Old School Loyalty

When I started watching football you knew who the coaches were. What coach belonged with what team. It was easy because they didn’t change. When you said Tom Landry or Don Shula you thought of the Cowboys and the Dolphins.  The same way with the players! Granted there were players that were traded, but it was nothing compared to how players switch teams now with free agency. There was loyalty to the team. It seemed like the coaches and  players had that loyalty that we the fans still have.
 
When Roy Williams was drafted by the Cowboys I was so happy. I had watched all of his Oklahoma games so I knew what a gifted player he was.  After his first few games I thought to myself that he would be a career Cowboy, even though I realized that the league was changing.  It had become more of a "What can the team do for me" attitude. The players now have no expectation of finishing their careers with the team that originally signed them. 
 
In 2002 we didn’t have  much of a team point blank! Roy Williams was the only marketable asset Jerry Jones had.  Before you knew it everywhere you looked were #31 jersey’s. With every hard hit and tackle, Roy’s popularity grew.
 
When the NFL banned the horse collar tackle, I knew it would be hard for him to learn not to grab at the jersey.  I mean it is a habit, something he has always used.  I agree with the NFL that it  is too dangerous and should be banned, but I have seen Roy start to go for it and then take his hands down so many times.  I can see how hard it is for him.
 
Then I hear that they want him to watch the hard hits. Come on!!!!  I agree with the horse collar but not the hard hits nonsense!  Look at Bill Bates.  #40 was one of the most hard hitting’s Cowboys I can remember and  I am sure there are plenty more.
 
Now that the rules have changed on him and he is having trouble adjusting to the new rules and system. Some fans even want him out,  They say " Maybe he shouldn’t be a cowboy anymore"  "Maybe he needs to find a new system" Ouch! That breaks my heart! LOYALTY! This is all I know, that is what my Dad taught me about football and I will stand by Roy and any other Cowboys in the future. Maybe I am old school, maybe I need to change my outlook on football, but then that would mean giving up what I love about football and the one thing my Dad taught me "Stand by the team you love" and Roy is a part of that team.

Contributed by Raina Middleton

Comments
  1. Roys jersey was the first one I ever bought. He was my favorite. I dont think Im disloyal by saying he is progressively getting worse in coverage. Im cool with the horse collars, im cool with the big hits, but blowing his coverage and constantly looking confused is getting downright old. Im starting to think that Darren Woodson made him look good his first two years, cause when he left this downward spiral started. Staying “loyal” is one thing, watching your teams secondary get burned time after time in the name of “being loyal to a player” is quite another. How many times can you let Roy prove he aint getting any better. I TRULY wish i was wrong but im not. Old school loyalty is great and there isnt enough of it, but its not worth it if it means watching your team lose because then you have an issue of team loyalty versus player loyalty.We have a 12-2 record in spite of Roy Williams play and I wont miss him Saturday.

  2. this is why i got my cowboys jersey with my fav no#from HS and MY name on the back… i dont plan on being a trader… love my boyz. always have, always will, thank you

  3. Shelley

    So true….loyalty is a word that is fast disappearing from ALL sports, but I think you see it even more in football for some reason. I think maybe fans are taking an example from players who are quick to jump ship if things aren’t going their way…one thing about the Cowboys, though, is they instill a deep loyalty in their fans, and they have possibly the most loyal fans in the NFL…

  4. Fredooch

    I am going to agree to disagree with you. In todays NFL, these players are getting paid millions upon millions of dollars to simply do one thing, PERFORM. Roy Williams is one of the NFL’s top paid safety. He makes more money than you and me and the average person will ever make combined. COMBINED! With all that money comes a certain responsibility. The responsibilty that comes with you and me and every Cowboys fan that goes to home games and buy Cowboys merchandise to keep to Jerry Jones empire at full stregnth. The NFL is a business and it stands for Not For Long if you dont perform. I too was a HUGE! Roy Williams supporter and fan his first 5 years in the league. Look at my post! But, if you dont perform, people are gonna start to unnerve. I still want to believe that Roy Williams can instill fear in opposing defenses and I still want Roy to retire a Cowboy. I understand you point, but when your being paid more money than Fire Fighters and Police officers, people are gonna expect a return on that investment and responsibility. Like I stated in my post, I know there is something wrong with Roy Williams as thousands upon thousnds of Cowboys fans have voiced thier opinion in that same topic. Believe me, I would love nothing than to see the Roy Williams of old. If you remember not so long ago, Troy Aikman was getting boo’ed at every home game in the 1999 season up until his untimely retirement in 2000. The guy brought us three superbowls and you think Roy Williams is gonna get any love? Its a business and every NFL player will tell you that. Hey I have even heard Romo say it time in and time out.On a lighter note, I do love my Cowboys!

  5. Charles C aka CHUCK

    Old Habits Die Hard! I feel Sorry for Roy. The guy is having to quit doing what he has been doing his whole football life. Its equivalent to him having to quit smoking. I wonder if they can make him any Horse-Collar patches. :)

  6. Jon

    Roys jersey wasnt my first but it most definitely my favorite! My first was Staubach way back in the day when they look goofy or at least I look back at pics of me wearing it and say to myself…what a goober. Back to Roy! I think he see that tackle in his mind a thousand times and prolly for the rest of his life. It is hard to teach an “old dog new tricks but I hope he focuses on just making the tackle and try to just go be where the ball is. He is awesome and ,I myself, watched him play at OU…Boomer Sooner!!! Anyway, to make this long story shorter…HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS

  7. I’m “OLD SCHOOL” myself and watched the first Dallas Cowboy snap in 1961, at age 11 years and I’ve been a Cowboy Fan ever since! That may be changing soon however and not by my choice! Mr Jerry Jones has decided to sell out us old fans that helped build the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys by his selling Cowboy games to the NFL Network! There are many of us who do not have access to the NFL Network, or can’t afford it due to fixed SS incomes, or just don’t want to pay for a $200 package in which there are only one or two games even worth watching! Doesn’t the NFL have enough revenue without having to make us pay for televised games that we don’t even care to watch? Get ready folks, I and many others believe this is just a small taste of what is to come in future viewing of NFL games on Television! If we don’t voice or opinions on this matter now, before it is too late, it will happen! I hate to see the owner of my lifetime favorite team as a leader in this capitalist movement that has no regard for the fans that put them in the position that they are today! Corporate “GREED” at it’s finest! We’re already watching guys that make 8 million dollars a year to catch the ball, not catch the ball!

  8. I’m “OLD SCHOOL” myself and watched the first Dallas Cowboy snap in 1961, at age 11 years and I’ve been a Cowboy Fan ever since! That may be changing soon however and not by my choice! Mr Jerry Jones has decided to sell out us old fans that helped build the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys by his selling Cowboy games to the NFL Network! There are many of us who do not have access to the NFL Network, or can’t afford it due to fixed SS incomes, or just don’t want to pay for a $200 package in which there are only one or two games even worth watching! Doesn’t the NFL have enough revenue without having to make us pay for televised games that we don’t even care to watch? Get ready folks, I and many others believe this is just a small taste of what is to come in future viewing of NFL games on Television! If we don’t voice or opinions on this matter now, before it is too late, it will happen! I hate to see the owner of my lifetime favorite team as a leader in this capitalist movement that has no regard for the fans that put them in the position that they are today! Corporate “GREED” at it’s finest! We’re already watching guys that make 8 million dollars a year to catch the ball, not catch the ball!