Fans of the Dallas Cowboys can, at times, have a love/hate relationship with players. Here are three Cowboys every fan should be rooting for in 2019.
This offseason, there are several storylines fans of the Dallas Cowboys should be following. From the contract situation surrounding several star players to the play of an exceptional undrafted rookie class, 2019 promises to be an exciting one for America’s Team.
But there is a thin line between love and hate as it’s easy to be critical of a team that hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 1995. But here are three players that Cowboy fans should all be rooting for this year.
Xavier Woods, FS
Despite all the reported upgrades considered for the safety position in the past year and more, the Cowboys have never wavered when it comes to their faith in Woods. From the front office to the coaching staff, they all believe the former sixth-rounder is a star in the making.
And that belief shaped the Cowboys’ hunt for safety help this offseason, as they were looking for more of a strong safety to replace starter Jeff Heath who could play in the box. Therefore the Cowboys added players like veteran George Iloka and rookie Donovan Wilson.
Woods was always in their plans regardless. And more undecided fans should hop aboard the Xavier train sooner than later.
Jason Witten, TE
This is a story every fan should love. Witten should already be a first ballot Hall of Famer. He’s not in it for the money, as the salary he would have earned in ESPN’s Monday Night Football color-analyst spot was expected to eventually exceed the $72-plus million he reportedly earned as a player.
The 37-year old tight end unretired for one reason … love of the game. Sure, a Super Bowl ring would complete his legacy. But make no mistake, Witten missed the game. And he’s putting his long term health on the line just to suit up again. This is exactly the kind of move fans should love and support.
Sean Lee, LB
It’s easy to hate on Sean Lee. He’s missed a total of 51 games during his nine-year career. Most of them due to injuries. That’s over three full seasons of sitting on the sidelines. Yet, when the 32-year old is on the field, he’s a Pro Bowl caliber player and could have been a possible Hall of Famer if not for the various injuries.
For Lee, the elite football I.Q./mind has been willing, but the body has been weak. Last season could have been the last for the aging linebacker. Especially considering the emergence of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch in Dallas. But instead of walking away or asking for his release to end his career in another city, Lee took a massive pay cut to stay with the Cowboys.
Those who believe Lee would willingly take a backseat to Vander Esch and Smith on the depth haven’t followed his career closely. He believes he is going to start this upcoming season. That’s simply the competitor in him. And Lee could be right. And if he can outplay either Smith or Vander Esch this summer, he deserves to start. And fans should be rooting for him to do so.
Everything you need to know about Sean Lee as a player was displayed in the final moments of Amazon’s All or Nothing series, season three. While all the other Cowboys’ players left following a disappointing 9-7 season in 2017, Lee exited the final team meeting and went directly to the film room to start preparing for the next year. How could you not love that?