In one swing last night, Joey Gallo produced a better career as a Ranger than Joey Galloway had as a Cowboy.
While the Rangers’ rising star debuted with three hits, a homer and four RBI for DFW’s baseball team, it evoked hideous memories of his sorta/almost namesake that never lived up to the hype for the football team.
Needing a big-play receiver in the wake of Michael Irvin’s retirement in 1999, owner Jerry Jones rolled the dice and traded – gulp – two first-round picks to the Seahawks for Galloway. While Seattle turned those picks into Shaun Alexander (NFL MVP in ’05) and Koren Robinson (team’s leading receiver from ’02-06), Galloway’s potential was immediately short-circuited in Dallas.
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After signing him to a seven-year, $42 million contract and hailing him as Troy Aikman’s deep-threat target of the new millennium, Galloway whetted appetites by catching four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in the ’00 opener against the Eagles at Texas Stadium. But, inexplicably, head coach Dave Campo kept him on the field in the game in a 41-14 blowout loss and with two minutes he tangled with a defender and tore his ACL, costing him the season.
He went on to catch only 12 touchdowns in four seasons with the Cowboys.
A look at other noteworthy Cowboys’ debuts:
|Sept. 19, 1965||Bob Hayes||W, 31-2||2 catches, 31 yards, 1 TD|
|Sept. 21, 1969||Roger Staubach||W, 24-3||7-of-15, 220 yards, 1 TD, 22 yards rushing|
|Sept. 18, 1977||Tony Dorsett||W, 16-10||4 carries, 11 yards|
|Sept. 4, 1988||Michael Irvin||L, 24-21||3 catches, 73 yards, 1 TD|
|Sept. 10, 1989||Troy Aikman||L, 35-0||17-of-35, 180 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, 13 yards rushing|
|Sept. 9, 1990||Emmitt Smith||W, 17-14||2 carries, 2 yards|
|Oct. 29, 1995||Deion Sanders||W, 28-13||1 catch, 6 yards, 0 tackles, 0 INT|
|Sept. 7, 2003||Jason Witten||L, 27-13||1 catch, 13 yards|
|Sept. 10, 2006||Terrell Owens||L, 17-14||6 catches, 80 yards, 1 TD|
|Oct. 15, 2006||Tony Romo||W, 34--6||2-of-2, 35 yards, 1 TD|
|Sept. 12, 2010||Dez Bryant||L, 13-7||8 catches, 56 yards|
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.