The end. We all know at some point what begins must end, but, the finality and profoundness of something we love being no more isn’t discounted by that knowledge. The disappointment can only be exacerbated when that end comes much sooner than expected. That is what Dallas Cowboys’ linebacker DeVonte Holloman is facing. And as a Cowboys fan, I believe I (and we all) owe him a “thank you”.
That’s what this is. I wanted to take a moment away from the team and game analysis and write a piece to remind everyone that as much as we love our team, life is bigger than football. Guys like DeVonte Holloman work their entire lives towards the dream of playing in the National Football League. That’s years and years of blood, sweat, and tears.
That’s well over a decade of pain and persistence by the time you’re even eligible to play in the NFL. Imagine for a second what you love doing most. I mean the thing that truly drives you and wakes you up in the morning. Now dedicate your life to being the best at it and shortly after you reach the true opportunity you’ve been dying for, you’re told “you can’t do this anymore”.
That’s what LB DeVonte Holloman was facing. The toughest decision of his life. After being drafted sixth overall in 2013, what looked to be a very promising career was stalled by a major spine contusion after playing only 6 games. On the heels of that, Holloman would miss the next 7 games, but, his drive to return saw him do just that in week 15 against the Green Bay Packers.
He would play the final 3 games of the 2013 season and finish the contest versus the Philadelphia Eagles with 11 tackles and 2 sacks. Now that’s impressive. Especially considering what he was returning from, the time missed, and the fact that this was a rookie we were talking about. One adjective fits here nicely: amazing.