Jason Hatcher: A Symbol of Who Not To Sign or Draft

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Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) prepares to rush the passer during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) prepares to rush the passer during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jason Hatcher is walking advertisement of all that was wrong with the Cowboys over the past decade.

Being a Cowboy means being married to the Lombardi Trophies — each January is an unfriendly reminder of the messy divorce. It’s hard to think it through a different pair of lens. The Dallas Cowboys have eight trips to the Super Bowl to their credit.

True colors shine over time. The real glimmer in the star never dwindles. Once a Cowboy, always a Cowboy.

But not Jason Hatcher. Never some one like him. Never.

Hatcher is the ultimate pretender. A fake. A fluke. A liar. A chameleon.

His star shined not because of his own character, but because he stood next to 10 other men who had it.

Hatcher isn’t a Dallas Cowboy. He never was. His services were only available for rent.

And that’s why players like him must be purged from the roster. The Cowboys must begin anew. With a new culture. A new system.

Love or hate Jason Garrett, but the head coach along with his staff are attempting to build from within. That is clear with the recent draft choices who carry in addition to talent, a résumé of character. Of once being a captain of their squad.

Jason Garrett is open for business. Stay. For the right price. But sign only if you want to stay and help build. If this is “business” to you, go. Family stays. Cowboys stay.

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