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By Elwyn Henderson

It was a Hat Trick kind of night for the Dallas Cowboys at the annual NFL Honors held in Phoenix on Thursday, February 10th.  Quarterback Dak Prescott was honored as the Walter Payton Man of the Year, and former 1970’s Cowboy Chuck Howley and more recent defender DeMarcus Ware were elected to the 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.

     Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had nice things to say about all three men after the announcement of their awards.

     Jones said of Prescott, “The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious awards a player can earn in all of professional sports, and there is no one more deserving than Dak Prescott. From the very first day, Dak has displayed the heart and soul that reflect and define this award. He is a star on the field, but more importantly, he is a character-driven role model off the field. As an organization, we could not be more proud of the man that Dak is and the special impact and spirit he conveys to others. This is a special recognition, not only for Dak, but for the countless individuals whose life he has impacted.”

     Regarding Chuck Howley, he said, “As a key member of the feared “Doomsday Defense” and one of the best linebackers to ever play this game, this is an honor long overdue for Chuck Howley. There never was, and may never be, another player who is at his best in the biggest games like Chuck was. His speed and athletic ability made him one of the most versatile defenders in his time. It was a testament to his impact on the game when Chuck was named Super Bowl MVP, even when losing the game. Congratulations to Chuck and the Howley family for this great honor.”

     And regarding DeMarcus Ware, he commented, “I couldn’t be more proud of – and happy for – DeMarcus Ware for this well-deserved recognition. His approach to the game, on and off the field, embodied all the traits it takes to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a ferocious pass rusher on the field and a true leader and role model in the locker room and in the community. We knew from the first moment he stepped on the practice field that DeMarcus was destined for greatness. The extra effort and time that he put in at practice to teach and help our offensive line be the best they could be was extraordinary and yet another example of the total team commitment he had and how it consumed him. DeMarcus earned this very rare and special place in NFL history every single day of his career, and it is truly wonderful that he will now be recognized in the Hall.”

     Congratulations to all three men who are first-class gentlemen and who definitely earned and deserved the honors!


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