They’re America’s Team.
You either love them or hate them. Or simply just don’t care about them.
With the Dallas Cowboys coming to University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, the Cardinals who hail from the Great State of Texas were definitively divided on them. They either loved them, hated them or didn’t give two cents about them.
“Hated them,” said right tackle
Winston, who’ll turn 30 in November, was an avid 49ers fan during his childhood, when San Francisco dominated the 1980s and the Cowboys owned the early part of the 1990s.
But then there are Cardinals whose loyalty to the Cowboys ran deep as a child.
“To be honest, it was ride-or-die Cowboys in the Gill household,” said wide receiver
Another San Antonio native couldn’t have cared less about the Cowboys growing up.
To some, the Cowboys are just another team on the schedule.
“I just never liked the Cowboys really too much,” said cornerback
Playing against the Cowboys for a native Texan is a whole different story.
“I can’t have that in my head,” Taylor said.
Even coach Bruce Arians was indifferent to the Cowboys growing up in York, Pa., about 50 miles from Baltimore. He grew up a Baltimore Colts fan, looking up to Johnny Unitas. His brother, Denny, was a Packers fan. The Cowboys? They were a new team somewhere in Texas.
“Never thought much about them,” Arians said.
While Taylor won’t let the big blue star distract his attention, it’ll be harder for rookie linebacker
He’ll be lining up across the field from his favorite player as a kid, Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware. Although Okafor wasn’t a Cowboys fan, playing them is still a big deal.
“It’s definitely one I circled on the calendar,” he said.
In Texas, very few things – if anything – trump the Cowboys.
Growing up in the city or on the plains, in the shadow of Cowboys Stadium or an oil derrick, it was all the same: The Cowboys ruled Big D. And for the Cardinals who called Texas home, they’re facing a childhood of memories.
“Just because I’m from Texas, they have high expectations for me,” Fleming said. “They want me to do well but they also want the Cowboys to do well at the same time. It’s going to be exciting especially for the people that hat know me.”