As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I know that hope springs eternal with each new season. It has been almost 20 years since they won a Super Bowl, but last year’s strong showing has cranked up the excitement level for fans.
Yes, of course it’s too early to start making big, bold predictions. Training camp is still a week away. We don’t even know who the starting running back will be yet.
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It doesn’t matter. It’s never too early to think positive.
Here are a few choice words from players and owners to stoke the flames:
1. “Let’s just win five Super Bowls in a row, how about it?” – team owner Jerry Jones
In the immediate wake of signing star wide receiver Dez Bryant to a five-year, $70 million contract, Jones was clearly feeling elated at his team’s potential, and he said this directly to Bryant during a phone call.
Needless to say, no team has ever accomplished this feat, but the early 1990’s Cowboys squad came pretty close to doing it four years in a row.
Like any other diehard fan, I would love nothing more than to see the Cowboys double their ring total by the 2019 season. However, I know how tough and unlikely this is. Still, I love the enthusiasm.
2. “We’re gonna win a Super Bowl next year.” – quarterback Tony Romo
Romo received the Nancy Lieberman Lifetime Achievement Award in late April, and the above quote came at the very end of his acceptance speech.
I saw some responses to this quote online back then, and people were saying things like, “Well, what do you expect? Quarterbacks do that every year.” However, I’m pretty sure this is the first time Romo has made any type of public promise like this. Good for him.
3. “We’re Super Bowl ready.” – Dez Bryant
Bryant made this comment to DallasCowboys.com writer Nick Eatman in an interview after signing his contract. In fact, he alluded to this fact several times during their conversation.
The fact that a receiver of this caliber is stoked about getting a ring should thrill all of us.
Witten has been a fan favorite for many years with the Cowboys. He is a strong team leader and one of the most consistent pieces in the offense. Guys on both sides of the ball look up to him. It’s great to hear about his strong desire to win the big one.
I wear my Witten jersey proudly to watch every game. It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost eight years since Witten’s legendary 53-yard reception when he ran about 30 yards after his helmet was ripped off.
5. “I do believe it’s all coming together for us.” – Cowboys COO Stephen Jones
Jones made this comment during the opening of a team-themed club at the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. Some have credited the younger Jones (son of Jerry) with a shift in emphasis in recent years.
Their recent draft picks and other acquisitions have been more about substance, and less about making a media splash. In short, they seem to have learned from their past mistakes.
Unfortunately, on the same day, Stephen also chose to weigh in on another much-debated topic: the catch that Dez Bryant made that was overturned in their 2014 playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.
“As it turns out, according to the rule, I think the call was correct.” He went on to make some non-committal remarks about the possibility of tweaking the rules in the future to avoid this type of thing.
And no, I don’t think it matters now. I hope the team decides to use the incident as fuel for next season to go even farther.