ARLINGTON(105.3 THE FAN) — Tony Romo attended Monday night’s National Championship game at AT&T Stadium. So did Jason Witten and Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
But former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Marcus Spears is asking the question: Was anyone else invited?
Spears took to Twitter on Monday night, saying that Romo and Witten’s presence with Jerry Jones and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton sends the wrong message.
Spears, who was drafted by the Cowboys in 2005 and spent eight seasons with the club, further discussed his observation on Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan’s New School with Shan & RJ.
“You understand in this league that your star players are going to have things come their way that most guys don’t,” said Spears. “I’m not benign to think that. I’ve had opportunities that some guys didn’t have…The team aspect has always been first to me. That’s just the bottom line. I don’t know if it sends the right message when your head coach is hanging out with one particular guy.”
Spears, who played under Nick Saban at LSU, says he learned this from his former college coach: every player wants to be treated the same, but in reality, every player will be treated differently.
In his time in Dallas, Spears says he never personally felt bitter about other players getting star treatment. After all, he understands that Jerry Jones and the Cowboys are just trying to promote their brand.
But Spears warns that treating players differently has the potential to cause problems in the locker room.
“When you have that type of situation in the locker room, possibly it causes problems. That was my point. It wasn’t to make anybody look bad or say Jerry is doing something wrong or anything like that. I just wondered if any of the other guys felt like they should be there or if they ever were invited to any other events.”
Spears, now an analyst on the SEC Network, also believes the Cowboys missed a huge off-the-field opportunity to improve the team.
“When you’re building a team, when you’ve got a team concept — as many young guys as the Cowboys have on the team right now — I just felt like it would have been a good situation for all of them to try to get together and hang out and build that team camaraderie with the guys.”
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