Last Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys released all time great, DeMarcus Ware. Personally, this is a very emotional release to me. I’m a pretty young fan, so I didn’t grow up with Aikman, Emmitt, or Irvin. When I became a Cowboys fan, Ware was only in his second or third year. For as long as I have been a fan, Ware was always a Cowboy. So it will be very difficult for me to see Ware in a new uniform. The emotional part of me really wishes that Ware was still a Cowboy, but the logical side is telling me this was a move that had to be made.
With the release of Ware, it is the end of an era for Dallas. When one era ends, a new one will begin. I look back at the last Cowboys team to make the playoff, and it is a completely different team. A team led by DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo, and Jason Witten. They were supported by some veterans such as Bradie James, Keith Brookings, Marcus Spears, and Gerald Sensabaugh. In addition, Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, and Mike Jenkins were young players that showed flashes of potential. It was a team that had big bodies such as, Andre Gurode, Flozell Adams, Leonard Davis, Kyle Kosier, and Marc Colombo occupying the offensive line. There were many fearsome weapons such as Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Tashard Choice, Martellus Bennett and Patrick Crayton.
It was a team loaded with talent, and that hasn’t changed. Romo and Witten are still leading the team, but they command a new era of Cowboys. The team has gotten younger in a blink of an eye. There are only 6 players that are above the age of 30 on the roster now. It is a future that is soon to be led by Dez, Tyron, Murray, Frederick, and Lee. This team has a good young core, and it’s surrounded by a supporting cast full of potential. I’m looking at Carr, Claiborne, Church, Carter, and Terrance Williams. When Ware, Witten, and Romo all turned 30, I thought our time was almost up. Our core players are on the wrong side of 30, things can only go downhill. Now, I have a reason for hope. We have a new core, with lots of young guns. Even if Romo and Witten part ways, I think this new era of Cowboys will be able to carry on their legacy. While it is hard to see Ware go, it is a beginning of a new era for the Cowboys.