IRVING — The historic achievement of Barack Obama becoming the first African-American to be elected president of the United States was not lost on the Dallas Cowboys.
Coach Wade Phillips addressed the team about it in a meeting before Wednesday’s practice and used it as an example that no one should ever give up — especially his Cowboys team.
"Wade said it best in our meeting this morning, you can see that, basically, the sky is the limit for anyone in our country, and that’s an example for us," defensive end Greg Ellis said.
Wide receiver Terrell Owens agreed.
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"A very emotional and historical moment," Owens said. "There’s a change and hopefully that can trickle on down to our season. It lets you know that anything is possible. It’s not different in how I saw the Giants turn their season around. We were in a similar situation last year where we were riding high, ahead in the division and they were kind of almost out of it. They turned their season around, and I feel like we can do the same."
Safety Keith Davis viewed Obama with a more personal interest.
“This is a big day. Not just for black folks, just minorities in general. Just the country in general. It’s for everybody. It makes the statement that we’re in a time where we need change. No question about it. It can’t be any more evident than Barack being elected as the next president of the United States,” Davis said. “I was very proud last night watching — almost to the point of tears in my eyes. To sit there and see this change occur and to see it take place, and be a part of history and know that I had a hand in it, it’s a beautiful thing to watch it."
Davis wasn’t alone in being personally touched by Obama’s election. Center Andre Gurode had similar thoughts.
“We’re proud as a nation. We’re proud to have a man of his character to get elected into office. It speaks volumes about the people who register to vote to have their voice heard. Some of them went to vote for the first time and some people have gone for years and years not expecting a chance to have him become president,” Gurode said. “I think it’s a very important thing. I really feel like you should be involved in politics. It’s a representation of you as an American. It’s your right, and you should always be involved."
Added Owens: "I don’t know if I ever thought this would happen [to see an African-American president]. I’m sure had I been asked that at one time, I probably would’ve said no. But I’m a believer of faith and saying that anything can happen and all things are possible. If you’re living in this time and era and you’re conscious about what’s going on, this will be something you’ll always remember."