ARLINGTON -- After the Dallas Cowboys spent their training camp in California and have played their first three pre-season games on the road, it was time for the DFW fans to get a sneak peak at America's Team with the annual Silver & Blue Debut on Thursday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.
The parking lots opened at 3:30 p.m. and lines immediately formed as fans angled to get the best seat in Jerry Jones' newly renamed $1.2 billion football palace. The doors opened at 4:30 and the action kicked off soon after with a performance by the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancers up on the Miller Lite Landing.
Fresh off their private 'Meet the Team' party on Tuesday night inside the Glass Cactus nightlclub at the Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders took the field to perform for the ever-growing crowd. Shortly after 5:30, the Dallas Cowboys players took the field for their two-hour practice. Other than cornerback Morris Claiborne, l of the team's marquee players were in attendance and the football-crazy crowd in the neighborhood of 10,000 cheered the Tony Romo completions to receivers Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Dwayne Harris as if this was a regular season game.
While the action was going on the field, lucky winners of a Papa John's promotion not only got to watch the practice from the Club Lite field-level club behind the visitor''s sidelines, they also were the recipients of the soon-to-be-released Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders swimsuit calendar. As a special bonus, the cheerleaders were on hand to sign the calendars.
Dallas Cowboys legends including Roger Staubach, Jay Novacek and Charles Haley were also on hand for the open practice. While Novacek was in the Club Lite signing autographs and Haley was mingling with the fans, Staubach spoke to the media about the Cowboys current quarterback Tony Romo.
“I can’t take credit for those great teams I had,” Staubach said Thursday night after watching the Cowboys’ practice. “It was because I had a running game. I had a good offensive line. I had a lot of things working for me. But you’ve got to be good yourself, and Tony is a franchise quarterback.”
The Dallas Cowboys open the regular season at home against the New York Giants at 7:30 p.m. on September 8. Just a heads up, there is a new NFL bag policy for what fans can bring into the stadiums. You can learn everything about the new rules by visiting here.
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