From Dallas Cowboys
IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says he plans to talk with Tashard Choice about his Michael Vick autograph session following the Cowboys 30-27 loss to the Eagles. Garrett, who appeared a little uneasy talking about it, said he “had no problem with it” after a long pause to consider his answer.
“After games a lot of guys have had a chance to get to know each other through the years. Tashard goes about it the right way and we’re glad we have him on our side and glad that he takes the approach that he does. I know how hard guys compete in this league and the healthy respect they have for each other. When you battle each across from somebody and you go after them for three hours, in a funny kind of way a bond develops.”
Garrett dodged the question on whether it was appropriate to ask for an autograph of another player after the game saying, “I don’t want to get too much into this conversation. I really didn’t know that much about it. I know how he practices and plays and at some point I will talk to him about it.”
Martellus Bennett and Stephen Bowen were among the players who didn’t see anything wrong with it. Bennett said, “I’ve asked a couple of players for autographs after the game, to send me stuff later. I don’t think anything Tashard did was disrespectful to the team.”
Bowen echoed Bennett’s comments, “No, I didn’t have a problem with it. I think he said he was getting it for his nephew. It wasn’t like he did it in the middle of the game. I don’t see the big deal in it. I don’t know why people would be upset. When you’re playing, there are no friends, but at the end of the day, everybody is friends across the league.”
My how times have changed. The great Charlie Waters so hated the Redskins that they often refused to even shake hands or talk after games. Players change teams now much more often than in the old days. But for the “old timers” out there, and many others, Choice was violating a Cowboys unwritten rule to loathe the enemy. Those days are apparently long gone.