When I was a young whipper snapper I used to be a pretty picky eater. To be honest, not much has changed.
My Dad started a special tradition in my family when he told me that he'd give me a dollar for every new food that I tried. Broccoli, asparagus, and all sorts of other icky things became my friend. Motivation works, kids.
When Nihar Janga was training for the Scripps National Spelling Bee his father promised him that if he won, he'd take Nihar to AT&T Stadium so that Nihar could see the Cowboys and his favorite player, Dez Bryant, in action.
"The Machine" as Janga is known, delivered on his end of the bargain three weeks ago when he established himself as one of 2016's Co-Champions. What he did in the immediate seconds after is what has spelled the greatest thing of all.
That's right. Nihar Threw Up The X like his hero, Dez Bryant. 88 not only catches everything, he sees everything. And he liked what he saw in Nihar.
NiharJanga you just made my whole day buddy.. Congrats on winning the #spellingbee champ.. Some how some way I have to get you to a game #x
Whether or not Nihar makes it to a game this season (I'd say it's l-i-k-e-l-y that he will) he had the experience of a lifetime on Wednesday when he visited Dez and his Cowboys teammates at Valley Ranch.
Nihar took part in a press conference with Coach Garrett, held court in the media, and had the time of his life. It doesn't take a Scripps Spelling Bee Co-Champ to know that the best part of this "process" as Coach Garrett would call it was when Nihar did indeed meet Dez.
When Dez Bryant gets in a scuffle while under the summer heat of Training Camp the country is put on red alert by the national media. When he befriends one of his biggest fans and literally takes him under his wing it's not as big of a deal, unless you're a part of Cowboys Nation.
That's because we know who Dez Bryant really is.
He's passionate. He's caring. And he's an even bigger fan of Nihar's skills than Nihar is of his.
NFL players meet fans all the time. It's a normal day at the office for them while it's the greatest day of someone else's life. What's so special about Dez Bryant is that he recognizes that detail and returns the same type of emotion. That's who he is.
@DezBryant made me a proud daddy today. Dez knows how to show <3. Ty @Shannon_PG @TayStern @ScrippsBee @dallascowboys #ThrowUpTheX #nihar
It's so great to know that someone who appreciates his fans as much as Dez Bryant does goes to work every day wearing the Star for the Dallas Cowboys.
These are the guys that we want to root for. These are the guys we hope to get when we turn in their draft card, sign them in Free Agency, or stumble across them in whatever other way. Nihar Janga loves Dez Bryant, Threw Up The X in victory, and look at the insane ride that put him on.
Throw up the X. Nihar style.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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