- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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DALLAS -- One by one a number of Cowboys, from Tashard Choice and Felix Jones on Tuesday to Sean Lee on Friday, kept repeating the same message: what they have seen from Super Bowl XLV this week with Pittsburgh and Green Bay in their hometown will serve as motivation in 2011.
One of Jason Garrett’s final messages to the players after the 6-10 finish to the 2010 season was to watch the playoffs and let it sink in even more just how painful the year was for the Cowboys. It seems to have worked.
“I’m not going to go to the game, but I am going to watch it because I think it’ll be good for us,” nose tackle Jay Ratliff said. “We can use it for motivation for what not to do again. This is a filthy taste in our mouths and it’s something you’re not going to forget.”
While the players were glad to be able to do their charity work for different organizations and make appearances on behalf of companies they endorse, today might be the most difficult day.
“I think all of the leaders on the team are going to do things to make sure this drives us to do better next season,” linebacker DeMarcus Ware said.