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