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GlassHalfFull
01-22-2009, 02:18 PM
LOL, Can't you just see Jerry yelling "FIRED" or whatever he decides is the football equivalent.

link (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6224850.html)


DALLAS — The first time Michael Irvin watched “American Idol,” he loved the concept of giving undiscovered singers the chance to become stars. Now Irvin is doing the same for NFL wannabes.

The Hall of Fame receiver is launching a reality TV show in which 12 “football neophytes” will compete for an impressive grand prize: a spot on the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp roster.

“I don’t know if you can walk upon any group of guys that wouldn’t say they dreamed of playing in the NFL when they were playing in their front yard,” Irvin told the Associated Press on Thursday. “So we’re going to take a group of guys from their front yard, dwindle them to one and give that guy the opportunity of a lifetime.”

The Cowboys confirmed that one of their 80 roster spots will go to the show’s winner. The NFL did not immediately return a call.

The show, which doesn’t yet have a title, will air this spring on Spike. It is being produced by the same company that’s behind The Biggest Loser and many other reality TV hits.

Contestants are still being selected. They likely will need a football background — just not too much. They also must be the right age, size and condition to handle an NFL training camp. The Cowboys open camp in late July in San Antonio.

“We want someone who will have a real opportunity to make the team,” Irvin said. He also indicated the better the back story, the better an applicant’s chance of making the show.

“You could’ve played college ball and had to give up for some reason,” he said. “You know how many stories are out there of players who for some reason or another had to walk away from the game. ... We want to find those guys.”

Irvin will be the host and he expects to have guest appearances from friends like Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Judges will include Jones and former players and coaches.

The show will pit six receivers and six defensive backs. As for how they will compete, all Irvin would say is, “Tune in and watch. It’ll be groundbreaking in so many ways.”

The winner’s biggest payoff will be the fulfillment of playing for the Cowboys. While the rookie minimum is about $300,000, that’s only if he makes the team. The salary in training camp is closer to $1,000 a week for an undrafted rookie.

Irvin said this is about far more than money. It’s the chance to catch passes from Tony Romo or to line up opposite Terrell Owens.

“What young man do you know that’s not going to read (about this show), then head straight to the gym and say, ‘I’m going to get ready,’?” Irvin said. “That’s how this will inspire people.”

Considering the Cowboys are coming off a disappointing season filled with all sorts of turmoil, adding a player more likely to be profiled in “People” than “Sports Illustrated” seems risky. It could be perceived as just another sideshow, like the cameras from HBO’s “Hard Knocks” that tracked the team in training camp last year.

Yet Irvin, who hosts a local radio show that spends a lot of time analyzing the Cowboys, dismissed that notion.

“I don’t see how you can make this a negative for the Dallas Cowboys,” he said. “We all talk of doing good things for the community, for people, giving people opportunities. Jerry has stepped up and said, ‘OK, let’s do it.’”

Texecutioner
01-22-2009, 02:23 PM
Now how many criminals will be a part of this show? They might as well just call this show "The Longest Yard' reality show.

DiehardChris
01-22-2009, 02:25 PM
I saw this earlier too. Disgusting. Roster spots are gold... and they're giving one away for ANOTHER TV show. They're an embarrassment to the NFL.

mattieuk
01-22-2009, 03:08 PM
LOL, Can't you just see Jerry yelling "FIRED" or whatever he decides is the football equivalent.

link (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6224850.html)

"You're cut!" has to be Jerry's tagline for this...surely.

Lol...this story really gave me a chuckle though. Surprised Al Davis didn't get in there on such a crackpot idea.

gtexan02
01-22-2009, 03:14 PM
Kinda cool if you think about it. Plenty of tc roster spots are just used for practice bodies. Surely theres someone out there with enough talent and willpower to be an NFL type, who just hasn't gotten a fair shake or spot. Too many unknowns become superstars in the NFL for me to believe the scouts are perfect. I'l probably watch

ESAD2-14
01-22-2009, 05:20 PM
The Dallas Dancing Bears........

Jerry should probably just go ahead and rename the Cowboys now, a once proud franchise that is becoming a circus act.

axman40
01-22-2009, 05:59 PM
The Turk must be the one to say"Coach needs to see you and bring your playbook!"
:cowboy1:

Chicagotexan1
01-22-2009, 07:43 PM
"You're cut!" has to be Jerry's tagline for this...surely.

Lol...this story really gave me a chuckle though. Surprised Al Davis didn't get in there on such a crackpot idea.

"Your cut" is Jerahmiahs favorite thing to hear these days, holy krap he looks like Joan Rivers now.