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Former Dallas Cowboy Jay Novacek To Host Youth Football Camp

Former Dallas Cowboys’ tight end and five-time Pro Bowler Jay Novacek explains and demonstrates football techniques to campers. The Jay Novacek Football Camp features individual and team football instruction on both offense and defense.

Denton, TX., April 27, 2010 – – Football players will have the opportunity this summer to learn individual and team football techniques from Dallas Cowboys players during the Jay Novacek Football Camp July 6-9.

The camp, which offers overnight and day camp options, will be held at the University of North Texas, in Denton, TX, and will feature former Dallas Cowboys starting tight end and five-time Pro Bowler Jay Novacek.

The camp is designed for players ages 7 to 18 and will feature daily instruction, lectures and demonstrations by Novacek, and also high school and college coaches, who will be on staff to ensure individual and team instruction on both offense and defense. Football newcomers and seasoned players alike will also experience teamwork, self-discipline, selecting the correct role models and how to attain their sports and life potential. Even though this is not an “autograph camp,” Jay Novacek will be available for autographs.

“The goal of the camp and instructors is to maximize the potential of each young player while giving them an experience they will never forget,” says Novacek.

Novacek helped lead the Cowboys to three Super Bowl Championships collecting 17 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns in those games. He also recorded 62 catches for 705 yards while scoring five touchdowns during his last season.

Football players can obtain more information and request a camp brochure by calling 1-800-555-0801, or by visiting www.footballcamps.com. Space in the camp is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

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Former Cowboy’s Wife Dies; My Condolence to Jay Novacek

Before Jason Witten, the Dallas Cowboys had another go-to-guy at the tight end position named Jay Novacek.

He had a vital role on the Cowboys team that won three Super Bowls in four years.

However, it is with a sad heart that I have to inform Dallas fans that Jay Novacek is now a widower. His wife, LeAnne, passed away earlier today on February 1, 2010.

The 45-year-old woman was found in one of the residential bedrooms. Suicide is one of many presumed causes for her death. Jay Novacek has confirmed the passing, but is mum on whether or not it is suicide.

He and his daughter are in my prayers as they should be in yours.

Here’s to you Jay. The Big D is with you in spirit.

Ultimate Cowboys Showdown – Jason Witten vs Jay Novacek

Lately, all the talk has been about the Dallas Cowboys Top 50 with several posts and articles dedicated to it including on DallasCowboys.com, and even right here on Lone Star Struck courtesy of Rob V.

It has been fun reading all the varying opinions and comments, hearing the debates about who is better than who, and which player needed to be ranked higher or lower. It also got my creative juices flowing, and the result is…

The Ultimate Cowboys Showdown!

This new exclusive series will pit two all time Cowboys who were the best at their position, and and put them in a head to head battle in a good old fashioned death match. Only the strong will survive!

Our Ultimate Cowboys Showdown features three rounds of fist-pounding, gut wrenching, nail-biting action, as two ultimate warriors get in the ring and duke it out until only one Cowboy is left standing. This is certainly not for the squeamish and parental discretion is definitely advised.  

This first battle showcases two of the greatest tight ends in Dallas Cowboys history, and of course we are talking about Pro Bowlers Jay Novacek and Jason Witten.

Ding, Ding, Ding.

Round One – The Tale of the Tape

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Round Two – Awards, Accomplishments, Recognition

Pro Bowls
Jay Novacek – 5
Jason Witten – 5

All Pro Selections
Jay Novacek – 1
Jason Witten – 1

Super Bowl Rings
Jay Novacek – 3
Jason Witten – 0

Round Three – The Final Verdict

Can you believe these guys have both played exactly six years and 95 games? And what about the fact that each had 5 Pro Bowl selections and one All Pro selection…

This was the perfect head to head showdown because their careers were so remarkably similar, but it also made this a tough battle to decide.

Both these players were the ultimate warriors in every sense. Each of them were very intense and had a nose for the ball. Both of them were tough as nails and didn’t shy away from laying down a punishing hit when they had to, and both were known to shrug off nagging injuries and play hurt.

There’s a school of thought that subscribes to the notion that winning is everything, and if that was the only deciding factor than Jay Novacek wins this contest hands down simply because of his post season accomplishments. Novacek was a key contributor for Dallas during their 1990s glory years, and helped them to win three Super Bowls in four seasons. In those games, he recorded a combined total of 17 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

However, if you go simply by the numbers, Jason Witten wins this one by a slight margin. The touchdowns were very close, but Witten edged Novacek by three touchdowns. However, we have to remember that Troy Aikman had so many more targets to throw to than Romo did. He was able to spread the ball around between a few different current and future Hall of Famers. Had Novacek played for this current Cowboys team, he may have outscored Witten by a larger margin and been one of the primary options.

Witten also had the edge on yards, but again that was tied to the number of receptions.

In the final analysis, I have to proclaim Jay Novacek the Ultimate Cowboys Tightend.

Jason Witten may eventually catch Novacek in the years to come, but for now, Novacek stands alone.

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Legends of the Star – Jay Novacek

Jay Novacek first made a name for himself playing tight end for the University of Wyoming. He was selected to the All-American football team in 1984 after setting an NCAA record for receiving yards per receptions by a tight end. He had a team record 83 career receptions for 1,536 yards and 10 touchdowns during his college career. Novacek also competed in track and field and earned All-American in the decathlon and pole vault.
 
He was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985, and but later joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1990. Some thought he was hired gun and for a while the name stuck. He was known for his hard-nosed style of play and his athleticism. He was a hard hitter and a great blocker, but it was his pass catching ability that fans will remember most.
 
He was one of the best tight ends ever to wear a Dallas Cowboys uniform, and was one of the key players on a Cowboys team that went on to win three Super Bowls in 1992, 1993 and 1995. In those three games alone, he posted a combined total of 17 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
 
Jay Novacek’s remarkable pass catching and route running abilities gave him a total of 422 receptions for 4,620 yards and 30 touchdowns during his NFL career. He was selected to five pro bowls. Although he may not have had a long career with the Cowboys, he made each of his 6 seasons count, and was one of the best tight ends in the league throughout his Cowboys career.

 
Legends of the Star is an exclusive weekly feature found only on StarStruck. Each week we will profile one of the many interesting personalities that have played for the Dallas Cowboys.