Jason Witten isn’t just a leader and a role model on the field for his teammates, but off the field as well. In Coppell, Texas this past weekend, Jason headlined a ProCamp football camp, hosting kids ages 7-14 and teaching them the fundamentals of football.
“…We also want them to learn about off the field, doing well in school, not giving into peer pressure, and encourage them that way. Sometimes, they listen a little bit better to someone like me…”
The on the field leadership of the Dallas Cowboys has been brought into question by many talking heads in the media, and even by teammates this off season. It doesn’t seem like anyone on the Cowboys team has gotten that memo, however.
Witten told the Landry Hat, “…guys are just keeping their mouth shut and going to work.”
This attitude is infectious and Jason Garrett has been adding to the contagion by drafting former team captains, guys that have high motors, and that come ready to work. In life, there are two types of people. There are the “Get to” guys and the “Got to” guys.
The “Got-To” guys ask, “what do we got to do today?” As in, what are we obligated to do, what do we have to do today, and when do I get to go home.
The “Get-To” guys are the ones that are excited about every opportunity that presents itself that day, and are excited to get better. They ask, “What do we get to do today?” Jason Garrett is drafting the “Get-To” type of guy, and Witten’s comments reflect that.
With last year’s hiring of strength and conditioning coach and six-time Super Bowl champion, Mike Woicek (pronounced: Woy-sick), the lockout prevented Cowboys from working with him. Here’s what Witten has to say about the only coach/player to have earned six Super Bowl rings:
“He’s amazing, this is my first offseason with him. I kinda get upset that I didn’t have last year with him. Especially with verteran players, the ability he has to extend your careers and the different things that he does; an amazing strength coach.”
Currently the Cowboys are going through “voluntary” (wink-wink) workouts and the Dallas Cowboys are getting the benefit of working with such an accomplished Strength Coach. Perhaps this year will be different and there won’t be a December fade down the stretch. With a rough schedule of facing the Eagles, Bengals, Steelers, and Saints in the month of December, the work that the Cowboys are putting in now could have a profound effect to propel this Cowboys team into the playoffs.