The Senior Bowl is a pretty huge deal for Jason Garrett.
Aside from it being a crucial step in the pre-draft scouting process, Garrett has childhood memories associated with the game. His father, a member of the New York Giants staff at the time, coached the North side in the 1972 edition of the game.
"I'll never forget him saying, 'There's a great running back from Penn State named Franco Harris. I had a chance to coach him,’” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. "For years afterward, we would see Franco Harris play, and I'd say, 'Dad, didn't you coach him in the Senior Bowl?'
"So all the great ones have been through here. To get a chance to be a part of it is a special experience for us."
Garrett’s (and his Cowboys staff’s) North team lost 27-16 to the South, but the outcome didn’t seem to dampen the Cowboys’ head coach’s spirits any.
"To get a chance to be a part of it all week long, coach these guys, a lot of these players are going to have bright futures in the NFL," Garrett said. "To say that we first saw them at the Senior Bowl, had a chance to coach them day in and day out and be around them, it's a privilege for us to be able to do that."