The Dallas Cowboys signed veteran linebacker Ernie Sims on Wednesday to help bolster the inside linebacker position in the wake of Sean Lee’s season-ending toe injury, and though Sims spent the first seven weeks of the 2012 season out of football, he’s both grateful for what was a completely unexpected opportunity and confident that he’s up to the task of playing in Rob Ryan’s 3-4.
“I’m young. I’m healthy. I know I can play in the NFL,” said Sims, per ESPN Dallas. “But at the same time, I’ve got a life to live. I can’t always just wait on the NFL to give me a phone call. I’ve got to move on with my life at some point in time. It was getting tough at that one moment."
“I’m just real happy the Dallas Cowboys gave me an opportunity to come in and prove myself. I feel like I’ve got something to prove.”
Sims spent four seasons in Detroit after being drafted ninth overall by the Lions in 2006, after which he spent a season each in Philly and Indianapolis. Admittedly, Sims struggled with some maturity issues early in his career, but he says such problems are behind him.
“My motives and my mindset (are) totally different now,” Sims said. “What I’ve been through in the NFL has really just completely changed my life. That’s why I say this is a totally new beginning for me.
“When I say I’ve got something to prove, I’ve got something to prove. It’s game time.”
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