<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Blue Star]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 27 Jun 2017 00:29:50 -0500Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:29:50 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dak and Zeke Nominated for 2017 ESPYs]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:53:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627084408.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott have been nominated for 2017 ESPYs, which celebrate sport achievements, moments and performers of the past year.

Prescott is nominated for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Prescott was named the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after replacing injured veteran Tony Romo and he led the Cowboys to a 13-3 finish atop the NFC.

Prescott is up against the NBA basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, and New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge and soccer's Christian Pulisic.

Elliott is nominated for Best NFL Player. ESPN cites that Elliott was the first rookie to capture the rushing title since 1999 after he rushed for a league-best 1.631 yards and helped Prescott lead the Cowboys to the NFC-best 13-3 regular-season record.

Elliott is up against New England's Tom Brady, Oakland's Khalil Mack, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Back Packers and Atlanta Falcons' quarter Matt Ryan.

Texas Connects Us to other notable nominees.

The Texas Rangers' Matt Bush is nominated for Best Comeback Athlete.

FC Dallas' Matt Hedges is nominated for Best MLS Player.

Simone Biles is nominated for Best Female Athlete and Best Female US Olympic Athlete.

Former UT basketball player, and current Golden State Warrior, Kevin Durant is nominated for Best NBA Player and Best Championship Performance.

Here's the full list of 2017 ESPYs nominees:

BEST MALE ATHLETE

  • Kris Bryant, MLB
  • Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup Finals
  • Michael Phelps, Swimming
  • Russell Westbrook, NBA

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE

  • Simone Biles, Gymnastics
  • Katie Ledecky, Swimming
  • Candace Parker, WNBA
  • Serena Williams, Tennis

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE

  • Tom Brady, Super Bowl
  • Kevin Durant, NBA Finals
  • Shay Knighten, WCWS
  • Deshaun Watson, CFB National Championship

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA
  • Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics
  • Aaron Judge, MLB
  • Dak Prescott, NFL
  • Christian Pulisic, Soccer

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

  • Bill Belichick most Super Bowl wins by a head coach
  • Michael Phelps extends his own record of most gold medals/most Olympic medals
  • Diana Taurasi breaks WNBA career scoring record
  • Russell Westbrook most triple doubles in a season

BEST UPSET

  • Clemson defeats Alabama, CFB National Championship
  • Denis Istomin over Novak Djokovic, Australian Open 2nd Round
  • Mississippi State defeats Connecticut, Women's NCAA Basketball Final Four

BEST GAME

  • Cubs vs. Indians, World Series Game 7
  • Patriots vs. Falcons, Super Bowl
  • Federer vs. Nadal, Australian Open Final

BEST COMEBACK ATHLETE

  • Matt Bush, MLB
  • Roger Federer, Tennis
  • Jordy Nelson, NFL
  • Candace Parker, WNBA

BEST PLAY (16 NOMINEES VOTED BRACKET-STYLE)

  • 1. Julian Edelman Super Bowl catch vs. 16. Noah Brown TD catch around defender
  • 2. Morgan Williams buzzer beater vs. UConn vs.15. Larry Nance dunk
  • 3. Aaron Rodgers to Jared Cook vs. 14. Lamar Jackson hurdles defender
  • 4. Northwestern buzzer beater vs. 13. Edwin Encarnacion walk off HR
  • 5. Russell Westbrook buzzer beater vs. 12. LeBron James dunk off the backboard
  • 6. Chris Coghlan leaps over catcher vs. 11. Sidney Crosby one-handed goal
  • 7. Olivier Giroud scorpion kick goal vs. 10. Warriors jump ball transition dunk
  • 8. Mario Mandzukic goal in UEFA Final vs. 9. Jarrod Dyson catch

BEST TEAM

  • Chicago Cubs, MLB
  • Clemson Tigers, CFB
  • Golden State Warriors, NBA
  • Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL
  • New England Patriots, NFL
  • South Carolina Gamecocks, Women's NCAA Basketball
  • US Women's Gymnastics

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE

  • Canelo Alvarez, Boxing
  • Usain Bolt, Track & Field
  • Katinka Hosszu, Swimming
  • Conor McGregor, MMA
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer

BEST NFL PLAYER

  • Tom Brady, New England Patriots
  • Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
  • Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
  • Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
  • Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

BEST MLB PLAYER

  • Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
  • David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
  • Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
  • Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
  • Mike Trout, LA Angels

BEST NHL PLAYER

  • Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
  • Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

BEST DRIVER

  • Ron Capps, NHRA
  • Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
  • Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR
  • Simon Pagenaud, IndyCar
  • Martin Truex Jr., NASCAR

BEST NBA PLAYER

  • Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
  • Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

BEST WNBA PLAYER

  • Tina Charles, New York Liberty
  • Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
  • Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
  • Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks
  • Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

BEST FIGHTER

  • Terence Crawford, Boxing
  • Gennady Golovkin, Boxing
  • Demetrious Johnson, MMA
  • Conor McGregor, MMA
  • Andre Ward, Boxing

BEST MALE GOLFER

  • Brooks Koepka
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Henrik Stenson

BEST FEMALE GOLFER

  • In Gee Chun
  • Ariya Jutanugarn
  • Lydia Ko
  • So Yeon Ryu
  • Lexi Thompson

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER

  • Roger Federer
  • Andy Murray
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Stan Wawrinka

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

  • Angelique Kerber
  • Jelena Ostapenko
  • Monica Puig
  • Serena Williams

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

  • Ian Harkes, Wake Forest soccer
  • Frank Mason, Kansas basketball
  • Matt Rambo, Maryland lacrosse
  • Zain Retherford, Penn State wrestling
  • DeShaun Watson, Clemson football

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

  • Inky Ajanaku, Stanford volleyball
  • Kelly Barnhill, Florida softball
  • Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia soccer
  • Kelsey Plum, Washington basketball
  • Zoe Stukenberg, Maryland lacrosse

BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

  • Oystein Braaten (NOR), Ski
  • John John Florence, Surf
  • Nyjah Huston, Skateboard
  • Mark McMorris, Snowboard

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE

  • Lacey Baker, Skateboard
  • Anna Gasser, Snowboard
  • Kelly Sildaru, Ski
  • Tyler Wright, Surf

BEST JOCKEY

  • Javier Castellano
  • Mike E. Smith
  • John Velasquez

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

  • Will Groulx, Cycling
  • Mike Minor, Snowboarding
  • Steve Serio, Wheelchair Basketball
  • Brad Snyder, Swimming
  • Roderick Townsend, Track and Field

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

  • Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing
  • Tatyana McFadden, Track and Field
  • Becca Meyers, Swimming
  • Shawn Morelli, Cycling
  • Grace Norman, Triathlon

BEST BOWLER

  • Jason Belmonte
  • Francois Lavoie
  • EJ Tackett

BEST MLS PLAYER

  • Andre Blake, Philadelphia Union
  • Stefan Frei, Seattle Sounders FC
  • Matt Hedges, FC Dallas
  • David Villa, New York City FC
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls

BEST MALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE

  • Ashton Eaton, Decathlon
  • Ryan Murphy, Swimming
  • Michael Phelps, Swimming
  • Kyle Snyder, Wrestling

BEST FEMALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE

  • Simone Biles, Gymnastics
  • Allyson Felix, Track & Field
  • Katie Ledecky, Swimming
  • Simone Manuel, Swimming


Fans can cast their vote on ESPYs.com. The ESPYs award ceremony on July 12 will be hosted by Peyton Manning.



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<![CDATA[Countdown to Cowboys Camp: No. 26, Lael Collins]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:21:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Countdown_to_Cowboys_Camp__26_Lael_Collins_1200x675_975962179948.jpg

Offensive lineman La'el Collins talks about taking over for Doug Free at right tackle.

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<![CDATA[Zeke Takes It All Off for ESPN's Body Issue]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:14:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ezekiel-elliott-on-herban-legends-visit-00.jpg

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot is among the 23 athletes featured in the annual ESPN The Magazine Body Issue.

"My abs get a lot of attention," Elliott told ESPN. "I feel like I'm going to lose some mojo if I lose my abs. So, I got to make sure I stay right."

Elliott showed off a preview of the cover photo to his 1.7 million Twitter followers Monday morning.

"The crop-top has been...well, topped," Ohio State's Brutus Buckeye replied.

There's a quick preview of Elliott's photo shoot online. Full interviews and photos will be published online July 5 and newsstands on July 7.




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<![CDATA[Countdown to Cowboys Camp: No. 27, Rico Gathers]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:30:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FINAL_DONEY_COWBOYS_CAMP_DAY_ONE_1200x675_975960131588.jpg

Pat Doney is counting down the days to the 2017 Dallas Cowboys Training Camp with a look at the 27 different story lines that he will be watching while in Oxnard California. #27 is Rico Gathers improvement in year two playing football.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Host Charity Yard Sale on Saturday, June 24]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:49:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Stadium.jpg

Dallas Cowboys coaches, players and front office staff will be donating their gently used personal items - from pots and pans to clothes and home decor - to be sold at the First & Goal charity Yard Sale.

The yardsale, presented by All My Son's Moving & Storage, will be Saturday, June 24 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at AT&T Stadium.

Profits will be donated to women and children served by The Gatehouse, The Family Place and The Salvation Army.

The event will be centered around stadium 'entry J'.

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<![CDATA[Dak Discusses His Youth Football Camp Back Home]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:07:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DAK_ON_YOUTH_CAMP_AT_HOME_FOR_WEB_1200x675_974223427658.jpg

Dak talks about what it's like to be back home and coaching football.

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<![CDATA[Dak Running his Home Football Camp]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:06:04 -0500

Dak goes back home to Haughton, Louisiana to run his football camp.

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<![CDATA[There's No Place Like Home For Dak Prescott]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:31:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_prescott_on_practice_1200x675_939247683819.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott went back to where it all started.  

He spent the day in his hometown of Haughton, Louisiana for his youth football camp.  

He's held camps there before but not as the quarterback for America's team.  Prescott took time to teach kids about the game and also tossed around the ball to the youngsters and even addressed the crowd to a packed gymnasium. 

Prescott was once in their shoes and remembers what it was like to dream big and that's the message he is passing on to the kids.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Star QB Adds Another Notable Endorsement Deal]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:58:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Capture154.PNG

Dak Prescott is officially partnering with Campbell's Chunky Soup for the upcoming NFL season.

Prescott, joined by All-Pro Linebacker Luke Kuechly, of the Carolina Panthers, and Wide Receiver Antonio Brown, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, filmed several "Chunky MAXX" commercials for Cambell's. The soup company has been partnered with the NFL for 20 years.

Chunky Maxx is Campbell's protein-packed soup - containing 40% more meat than regular cans. Prescott will be using the soup to beef up and avoid the dreaded sophomore slump.

Itseems being the quarterback of America's Team is already paying off for the Cowboys' young star.

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<![CDATA[Romos Share Maternity Photos With People Magazine]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:57:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Romo+family.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and his wife, Candice, shared family photos along with Rivers, 3, and Hawkins, 5, with People Magazine.

The couple awaits the arrival of their third child in August.

Candice confirms she's expecting a third boy and that both she and Tony like to know the gender ahead of time. She tells People she loves being a "boy mom."

She says they have a narrowed down list of names, but haven't settled on a name yet.

As for the new baby's brothers, Candice says they're excited and like to keep up with the baby's growth and listening to baby's heartbeat.

Candice says she "thinks" they're done after the third baby arrives but adds "you never say never."

Candice also talked about Hawk + Sloane, the company she co-founded, which creates sprays for what she calls "natural parenting."

MORE: People.com - Tony Romo and Pregnant Wife Candice Crawford Romo Pose for Stunning Maternity Shoot




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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Heading to the Vatican to Meet Pope Francis]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:01:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*134/Jerry+Jones.jpg

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is headed to the Vatican.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame selectee will be meeting Pope Francis on Wednesday along with a few other current and future hall of famers.

A total of 41 people, whose names have not all been released, will be making the trip on behalf of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Gene Jones, Jerry's wife, will also be attending.

Reports are still unclear about whether or not Pope Francis will bless the Cowboys with a Super Bowl in the near future, but Jerry is probably confident in the team's chances regardless.

Jones will be enshrined in the hall of fame on Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio.



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<![CDATA[Bryant Impressed With Young Cowboys Secondary]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:10:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627105916.jpg

The Cowboys went young on defense during the NFL Draft, especially in the secondary. They really had no other choice after losing Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne to free agency. The future of the secondary may now be in the hands of a crop of rookie cornerbacks in Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Marquez White.

They faced their first test of what it’s like being a corner in the NFL during Cowboys minicamp last week and it was a big test in the form of Dez Bryant. After the smoke cleared, the All-Pro wide receiver seemed impressed with what he saw.

“They’ve been competing strong and that’s what I love about them,” said Bryant. “Win, lose or draw, the rest of these guys, not just me, will tell you we’ll take that.”

The work will continue once training camp starts with the first practice scheduled for July 24th in Oxnard, California, where the interest of watching Bryant face off against the young cornerbacks will pick back up. But it’s not just about the competing angle. Bryant enjoys the challenge of helping the young guys learn how to play a productive role on the defensive side of the ball.

“It’s an absolute must,” said Bryant. “Their minds have to be right. It’s a mindset of even though you are a rookie; act like you’ve been there before and I feel like they’ve been doing an outstanding job of that. We’ve been going at it back and forth, not only me but all the DB’s and wide-outs. I think this is the best we’ve ever competed against one another.”

Even with the emergence of the young guys during minicamp, Bryant still sent out a Twitter request to cornerback Darrelle Revis to see if he would be interested in joining the Cowboys. Bryant said he hasn’t heard anything back from Revis Island. The Cowboys have only two cornerbacks on the roster that are age 30 or older, Orlando Scandrick and Nolan Carroll.

Despite the tweet to Revis, Bryant still believes in the rookie cornerbacks.

” “Before it’s all said and done, you all are going to know those guys names in this league.”



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<![CDATA[Something's Off About These Cowboys Dolls?]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:30:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-nesting-dolls-robyn-tomlin.jpg

Is America's Team also Czech Republic's Team?

Maybe. A little shop called Prague Dolls in Old Town in the Czech Republic's capital has nesting dolls in the likenesses of quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, tight end Jason Witten, wide receiver Cole Beasley and linebacker Sean Lee on its shelves. (Hey, where's Dez Bryant?)

The sets, which include most popular U.S. sports teams, run about $20 each and are handmade by the shop's owner.

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Pearson and Awuzie Discuss Epic Announcement on Draft Night ]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:02:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/earson+chido+interview.jpg

The Original 88 Drew Pearson and Cowboys cornerback Chidobe Awuzie sit down and discuss Pearson's epic announcement when the Cowboys selected Awuzie in the second round of the NFL Draft. 

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<![CDATA[How Jason Garrett's Dad Influenced His Coaching Career]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:26:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-619361868.jpg

Jason Garrett is entering his eighth season as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, Garrett has been coaching with the organization since 2007. He was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator before taking over the reins as head coach during the 2010 season.

Coaching runs in his bloodline.

Garrett’s father, Jim Garrett, knows a thing or two about the world of coaching. He was an assistant coach with the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns and the head coach of the Houston Texans of the World Football league in 1974. The elder Garrett also served as a scout for the Cowboys from 1987 to 2004. Football was life in the Garrett household.

“He absolutely loves football,” said Garrett about his father. “He was a football coach for a long time. Somehow, someway he transferred that, not by anything that he said but just because of how he was. He was just so passionate about it and we saw that and we were drawn to it. My brothers and I all played and we all coached. We just absolutely love the game.”

That passion has now translated in watching the younger Garrett do the coaching. The former Cowboys quarterback talks to his father after almost every game.

“He’s such an enthusiastic person and he’s such a positive person,” said Garrett. “He’s always so encouraging and he always has been. He usually has very astute observations about the game. Obviously he’s not with us every day understanding the ins and outs of what we are trying to get accomplished but the way he sees the game is usually right on point.”

It wasn’t just Jason Garrett that eventually followed in his father’s footsteps. John Garrett was the tight ends coach for the Cowboys and now is the head coach at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Judd Garrett was the tight ends coach for the Los Angeles Rams and now works as the director of advance scouting for the Cowboys. The Garrett siblings heard all of their father’s stories from his coaching days, sometimes more than once. However, those stories never got old.

“He’s the greatest storyteller ever,” Garrett replied with a smile. “He’s a 10-time major league all-star and I’m rookie ball in terms of the storytelling.” 



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<![CDATA[The Impact Jason Garrett's Father Had on His Coaching Career]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:32:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garrett_fathers_day_1200x675_970649667783.jpg

 Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett talks with NBC 5's Pat Doney about the influence his father, Jim Garrett, had on his coaching career.

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<![CDATA[Taco Charlton Looking to Make an Impact on Cowboys Defense]]> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:08:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/taco-charlton-jersey.jpg

When you have a name like Taco Charlton, there’s no shortage of marketing ideas being thrown your way when talking tacos.

“I might have an endorsement coming soon so I’m not shouting out anybody until then,” Charlton joked after Tuesday’s minicamp practice.

However, possible endorsements deals aren’t the only thing the young defensive end has been working on this summer. The first-round pick out of Michigan spent his first minicamp going against arguably the best offensive line in football. It’s a learning experience when facing off against the likes of All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith when taking first-team snaps.

“You can tell already why he’s one of the best left tackles in the game and a Pro-Bowler,” said Charlton. “Going against everybody on the O-Line is definitely going to help improve your game.”

The 6-foot-6, 273-pound edge rusher has the tools necessary to bolster a defensive unit that could use the help. Defensive end David Irving is facing a four-game suspension for PED’s to start the season. Another defensive end, Charles Tapper, missed his rookie season with a back injury but is now ready to go. The youthful and speedy combination of Tapper and Charlton could be “sneaky good” for the Cowboys.

“Everybody on this defensive unit wants to be great,” said Charlton. “They are not just talking about it. You watch us practice; you see what it’s all about, how we are running after the ball, getting after it, everything like that. Everybody wants to be a great defense and we want to be that backbone of this team and do great things.”

Charlton has been working under the watchful eye of assistant defensive line coach Leon Lett, who may know a thing or two about defense. “Big Cat” was an All-Pro defensive lineman with the Cowboys’ Super Bowl teams in the 1990’s. Lett has been extremely helpful in the development of Charlton during minicamp because he had a similar body type to the rookie during his playing days.

“He knows how to use the long leverage so he can teach me first-hand what I can do to improve my game,” said Charlton. “It definitely helps when you are going out there and practicing with him.”

Next month, the Cowboys will put on the pads for training camp. Charlton can be a key piece for a young but revamped defensive unit when practice starts up in Oxnard, California.

“Right now I’m just helping to improve the team,” said Charlton.  



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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Scandrick Has Plenty to Prove in 2017]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:17:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630227004.jpg

It’s not very often that a 30-year old is considered the oldest guy in the department. However, you can understand why Orlando Scandrick could feel like that.

“Yea, I turned 30 but I’m still fairly young,” quipped Scandrick after Tuesday’s minicamp practice.

The cornerback is one of only two defensive backs on the Cowboys roster that is age 30 or older. Another cornerback, Nolan Carroll, is also 30-years old.

They are the veteran part of a secondary that got younger during the offseason. Gone are Brandon Carr, Barry Church and Morris Claiborne. In their place you now have rookies Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Xavier Woods and Marquez White, courtesy of the NFL Draft.

So are all the new faces in the secondary a source of motivation for Scandrick?

“Of course when they bring in new people it gives you extra motivation,” Scandrick replied. “But I don’t look at it as that. I look at it as I’m going to do the things the way that I do them, which is the right way and if those guys pick up something from me, as I did from Terence Newman or Anthony Henry or Pacman Jones, that will help them in their career.”

This season is more than just playing the veteran part for Scandrick.  He tore the ligaments in his right knee during training camp in 2015, missing all of that season. Scandrick did return last season and played in 12 games but was never really at 100 percent due to hamstring injuries and plantar fasciitis as a result of his return from knee surgery.

“Last year was a grind; I have never been through an injury,” said Scandrick. “Then to come back from a major knee surgery and deal with a soft tissue injury and then deal with a foot injury, it was just a lot. But that’s behind me. That all just made me stronger. I’ve refocused this offseason and I accept the challenge of the new guys coming in.”

There were also the rumors that the Cowboys were trying to trade Scandrick during the NFL Draft. What happened instead was the selection of three cornerbacks looking to take his job.

 “I’m not going to give anybody my job and I’m going to come work every day,” said Scandrick. “I want to be back to where I was.”

The veteran cornerback, who was matched up at times with Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant during minicamp, may be going into training camp next month with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder.

“The time is now and my time is now.”



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Appear Confident in Moore as the Backup Quarterback]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:19:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-502024532.jpg

Did you know that the backup quarterback for the Cowboys holds the unofficial record for wins by a starting college quarterback in FBS history?

What’s just as interesting is how Kellen Moore became the backup to Dak Prescott.

At this point last year, Prescott was No. 3 on the depth chart behind Tony Romo and Kellen Moore with an outside shot off jumping over Moore as the backup to Romo.

Injuries paved the way for Prescott to take over the reins and the play on the field kept him there. One of those key injuries was during training camp last season when Moore suffered a fractured tibia, causing him to miss the rest of the season.

Soon afterwards, Romo went down with back injury in a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. It likely would have been Moore who took over instead of Prescott if it wasn’t for that knee injury in training camp.

Funny how things work out.

Fast forward to today, the left-handeder out of Boise State is healthy again and ready to prove himself as the Cowboys backup quarterback.

“I feel comfortable with it, obviously coming up on my third year here,” said Moore. “Reach that point where you’re pretty comfortable with the offense; you kind of know all the ins and outs. It’s just getting out there and playing.”  

Being the backup is a lot of responsibility given your number can be called on in a blink of an eye, as we’ve seen with the Cowboys over the last couple of years.  However, the organization is confident that Moore can handle it.

When Romo went down with a broken collarbone in the second game of the season back in 2015, the Cowboys went with Brandon Weeden and then Matt Cassel as the starting quarterback. Neither won a game. Romo came back briefly during the season but would again be sidelined. This time around Moore got the call to take the field.

In his first home start against the Washington Redskins, he threw for 435 yards and three touchdowns but had two interceptions in the 34-23 loss. In his three games under center that season, Moore finished with 779 yards passing and four touchdowns with six interceptions. All three of those games were losses.

“Got a chance to play a couple of years ago and felt like we made some progress,” said Moore. “It wasn’t the prettiest thing ever but towards the end I think we kind of got rolling, kind of all got on the same page.”

Moore still is a work in progress as he continues to get back into the swing of things but did have a good showing during minicamp. One positive is that Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan does have a ton of experience with Moore during their time with the Detroit Lions. The worry is whether Moore will be able to deliver during a game if his name is called.

As of right now, the Cowboys don’t seem too worried about it.



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<![CDATA[Make-A-Wish Kid Has Big Impact at Cowboys Minicamp]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:40:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys+ray+ray.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys got a look at their new “backup” quarterback Wednesday during minicamp.

Nine-year-old Raymond Melgarejo took snaps from under center and perfectly executed his hand-offs to running back Ezekiel Elliott during drills. He was also able to fire off a couple of passes under the watchful eye of his hero, starting quarterback Dak Prescott.

It was all thanks in part to the Make-A-Wish program. “Ray Ray” had a tumor removed from the back of his head. It was discovered while putting on a football helmet.

Melgarejo and his family came all the way from California and were met in style by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the Rhythm & Blue Drum Line after arriving at The Star in Frisco. Ray Ray was then ushered into the press conference room, where Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones signed him to an honorary contract and handed him his own No. 4 jersey.

Jones said, "He's so good we're actually going to let him and Dak compete for who gets to wear '4' next season."

Ray Ray then went to the outdoor practice fields to watch minicamp but that didn’t last long. He was pulled onto the field by Prescott and company, participating during the group portion of the drills. He also got a chance to take a ride on "Jer-Force-One," the helicopter owned by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

“I hope it’s something that they’ll never forget for the rest of their lives,” said Prescott. “Me and the guys definitely enjoyed it, the quarterbacks, having Ray Ray go through drills with us. He’s got a nice arm. He may have a chance at this.”

Taking the hand-offs from Ray-Ray during some of those drills was also special for Elliott.

“At Ohio State, coach [Urban] Meyer always said you are someone else’s shining light,” Elliott said. “It’s really more than you. It’s more than what you do on the football field. Every day, you want to try to be someone’s shining light. You never know how you can change someone’s life.”

Ray Ray hung out with Prescott after practice. When asked what advice his hero gave him during drills, Ray Ray didn’t hesitate to answer.

“Just to have confidence and just throw the ball,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Prescott Makes Practice Memorable for Make-A-Wish Kid]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:52:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/prescott+make+a+wish.jpg

Quarterback Dak Prescott explains how special today's practice was for both the Cowboys and 9-year old Raymond "Ray Ray" Melgarejo as part of the Make-A-Wish program. 

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<![CDATA[What the Make-A-Wish Program Means to Ezekiel Elliott]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:44:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_elliott_shining_light_1200x675_967525955709.jpg

While sporting a new Stetson cowboy hat, running back Ezekiel Elliott explains to NBC 5's Pat Doney what it meant to have 9-year old Raymond Melgarejo at Cowboys minicamp on Wednesday as part of the Make-A-Wish program. 

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<![CDATA[Charles Haley Praises Jerry Jones Entering the Hall of Fame]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:20:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_haley_jerry_jones_hof_1200x675_966027843770.jpg

Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley explains to NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs how Jerry Jones will be in an "fraternal brotherhood" when the Cowboys owner enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Frazier Helps Launch Campaign to End Summer Hunger]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:47:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kevon+frazier+cowboys+camp.jpg

Dallas Cowboys Safety Kavon Frazier was on hand Monday to help the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas launch its End Summer Hunger Campaign.



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<![CDATA[The Cowboys Are A 'Close Group' According to Elliott]]> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:46:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elliott_teammates_bonding_1200x675_964672579802.jpg

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott explains how the Cowboys help and lean on each other on the field and during film study goign into next week's minicamp. 

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<![CDATA[Facing the Questions on the Cowboys' Triplets Comparison]]> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:23:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WARREN_MOON_ON_DAK_PRESCOTT_FOR_WEB_1200x675_868213315736.jpg

 Is Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant the new version of the "Triplets" from the '90's in Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin? Prescott gives his take on the comparison.

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<![CDATA[Dorsett Explains How Jones Will Be Enshrined Into 'Eternity']]> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 17:07:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dorsett_jerry_jones_hof_1200x675_964671555540.jpg

Hall of Fame running back and Cowboys great Tony Dorsett explains to NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs what awaits Jerry Jones when the Cowboys owner is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Lee Explains Where His Work Ethic Comes From]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:23:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630563188.jpg

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee explains to NBC 5's Pat Doney where his drive to succeed comes from and how his family plays a part. 



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<![CDATA[Jaylon Smith Understands Return to the Field Is A Process]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:31:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_jaylon_smith_1200x675_964160067863.jpg

Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith was on the practice field this week during OTA's for the first time after missing his rookie season with a knee injury. Smith explains understanding the process in his return. 

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<![CDATA[Emotional Moment for 'Mean' Joe Greene Entering Hall of Fame]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 22:43:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greene_hall_of_fame_bust_1200x675_961717315618.jpg

Pro Football Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene talks with NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs about how emotional entering the Hall of Fame and what may lie ahead for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones when he enters this summer. 

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<![CDATA['Mean' Joe Greene's Thoughts on Prescott and Elliott]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:40:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mean+joe+greene.jpg

Pro Football Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene gives his thoughts on Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, which includes some strong advice for Elliott. 

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Dynamic Duo Reaching New Heights Off the Field]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 12:47:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-dak-jersey.jpg

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot were the best offensive rookies in the NFL last year.

Now that success is translating into more than just accolades: jersey sales.

The Dallas Cowboys have long been heralded as "America's Team," and their young stars are reminding everyone exactly what that means.

While Dak and 'Zeke won Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the year awards, respectively, and became two of only three rookies to be named to the Pro Bowl, they were two of the three highest jersey-sellers for rookies.

Now, they are not just topping the charts for new players, but the entire NFL. Other than Tom Brady of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, no jersey in the league is selling more than Prescott's. And Elliot trails only former Highland Park High School standout, Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford, and another Patriots' Superstar, Tight end Rob Gronkowski.

If this year's team finds a way to win more than last year's 13-3 NFC East Champions or have more playoff success, then don't be surprised if the Cowboys overtake the Patriots in overall team jersey sales and Dak or Zeke battle for the top individual jersey sales spot.

For the full jersey sales list, visit Dick's Sporting Goods Football page.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Discusses Goals Outside of Football]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:32:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-625634566.jpg

Cowboys' rookie sensation Dak Prescott has more goals than just another Pro Bowl appearance or winning the NFC East again. The 23-year-old also wants to earn his Doctorate. 

Prescott got his Bachelor's Degree in Educational Psychology and a Master's in Workforce Leadership during his five years at Mississippi State University.

He announced his plan to attain his Doctorate during an interview with "The Talk of Fame Network" on Sirius XM. He wants to find time for classes during another offseason or after his NFL career.

Whenever that may be, Dak would be qualified to teach students on top of schooling defensive-backs.

In the meantime, Cowboys' fans hope Prescott continues to exhibit the intelligence and poise he displayed on the field this past season.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Have Roles to Fill on Offensive Line]]> Sun, 04 Jun 2017 22:25:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_pollack_offensive_line_1200x675_960108099668.jpg

After the loss of Doug Free and Ron Leary during the offseason, Cowboys offensive line coach Frank Pollack talks gives his overall assessment during OTA's at The Star in Frisco. 

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<![CDATA[Dak Prescott an Honorary Scarfer for FC Dallas]]> Sat, 03 Jun 2017 21:01:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/prescott_at_fc_dallas_1200x675_959682627768.jpg

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott served as honorary scarfer for FC Dallas prior to their match in Frisco against Real Salt Lake and talked afterwards about the respect he has for the game of soccer.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Welcome Indianapolis 500 Winner to The Star]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:10:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/199*120/AP_171487357910531.jpg

Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato made a pit stop at The Star in Frisco to check out the Dallas Cowboys OTA practice.

It was part of his victory tour through North Texas. The driver took pictures with the Cowboys and also signed some autographs.

Sato will make another pit stop in DFW in just under two weeks, but this time it will be all business.

The 40-year-old is one of the many drivers who will take part in the Verizon IndyCar Series Rainguard Water Sealers 600 on June 10 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Sato, who became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500 in its 101-year history, says he is looking forward to the challenge of racing on the new track at Texas Motor Speedway.



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<![CDATA[Newy, Pat Talk Impressive Players at Cowboys OTAs]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:17:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy-pat-cowboys-otas_1200x675_957789763590.jpg

After spending time at Dallas Cowboys practice, NBC 5 Sports' Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney talk impressive performances, an inspiring rookie defensive lineman and Nolan Carroll's arrest.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones on Which Cowboys Belong in Hall of Fame]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 17:33:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JERRY_JONES_ON_COWBOYS_HALL_OF_FAME_FOR_WEB_1200x675_957186115621.jpg

 Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is headed to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.  He'll be enshrined Aug. 5 in Canton, Ohio.  NBC 5's Newy Scruggs asked him which other Cowboys players deserved to be in the Hall Of Fame.

 
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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones on His Legacy]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 17:30:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JERRY_JONES_ON_LEGACY_FOR_WEB_1200x675_957182531743.jpg

 Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is headed to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.  He'll be enshrined August 5th in Canton, Ohio.  He spoke with NBC 5's Sports Director Newy Scruggs about how he wants to be remembered.

 
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<![CDATA[Emmitt's Negotiations Among Early Challenges for Jerry Jones]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 17:30:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JERRY_ON_EMMITT_NEGOTIATIONS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_957175363518.jpg

 Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is preparing to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 5. One of the biggest challenges in his career came early when he was going through contract negotiations with future Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith. Smith was without a contract after the Cowboys' Super Bowl XXVII win and Jones was keeping a tight hold on the purse strings. At that point no team had ever won the Super Bowl after starting 0-2 and Charles Haley threw his helmet into the wall at Texas Stadium he was so mad Smith wasn't on the field.

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<![CDATA[Jaylon Smith Continues to Impress Cowboys in Comeback Bid]]> Sun, 28 May 2017 20:57:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jaylon-smith-cowboys.jpg

When speaking about the work Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith has done in a return from a devastating knee injury suffered during his senior season at Notre Dame, Dallas coaches have not hesitated to offer high amounts of praise.

“His optimism, his outlook in life, it is just rare,” said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.  “I really do believe that’s helped him get better and better.”

“He’s ahead of the game,” said Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus.  “He was able to learn the system and schematically what to do (during last season).  Now he needs to learn on the field how to do it.”

For Smith, year two of Cowboys OTAs is more like his first time.  And the difference between watching practices and actually facing NFL-caliber players has been eye-opening at times.

“The speed of the game is a little bit faster, and at the next level everyone’s good,” Smith said.  “That’s the biggest difference.  There’s no drop off.  That’s what I’m getting adjusted to.

And while the message has consistently been that the linebacker is fully able to do whatever is asked of him physically, the Cowboys are still being cautious.  Smith won’t practice back-to-back days in OTAs, minicamp or training camp, according to Garrett, as he continues to make way back from what was a career-threatening injury.

“He just needs to continue to progress, continue to work his rehab and get himself in situations on the field where he can grow,” said Garrett.  “We’ve had no obstacles to this point.  He’s done a really nice job working to get back.”
“For me, it’s full confidence,” said Smith.  “I just have to keep improving.”



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<![CDATA[Prescott Believes He Can Be "100 Percent Better"]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 21:21:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630223164.jpg

Despite producing one of the greatest rookie quarterback seasons in NFL history, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott believes he can be significantly better in year two than he was in year one.

“I mean, one hundred percent better honestly,” Prescott said.  “In every aspect of my game there is room for improvement.”

And while he is focused on that improvement on the field, off-the-field – specifically in the weight room – Prescott is already showing big signs of increased ability.  Prescott tested better in both his speed and strength in the Cowboys offseason workout program.

“He’s someone who values preparation and someone who is always taking advantage of opportunities,” said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.  “He worked very hard this offseason around this building.”

Prescott will try to show some of that growth after his NFL rookie of the year season when the Cowboys begin the 2017 regular season against the New York Giants September 10th on NBC.



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<![CDATA[Seattle Player's Emotional Reunion With Arlington Paramedics]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 16:06:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495280358.jpg

Big hits are a fact of life in NFL football, that's why paramedics are on standby near the field. One such hit at AT&T Stadium left a Seattle Seahawks player with a career-ending injury, and on Wednesday he got emotional thanking Arlington paramedics for rushing to his rescue.

Ricardo Lockette was injured when he was hit by Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath covering a punt in the game against the Seahawks on Nov 1, 2015.

Arlington paramedics rushed to his side as he lay motionless on the star at midfield. Lockette left on a stretcher and had surgery the next day to repair damaged ligaments in his neck.

Lockette hoped to return to the team, but in May 2016 he announced his retirement.

Lockette has often talked of his gratitude for the paramedics he credits with saving his life that day.

On Wednesday, while speaking to the Washington Fire Chiefs Conference in Spokane, he was surprised to find out two members of the Arlington Fire Department were there for him, again.

"The reason I'm standing here, the reason that I have an opportunity to hug my mom now, the reason that I got an opportunity to go to my daughter's graduation from elementary school yesterday is because of you guys," Lockette told the crowd. "It's more like I'm talking to my angels, it's more like I'm talking to people that saved my life."

KXLY-TV was there to capture the surprise reunion, as Deputy Chief Gerald Randall and Engineer Paramedic John Robertson, who were in the audience, were called up to reunite with Lockette.


Lockette got emotional as he hugged and thanked the men. They too were moved.

"Seeing him in person, knowing where we came from, from the past [to] now, and seeing how it's changed a lot of lives, not just for now but for the future," said Robertson. "You try to keep your composure a little bit, but it's hard to do that sometimes."

Lockette called meeting Randall and Robertson "a privilege, a blessing. Something that I don't take lightly."

MORE: KXLY-TV - Lockette Reunites With Paramedics Who Saved His Life




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