The Dallas Cowboys had many embarrassing moments in their Wild Card loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The delay of game flag after a beautiful fake punt play. The immense amount of penalty flags. The Dak Prescott gaffe in the final seconds. The blinding light given off by the stadium. The list goes on and on.
One humiliating moment happened before the game even started. People quickly noted that Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch’s name was spelled incorrectly on his jersey. The ‘C’ and ‘S’ were switched around.
The equipment staff picked the first playoff game in three years as the proper time to not do a spell check on everyone’s jerseys?
To be fair Vander Ecsh, not Vander Esch, did have some integral plays for the Cowboys for the first time in a while. His crucial Deebo Samuel tackle on third down helped get the 49ers off the field. It may have been the most important tackle of his season.
Misspelling of Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch’s name on his jersey is just another shameful moment in loss to the 49ers
Sadly for Vander Esch, this playoff game in a misspelled jersey may be his very last game with Dallas. The linebacker is set to be a free agent in March. Dallas already declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which may hint that they don’t have intentions of keeping him on the roster.
This is likely because Vander Esch just hasn’t been the player he was since his rookie year. Injuries and missed tackles have overshadowed his first-year performance. And while he did make some great plays in the Wild Card game, there were also some clear missed tackles by the linebacker.
Only time will tell if this is the former first-round pick’s final season with Dallas. We just hope that whatever jersey he is playing in next year has his name spelled properly.