Dallas Cowboys All Pro Center Travis Frederick is excited to welcome his latest teammate aboard.
“It’s awesome anytime you get an opportunity to have someone new coming to the team that can help us it’s exciting,” Frederick said about the Cowboys’ selection of Michigan Defensive End Taco Charlton. “We just want to win and anybody who can help us do that is really positive for us.”
After watching the NFL Draft late into Thursday night, Frederick was up before the sun on Friday to help serve breakfast to students at Garland High School as part of the NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 program.
Frederick, who was the first round pick of the Cowboys in the 2013 NFL Draft, said the experience of being selected on day one is surreal.
“The opportunity that you get to come into America’s Team and Cowboy Nation it’s such an amazing thing,” Frederick said. “We have such an amazing franchise.”
Frederick said he feels for the players being considered for the draft because, in his experience, the process is a long one – from the end of your college football career to the beginning of your professional one.
“I think buildup is the right term for it. It kind of gradually grows throughout,” Frederick said about the months of preparation for the draft. “You start with all the training, the Combine, the interviews; there’s such a process that goes behind it. So draft day is kind of a relief. But, unfortunately for these kids, that relief is only for a day or two because they’re going to be in for rookie mini-camp in a week or two and they’re gonna be hard at work right away. That first year is a long one. You don’t really get a break.”
Garland High School hosted Frederick on Friday because the students won a competition among seven local high schools to increase participation in the district’s breakfast program.
Over eight weeks, Garland High School increased its breakfast participation by 13 percent, according to the Garland ISD.
“Research shows that students who eat breakfast have better academic performance, increased listening skills and are better behaved,” the district noted in a news release. “Breakfast is also linked to lower rates of tardiness and higher rates of attendance.”