Jul 22, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Kevin Kowalski (60), center Phil Costa (67) and guard David Arkin (62) on the field for training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys: Tough Times For Center Phil Costa


How things can change in a short period of time. One minute your engaged to a model while working as a professional football player. The next minute your about to be released from your current team and there’s no wedding in sight.

Such is the story for soon-to-be former Dallas Cowboys center Phil Costa.

Yes, this story took place over a longer stretch of time than just a couple of minutes, but it probably doesn’t seem that way to Costa.

Originally undrafted out of the University of Maryland in 2010, Costa was initially buried on the depth chart by other offensive line notables like Kyle Kosier and Andre Gurode, neither of which are still playing with the Cowboys.

Costa would finally see some playing time 2011 although he didn’t exactly lock down the center position or give anybody the confidence that he could do so. Costa’s issues with injuries following solid training camp performances began that year and never seemed to stop.

Costa’s make-it-or-break it season was 2012, a season in which he saw very limited action. He was a part of Dallas’ near-upset of eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in October of 2012, a game in which the Cowboys rushed for a combined 227 rushing yards. Baltimore had never, ever given up that kind of yardage on the ground. Following his best game in the NFL, Costa went right back to the sidelines the following week because of another injury.

As the 2013 offseason began, not many expected Dallas to be as concerned about the center position as they apparently were, especially after extending Costa’s contract just one year ago. Yet, the Cowboys traded down in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft and surprisingly selected Wisconsin center Travis Frederick.

The writing was on the wall in bold print for Costa.

But what better way to deal with a pending demotion at work than to have a model and former reality television show star to curl up next to, right?

Last June, numerous media outlets reported that Costa had become engaged to Brooke Hogan, daughter of former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan of WWE fame.

Well, not only did Frederick easily take the starting position over Costa as a rookie, but by November of last year it was reported that Hogan had called off the engagement.

Things aren’t going much better for Costa at this point either.

The Cowboys will apparently release Costa in an obvious cost-cutting maneuver as the franchise scrambles to get under the league’s salary cap by March 11. Perhaps signing Costa to a two-year contract worth $2.7 million wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Well, good luck Phil.

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  • Earl Robertson

    Seems like anyone Dallas signs never turns out good so maybe they will get the hint draft players and let old guys walk this is a young mans game

    • Ed

      At least until he gets picked up by another team. Ever notice how many former Cowboys perform for other teams? Especially when they play the Cowboys?

  • ctcowboy1968

    Can’t hold onto every backup UDFA and small school interior lineman forever! Projects should only get limited time. Good coaches see if someone has talent or not. Churn the backups. Costa, Arkin, etc. If they are not good enough to be a starter within a year and the coaches never put them on the field, then get rid of them.

    • Ed

      I’m ok with keeping a serviceable player that is less than a 1st team starter. That is how teams stay relevant year after year when injuries creep up. I am, however, opposed to paying starter pay to a non-starting backup.