shoes was probably the happiest moment
of the entire recovery process. I was super
excited. I remember the date, March 7, to
be exact. I was dancing in the weight room
at the NovaCare Complex.
When Training Camp started, that was
tough for me as a football player and as
a competitor to still be on the sideline. I’d
see guys going out there and making plays.
I wanted to get out there, but I knew that if
I attacked my rehab, I would be beneficial
to the team once I was on the field.
I’ll be honest. I did wonder, though, if I
would ever get back to the same level of
play that I was at before the injury. I had
multiple talks with my family about it.
What if I couldn’t bring that same type
of energy? What if I couldn’t create those
game-changing plays? What if I couldn’t be
electric anymore? I just thought back to
playing as a child, as a 10- or an 11-yearold.
Don’t make it harder than it needs to
be. And once I started cutting and running,
I flipped a switch and knew that I would be
myself again once I was back out there.
My first practice was the Wednesday of
Dallas week. I was super, super excited. I
wasn’t trying to show it. I wanted to bottle
up all of my energy for the game where I
could let everything out, but I couldn’t
even sleep the night before that first
practice. My mindset all week was that I
was going step back out on the field, and I
was going to show the coaching staff from
the first play that I’m the starter.
Coach Undlin told me on Friday in the
meeting room that I was going to start. I
didn’t want to go too crazy since we were
in the meeting, but my heart smiled. I
quickly had to shift my focus and get back
to the business at hand. After the meeting,
I called my mom and my brother. They
both had the same attitude that while it
was good, it was expected. They believed
in me through everything.
When we traveled, everybody from back
home in DeSoto, Texas is a Cowboys fan
except my family. I had probably 20-25
people at the game. Before kickoff, I was
signing autographs for the fans. Our fans
are so true. I was out for the last 10 games
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of 2018 then I missed the first six this year.
They could have wanted someone else in
that spot, but for them to show me love, it
was only right for me to show it back.
All night, I just wanted to put myself in
position to make a play and try to change
the game. I was able to get an interception
late, which was a refreshing feeling after all
that I had been through, but obviously we
were disappointed by the end result.
It’s great to be able to impact the game on
the field once again. Perfection is the goal
and it starts in practice. Nobody is perfect
and not everything is going to be perfect.
Everyone has their head down in their
work. You can see the focus in everybody’s
eyes. We’ve got the right guys to put this
together for the rest of the season.
The biggest thing that I learned in the
last year is that I can overcome anything.
I had a great support staff. I had my
family, my teammates, my coaches, the
trainers. Now, it’s my time to give back
to everybody because they gave me
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