After winning Michael Irvin’s reality show, “4th and Long” in 2009, Jesse Holley surprised a good deal of folks when he made the practice squad on the heels of his training camp invite--the prize for his reality win. Perhaps even more surprising, Holley stuck around, eventually being promoted to the active roster.
On Sunday, with the Cowboys’ receiving corps banged up, Holley made another unlikely stride in a pretty unlikely career thus far, catching three passes for 96 yards--including a 77-yard catch-and-run that set up the Cowboys’ game-winning field goal in overtime.
"When Jesse caught this ball (77-yard reception in overtime), I said to myself, 'I'm sitting in my office at the NFL Network and I'm still winning games for the Dallas Cowboys,'" Irvin said on the NFL Network, via the Dallas Morning News.
"(When Holley) earned this spot. I told Jerry [Jones] don't make it easy on him; make it hard on him. Jerry has called me numerous times talking about how hard this kid works and he was exactly the right kid. It really is a blessing from God."
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