Legendary. That’s how you sum up a player that embodies and has contributed so much to the legacy of the Dallas Cowboys both on and off the field. Former Cowboys’ tight end Jay Novacek was as automatic as a sunrise when it came to receiving. When he wasn’t helping the franchise move the chains with his catches, he was helping block for the NFL All Time Leading Rusher, running back Emmitt Smith.
Jay was rightfully nicknamed “The Pay-cek” by many Cowboys’ fans because, well, he was so ‘money’ at everything he did. He would establish a solid reputation as a (then) St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinal before being acquired by the Cowboys in 1990 in free agency. Obviously, Dallas saw something the Cardinals didn’t. And we’re forever thankful for the Cards’ Stevie Wonder-like approach to assessing Novacek.
Once he donned The Star, Novacek got to the business of becoming arguably then quarterback Troy Aikman‘s favorite target. He would become a deadly pressure valve for Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin and a security blanket for the offense as a whole. Needed a first down? The ball was going to Novacek and there was nothing anyone could do to stop it. That was the terrific reality.
I had a chance to speak with The Pay-cek recently and he offered up his opinion on several hot items going on, not only at Valley Ranch, but also within the ranks of NCAA football as well. It was refreshing to get the point of view of an individual held in such high regard within Cowboys’ Nation.