When the Dallas Cowboys line up to play the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend, not only will they see their former defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer on the opposite sideline but they’ll also be playing against a former teammate, Terence Newman.
Newman was a member of the Cowboys for nine seasons and picked off 32 career passes, with a high of five in 2010. I know fans would like to forget Newman’s last season in Dallas but he was a very solid cornerback for the team for a long time. Newman made two Pro Bowls for the Cowboys in 2007 and 2009.
Unfortunately for Newman, the lasting image of him in Dallas will be last season’s final game against the New York Giants where he was hurdled, not once, but twice by Giants players.
Throughout Newman’s time in Big D though, not only was he was a solid player, he was a solid person as well. Which is why he was disappointed in the way his time ended in Dallas. Speaking to the Dallas media this week, here’s what Newman had to say about being released by the Cowboys, via Brad Townsend of dallasnews.com:
“I pretty much figured it was coming. Worked out (at Valley Ranch) every day, that way they could get a chance to grab me face to face and not (release him) with a phone call or whatever. But a little disappointed that I didn’t get to see Jerry (Jones) on my way out. But it is what it is.”
I certainly understand where Newman is coming from since he did spend nine seasons with Jones and the Cowboys, but it seems as though Newman understands the business of the NFL. Newman, like most people, may have handled the situation in a different way but it doesn’t seem as though he has any ill feelings for the Cowboys.
So this weekend while we’re watching the Cowboys passing offense attack the Bengals secondary, try to remember all the good years they got out of T-New, he was a good player for a lot of years in Dallas.
Then after those few seconds are over, we can go back to attacking his play and his age as the Cowboys receivers burn him. Or leap over him, which ever works.
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