Festive shouts to a few men

Frisco, Texas – Nate Newton hit mother standings last weekend, sort of crowning the sweet triple life as he was inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Saturday.

Nate was one of seven volunteers in the 2022 class, having played college ball at Florida A&M University, a historically black college and university located in Tallahassee, Florida.

Newton and his family, wife, two sons, brothers and sisters were together that weekend in Atlanta and on Saturday afternoon they were able to watch the end of the city’s Juneteenth Parade at Centennial Park in downtown near the College Football Hall of Fame.

Then on Sunday, why was Father’s Day, his sons Trey and King were there to celebrate with him.

“I took care of everything,” Nate said. “Tell you, it was fun. I had a century time.”

Not bad for DallasCowboys.com and my colleagues at the Dallas Cowboys Broadcasting Network, Nate and I spent several years in talking cowboy Audio notation.

Newton played 13 seasons with the Cowboys (1986-1998), winning six Pro Bowls as an offensive guard and three Super Bowl episodes. Only three offensive Cowboys have been named in more Pro Bowls: Larry Allen (10), Tyron Smith (8) and now Zack Martin (7). But get this, his six-game Pro Football Hall of Fame attack tackles Rayfield Wright.

Oh boy, I can remember that day as that 350-pound free agent who showed up at a training camp in Thousand Oaks, California, was signed by the Cowboys after the NFL dropped out that summer. At the time, Tom Landry, head coach of the Cowboys Hall of Fame, didn’t like his attacking men weighing more than 270 pounds. But Nate was so big that the Cowboys didn’t have soccer pants big enough for sports.

Jerry Fowler, a former assistant equipment manager at Cowboys, ended up taking two pairs of double XL pants and sewing them together for Nate, saying at the time, “The Bears got the fridge but we got The Kitchen.”

I stayed for several seasons.

This honor also includes a photo of Nate Newton entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame booth in Canton, Ohio, which honors members of the Black College Football Hall of Fame, Nate cracking, “I back doored the Hall of Fame.” He will receive his ring during the September celebration in Canton.

For Nate, perhaps one of the weekend’s greatest tributes were the men who came to celebrate with him, former teammates Troy Aikman, Tony Tolbert, now Jackson State coach Dion Sanders, Mark Stepnowski and Daryl Johnston, along with the Cowboys. Offensive line coach Tony Wise and Nate’s FAMU coach Rudy Hubbard, a member of the Black College Football Hall of Fame himself.

Said Nate, whose class included BCFHOF, whose class included BCFHOF future Packers wide Donald Driver (Alcorn State), who now lives in the DFW area, and the late Roscoe Nance, one of my ex-girlfriends Jackson (Miss) Clarion Ledger His colleagues as a contributor, the newspaper’s first black sports writer to have covered the Southwestern Athletic Conference for years, went on to work at USA TODAY He was the founding member and president of the SWAC Alumni Association.

Even Nate’s Cowboys head coach for five seasons Jimmy Johnson gave him a video online saying, “Nate, congratulations on entering the HBCU Hall of Fame. Hey, you’ve always been one of my favorites. Sorry Troy.”

“Hi, I’m so proud of you, Nate. You’ve accomplished so much. Congratulations.”

Nate said the importance of having his family, former coaches, and teammates there to celebrate with him “didn’t look out for me until I got on stage,” noting that one of the party’s hosts, Steve Weitchie, asked him what it meant to have so many “men” there to help honor him.

“This was the result of my team’s work,” he said, noting that Jimmy was telling the players the importance of the relationships that were forged while winning tournaments. “I felt so happy.

“You don’t know who yours is until a case like that.”

So let’s give the Big Newt, ah, shot Outside.

  • Lace Honor: This past Friday, a celebration of the life of Larry Lasswell was held at First Bank, Arkansas Stadium in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to honor the all-time winning schools coach, University of Oklahoma defense coordinator and college director at the Dallas Cowboys and the Pros. Expedition for 14 years (1991-2004) among many other stops along the way during the 85 years of his life before his death on May 17. Many of the speakers perfectly portrayed Lass, a man who loved both football and speaking. Former Cowboys coach and longtime Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer said of his one-time defensive coordinator with the Sooners, “Larry was exactly what everyone was talking about. He’s the best defensive coach ever. All you have to do is ask him. Pull out a chair and sit down and he’ll tell you for sure. so.” Then there was Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones, who said of Larry, “Larry Lacewell affected everything the Cowboys weren’t when he got there and that they were there.” Jones was joined by a group of current and former Cowboys employees, and asked by the owner of the Cowboys to stand up: Chris Hall, Tom Siskovsky, Walter Gleefe, Henry Sroka, Bruce Mays, Todd Williams, Dave Campo and Jim Baker. And after asking them all to stand up so they’d be recognized, Jerry said, “That old country song, ‘They’ll Walk Across Texas.’ They’ll walk Across Texas for Larry, seriously.”
  • Captain Crush also: Also, a shout out to Cliff Harris Safety Cowboys Hall of Fame for the annual charity golf tournament Monday, and to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at nearby Stonebriar Country Club. Honored to be involved again, although unfortunately for my other threesome as I contribute so little, almost nothing to our record. Cliff has raised over $5 million over the years through this tournament and annual events. A group of former teammates and former Cowboys players appear regularly, with Charles Haley as this year’s special guest. Attendees included Roger Staubach, Preston Pearson, Charlie Waters, Dee Dee Lewis, Billy Joe Dupree, Mike Renfrew, Doug Donnelly and Chad Hennings.
  • Statistics for this: Here are two notable Cowboys stats in 2021 to highlight their 12-5 result, but cause concern knowing they couldn’t win a playoff. First, the Cowboys with the most players finished at least six receptions. In 2021, the Cowboys produced four franchise records: Amary Cooper (8), Dalton Schultz (8), Sidi Lamb (6) and Michael Gallup (6). Seven previous seasons the Cowboys had produced a franchise high for three players with at least six receptions, most recently in 2011 with Laurent Robinson (11), Des Bryant (9) and Miles Austin (7), the Cowboys finished 8-8 in their first year under coach Jason. garrett. Now the first of these seven events occurred in 1967, with Bob Hayes (10), Lance Rentzel (8) and Dan Reeves (6), only to lose the NFL Championship game in what became known as the “Ice Bowl” of the Green Bay Packers.

So it’s all quiet on The Star football front this week, with not only the majority of players, but the Cowboys crew as well staying away for several weeks of R&R before the start of training camp on July 25. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy was asked last week how long he can stay out of football during this time.

“Really, what happens to me, and your kids test you on this, but once you’re past the 4th of July, about July 8th, 9th, 10th, and I think most coaches are like that, you start to itch. You know, wake up, structure me with vacation with my family, Mornings are my spare time because, you know, kids stay up as they get older, and they don’t get their butts out of bed until 11, so McCarthy said, “I get six hours of freedom before I start. Then I’ll really get back to her.”

“It’s kind of fun, lots of family time, I’m looking forward to it. Family from Pittsburgh coming in, but I think once you get past the 4th of July weekend that was kind of my motivation. So I’m definitely going to spend the last two weeks getting ready (for camp) “.

All right, Mike, see you in two weeks. Send along any shard shots If you feel bored.

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