Antonio Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980 in San Diego, California) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at Eastern Illinois.
Romo attended the 2003 NFL Combine, but, despite intriguing some scouts, went undrafted during the 2003 NFL Draft. Throughout the draft, Romo was assured by Sean Payton of the Cowboys' interest (Romo was also intensely pursued by Denver head coach Mike Shanahan), and shortly afterwards was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Cowboys. Romo entered the 2003 training camp third on the Cowboys' depth chart behind Quincy Carter and Chad Hutchinson. In 2004, the Cowboys released quarterback Chad Hutchinson and signed veteran quarterback Vinny Testaverde and traded a third round draft pick to the Houston Texans for quarterback Drew Henson. Romo faced being cut from the roster until Quincy Carter was released following allegations of substance abuse. After Vinny Testaverde's tenure in Dallas ended in 2005, the Cowboys signed veteran quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the eighth starting quarterback for the Cowboys since 2000.
One of Romo's early career highlights was in 2004, when (as the third string QB) he rushed for the winning touchdown with six seconds left in an exhibition contest against the Oakland Raiders. Elevated to the Cowboys' #2 quarterback in 2005, Romo had strong showings in the 2005 and 2006 pre-seasons. In the 2006 off-season, Sean Payton (now head coach of the New Orleans Saints), offered a third round draft pick for Romo, but Jerry Jones refused, asking for no less than a second round draft pick. Romo eventually took over the starting quarterback role from Drew Bledsoe during half time against the New York Giants on October 23, 2006.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 224 Age: 29
Born: 4/21/1980 San Diego , CA
College: Eastern Illinois
Experience: 7th season
High School: Burlington HS [WI]
Christopher Jason Witten (born May 6, 1982 in Elizabethton, Tennessee) is an American football player who currently plays as a tight end for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Tennessee. In his first of three years at the University of Tennessee, Witten went from being a defensive end prospect, to a record breaking tight end, due to a shortage at the position. He went on to post school records for receptions (39) and receiving yards (493).
In 2004, Witten was selected to the Pro Bowl, thanks to his 87 catches, which were eleventh most in history by a tight end and a Cowboys team record for the position. Witten was also named to his second and third Pro Bowls for his performance in the 2005 and 2006 regular seasons. He was named as an injury replacement for New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey for the 2007 Pro Bowl. Witten was named a starter for the 2008 Pro Bowl thanks to a high production year in 2007.
At the end of the 2006 NFL season, Witten became just the tenth tight end in NFL history to post three consecutive seasons with at least 60 receptions.
Witten had a career-year during the 2007 NFL season. He set the Cowboys-single season tight end record for receptions in a season with 96, while also becoming only the third tight end in NFL history with 96 or more catches. On December 9, 2007 versus the Detroit Lions, Jason Witten's 15 receptions tied an NFL record held by Hall of Famer, Kellen Winslow Sr., for most receptions in a game by a tight end in NFL history. In the 14th game of the year, Witten became the first Dallas tight end ever to gain over 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Witten was also one of the NFL-record 13 Cowboys players selected to the Pro Bowl. Additionally, he made the 2007 All-Pro team along with teammates Terrell Owens and DeMarcus Ware.
He recently launched the Jason Witten SCORE Foundation, established in part to provide support and assistance for families and individuals affected by domestic violence. Witten appeared in an NFL/United Way public-service announcement (PSA), stressing the importance of volunteering. The spot was filmed at Witten's annual free football camp in his hometown of Elizabethton, Tenn., where more than 1,000 children attended in 2007.
Witten starred in another PSA with Antonio Gates and Saints running back Reggie Bush for the NFL's Play 60 program, which emphasizes the importance of getting kids up and active for at least 60 minutes a day. He also participates in the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
He resides in Southlake, Texas, located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, with his wife, Michelle, an Emergency Room Nurse at Dallas' Parkland Hospital, and their sons, C.J and Cooper.
On Sunday, October 26, in a game versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Witten left the game early, due to a rib injury. It was later diagnosed as a broken rib.
Witten made his 400th career reception in the Cowboy's Thanksgiving Day game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 27, 2008.
Height: 6-5 Weight: 262 Age: 27
Born: 5/6/1982 Knoxville , TN
Experience: 7th season
High School: Elizabethton HS [TN]
Marion Sylvester Barber III (born June 10, 1983 in Plymouth, Minnesota) is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Minnesota.
After forgoing his senior season, he was selected in the 4th round (109th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. A toe infection that required surgery and some preseason fumbles left him at the bottom of the depth chart. An injury to Julius Jones and the ineffectiveness of Anthony Thomas allowed Barber to emerge, and he responded with 95 yards rushing against Seattle and 127 yards against Arizona. Along with his pass-blocking and special teams abilities, this solidified his position as the backup running back for the Cowboys.
Barber has found a niche as a third-down rusher, and has been an excellent red-zone rusher. He led the NFC with 14 rushing touchdowns in 2006. Barber finally established his role and ability as a power back.
Entering the 2007 NFL regular season, many Dallas fans have called for Cowboys coach Wade Phillips to name Barber the starting tailback. However, Phillips continued to utilize the "running back by committee", sharing the load with Dallas Cowboys starting running back Julius Jones. This approach was instituted by former coach Bill Parcells.
His power running back style has earned him the nickname "Marion the Barbarian" and he has been the league leader in breaking tackles, which seems to reflect his personal mantra of "hit or get hit." Up to December 22, 2007, Barber's rushing statistics in 2007 season in 15 games were 975 yards on 203 carries, 4.8 yards per carry rushing average, and 10 rushing touchdowns. His receiving statistics are 43 receptions for 275 yards and 2 touchdown receptions. He recorded, by far, the most broken-tackles of any player in the 2007/2008 season.
Dallas offered Marion Barber the highest tender as a restricted free agent. On May 20, 2008, he signed a seven-year deal, $45 million with the Cowboys with $16 million guaranteed.
Height: 6-0 Weight: 225 Age: 26
Born: 6/10/1983 Plymouth , MN
Experience: 5th season
High School: Wayzata HS [MN]
Roy Eugene Williams, Jr. (born December 20, 1981) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions 7th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.
Williams was drafted 7th overall in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Many draft experts considered the pick a bold move since they had drafted Charles Rogers with the 2nd overall pick just a year earlier. While the pick was bold, it was also widely hailed by draft gurus and fans, as Williams was widely considered to be a top-3 talent, giving the Lions top value. The two receivers, along with rookie running back Kevin Jones, were supposed to provide the foundation of an explosive Lions offense, but Kevin Jones injured his leg and was in the hospital for the remainder of the 2005 season.
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Rogers and Williams were set to become one of the best receiving duos in the league, but when Rogers was hurt on the third play of the 2004 season, Williams was left to carry the offense. He performed admirably, catching 54 passes for 817 yards and 8 touchdowns, despite suffering an ankle injury midway through the season that limited his effectiveness. The team performed terribly and spent their first round draft pick (10th overall) on yet another receiver, this time USC star Mike Williams. Roy Williams had a productive year for the 2006 Lions, having 1,310 yards and 7 touchdowns. The 1,310 were the most in the NFC; and tied with Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne for 3rd most in the NFL. Roy Williams and teammate Mike Furrey caught more passes (178) than any other duo in the NFC. Williams was named an alternate for the 2007 Pro Bowl. When Torry Holt withdrew due to injury, Williams was named to the active squad. He was the first Detroit wide receiver to make the Pro Bowl since 1998 (Herman Moore).
Williams was traded to the Dallas Cowboys on October 14, 2008 for first, third and sixth round picks in the 2009 NFL Draft (the Cowboys also received a seventh round pick from the Lions in the 2010 draft). He was then signed to a new contract through the 2013 season; Roy Williams agreed to a 5 year, $45 million contract, along with $20 million guaranteed. In his first season with the Cowboys, Williams started seven games, caught 19 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown.
Height: 6-3 Weight: 220 Age: 27
Born: 12/20/1981 Odessa , TX
Experience: 6th season
High School: Permian HS [Odessa, TX]
Patrick Crayton attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he was a quarterback during his senior year and a wide receiver in his previous three seasons. A four-time all-conference selection, Crayton saw time as a punt returner, kickoff returner, quarterback and wide receiver at NWOSU. In 44 games during his Ranger career, Crayton averaged 19.0 yards-per-catch and scored 17 touchdowns at receiver, rushed for 17 touchdowns, returned 72 punts for a 20.8-yard average and ten touchdowns, returned two kickoffs for scores and passed for 21 touchdowns with eight interceptions. In four years, he amassed 5,688 all-purpose yards, including 3,718 yards in total offense and 46 touchdowns.
As both a sophomore and junior, Crayton earned All-America honorable mention and All-Central States Football League first team honors at receiver. As a sophomore he led the nation with 19 punt returns for 508 yards (26.7 avg.) and three touchdowns. As a senior, he earned Little All-America second team and All-CSFL Offensive Player of the Year honors starting at quarterback while also handling kickoff returns, punt returns and logging time at wide receiver. While leading the Rangers to the 2003 NAIA National Championship game his senior year, Crayton passed for 1,837 yards and a school-record 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for a school single-season record 1,476 yards with 13 touchdowns on 173 carries while adding 15 receptions for 331 yards and four scores. He became the first player in NAIA history to score a touchdown passing, receiving, rushing and on kickoff and punt returns in a single season.
Crayton was drafted by Dallas in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He had unexpected success as a rookie during the 2004 season, following injuries to wide receivers higher up the depth chart. During the following offseason, he outperformed Quincy Morgan, leading to Morgan's release. In his first game of the 2005 season, Crayton continued his solid play with six receptions for 89 yards and one touchdown. However, he sustained a broken ankle during the middle of the 2005 season, and was unable to return to full form during his return later that year.
The 2006 season brought Crayton back to renewed prominence, especially when the Cowboys switched quarterbacks mid-season to Tony Romo. Crayton recorded his first 100-yard game against the Arizona Cardinals in 2006 when filling in for an injured Terry Glenn. Former Cowboys Head Coach Bill Parcells has said numerous times that Crayton has the best hands on the team. In the Wildcard playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Crayton had a diving touchdown in a losing effort.
During the 2007 season, Crayton filled in nicely at the #2 receiver spot while Terry Glenn was rehabbing from a knee injury. On December 27, 2007, Crayton was rewarded for his efforts with a four-year contract extension worth $14 million. Crayton had a 697 yard season in 2007.
Height: 6-0 Weight: 203 Age: 30
Born: 4/7/1979 Waxahachie , TX
College: Northwestern Oklahoma State
Experience: 6th season
High School: DeSoto HS [TX]
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Felix Jones (born May 8, 1987 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. After playing college football at Arkansas, he was drafted by the Cowboys 22nd overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.
While serving primarily as the back-up for All-American and two time Doak Walker Award winner Darren McFadden, Jones was used in a variety of ways alongside McFadden and fullback Peyton Hillis in the Arkansas backfield. In the Wildhog formation, Jones was used as a runner, receiver, blocker, or simply a decoy. Jones gained fame for his ability in returning kickoffs; using his speed, ability to dodge tacklers, and block reading ability, Jones returned four kickoffs for touchdowns.
In the 2006 season, Jones rushed for 1,168 yards and scored 6 touchdowns on only 154 carries, and averaged an impressive 7.6 yards per carry. Felix was also an all-American kickoff returner and had one TD on a 100-yard kickoff return against Ole Miss, and caught 15 passes for 107 yards and 3 touchdowns. With Jones alongside McFadden, 2006 was the first time in University of Arkansas history that two different running backs rushed for more than 1,000 yards in the same season. Felix was named 1st Team SEC by the conference's coaches, and 2nd Team SEC by the media. That team finished 10-4 and won the SEC West Division title.
Jones' junior campaign looks to have met the standard of his sophomore season. He finished with 123 carries for 1,117 yards and 11 TDs, while averaging a whopping 9.1 yards per carry, leading the nation. In addition, Felix led the Southeastern Conference in kickoff returns with 18 for 564 yards and 2 TDs, averaging 31.3 yards per return. Felix also had 13 receptions for 111 yards. 2007 marked the second straight year that Jones and McFadden have each eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark in a season. The 2007 Razorbacks finished 8-4 before losing to Missouri in the January 1, 2008 Cotton Bowl. Felix was named to the 2007 1st Team SEC squad as a kick returner, and 2nd team SEC as a running back. He was also named an All-American kick returner.
After Bobby Petrino was hired by the Razorbacks as head coach, he stated that Jones was his "highest recruiting target." In one of his first acts upon being named head coach, Petrino met with Jones to discuss his future with Arkansas. However, Jones decided to skip his senior season to enter the 2008 NFL Draft where numerous publications projected him to be taken in the first or second round.
Jones was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a professional contract on July 26 for $10.53 million, with $7.67 million guaranteed, including a $3.57 million signing bonus.
On his first rushing attempt in the NFL, Jones ran for an 11–yard touchdown during the third quarter in a 28–10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. He finished the game with nine carries for 62–yards. On 15 September, 2008, during a Monday Night Football game versus the Philadelphia Eagles, Jones returned a 98–yard kickoff for a touchdown in the first quarter. Jones was the starting kick returner during the Cowboys' 41–37 win against Philly.
In his 3rd NFL game, Jones ran for a 60-yard touchdown against the Green Bay Packers on September 21, 2008. In Week 6, in the game against the Arizona Cardinals, Felix slightly tore his left hamstring and it was reported by ESPN on November 20, 2008 that Jones would be out for the rest of the year due to a torn ligament suffered during rehab.
Height: 6-0 Weight: 212 Age: 22
Born: 5/8/1987 Tulsa , OK
Experience: 2nd season
High School: Booker T. Washington HS [Tulsa OK]
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Tashard J. Choice (born November 20, 1984 in Jonesboro, Georgia ), is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played collegiately at Georgia Tech. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Choice began his collegiate career at The University of Oklahoma but transferred to Georgia Tech in 2005. Choice played high school football for Lovejoy High School where he recorded for 40 career all-purpose touchdowns. Choice graduated with a degree in History, Technology and Society in December 2007, and earned All-Big 12 Academic Honor Roll in 2004 along with All-ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2005-2006.
Choice redshirted in 2003. Kejuan Jones and Renaldo Works led the Oklahoma rushing attack into the BCS National Championship Game. Oklahoma featured Heisman Trophy winner Jason White quarterbacking the high-powered Sooner offense, which scored over 42 points per game.
In 2004, Choice served as a backup to true freshman Adrian Peterson. Peterson went on to be a Heisman Trophy finalist and Oklahoma found itself in the BCS title game once again. Choice only took 22 carries and gained 100 yards the entire year (all in two games). His best game at Oklahoma saw him garner 71 yards on 16 carries against Texas Tech. At the end of the season, his mother fell ill and Choice applied for a medical hardship to return home and play for Georgia Tech. His hardship was granted and he transferred to Tech by Spring 2005.
In 2005, Choice arrived at Georgia Tech and found himself behind P. J. Daniels on the depth chart. Daniels and Choice combined for over 150 all-purpose yards per game and 11 total touchdowns. Choice's most notable appearance occurred in the upset of then #3 Miami Hurricanes. P. J. Daniels was injured in practice so Choice was announced the starter for the game. He carried the football 29 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. The victory guaranteed Tech a bowl appearance and solidified Choice's role as a competent starter for the 2006 season.
Choice led the Yellow Jacket rushing attack in 2006, becoming the first Yellow Jacket to rush for 1,000 yards since P. J. Daniels' in 2003. Choice set several Tech records in 2006. He rushed for over 100 yards per game 9 times and had 7 straight 100 yard efforts, both Tech records. Choice accounted for 12 of Tech's 42 offensive touchdowns. Choice along with All-American Calvin Johnson and senior quarterback Reggie Ball took Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference Title Game as the Coastal Division Champions. Choice would also lead Tech to its tenth straight bowl game against West Virginia in the 2007 Gator Bowl. Choice sliced and diced his way through opponents in 2006 and worked his way towards becoming a preseason pick on several 2007 Heisman Trophy lists.
Choice led the Yellow Jackets powerful ground game behind four returning starters on the offensive line and veteran fullback Mike Cox. As the reigning ACC Rushing Champion, Choice looked to improve upon 2006's 9-win season with new offensive coordinator John Bond featuring the single back formation. Choice had 1,310 yards rushing on 249 attempts and 10 touchdowns even with injuries to his hamstring and to his knee. Choice concluded his NCAA career on the "Smurf Turf" of Boise against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the Humanitarian Bowl. He was used in a limited role in Georgia Tech's 40-28 defeat. His best statistical game was against the University of Miami, posting 204 yards rushing with a sore hamstring. he also recorded his first passing touchdown of his career to Taylor Bennett.
Choice was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. His first touchdown came during the Cowboys first 2008 pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers. On August 28, 2008 Tashard Choice scored his second pre-season touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. Choice made his first impact during the regular season on Special Teams, catching a surprise Onside kick against the Arizona Cardinals on Week 6.
With Marion Barber out due to injury, Choice made his first start on December 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Choice ran for 88 yards against the then-No. 1 rushing defense in the league.Choice scored his first regular season touchdown in the 20–8 victory against the New York Giants on December 14, 2008. The Giants entered the game with a defense that ranked 5th in the league. Choice scored the touchdown on a 38-yard run with 2:16 remaining in the game, and imitated a Terrell Owens celebration by holding up his arms in a "T" and then a "C".
Height: 5-10 Weight: 208 Age: 24
Born: 11/20/1984 Jonesboro , GA
College: Georgia Tech
Experience: 2nd season
High School: Lovejoy HS [Hampton, GA]
DeMarcus Ware (born July 31, 1982 in Auburn, Alabama) is an American football linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Troy University. Ware is considered the top 3-4 outside linebacker by Sporting News and has been described as "the most dynamic defender in the league right now" by ESPN.
Ware was considered a perfect fit as rush linebacker in 3-4 defense prior the 2005 NFL Draft. However, then-Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells, attempting to switch Dallas′ base defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4, decided to pick Ware with the 11th pick overall.
In his 2005 rookie season, Ware recorded three sacks and three forced fumbles in a single game against the Carolina Panthers. He finished with 58 total tackles, 14 tackles for losses, eight sacks, and three forced fumbles.
In 2006 Ware ended the regular season with a team high 11.5 sacks with 71 tackles, a fumble recovery and interception, both returned for a touchdown, along with his first Pro Bowl nomination and his first All-Pro nomination.
Ware had a career-year in the 2007-2008 season. Head coach Wade Phillips had even gone so far as to call him the best outside linebacker in the league. Ware became the second Cowboy ever to record at least 14 sacks in a season. Ware made his second straight Pro Bowl along with 12 other teammates. He was also selected to the All-Pro team for the second straight year along with teammates Terrell Owens and Jason Witten.
In the 2008 matchup against the St. Louis Rams, Ware tied the NFL record for recording a sack in ten straight games. He tied former member of the Denver Broncos Simon Fletcher for the record. Fletcher had the record from November 15, 1992 to September 20, 1993. Ware ended the 2008 season with 84 tackles, 20.0 sacks, 9.0 tackles for a loss, six forced fumbles and two passes defended. Ware recorded at least one sack in 14 of the 16 regular season contests. It was a great season for Ware, but a disappointing one for the Dallas Cowboys, who went into the season with high expectations, but failed to make the playoffs in a division with the team with the NFC's best record, The New York Giants and a strong wild card team in The Philadelphia Eagles.
So far in Ware's young career he has recorded 299 tackles, 53.5 sacks, 61.0 tackles for a loss, 18 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one of which he returned 69 yards for a touchdown), 13 passes defended and one interception which he returned 41 yards for a touchdown in 64 NFL games.
On January 9, 2009, Ware became the first NFL player to win the Butkus Award.