Cowboys and Dallas-area ties to Saints

February, 7, 2010
2/07/10
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MIAMI -- So many Cowboys and local ties to the Saints' 31-17 victory over the Colts on Sunday night.

Sean Payton, the head coach, who was a Cowboys assistant coach under Bill Parcells was convinced not to take the Oakland job and got a raise from Jerry Jones instead.

Then Payton got an opportunity and took the Saints job.

There's Southlake Carroll's Garrett Hartley who set a Super Bowl record with three made field goals of 40 or more yards.

Linebacker Scott Shanle was traded from the Cowboys to the Saints for a seventh-round pick in 2007, and linebacker Scott Fujita decided to sign with the Saints in free agency in 2006.

Punter Thomas Morstead was a walkon at SMU a few years ago until earning a scholarship. He turned into the best punter coming out of the draft. In his rookie year, he was strong on kickoffs and became the first punter in the franchise history to win the NFC special teams award twice in the same season.

Sunday vs. the Colts, he opened the second half with an onside kick that was recovered by the Saints after a mad scramble.

So many things to talk about when we come back up from the locker room.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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