We suppose among the advantages of holding training camp just an hour and change outside of Los Angeles is that you really open yourself up to the possibility of an Academy Award-winning actor coming to watch a practice session. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday, when Denzel Washington came to Oxnard with his son John David, who stars in the HBO series “Ballers.”
Washington the Elder addressed the Cowboys before they took the field, then watched his favorite team’s workout.
“First of all, I’ve been a Cowboy fan my whole life,” Washington said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I’m talking about Duane Thomas. I’m talking about Walt Garrison, Calvin Hill, Tony Dorsett. So I’ve been a fan for a long time. Just to be out here is just fun for me. ... I’m just happy I get to meet Tony Romo and different guys. This is a dream for me. I got to live out my dream through my son. Days like today are just fun days for me.”
In explaining to reporters that he didn’t make it to any Cowboys games last year, Washington revealed a potential ulterior motive for his visit.
“You talk to Jerry for me,” Washington said. “Nobody will know I’m here to beg for tickets. But you do me a favor, and we’ll keep this just between you and me. You tell Jerry, not even tickets, a sideline pass. But don’t tell anybody."
Dallas Cowboys 2017 Training Camp Dates:
(all times CT)
- Sat., July 22: Team Charter arrives at Pt. Mugu
- Sun., July 23: Opening press conference (1 p.m.)
- Mon., July 24: First practice - full roster (5:45 p.m.)
- Wed., Aug. 2: Team travels to Canton, Ohio
- Thurs., Aug. 3: Hall of Fame Game vs. Arizona (7 p.m.)
- Sat., Aug. 5: Jerry Jones' Hall of Fame Enshrinement
- Mon., Aug. 7: Practice Resumes (Oxnard, Calif.)
- Aug. 11-13: Dallas at Los Angeles, LA Memorial Coliseum (8 p.m.)
- Fri., Aug. 18: Break camp in Oxnard
- Sat., Aug. 19: Dallas vs. Indianapolis, AT&T Stadium (6 p.m.)
- Mon., Aug. 21-Tue. Aug. 29: Training camp resumes at The Star in Frisco
- Sat., Aug. 26: Dallas vs. Oakland, AT&T Stadium (7 p.m.)
- Thurs., Aug. 31: Dallas at Houston, NRG Stadium (7 p.m.)