Jason Garrett discusses the most influential people in his life

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Garrett’s top 5 inner circle

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett preaches leadership and accountability every day. He says it is a big part of how the Cowboys want to identify themselves, and he hopes they learn things about leadership each day. He talked about five people that influenced his ideas about leadership:

1 “It’s my mom and my dad. Those are the first two.”

2 “My older brother, Jim, was a huge influence on me.”

3 “I think it’s unfair to not name any of my other brothers and sisters, because they were all influential on me.”

4 “My high school coaches were really influential on me. Fred Heinlen and Cliff Foust.”

5 “Certainly, my wife has been a huge influence on me. Sometimes you have this impression that you were influenced young and you were molded when you were young, and I agree with that. You’re constantly being influenced and hopefully molded into a better person every day, and she’s certainly been hugely responsible for that progression.”

The Lion

Ernie Sims used to be a Lion, in Detroit, where he was a first-round pick in 2006. He still thinks he’s an animal, which might explain why he and running back Lance Dunbar got into it during practice on Tuesday. “It’s like two males in the wild,” Sims said. “If a male comes and strikes at you, you’re going to strike back. We’re playing football. It’s a physical sport. I look at it as animals in the wild. It’s domination. That’s what it’s all about. That’s how I look at it.” Sims said his nickname is Gator, and that the Cowboys called him Pit Bull last year. But he likes Lion. “I like how dominant he is and taking care of his pride. That’s how I look at it, now that I’ve got a family. I’ve got a wife. I’ve got a 2-year-old son. That’s how I approach every day: I’ve got to take care of my family.”

Quote board

“You could make a compelling argument that he does his job as well as anybody does theirs on this team. He’s about as reliable a guy as I have been around kicking the football. He’s about as professional a guy as I have been around. He has some unbelievable traits in terms of his preparations and how conscientious he is. He is an outstanding athlete, and he is as cool as they come.” — Coach Jason Garrett, on kicker Dan Bailey

“Ernie always plays with a chip on his shoulder. I think that’s why he plays as hard and as fast as he does. No matter if he’s been eight years in the league or a first-round pick, he always feels like there’s something to prove. And you can see it. He just hits that extra gear and hits people hard. And he doesn’t really care because he likes doing it.” — Linebacker Alex Albright, on linebacker Ernie Sims

“It’s training camp. That’s the reason I asked my wife to come out here, so I can at least see my wife, so I don’t have to see these men all the time. Bumbled up and pushing men all the time, I mean, you get tired of that after a while. Running. People yelling at you. It’s just the way it is. You just come out here and you just compete. That’s what I’m trying to do — come out here and compete. I’m trying to earn my position on this team.” — Linebacker Ernie Sims, on the antsy camp atmosphere

Injury report

LB Alex Albright, back, day-to-day

OT Demetress Bell, conditioning, day-to-day

CB Morris Claiborne, knee, day-to-day

DT Landon Cohen, eye, day-to-day

DE Tyrone Crawford, Achilles’, out for season

OG Ray Dominguez, shoulder, 1-2 weeks

S Matt Johnson, ankle/foot, 1 week

OG Kevin Kowalski, knee, 2-4 weeks

OG Nate Livings, knee, 2-4 weeks

OG Jeff Olson, concussion, day to day

OT Jermey Parnell, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DT Jay Ratliff, hamstring, 1-2 weeks

DE Anthony Spencer, knee, 2-4 weeks

WR Terrance Williams, head, day-to-day

Numbers game

2,614 Attendance for Wednesday, bringing the camp total to 43,955.

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