OTAs end with Dallas Cowboys U
The team hosted Dallas Cowboys U, a football camp for 160 kids from across the area that allowed players to coach the players in a seven-on-seven-tournament. Jason Witten's team won the championship over Doug Free's team.
Garrett has run a similar camp at Princeton through his foundation for years.
“We think it’s good to do for a lot of different reasons, the chemistry and camaraderie on our football team first and foremost, but then to reach out to the community,” Garrett said. “Get these very deserving kids to have a day they will never forget, interact with our players, have a fun day, teach them about football and maybe teach them about some life skills as well. We think it’s a win-win for everybody.”
In addition to Witten and Free, Tony Romo, Gerald Sensabaugh, Jay Ratliff, DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Sean Lee and Miles Austin served as head coaches and a draft was held Thursday morning to assemble the assistant coaches through the rest of the roster.
“Jason has a great sense of understanding that when much is given, much is expected and I think he wants to give back to the community and give back to some people who at different times can use it,” Romo said. “It’s a great way to get out there not just for the kids but also our football team. It was great to see.”
During the championship game, Austin taught players the finer points of route running and Ware worked with pass rushers.
“Hopefully it’s four hours that changes their lives,” Witten said.
With some of the catches made there might have been some future Cowboys on hand.
“You know what’s interesting, often times we have when we have any kind of evaluation of players, be it Dallas Day or a workout we do something called 'one liners,'” Garrett said. “Hey, get a one-liner on these guys and all of our coaches within the first 30 minutes of being out here were like, ‘When are the one-liners due?’ I said hold off on that, but I’ll tell you what there were some good players out here and there were some plays being made in the red zone.”
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Jerry Jones' recent comments, Cowboys OTAs, Dez Bryant and more.
Play Podcast Todd Archer joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the latest Tony Romo news and what he will be watching for in OTAs.
Play Podcast Nate Newton joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss his comments on how Jason Garrett should handle being on the hot seat and not let Jerry Jones get in the way.
Play Podcast Cowboys safety Barry Church joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the new defensive scheme and the impact it will have on him, how much more intense he expects practice to be with Monte Kiffin and his expectations.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider Ed Werder joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the latest Cowboys news, including Jason Garrett downplaying Tony Romo's involvement in offensive planning and play calling.
Play Podcast John Lynch joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss playing for Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli, why Cowboys fans should be excited about the new defensive staff, why Valley Ranch will no longer resemble a country club and his thoughts on the Cowboys' roster.
Play Podcast Herm Edwards joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the latest Cowboys news and give his take on what new face will make the biggest impact for Dallas.
Play Podcast Nate Newton joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what he saw at the Cowboys' rookie minicamp and how he helped Rod Marinelli on the defensive side of the ball.