Jason Garrett delivers a tear-jerking Thanksgiving speech (video)
Despite his emotionless perception, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett delivered a tear-jerking speech following the team’s Thanksgiving victory.
When you think about the most fiery and emotional coaches in sports, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is likely near the bottom of the list. The Cowboys ninth-year head coach preaches and practices consistency across the board. And that includes managing the emotional highs and lows.
But this offseason, the release of Amazon’s All or Nothing series featuring the Cowboys revealed a fiery side of Garrett rarely seen in his various media appearances or along the sidelines. This was a shocking revelation as the 52-year old coach was believed to be about as even-keeled as any personality in modern sports.
As the head coach of America’s Team, there is likely no one more criticized than Garrett. And many found it hard to believe this perceived emotionless automaton could garner the love and respect of his players through the rollercoaster of years of mediocrity in Dallas.
Still, the Cowboys players have consistently rallied around their head coach, echoing his philosophies in interviews, wearing his inspirational t-shirts and buying into his created culture.
For most, Garrett’s failure in Dallas is all about his lack of results. With a regular season record of 73-58, Garrett’s .557 win percentage is just a tad under former Cowboys head coach Chan Gailey’s .563 and better than the great Jimmy Johnson’s .550 during their tenure in Dallas.
The biggest issue with Jason’s current reign is the fact he’s posted a single playoff victory in only two postseason appearances. The fact Garrett doesn’t outwardly seem to care and simply continues to pluck away with no emotional peaks or valleys certainly works against him in public perception. Fans rarely get a peek on the inside of what makes the much-maligned head coach actually tick.
But following the Cowboys victory over the Washington Redskins that moved them into first place in the NFC East, Garrett broke down in front of the team during his postgame speech (via DallasCowboys.com) when talking about Thanksgiving and spending it with loved ones.
"“Hey, this is Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for. So much to be grateful for. The opportunity that we have. The people in our lives. Our families. Our friends. This team. This team. So I can’t thank you enough from the bottom of my heart for what you guys are all about, for what we’re building here. Give you family a huge. Give your mom a call, give your dad a call … “"
It was at this point in the speech where Garrett began to choke up to the point of silence. And it’s understandable as he lost his father, long-time NFL scout Jim Garrett, back in February at the age of 87.
Clearly in tears, Jason Garrett was instantly embraced by running back Ezekiel Elliott at the end of his emotional postgame speech as the team engulfed their coach in a huddle. Garrett was barely able to lead the team in a chant before landing in the arms of quarterback Dak Prescott.
It’s this type of emotional display that should tell you everything you need to know about why these players believe so much in their head coach and are willing to play hard for him. Jason Garrett has not lost this locker room. In fact, it appears to be the exact opposite.