I’m wrapping up what has been a busy day to cap off a rather hectic work week, and now find myself at DFW Gate A19 for my flight to Philadelphia, PA. Now before you begin to comment that the Eagles play here Sunday; I am actually headed East bound for what I consider to be the most unique of all rivalries – The Army/Navy game.
Now I could write on and on about this special event that I attend every year, but I hope some of you are tracking where I am going with this. Here’s a hint…”Roger the Dodger”.
I did not attend either one of the Academies, but I have forged close relationships with friends during my 21 years of service as a U.S. Marine. The participation has dwindled for what evolved into an annual reunion, for many it has been family obligations and others work related.
However, I will meet up with one long time friend and decided to invite my daughter and a friend with my 2 extra tickets for their first Army/Navy weekend experience. This is what sports is about after all, friends and family gathering to watch the clash of opposing wills.
Now the last time that The Naval Academy was in competion for the National Championship, it was led by a true leader in Roger Staubach. Some forget that he spent many of his prime years serving his country instead of heading directly into the NFL, which was and still is a 5 year mandatory military obligation. However, Tex Schramm still saw the ability and promise when he drafted and signed him in 1964 knowing that his services would not be available till 1969.
Some teams were not even aware of his eligibility in the draft. Roger Staubach brought with him not only the physical tools to be a good QB, but also those sought after intangible traits such as poise, confidence and leadership. The Cowboys obviously flourished under his guidance and he became what most might call the greatest Cowboy ever.
I have had numerous conversations with Philadelphia Eagle fans during my annual trips to the city of Brotherly Love (as long as a fan doesn’t wear an opponents jersey to an Eagles home game). In the past few years, many of the frustrations have been with the disappointment of Donovan McNabb. His inability to finish, failing to lead his team during challenging times or win the big game all led to the dwindling support for him in Philly.
I would also have discussions with regards to their willingness to take Tony Romo in an even swap, just to spark conversation. Somehow it felt as if both of us were missing some key element to the most important position on the team. This weekend will oddly enough lead to discussions of Micheal Vick and his ability to lead the Eagles to the promised land.
There will never be another Roger the Dodger, if Tony Romo does possess the skills, then us Cowboy fans are eager to see some evidence. It appears so does Jerry Jones, with him stating that Tony Romo will play the final 2 games of this year. There could be a good number of QBs available in the draft should Dallas choose to look to the future for this vital role. Luck, Newton, etc.
All hope is lost with the Cowboys mathmatically eliminated from post season play this year, but what lies in the future?
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