IRVING, Texas -- Fresh off a private jet from New York City with his family, Morris Claiborne made his first stop at the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch facility.
Claiborne was given a brief tour of the facility and quick talk about the franchise’s history, which most of his family knew from their allegiances to the team already. He held a short press conference and ended up in the coaches’ offices.
“It still feels like it isn’t real, but I know it’s real,” Claiborne said. “I’m just so excited to get in, to get to work, to get around my teammates.”
While there are two former LSU players on the roster (Marcus Spears and Nate Livings), Claiborne says he does not know any of his new teammates.
“That’s why I’m so anxious to just get in," Claiborne said, "and get to know those guys and try to earn those guys’ trust and let those guys earn my trust and let them know, ‘Hey, I’m going to be in those trenches with you and I’m going to have your back no matter what.’”
Last year’s first pick, Tyron Smith, espoused Hall of Fame aspirations after arriving at Valley Ranch following the first day of the draft and then spent the next five hours digging into the playbook.
“I set my goals pretty high for myself, but I know you got to take it one goal at a time,” Claiborne said. “You just can’t settle when you reach one goal. This is a goal of mine right here, getting to the NFL. And I made it. So I have to set my goal another step higher and that’s to get with my teammates and win ballgames and hopefully a Super Bowl after that. And then who knows what happens after that, hopefully the Hall of Fame.”