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Cowboys players, coaches allowed to come together for charity event

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One of the only exceptions to the rules of the lockout relates to charity events.  In those situations, players and coaches are allowed to come together.

In Dallas, that’s precisely what happened on Sunday night.

Per the Associated Press, the Cowboys held the seventh annual Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party.  Several coaches and players attended.

We’ll talk about the bread and the water,” coach Jason Garrett said, smiling.

Speaking about the situation before the event, Garrett predicted that the first interactions between coaches and players since March 11 would go smoothly.  “Not awkward at all,” Garrett said.  “We’re all here for this event.  The way the rules have worked, we’re allowed to be here together.  Everyone is focused on being here, having a good time and supporting this event.”

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware, one of the event hosts, said he never considered not attending.  “Giving back is what I do,” Ware said.  “To be able to do that even though with what’s going on with the NFL, it doesn’t matter.  I’d do it regardless.”

As to the lockout, Ware said he recently joined a gym to stay in shape and he has added Pilates to his repertoire.

“I’m ready to play,” Ware said. “Everybody is going to be ready because you never know when [the lockout is going to end].  It’s going to come, and then it’s going to be time to play.”

Everyone says the end of the lockout is going to come.  No one seems to know when.  Hopefully it’ll happen before the eighth annual Taste of the NFL:  The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party.

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20 Responses to “Cowboys players, coaches allowed to come together for charity event”
  1. 2011to2020lions says: Apr 18, 2011 7:30 AM

    All teams should do this daily, and bring the pads too. Just get a deal done

  2. skoobyfl says: Apr 18, 2011 7:54 AM

    I know that a couple of Cowboys players pack heat, just in cast.

  3. skoobyfl says: Apr 18, 2011 7:54 AM

    I know that a couple of Cowboys players pack heat, just in case.

  4. kevinfromphilly says: Apr 18, 2011 8:39 AM

    I guess Jerry Jones had nothing do do with the event, because I’ve heard of no one being hurt or stuff falling on anybody.

  5. gorilladunk says: Apr 18, 2011 8:49 AM

    @kevinfromphilly….I’m sure the Eagles organization wasn’t involved because I saw that roasted dog wasn’t on the menu.

  6. dolfan8385 says: Apr 18, 2011 9:00 AM

    Does it seem like Jerry Jones is running this league?

    I agree with Derrick Mason… Goodell is a joke. I wonder if the owners refer to him as Roger or doormat. He is a puppet for the owners.

    I could have the labor deal done in 2 days. Owners claim they are not making money. Players want proof. Understandable request?? Prove it to us… show them your books? If they aren’t lying then what is the big deal?

  7. axespray says: Apr 18, 2011 9:04 AM

    As a Packer Fan:
    Can our team do the Superbowl Champion 1-2-3 WHITE HOUSE! visit yet?

  8. flipadelphia says: Apr 18, 2011 9:05 AM

    If this was a team like the Lions they would take away a 2nd round draft pick, remove one win from last years schedule and fine Suh a million just because.

  9. 1bigtex says: Apr 18, 2011 9:23 AM

    Give it a break. It was a charity event to raise money for the North Texas Food Bank. There was a grand total of seven current players and six members of the coaching staff in attendance. Demarcus Ware co-hosted the event with former Cowboy, Preston Pearson.
    This appears to be a case of some guys with some time on their hands giving back to the community. What the hell is wrong with that?

  10. lhaveprettyfeet says: Apr 18, 2011 9:24 AM

    Unlike D-Ware, a class act, I bet Dez Bryant was not in attendance. Too busy blowing his money to take time to give back.

  11. FoozieGrooler says: Apr 18, 2011 10:06 AM

    So, if they charge $200 in Dallas to stand outside and watch a game, how much is it to attend a “charity” event?

  12. seabreezes51 says: Apr 18, 2011 10:18 AM

    This weekend the Cowboys will be having another “charity event” featuring the running game

  13. seabreezes51 says: Apr 18, 2011 10:18 AM

    Playbooks provided.

  14. baronvonmonocle says: Apr 18, 2011 10:28 AM

    dolfan8385 says:
    Apr 18, 2011 9:00 AM
    “I agree with Derrick Mason… Goodell is a joke. I wonder if the owners refer to him as Roger or doormat. He is a puppet for the owners.”

    Of course he’s their puppet. He’s their employee. They hired him. They can fire him. They pay his salary. It’s his job to do what is best for them, not for the players, not for the fans. Why would anyone expect different?

  15. bensteeler29 says: Apr 18, 2011 10:30 AM

    Guess every team should have a “charity event”. People do not care to see coaches anyway. How easy would it be to pass along an updated playbook on a memory card to one of the players girlfriends/wives at the event? Was a Goodell crony monitoring this event?

    As idiots say about Big Ben, no means no. In this case, player/coach contact.

    In a world full of people who cheat on everything, I am sure there was nothing going on here, c’mon!

  16. SpartaChris says: Apr 18, 2011 10:56 AM

    So can they make an exception for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers to visit the White House and also get their rings?

  17. thefiesty1 says: Apr 18, 2011 11:00 AM

    Leave it to the Cowboys to find a way to skirt the rules.

  18. eaglesnoles05 says: Apr 18, 2011 11:11 AM

    Queue 32 charity events a day for 4 hours a piece in or around all nfl cities….

    You’re crazy if you think the cowboys wont use this opportunity to talk some x’s and o’s…

  19. 1bigtex says: Apr 18, 2011 11:31 AM

    @thefiesty1

    How about leave it to the Cowboys to organize an event which has funded over 3 million meals to the needy during it’s history. That statement seems to be a bit more accurate, although I’m sure that the back-up OG, the LS, and the K that attended got valuable coaching time with the new Defensive Coordinator.
    Once again, give it a break!

  20. melonnhead says: Apr 18, 2011 6:18 PM

    @ bensteeler29
    Guess every team should have a “charity event”. People do not care to see coaches anyway. How easy would it be to pass along an updated playbook on a memory card to one of the players girlfriends/wives at the event?

    ————————————————–

    Well garsh, how hard would it be to just send a playbook via FedEx?

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