Byron Jones wore a hoodie getting on the plane from Chicago O’Hare to D/FW. But the former University of Connecticut cornerback couldn’t hide his identity for long.
His seat mate in first class quickly figured out who he was, and the flight attendants on the American Airlines flight recognized his name on the manifest.
“It was pretty cool,” Jones said. “I autographed some things.”
When he landed, the Cowboys’ team bus picked him up with team personnel greeting him at baggage claim. That completely gave away his identity.
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Fans greeted the Dallas Cowboys’ first-round pick with well-wishes, posing for photos and asking for autographs.
“It’s awesome,” Jones said. “It’s so surreal. I don’t think it’s hit me yet. I still feel kind of normal, but I think I get on the practice field I think it’ll hit me.”
Jones has spent little time in the area. He had a 12-hour layover at D/FW while waiting for a flight to Hawaii for his brother’s wedding and spent a couple days with the Cowboys at the team facility during an official visit.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Jones said. “I had a steak at Bob’s when I came here the last time. It was awesome.”
Jones said he’s ready to get to work, which will come soon enough. The Cowboys have a rookie minicamp next weekend.
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