Dallas Cowboys: Dimitri Nance

Nance hopes to end homecoming with win

February, 2, 2011
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DALLAS -- Dimitri Nance is not quite sure if he will be the first Euless Trinity grad to be in a Super Bowl when Green Bay takes on Pittsburgh on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium, but he’s glad to just be along for the ride.

Nance signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent last April and the Packers signed him off the Falcons’ practice squad on Sept. 14. He finished the year with 95 yards on 36 carries and has been inactive or two of the Packers’ three playoff games.

“It was a hard decision because I was so comfortable and went through the whole training camp with all the guys,” Nance said, “but it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I just had to take the opportunity to see where it went from there.”

The return home prompted a lot of phone calls from people looking for tickets. He limited the number to seven.

“I had to tell some people no,” Nance said. “They understood, especially with the price of the ticket. They weren’t willing to pay that.”

Nance’s alma mater lost the 5A state championship to Pearland in December at Cowboys Stadium.

“Hopefully we can get his win for my Euless Trinity players,” Nance said. “Hopefully we can win this game.”

Wrapping up N. Texas Super Bowl ties

January, 24, 2011
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Longtime Cowboys tackle Flozell Adams’ return to JerryWorld with the Steelers will be the top local angle among Super Bowl stories.

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Icon SMIFormer Cowboys lineman Flozell Adams will be returning to Cowboys Stadium, but this time with the Pittsburgh Steelers for Super Bowl XLV.
Adams, who made five Pro Bowls in 12 seasons with the Cowboys before being cut last offseason, is one of several Steelers and Packers with Metroplex ties. In fact, it can be argued that he isn’t even the former Cowboys draft pick who made the biggest impact in his team getting to this point. A quick rundown of those players:

Steelers K Shaun Suisham: Suisham has had three stints with the Cowboys, the most recent coming after they cut Nick Folk in 2009. The Cowboys opted not to re-sign him last offseason, and he spent most of the season out of football. The Steelers signed him in November after cutting longtime kicker Jeff Reed. Suisham is 16-of-18 on field goals for Pittsburgh, including 2-of-3 in the playoffs.

Steelers LT Jonathan Scott: He was an All-American at Carter High in Dallas and played for Texas. Scott, a fifth-round pick by the Lions in 2006, has been a starter most of his first season in Pittsburgh because of injuries.

Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders: The Steelers selected Sanders in the third round in April, making him the highest draft pick out of SMU since before the NCAA-induced Death Penalty. He made significant contributions as a rookie, catching 28 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns and averaging 25.1 yards per kickoff return.

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Denny Medley/US PresswireEnnis product Graham Harrell will be returning home as the Packers come to Arlington for Super Bowl XLV. The former Texas Tech QB was promoted to the Packers' active roster after starter Aaron Rodgers was injured last month.
Packers OLB Erik Walden: He was the Cowboys’ only draft pick in 2008 not to make the team. The sixth-round pick is now starting opposite Clay Matthews, although Walden’s status for the Super Bowl is in question after he injured his ankle in the NFC championship game. He played primarily special teams in stints with Kansas City and Miami and signed with the injury-plagued Packers in October after the Dolphins waived him. He’s earned his playoff checks. Walden was named the NFC defensive player of the week after the Packers’ playoff-clinching win over Chicago in the season finale, when he had 12 tackles and the first three sacks of his career. He also had a sack and forced fumble in the Wild Card win over the Eagles.

Packers QB Graham Harrell: The Ennis and Texas Tech product holds a long list of Texas high school and NCAA passing records, but he had to get into the NFL the hard way. He didn’t even get an invitation to an NFL training camp in 2009, which he spent in Canada. He spent most of this season on the Packers’ practice squad, getting promoted to the active roster when Aaron Rodgers was injured last month.

Packers S Charlie Peprah: The Plano East product moved into the starting lineup when rookie Morgan Burnett suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 4. Peprah, 27, played the first three seasons of his career for the Packers before getting cut last year after a knee injury and signing with Atlanta. He returned to Green Bay for the veteran’s minimum salary and produced 63 tackles and two interceptions this season.

Packers RB Dimitri Nance: Nance rushed for more than 3,000 yards during Euless Trinity’s first state championship season. He has yet to crack triple digits in the NFL. He rushed for 95 yards on 36 carries this season for the Packers, who signed Nance off of Atlanta’s practice squad.

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