‘When he’s healthy’
This is a popular phrase around Dallas Cowboy’s training camp and has been for several years. I don’t know when Jerry Jones started using it in a sentence, but he seems to like to throw it around.
Any time the Cowboys want to justify keeping often injured players, the phrase comes out. As in “He’s a great player when he’s healthy” or “We will get him back into the swing of things when he’s healthy” or my favorite,
“We think a lot of him, when he’s healthy, he can really help our team”. Jerry likes to push the potential of players to the point of making excuses for them not being able to stay healthy (glass always half full). No reason to mention names, you can throw whatever player you think of that fits the phrase.
As Cowboy’s fans, we buy into Jerry’s words. We even find ourselves repeating the very same phrase, because in many cases we have seen the talent in theses often injured players and believe that these players can help our team… When they’re healthy.
Why do we allow ourselves to buy into this line of thinking? Why are we accepting injury prone players over durable ones? The only Dallas Cowboy that has shown the ability to stay on the field in that last several years is Jason Witten. I’m sure there are others, but I can’t think of any right now. None that matter. Wouldn’t we rather have a few more durable players, even if we have to give up a little flash or potential talent? I don’t know if we really do, because all Cowboys fans have had to hold on to is that potential talent – the hope that the potential talent could lead to potential success, potential greatness.
So when Jerry Jones talks about a player helping the team ‘when he’s healthy‘, what he’s really giving us is hope. And we need the the hope, so we fall in line. After all, what alternative do we have as Cowboy’s fans if not for ‘when he’s healthy’? We would have to see our Cowboys team as it may really be – Loaded with talented but fragile players. We would have to hold our breathe on every acrobatic catch by a wide receiver or simple cut back by the running back. We would have to count each player, looking for a limp, as they get up after every pile up at the line of scrimmage. Imagine if we had to do that.