Dan Campbell, 2005.
The search for new assistant coaches is still ongoing in Valley Ranch, and on Tuesday a former Cowboys player, and rising coach star, interviewed for the assistant offensive line coach opening, where he would work under the tutelage of LOOOOONGtime coach Hudson Houck.
Campbell, who is one of the few decent Aggies out there, played for the Cowboys from 2003 to 2005 as a primarily run-blocking tight end behind Jason Witten and emerged as a locker room leader with his captivating personality and trademark golden locks.
He also played for the New York Giants from 2000-2002 when Jason Garrett was a backup quarterback for the Giants. Then, in his final season as a player, he earned a Super Bowl ring as a backup tight end for the New Orleans Saints in 2009.
This past year, Campbell got into the coaching game as an assistant offensive line coach/"coaching intern" with the Miami Dolphins, and apparently fell in love with the other side of pro football.
"I've loved [coaching]," Campbell told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's my passion. When you can't play, you want to do the next-best thing, and that's coaching if you can. I've loved every bit of it, and I got great experience with coach [Tony] Sparano and those guys. It's been great."
But let's cut to the chase, the best thing about bringing Campbell back to the Cowboys would be his budding potential as a media personality. Campbell had a weekly call-in segment with Bob and Dan, aka BaD Radio, on the 1310-AM The Ticket that was must-listen radio and is still one of the best weekly segments The Ticket has ever had with a local athlete.
I don't think it's very customary for assistant coaches to be allowed to do stuff like that, but let's make it happen, Bob and Dan, and Hudson and Jason.