Jason Garrett is big on sayings. One of his favorites is a sign that reads: It is a privilege, not a right, to play and to coach for the Dallas Cowboys.” He had that sign shipped from the Valley Ranch lunch room to Oxnard, where he put it over the copier for the players to see as they head to practice.
Last year, the team wore shirts that read “Fight.” The saying changed to “Finish the Fight” after the Cowboys qualified for the playoffs.
This year, the Cowboys have shirts that read “We Do.”
Attorney General Loretta Lynch was the inspiration behind the shirts.
Garrett said he watched an interview CBS did with Lynch in May. It so inspired him that he showed it to his team.
“It really was about as eloquent an 18 seconds as I’ve ever heard,” Garrett said. “She talked about her upbringing in North Carolina, and her grandparents being sharecroppers, and her dad being a minister, and her mom being a librarian, and being instilled at a young age the importance of not allowing other people to define you, but you define yourself.
“She ended up being the valedictorian of her high school class. She went to Harvard undergrad. She went to Harvard Law School, was a district attorney and eventually the Attorney General of the United States. It’s a great arc. And for her to share that idea that we’re not going to let other people outside us define us, we’re going to define ourselves by what we do and what we say and don’t say and how we present ourselves each and every day, that’s a message that we’ve shared with our team, and it’s something I think is really important in life for individual people and certainly good for football players, coaches and a football team.”
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