The Dallas Cowboys‘ newly signed wide receiver, James Washington, was excited to join the Cowboys on a one-year deal for many reasons. Another opportunity to play in the NFL, the chance for a change of scenery, etc. But he was also excited to return to his home state of Texas. The former Steeler even shared a photo of him in a Cowboy outfit as a child on Instagram with a photo of him signing his contract. The receiver is from Stamford, TX, which is just under three hours away from the Cowboys facility.
Washington was set to speak with the media last Tuesday to talk about joining his new team. He was unable to make the call. Now, there are a plethora of excuses people employ when they miss or don’t do something. I got stuck in traffic. I had a family emergency. My dog age my homework. Etc. But Washington’s reasoning was something we have never heard. The wide receiver missed the media call because he got an unexpected delivery of hay to his 40-acre ranch near Merkel, Texas. He apologized to reporters for the “incident” when he had a chance to speak with them last Thursday.
I guess Washington really is a Cowboy. His ranch has cows and horses, which he feeds after his workouts every morning. He also told reporters he ropes and docks the cattle himself when he isn’t just “enjoying the ranch life out in the middle of nowhere” with his wife. What a life! It seems like this man was destined to play on a team with a Cowboy mascot – especially given he played collegiate football for the Oklahoma State Cowboys (just like fellow Cowboys WR Dez Bryant).
Washington said he’s “honored” to play for the Cowboys and as a Texas native, it’s a dream to play for the franchise.
James Washington said he ‘didn’t get to show [his] full self’ with Steelers and is ready to help the Cowboys win a Super Bowl
Aside from missing the first interview for a hay delivery, Washington did have a great conversation with Cowboys reporters. The former Steeler said he knows he can prove himself to be an asset to this team and didn’t feel like he got to show his full self in Pittsburgh. Washington said he meant no offense to anyone from his former team, but he thinks there’s a lot “of meat left on the bone.” He’s ready to give 110% in Dallas.
He added that the player he was at Oklahoma State is the receiver he knows he can be. According to him, that player is a “downfield threat, physical guy” who gets involved in everything. As for his current strengths, Washington pointed out that he’s willing to lay out for any pass in order to come down with the ball and move the chains.
While many saw this external pickup as a lackluster decision in light of losing Amari Cooper, his first presser gives Cowboys fans hope that he may be worth more than initially thought… as long as he doesn’t get a hay delivery on game day.