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Sunday, August 14, 2011
Former players invited back for scrimmage

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Coach Jason Garrett is proud of the Cowboys' past. He wants his players to understand what it means, not to dwell on it.

Last Friday, Garrett said some former players -- he wouldn't say who -- are scheduled to attend Friday's scrimmage at Cowboys Stadium against the San Diego Chargers.

"It's a good opportunity for our players to be around those guys and interact with them," Garrett said. "There's great history here and they're welcomed to the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. We want them to know that and we also want our players to be around them and understand what the standard of excellence is and what it has been around here."

This is not the first time former players have come to a Cowboys' practice. Several former players including Emmitt Smith, Daryl Johnston, Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman, Tony Casillas, Larry Brown and Jay Novacek have attended either minicamps, training camp or regular season practices in the past.

Former college and pro director of scouting Larry Lacewell and former special teams coach Joe Avezzano attended practices the last two days at Cowboys Stadium.

Former Cowboy Leon Lett is currently working with the defensive linemen as part of the NFL's minority coaches internship program and Charles Haley, who helped the Cowboys win three titles in the 1990s, worked with the pass rushers while the team was in San Antonio for training camp.