Dallas Cowboys Have A Different Kind Of Weapon


The Dallas Cowboys are notorious for being in the spotlight. You’ve got to give it to this team – even when there’s nothing going on, there’s something going on. Am I right?

But what is it about this organization that keeps the people swarming? For a moment, direct your attention off the field. There’s something beneath the surface that has us all intrigued.

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Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has established a family-oriented environment at Valley Ranch. From the outside looking in, the connection is strong among those who represent The Star. But has the facility become a rehabilitation center of sorts?

You see the camaraderie between quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten. You see the closeness between wide receivers Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. The bond is genuine and players want to be a part of that.

"“I just think the way Jason and Stephen and Jerry have built this team over the last three or four years has been from the inside out and you’re seeing the benefits of that,” Romo said. “We’re still going. This wasn’t a one-year, two — we’re building this for the next five, six, seven years to sustain.” – Tony Romo via NFL.com"

One thing the media will not let us overlook is the past (or present) sins of players who are affiliated with the team. Fortunately, those off-field issues don’t frequently seep onto the gridiron at game time.

Two days prior the draft, it was reported that Baton Rouge Police wanted to interview offensive tackle La’el Collins regarding the death of his former girlfriend and her baby. Once he had done what was required, Jerry went in for the steal of the century. The Dallas Cowboys added to their Great Wall by signing Collins from Louisiana State University.

Collins decided to skip the 2014 draft to finish his senior year at LSU, which is not common for most prospects. According to the LSU coaching staff, Collins was credited with recognized for 222.5 knockdown blocks during the 45 games of his collegiate career. This year, he was projected to be a first round pick. Due to the investigation, he never got that moment.

The Wednesday following the draft, Collins and his mother were invited to have dinner at the Jones’s home. They were joined by Romo and a few other members of the team. One thing is to be noted – when Jerry wants something to happen, he goes all out to see it manifest.

The newest addition to this offensive line has shown genuine gratitude to be a part of the Cowboys. Being welcomed to the owner’s home has got to be the icing on this blue velvet cake. Collins was introduced via press conference since he did not get to experience that once in a lifetime moment.

During the emotional presser, Collins was joined by his mother, Jerry Jones, and head coach Jason Garrett. Collins shared the fact that his faith is what kept him inspired. Coming in to an organization where the people around you support you from day one is reason enough to give your best.

"“This opportunity sitting here in front of this organization, everything that it stands for, everything that these guys are trying to build here. I feel like I represent. I feel like I fit in. … I had the opportunity to choose from 32 teams where I wanted to be. I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy.” – La’el Collins at his press conference"

Romo is sold on being with this team for the long haul. For the first time in a few years, we’re dealing with a healthy quarterback who isn’t coming off any surgery and has the best offense in the league in front of him. It’s time to finish the fight.

So what’s the buzz about the ‘Boys? They aren’t afraid to take risks. They aren’t afraid to do the unthinkable. They see the best in their players and bring out their full potential.

Welcome to the family, La’el Collins. Go Cowboys.

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