Kevin Kolb was born in Victoria, Texas (7 years after I was born in Victoria). He grew up roughly 100 miles southwest of Dallas. As most Texans will tell you, that’s a short drive in a fast car. Kolb has admittedly grown up as a Cowboys fan. In 2007 Kolb was drafted by Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Can a player who once loved the Cowboys now hate them. The answer, as any divorcée can tell you, is a resounding yes. In 1992, the year the Cowboys won their first of the 3 championships in the 90′s, Kolb was 8 years old. Fast forward to the 1995 season and the last Super Bowl for the Cowboys, Kolb was 12 years old. Fans of football mature at different ages. If not for Tecmo Bowl and Cap Boso I may have become a baseball fan, perish the thought.
If Kolb enjoyed football and understood the game at age 7, he would have been able to bathe in a Cowboys renaissance that may never be paralleled by the franchise. However, if he didn’t truly have an appreciate for the game until he was 13, he would have been subjected to the misery of watching the Cowboys talent jump ship leaving a core of superstars, a questionably competent coaching staff, a decidedly amateurish general manager, and a base of talent that wasn’t very talented.
In 2003, the pendulum began to swing the other direction. The Cowboys were becoming relevant again. That would be three seasons of moderate success along with one mediocre season. To answer the question whether Kolb can truly turn his back on the Cowboys, the answer is yes. Between the time Kolb was a fan and before becoming an Eagle, the Cowboys gave very little in return for his fandom.
Kolb has been watching film of Troy Aikman in his preparation to become the starting quarterback of the Cowboys. Certainly he, as many Texans have, aspires to be like Aikman. He will undoubtedly fall short of his aim; Cowboys fans should hope he plays well, however. Not too well that the Eagles win against the Cowboys or in the playoffs, but well enough that they don’t go out and draft the next Montana or Manning.