vice president player of personnel from 1960-89, has already been named one of two contributor finalists for 2019.
On "Selection Saturday" – February 2, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga – the 48-member Hall of Fame selection committee will consider 18 finalists, including a senior finalist (Johnny Robinson), two contributor finalists (Pat Bowlen and Brandt), and 15 modern-era finalists yet to be determined.
This initial modern-era nominee list will be trimmed to 25 semi-finalists in November and 15 finalists in January.
Here is the complete list of nominees: (Former Cowboys in bold)
(5) – Randall Cunningham, Dave Krieg, Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair
(14) — Shaun Alexander, Tiki Barber, Earnest Byner, Larry Centers, Corey Dillon, Eddie George, *Edgerrin James, Darryl Johnston, Eric Metcalf (WR/KR/PR), Clinton Portis, Fred Taylor, Herschel Walker (also KR), Chris Warren, Ricky Watters
(9) — *Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, Henry Ellard (also PR), Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason, Sterling Sharpe, Rod Smith, Hines Ward
(4) — Mark Bavaro, Tony Gonzalez, Brent Jones, Jay Novacek
(15) — Willie Anderson (T), Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Ray Donaldson (C), __Alan Faneca (G), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), *Steve Hutchinson (G), Mike Kenn (T), Olin Kreutz (C), *Kevin Mawae (C/G), Tom Nalen (C), Chris Samuels (T), Richmond Webb (T), Steve Wisniewski (G)
(7) — La'Roi Glover (DT/NT), Russell Maryland (DT), Leslie O'Neal (DE), Simeon Rice (DE), Richard Seymour (DT), Neil Smith (DE), Bryant Young (DT)
(14) — Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, London Fletcher, Seth Joyner, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Chris Spielman, Takeo Spikes, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas
(18) — Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Champ Bailey (CB), Ronde Barber (CB/S), Bill Bates (S), LeRoy Butler (S), Nick Collins (S), Thomas Everett (S),Rodney Harrison (S), *Ty Law (CB), Albert Lewis (CB), *John Lynch (S), Tim McDonald (S), Ed Reed (FS), Dennis Smith (S), Troy Vincent (CB), Adrian Wilson (S), Darren Woodson (S)
(3) — Jason Elam (K), Jeff Feagles (P), Sean Landeta (P)
(2) — Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB), Steve Tasker (ST also WR)
(11) — Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Jim Hanifan, Mike Holmgren,Jimmy Johnson, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil
(2) — Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt
D-Ware Joins DWTS Season 27
The season 27 cast of Dancing with the Stars was announced this morning and former Pro-Bowler and Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware will be joining the reality show line-up.
Unsure of what this dancing journey might have in store for him, DeMarcus is sure of one thing… that he wants to take home some more hardware.
The excitement level is there, and he is ready to go!
Ware has been partnered with season 25 champion, Lindsay Arnold.
Ware will be joining Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Terrell Owens as former Dallas Cowboys who found their way to the dance floor of Dancing with the Stars.
Emmitt Smith won Dancing with the Stars season three and took home the mirror ball trophy, so hopefully DeMarcus Ware can follow in his fancy footsteps!
Catch Ware on the season premiere September 24th at 8pm on ABC.
Colombo Enters Boston College Hall of Fame
One assistant coach not on the team charter last Saturday to Charlotte was Marc Colombo, who was already on the East Coast for another reason.
Colombo, who played nine seasons in the NFL, including six with the Cowboys, was honored by his alma mater Boston College, being inducted into the BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
Colombo, an assistant offensive line coach for the Cowboys, left for the Boston area immediately after Friday's practice at The Star and made it just in time to be honored during a Friday night ceremony. Colombo, who was inducted alongside eight new members, including ex-NFL QB Matt Hasselbeck, was introduced to the halftime crowd on Saturday during BC's game with Holy Cross.
Colombo, a first-round pick of the Bears in 2002, played into his third year with Chicago before injuries led to him being a free agent. He joined the Cowboys late in 2004 and eventually became a starter the following season and held that spot until 2010. He played his final season in the NFL with the Dolphins.
For more information on Colombo's trip back to Boston, click here:
Hitchens Has Productive Debut For KC
Former Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens, one of the team's biggest departures this past free agency, had quite a debut for the Chiefs on Sunday.
Hitchens, who had battled a hamstring injury earlier in the week, had a career-high tying 15 tackles in the Chiefs' Week 1 win over the Chargers. While tackles aren't an official stat and can be altered by the team after studying the film, Hitchens was listed atop the NFL's tackle leaders by ESPN and NFL.com.
A fourth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2014, Hitchens spent four years with the Cowboys, mostly as a starter in the 4-3 scheme. He registered 92 tackles in 2017 despite missing four games with a knee injury. The Chiefs signed him to a five-year, $45 million ($21.2 million guaranteed) contract back in March.
What Aikman "Loves" About Dak
As he enters his 18th season in the broadcast booth for Fox, Troy Aikman has to make sure he has a great feel for all teams, especially in the NFC, and most of the quarterbacks.
But when it comes to Dak Prescott, that's one position he knows everything about. Quarterbacking America's Team is not like any other, and therefore, Aikman shares a bond with Prescott and all the players who have shared that spotlight.
This week, Aikman talked about what he likes the most about the Cowboys' current quarterback.
"I like him, I love him, for that matter," said Aikman. "I love the intangibles that he brings. Is that in-and-of itself enough? No, but it's such a big part of it. We've seen a lot of really talented guys that have come through this league that have lacked in a lot of those areas and they've really flamed out.
"I've been a big fan of Dak's since the day I first met him and he's done nothing to change my opinion of him. I think he works exceptionally hard. I think it's important to him. I think his teammates love playing for him."
For more of Aikman's comments on Prescott and the Cowboys in 2018, check out the full article on 5 Points Blue.
Holley Joins Cover 4 Crew
Former Cowboys wide receiver Jesse Holley, who made his way to the team from the help of TV, is back on behind the camera again. This time, Holley joins the Cover 4 crew on DallasCowboys.com.
Each day throughout the week, Holley will bring his perspective in the fast-paced, fun-filled show that enters its third season.
Holley played two years for the Cowboys, including a memorable catch in overtime to help the team beat San Francisco back in 2011.
He got on the team's radar thanks to a reality show, "4th & Long" that starred Michael Irvin. Holley won the contest and earned a spot on the team at training camp. He eventually landed a spot on the practice squad and eventually on the roster at the end of 2010 and then in 2011.
Click Here to watch the his debut episode.
Past/Present: Vikings' Newman Announces Retirement
Cornerback Terence Newman, the first draft pick of the Bill Parcells era in Dallas, will retire after 15 seasons, the Minnesota Vikings announced.
The 39-year-old Newman will join Mike Zimmer's coaching staff in Minnesota, the Vikings announced.
Newman was part of a 2003 Cowboys rookie class that included tight end Jason Witten (third round) and quarterback Tony Romo (undrafted). Newman played nine seasons in Dallas and made two Pro Bowls.
He spent the last six seasons playing in Cincinnati and Minnesota.
Newman's decision comes five months after Witten announced his retirement from the Cowboys to call games for ESPN's Monday Night Football. Romo is now the lead NFL analyst for CBS Sports.
Switzer Traded to Steelers
Ryan Switzer's time with the Raiders didn't last very long. The former Cowboys' draft pick who was traded in April to Oakland, has been dealt again. This time, Switzer is headed to the East Coast.
The Raiders traded Switzer to Pittsburgh, where he will join a receiving corps that already includes arguably the NFL's best receiver in Antonio Brown, along with JuJu Smith-Schuster and recently-drafted second-round pick James Washington.
Switzer, who scored the Raiders' first touchdown of the preseason, didn't have a strong role on special teams as was expected, considering former Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia now handles the kicking game in Oakland.
Switzer, a fourth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2017, returned a punt for a touchdown as a rookie against the Redskins.
Cardinals Bring Some Familiar Captains
While it's unlikely Arizona has named its captains for the regular season, the Cardinals made sure to trot out some guys the Cowboys have seen before to the opening kickoff.
Arizona sent receiver Brice Butler and defensive end Benson Mayowa out to the 50 before the game. Both players had been with the Cowboys last season, including Butler, who spent nearly three full seasons in Dallas.
Butler is currently listed as the starting receiver on Arizona's depth chart, but he didn't start the game on Sunday. The veteran receiver did get a few snaps in the middle of the Cardinals' 27-3 win on Sunday.
Arizona also had two more former Cowboys on its roster in defensive back Bene Benwikere and offensive lineman John Wetzel.
Gil Brandt Selected As Hall Of Fame Contributor Finalist
Gil Brandt, legendary former Cowboys personnel chief, has been selected as one of two contributor finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is also a contributor finalist. Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones was elected to the 2017 Hall of Fame class as a contributor.
As Cowboys vice president player of personnel from 1960-89, Brandt had an essential role in bringing of some of the franchise's all-time players to the organization, helping build Dallas into a dynasty. He's also widely considered an innovator in the way front offices are built and operated today.
To be elected to the Hall of Fame, Bowlen and Brandt must receive 80 percent voting support by the entire 48-member Selection Committee on "Selection Saturday" – February 2, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga. The committee will consider 18 finalists, including a senior finalist (Johnny Robinson), two contributor finalists (Bowlen and Brandt), and 15 modern-era finalists yet to be determined.
Former Cowboys Great Andrie Passes Away
George Andrie, one of the best defensive linemen in the Cowboys' illustrious history, passed away Tuesday morning. Andrie was 78.
A sixth-round draft choice in 1962, Andrie played 11 seasons for the Cowboys at defensive end, earning a starting job as a rookie at right end. Andrie started at defensive end for 10 consecutive seasons, earning Pro Bowl honors five straight years, from 1965-69. He led the Cowboys in sacks for four consecutive seasons, from 1964 through 1967, totaling a team-high and career-high 18½ sacks in 1966, the first season in franchise history the Cowboys finished with a winning record (10-3-1). He was part of the team's Doomsday Defense that led the Cowboys to the 1966 NFL Title game, losing in the final seconds, 27-24, to Green Bay at the Cotton Bowl, and was there again in 1967 when the Cowboys lost the Ice Bowl to the Packers at Lambeau Field, 17-14.
Andrie's 97 career sacks rank fifth all-time for the Cowboys, though sacks were not considered an official NFL statistic until 1982.
Former Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt tweeted this about Andrie, the absolute best player the Cowboys selected in that '62 draft:
Brandt has a heck of a memory. Andrie indeed went to college at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and played there through the 1960 season. Marquette dropped football following the 1960 season, but Andrie decided to remain at Marquette to finish out his degree work in 1961-62 and did not play football that year.
Andrie was diagnosed with dementia in 2014.
Scandrick Picked Up By Kansas City
Orlando Scandrick wasn't on the street for too long. Just days after being released by the Redskins, the veteran cornerback signed a 1-year, $1.5 million deal with the Chiefs.
Scandrick signed with the Redskins this offseason after being cut by the Cowboys. However, Washington decided to part ways with the veteran to give him time to sign with another team. Scandrick's salary was not guaranteed by the Redskins, but he did get a $1 million signing bonus when he signed.
Drafted in 2008 as a fifth-round pick, Scandrick played 10 years with the Cowboys and was a solid piece to the defense for the majority of his career. But he only has eight career interceptions and never had more than two in one season.
Murray Joining Fox College Football Booth
Former Cowboys tailback DeMarco Murray, who holds two prestigious team rushing records, recently retired from the NFL. But he wasn't out of a job for long.
Murray has signed with Fox Sports to cover college football this season. The former OU running back will join play-by-play commentator Justin Kutcher, along with Petros Padadakis. Murray's broadcasting debut will be Aug. 31 when San Diego State travels to Stanford. Murray will get a good look at a Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Love, who was the runner-up for the prestigious award last year for Stanford.
Murray retired in July with 7,171 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns. He owns the Cowboys' single-season rushing record with 1,845 yards set in 2014 and also has the club's single-game mark with 253 yards against the Rams in 2011.
Witten Making MNF Team Debut
As the Cowboys wrap up the Oxnard portion of training camp, Jason Witten's new career is beginning.
Witten is making his debut as Monday Night Football's new analyst Thursday on ESPN's broadcast of the Jets-Redskins preseason game.
Witten, one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history, retired to pursue a broadcasting career in May after 15 seasons with the Cowboys.
"I think he'll do great," head coach Jason Garrett said. "Jason Witten's a special guy. I was so privileged to be around him for 11 years. He's simply one of the best players and one of the best people I've ever been around in my life. We have a great friendship.
"He's going to approach the Monday Night Football analyst job just like he's approached everything in his life. He's going to do it 100 miles an hour. He's going to be completely prepared. And I think people are going to find out how charming and engaging he is. He'll obviously provide great analysis of football."
Redskins Decide To Part Ways With Scandrick
The Redskins gave a $1 million signing bonus to Orlando Scandrick earlier in the offseason, not long after he was released by the Cowboys.
However, that will likely be the only thing the veteran cornerback will get from Washington as the club decided to cut Scandrick and rely on younger cornerbacks.
According to reports, the Redskins made the move early enough in hopes Scandrick could sign with another team seeking veteran help at the cornerback position.
Drafted in 2008 as a fifth-round pick, Scandrick played 10 years with the Cowboys and was a solid piece to the defense for the majority of his career. But he only has eight career interceptions and never had more than two in one season.
Alfred Morris To Sign With 49ers
Former Cowboys running back Alfred Morris is expected to join the 49ers this week at training camp this week.
Morris, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, spent the last two years with the Cowboys, starting five games, mostly in the place of Ezekiel Elliott last season. Morris rushed for 790 yards the past two years with the Cowboys, but had a pair of Pro Bowl seasons with the Redskins in his four years in Washington, including a 1,613-yard rookie season in 2012.
Morris rushed for 547 yards and one touchdown in 2017 with the Cowboys, including 127 yards against the Redskins.
The Cowboys chose to let Morris test free agency this offseason, opting to stick with Elliott, Rod Smith and Trey Williams, along with added rookies Bo Scarbrough and Jordan Chunn. The Cowboys also added Darius Jackson before camp.
Switzer Scores Raiders' First Preseason TD
One of the Day 3 surprises of the NFL Draft involved a trade with the Raiders that sent wide receiver Ryan Switzer to Oakland in exchange for Jihad Ward, who has been taking first-team reps with the Cowboys' D-line at camp.
But Switzer had an impressive debut in Oakland, catching a touchdown pass in the first quarter last weekend, diving to the ground to haul in the Raiders' first score. Switzer celebrated the play by leaping into the "Black Hole" behind the end zone with the fans. The touchdown came from quarterback Connor Cook, a player the Cowboys reportedly wanted to draft in 2016 before the Raiders traded up for the former Michigan State standout. The Cowboys eventually took Dak Prescott later in the draft.
Spears Joins Cowboys Broadcast Booth
A former first-round pick has joined the Cowboys media team for the preseason and parts of the regular season. Marcus Spears, who is also an analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network, worked the preseason opener in San Francisco as a member of the Cowboys' TV Network. Spears, the 20th overall pick in 2005, played eight of his nine pro seasons in Dallas, recording 10 sacks. Spears finished his career in 2013 with the Ravens.
Throughout the season, Spears is also scheduled to appear on occasional internet pregame shows for the Cowboys in the regular season.
Deep Blue: Parcells' Final Ride
The first installment of this year's Deep Blue Documentary series, presented by Pepsi, kicked off with an extensive look at the 2003 season and the partnership formed by the Cowboys and Bill Parcells.
The documentary, titled, "Parcells' Final Ride," starts with a secret meeting on the runway back in 2002 when Jerry Jones and Parcells first discussed the possibility of him becoming the head coach. The documentary chronicles the entire 2003 season and how Parcells not only changed the culture, but elevated a team that had endured three straight 5-11 seasons, but managed to make the playoffs despite a lack of talent on both sides of the ball.
This kicks off the fourth season of Deep Blue, an annual series of four documentaries that have featured a wide range of topics over the years.
Before USC Job, Campo Stops By
The head coach of the Cowboys the first time they came to Oxnard, Calif. returned to the fields this week. Dave Campo, a head coach from 2000-02, but also an assistant coach for 15 other seasons, said hello to some familiar faces. Campo is spending this season in LA as part of the coaching staff at Southern Cal. Campo is a defensive assistant for a defense run by Clancy Pendergast, who spent seven years as a Cowboys coach from 1996-2002.
Campo isn't the only former coach or player who has visited the team during the first 10 days of camp.
Along with Pendergast, who spent seven years as a Cowboys coach from 1996-2002, former offensive line coach Tony Wise has been on the sidelines for a few days. Wise spent 1989-92 coaching the O-line and helped win a Super Bowl in his final season with the Cowboys.
The Cowboys also welcomed former tight end Eric Bjornson, who has remained a close friend of Jason Garrett over the years. Bjornson spent five years with the team from 1995-99.
Witten, Dez Still Make Headlines
For the first time in 16 years, Jason Witten is not with the Cowboys at training camp. For the first time since 2009, Dez Bryant isn't here either. Yet, both of them have managed to stay in the news, offering up some insight to how things were, at least in their eyes, in the locker room and behind closed doors.
Witten, who now works for ESPN as part of his new job on Monday Night Football, wrote his first column this week, basically explaining how social media sites such as Twitter can be problematic, distracting and actually "poisonous" for a football team. He mentioned there were times players have checked their own accounts at halftime of games.
Ironically enough, later that day, Dez Bryant took to Twitter in an attempt to defend himself of a tweet he thought was directed solely at him by Stephen Jones. Bryant promptly went off, blasting former teammates and coaches, including the play-caller Scott Linehan, owner Jerry Jones, Travis Frederick and Sean Lee, whom he referred to as "Snake Lee."
The messages were quickly relayed back to the Cowboys in Oxnard, where both Lee and Frederick responded, saying they admire Bryant as a teammate but Lee went as far to say the wide receiver needs to "look at himself" and needs to be more accountable.
First Great Cowboys WR Passes Away
Frank Clarke, one of the original players on the Cowboys back in 1960, passed away at the age of 84 on Thursday.
Clarke was the first 1,000-yard receiver in club history, recording 1,043 yards in 1963.
Although he retired after the 1967 season, Clarke still ranks seventh in Cowboys history in receiving yards with 5,214 and he's one of seven players in franchise history with 50 touchdown catches.
Clarke's final game of his career was the "Ice Bowl" in Green Bay for the NFL Championship.
Jerry Says T.O. Making HOF Mistake; Owens Fires Back
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said many times one of the more enjoyable moments of his entire life occurred last year in Canton, Ohio when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Recently, he said he visited with Terrell Owens about the former receiver's decision to skip out on the Canton festivities next month.
Owens has made plenty of headlines over the last month for deciding to hold his own private party at his alma mater, Chattanooga, instead of attending the ceremony with fellow inductees such as Randy Moss and Ray Lewis.
"I did have discussions with him. I had one of the great experiences that ever happened to me last year," Jones said. "He did not ask my advice. Had he asked my advice, or had I been compelled to, I would have shared with him that this is a mistake. You, for your own reasons, but more importantly because of fans, you should participate. I didn't give him that advice and consequently, you see where he's going. He is making a mistake, but that's his decision. Terrell, as you know, has a mind of his own."
Owens, who played three seasons for the Cowboys from 2006-08, responded to Jerry's comments with a tweet:
"Jerry 'made a mistake' of releasing me after listening to others when I produced, gave my ALL, sacrificed my health for the team but who am I?!" Owens wrote in a post on his verified account. "But hey I thought Jerry had a mind of his own too. #GOFIGURE What I'm doing is for the FANS. #THISISFORYOU"
Romo Rallies For Celebrity Golf Victory
Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is no stranger to playing in golf tournaments. But the former Cowboys quarterback arguably won his biggest tournament on July 15, winning the American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe
Romo edged out celebrity stars such as baseball pitcher Mark Mulder and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer.
The American Century Championship uses a modified Stableford scoring system which rewards points for eagles (six), birdies (three) and pars (one) and deducts points (two) for double bogeys or worse. Bogeys are worth zero points.
For more info on Romo's win, along with the results of DeMarcus Ware at the tournament, check out a full story on 5Pointsblue.com.
Greg Hardy Earns UFC Contract
Former Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has not played in the NFL since his one year in Dallas, but has found a new home in the UFC.
Hardy was signed to a developmental contract this past summer and is expected to fight again on Aug. 7 in Las Vegas at Dana White's Contender Series 16.
Hardy's record is officially 1-0 as a UFC fighter.
Hardy spent just one season for the Cowboys in 2015 and was filled with controversy, stemming from an NFL four-game suspension for personal conduct. Hardy was convicted of domestic violence in 2014 but the charges were dismissed when his accuser did not testify against him. Hardy played in 12 games in 2015 and recorded six sacks and an interception. However, he has not played in the NFL since that season.
Check out is full bio here.
Dennis Thurman Graduates 40 Years Later
Although he didn't finish college at USC because he was drafted by the Cowboys in 1978, Dennis Thurman never gave up on his goal.
At the age of 62, the former Cowboys cornerback recently graduated from UNLV, earning his bachelor's degree in Las Vegas.
Following the ceremony, Thurman flew to Virginia to surprise his 82-year-old mother and two daughters, who were both college graduates, who were all unaware that he had returned to school.
Thurman was an 11th-round pick in 1978 but not only made the team but eventually became a leader in the Cowboys secondary. The namesake of "Thurman's Thieves," he played eight years in Dallas and nine overall. He ranks fourth in Cowboys history with 36 interceptions and had seven more in the playoffs, including a franchise-record-tying three in a 1982 Divisional win over the Packers.