New Hampshire TE turns down Cowboys

At midday on Saturday, I ran into Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who was excited about working the phones toward the end of the draft.

Jones said this is the time where you can find a star among the undrafted free agents. The Cowboys have been lucky to find quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Miles Austin among other players who weren't drafted.

However (thanks to Profootballtalk.com for finding this), New Hampshire tight end Scott Sicko told the Cowboys and several other NFL teams he would not play for them unless he was drafted.

The Cowboys made a personal plea to Sicko to play. But he said no thanks according to the Albany, N.Y. Times-Union.

"If I were to be drafted I would have had more confidence of a much longer career in the NFL,” Sicko told the Albany Times Union. "I have to look at my life and decide what will make me the happiest. And the thing that will make me the happiest now and in the long run is to pursue my education."

We wanted to see if Sicko was rated by ESPN's Mel Kiper and he was. Sicko is ranked 27th among tight ends in Kiper's 2010 Draft Report.

Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston offered this insight on Sicko back in March.

So it's not like Sicko is some unknown player, NFL teams wanted him, but he just decided to do something else with his life.