Cowboys S Jayron Kearse’s superstitious key to success will surprise you

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We all know that athletes can get superstitious when things start to go well for them. Think Tiger’s red shirts, Serena’s lucky socks, Wade Boggs’ game day chicken requirements, etc.

Now, Dallas Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse is throwing his name into the superstition bucket.

Before Week 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Kearse had no interceptions and was topping out at five solo tackles per game.

What changed in Week 11? He started eating Fruit Roll-Ups. Yes, you read that right. The chewy, fruity snack that moms put in lunch boxes for their elementary school children.

Since beginning to eat “a Fruit Roll-Up a day” right before the matchup against the Chiefs, Kearse has recorded two interceptions, 25 tackles (with a high of eight solo tackles), and three passes defended. Looks like Kearse will be stocking up on these chewy treats, so don’t be surprised if supermarkets in Dallas have a shortage.

Cowboys using lucky Fruit Roll-Ups to beat Washington?

When reporters asked if there was a specific flavor of Fruit Roll-Up, Kearse told them it’s a “mystery box.” Seems like the only mystery here is figuring out what secret ingredients General Mills is putting into these things to help Kearse succeed. But, in all seriousness, the mind does pretty incredible things. If Kearse is convinced these are allowing him to play better, let him eat ’em!

Kearse says he plans to keep this tradition up until it “stops working.” Heading into an NFC East rivalry matchup this weekend, we hope he plans on bringing some Fruit Roll-Ups on the trip to Washington. The Cowboys could use a little extra luck after announcing that rookie Micah Parsons is dealing with a hip injury.

We will definitely be keeping an eye out for Kearse’s performance in Week 14. If all goes well, Jerry Jones might want to fill the player lockers with Fruit Roll-Ups for the playoff push.