As I enjoyed my Monday off thanks to one of the most influential figures in American history, I watched highlights of every game the Cowboys played this year in an attempt to help my still heavy heart. As it turns out, reflecting on our successful season was just what the doctor ordered. Here’s a list of players who I thought had surprisingly successful years.
I’ll put up with a little off-season belly-aching from Greg anytime as long as he buckles up and goes to work like he did this year. Seriously, hats off to this guy for his monstrous play this year. When the complaining started in the summer, everybody including me thought it was time for Greg to hang up his spurs. But you kind of got the feeling that Greg had a giant chip on his shoulder after his first game back against the Rams. You could commonly spot Ellis in the backfield racking up sacks and stripping the quarterback. He was a great compliment to Demarcus Ware and I see no reason why he should not be back next year flustering quarterbacks with his counterpart.
The Cowboys could not have asked for anything more than what they got from Ken Hamlin this year. They signed the guy to a one-year deal in the off-season, hoping his play would do justice for a bigger contract next year. It’s safe to say Dallas found a baller in Hamlin. He constantly made interceptions at key times in games and was the leader in the secondary when it came to getting everyone lined up in the proper formation. I’d venture to say that Hamlin had a bigger presence in the secondary this year than Roy Williams. Expect Hamlin to receive a fat pay raise from Mr. Jones and stay in Dallas for awhile.
We all held our breath in the summer and hoped that Terry Glenn would be ready at some point this season. But when week 1 rolled around, it appeared that Terry Glenn would be resting his moneymakers a little longer than initially expected. No problem. Insert Patrick Crayton. After seeing Crayton perform at a high level the first few weeks of the season, it was obvious that he was no longer a pup from Northwestern Oklahoma State. The offense ran like a well-oiled machine and never missed a beat with Crayton lined up opposite Terrell Owens. Now, we can still sit in our favorite Sunday armchair and daydream about what could have been with Owens, Crayton, and Glenn on the field at the same time, but it seems as though Dallas has found a franchise wide receiver in Patrick Crayton.