At this point, DaRon Bland is a household name in the NFL, right? He might not move the needle like Dallas Cowboys superstars Dak Prescott, Micah Parsons, CeeDee Lamb and Trevon Diggs, but Bland authored his own chapter in the NFL history books after he set the record for most pick-sixes in a season.
Even as a rookie, Bland tallied five interceptions despite starting just seven games. To put those numbers into perspective, only four defenders managed six INTs last season. Furthermore, Bland's seven passes defended were among the most in the 2022 rookie class.
In a vacuum, Bland is one of the best cornerbacks in the game. He could end up getting votes for Defensive Player of the Year when all is said and done.
Even if Bland struggles to garner recognition on a national level, surely he's appreciated and treasured in Dallas, right? Think again.
One of multiple Cowboys whom attended Tuesday's Mavericks-Lakers game at American Airlines Center, Bland was introduced as Mr. Pick Six to the crowd. A fitting moniker, but the Mavericks went on to make an all-time gaffe.
Mavericks introduce Cowboys star DaRon Bland as Trevon Diggs
For crying out loud.
The mistake would be unforgivable regardless of a player's level of stardom, too, by the way. This would be just as bothersome if the Mavs botched the introduction for safety Juanyeh Thomas or rookie tight end Luke Schoonmaker, who aren't nearly as recognizable or popular as Bland and other Cowboys stars.
But Bland? The NFL's current leader in interceptions who set the pick-six record with six games to spare and was as high as fourth in Defensive Player of the Year odds a few weeks ago? It's embarrassing that the Mavericks showed Bland on the jumbotron but had a graphic reading Trevon Diggs.
Granted, Diggs was also in attendance -- along with Parsons and Jayron Kearse -- but it's not like the CBs were sat right next to each other.
Bland is soft-spoken and likes to keep a low profile, so he probably isn't bothered by this, but we're bummed for the CB as Cowboys fans. He was a catalyst in Sunday night's win against the Eagles and is a huge reason why the Cowboys sit here with a 10-3 record. He deserves so much better than what the Mavericks did on Tuesday.
Hopefully, the Mavs do better by him the next time he supports the team.