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Denzel Washington Drops By Cowboys Camp: "This is a Dream for Me"

Washington addressed the Cowboys before practice on Saturday

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    Actor Denzel Washington chats with quarterback Tony Romo and head coach Jason Garrett before practice at training camp on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Oxnard, Calif. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

    We suppose among the advantages of holding training camp just an hour and change outside of Los Angeles is that you really open yourself up to the possibility of an Academy Award-winning actor coming to watch a practice session. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday, when Denzel Washington came to Oxnard with his son John David, who stars in the HBO series “Ballers.”

    Washington the Elder addressed the Cowboys before they took the field, then watched his favorite team’s workout.

    “First of all, I’ve been a Cowboy fan my whole life,” Washington said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I’m talking about Duane Thomas. I’m talking about Walt Garrison, Calvin Hill, Tony Dorsett. So I’ve been a fan for a long time. Just to be out here is just fun for me. ...  I’m just happy I get to meet Tony Romo and different guys. This is a dream for me. I got to live out my dream through my son. Days like today are just fun days for me.”

    In explaining to reporters that he didn’t make it to any Cowboys games last year, Washington revealed a potential ulterior motive for his visit.

    “You talk to Jerry for me,” Washington said. “Nobody will know I’m here to beg for tickets. But you do me a favor, and we’ll keep this just between you and me. You tell Jerry, not even tickets, a sideline pass. But don’t tell anybody."

    Important Training Camp Dates:

    • July 28: Team arrives at Pt. Mugu
    • July 30: First practice with the full roster
    • Aug. 9: Blue/White scrimmage, 4:30 p.m. CT
    • Aug. 13: Dallas at San Diego at 9 p.m. CT (Qualcomm Stadium)
    • Aug. 23: Dallas at San Francisco at 7 p.m. CT (Levi's Stadium)
    • Aug. 28: Break camp in Oxnard, return to Dallas
    • Aug. 29: Minnesota at Dallas at 6 p.m. CT (AT&T Stadium)
    • Sept. 3: Houston at Dallas at 7 p.m. (AT&T Stadium)
    • Sept 13: Season Opener on Sunday Night Football on NBC -- New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 7:30 p.m.