Jason Garrett comments on Coach Joe

April, 5, 2012
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The Dallas Cowboys released a statement Thursday night from coach Jason Garrett talking about the passing of former special teams coach Joe Avezzano.

Garrett played for the Cowboys from 1993-to-1999 and of course was around with Avezzano.

"Joe Avezzano was a great football coach, but, more than that, he was an outstanding human being. The impact that he had on me and the hundreds of other players and coaches who had the good fortune to be around him was significant. There are not many days that go by where we are not sharing a legendary Joe Avezzano story or using a trademark Joe Avezzano expression. He was a wonderful friend. We loved him very much, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Diann, and his son, Tony."

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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