If you missed it, please read Welcome to the Warped Mind of a Cowboys Fan – Part 1
By Michael Burke
I began to read Louis L’Amour novels and just kept immersing myself into something that felt absolutely comfortable. When we moved to Texas when I was in the 7th grade well, that just finalized it for this kid. It was the Dallas Cowboys or nothing. I missed being around the horses and cattle as we went to the oil fields of Texas. I did pretend to be a driller at times, but it was nothing like the Cowboys. I still like John Wayne movies better than anything else and I refuse to watch remakes of his movies. I have never seen the remake of “True Grit” and I never will. I don’t care how good it is supposed to be. I told you, I’m stubborn.
More than anything I wanted to play football, for the Cowboys. So I got into organized teams. I was fast, and I learned to absolutely love the game. I noticed something early on about my football coaches. The good ones always want you to believe in yourself and in the concept of the team. You do not let doubts creep in. That is one reason why I love what we have going on right now in Dallas despite the 5-5 record. I believe the path to greatness in football starts with focus on the team goal and I see that in Dallas right now. I wish it was happening faster, but if wishes were horses beggars would ride. You cannot wish a team to success, you have to let them grow into it.
I walked on to a college football team. I loved it. I loved the irreverence in the locker room, where nothing is sacred. I loved the hitting. I even loved getting hit. I had decided my best shot was at Fullback even though I had played some Quarterback, Running Back, and Linebacker. There is very little in football I loved more than at the snap to hit a hole, get my arms under the would be tackler and hear him grunt “oof” as I got his wind. I love that sound. I liked blocking from a running start. I liked sacrifice for the good of the team. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I want a FB back in Dallas.
I tore my right knee up and had to give up my dreams of playing football for the Cowboys. Instead I shifted my dreams to being one of their most knowledgeable fans. I began to study the team. Even going back to before I became a fan. I learned all about Dandy Don Meredith, Don Perkins and all the rest of the teams who played before I got really into the game. I have met Don Perkins twice and just think he is one of the finest men I have ever met. I wept openly when Dandy Don breathed his last. Turn out the lights, the party’s over.
I began to call myself the Cowboys Unofficial Historian. I have bits of info you can’t even find on the Cowboys own website. I would like nothing better than to have Jerry Jones make it Official. The History of the Dallas Cowboys is fascinating, and the players and coaches we have had pass through here are as well. If you continue to read my articles here at The Football Educator, and I really do hope you will, you will hopefully get a feel for my passion for the History of the game and especially for the Dallas Cowboys.
I am currently working on a book about their History. I have been doing this for quite a while and I am just never satisfied with it. I hope to finish it some day soon. My number one hobby is to study and share stuff about the Dallas Cowboys. I’ve done this for years on Cowboys fan forums on the Internet. I currently own a private forum myself where we discuss the good and the bad about the Cowboys. I am a staunch defender of my team.
I don’t believe you can write intelligently about one thing and be ignorant of all others surrounding it. By this I mean, I have studied the History of the entire NFL and all of the other teams. I am fascinated with secret bits of information about teams and their History. Hopefully you will see some evidence of that as I describe for you some of the History of our upcoming opponents. This is a great game. The best game in the whole world. There is nothing like the NFL. Join me in a journey to enjoy football, and especially to enjoy the Dallas Cowboys.