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he helped halfback Arian Foster notch another 1,000 yard season and got a chance to experience postseason play.
The Texans surprisingly released Vickers in March, but the following day he received an offer from the Cowboys.
very passionate about football, Garrett said. been a well studied player. . We knew him as a player but also had a good feel for what he like as a person, what he brings to the team. If you have a fullback who is tough, has some intensity, that a really good thing. joins an offense that features plenty of firepower, but one that last year managed to put only five rushing touchdowns on the board. Last year is of no concern to Vickers.
just an extra piece to the puzzle, an extra guy to come in and work and do the things we need to do to execute. I just a guy they brought in to get some jobs done and just to execute. I just want to be part of something great and do great things. restore the glory to the Cowboys organization also is something Vickers is hoping to do.
In today pass happy NFL, where fullbacks are somewhat of a dying breed, Dallas is one of the few teams that still values a fullback for the work he can do as both a lead blocker and pass protector.
Vickers spent many a Sunday watching Cowboys games with his father. They shared a passion for the team and it created an exceptionally strong bond between the son and his dad.
The joy was short lived. Vickers father died from lung cancer in May, depriving the proud father of getting the chance to see his son play for the team they rooted for together.
the present time, we working on having our touchdowns for this year, Vickers said. mindset is I got do whatever I got to do to help my team.
Vickers lone disappointment is that his father won have the chance to be in the stands at Cowboys Stadium this season to see his son help Dallas get back to that high level of success.
He said you can go anywhere in the world and people know who the Dallas Cowboys are because of the winning tradition the team developed over decades of success.
When the Cowboys reached out to Vickers this offseason and offered him the chance to join the team as its starting fullback, the first person he shared the news with was his father.
DeMarco Murray, who figures to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of Vickers arrival, said the seven year veteran is a no nonsense type of player, one who isn afraid to speak his mind when something needs to be said.
was his gift to my father to be able to see me come here. He never got a chance to see me play, which he will from above, but maybe this was my dad gift, and I going to take it.
like (he tells me) 'Hey, you there right now. Go play your heart out. So that what he left me with. Live and play your heart out, so that why I here. I come to work every day with a smile on my face. I blessed to be here. hits the field with as much intensity as any player on the Cowboys roster. Even though he new to the team, the former Houston Texan isn afraid to express his opinion, especially with his fellow group of running backs.
When you see a guy stand up like that, you definitely want to take his back, Murray said. my fullback, and he busting his butt for me every time I get the football. No matter if he right or wrong, I am going to always be behind him. spending his first six seasons toiling on sub .500 teams in Cleveland, Vickers signed with the Texans before the 2011 season. There Men Nike Air Presto
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Coach Jason Garrett has been around Vickers only a short time, but it didn take long for Garrett to be impressed.
happens for a reason, Vickers said. was crazy that I ended up in Houston; but maybe I needed to be in Houston because I was close to my daddy going through the things that he was going through.
is someone who has a lot of knowledge about the game, Murray said. not afraid to speak his mind. That what we need in the running back room. I am not much of a talker, so he kind of our vocal leader. in camp, Vickers got up in the face of rookie running back Ed Wesley when he messed up an assignment. Murray was asked if that kind of passion inspires him.
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very emotional because every day I come out I think about him, Vickers said following a practice. Everything around me reminds me of it, so every day I wake up and I just tell him thank you, like maybe this was his last blessing given to me.
recent seasons, Vickers is confident he and his new teammates can help the organization get back the swagger it once enjoyed.
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