Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) leaves the field in the second quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

A New Era in Dallas

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.

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  • Malcolm Currie

    Lol you have to be young to say Romo and Witten is leading this team…….where have they led us to? Four straight seasons without a playoff appearance!

  • Earl Robertson

    Lol what made you a Cowboy fan? Was it in 2007 when they went 13 and 3 and lost at home to the Giants?or was it a year before that when Romo drop the snap? I see why I’m still a fan because I was able to watch 6 of the 8 SBs but I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would become a fan in Ware’s 3rd year!!

    • Scott.

      Spot on, it’s tough loving this franchise and growing up watching every game being proud. If I was not such a loyal person in every aspect of my life I would have kicked them to the curve long ago. #48yoafan.

    • Kerrie Wong

      I’m from Canada, so I didn’t really have a team that I could call my own. By chance I picked the Cowboys. Romo was actually the first person I fell in love with on the team. He was an incredibly fun player to watch with the way he scrambled around the pocket. I didn’t know much about football, but I enjoyed watching him. Eventually I fell in love with others like WItten, Barber, and Ware. I spent more and more time learning about the Cowboys and became obsessed with them and the game of football. There were times when I questioned my sanity for being a fan of this team, but I really couldn’t see myself cheering for another team. I may be a young fan, but my loyalty will always be to the Cowboys. I’d have it no other way.

      • Earl Robertson

        That is cool glad to have you as a fan lets hope things get turn around here fast!!

  • aprado

    Does it really matter when someone becomes a fan? At on point every single one of us became a cowboys fan, regardless of the circumstance. Article it’s spot on about the change. I for one am glad that Jerry actually had shown signs of change. Hopefully we can draft better and pick up the right pieces in free agency from here on out. Finally hopefully he manages the cap allot better than in the past. I’m tired of losing year after year.