The Dallas Cowboys had a handful of former players on hand for alumni night Monday at AT&T Stadium, which prompted backup quarterback Brandon Weeden to recall the day he met with Roger Staubach this spring.
Weeden and fellow Oklahoma State product Russell Okung – the Seattle Seahawks’ starting left tackle – went to T. Boone Pickens’ office in Dallas and met with Staubach for a couple of hours. Weeden, of course, referred to him as “Mr. Staubach.”
“I don’t think I’m on [a first-name basis] yet,” Weeden said, smiling. “I was very lucky. Had an awesome chat for about two hours. One of the cooler experiences I’ve ever been a part of. I wish I could have videotaped it or something … it had a lot of very good points.
“He had a lot of really good information for me and Russell and it was really a cool experience.”
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Weeden has been fortunate to have several of those types of experiences, being part of storied franchises. Before his football career, Weeden had a brief baseball career, spending time in the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.
Weeden recalled his Yankee days, and seeing guys such as Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera in their prime, as well as having former great Dwight Gooden as a pitching coach his rookie season.
“I’ve always been a big fan of the history, especially if you’re in that organization, you kind of understand the background of what they did and the teams they were on and the success they had,” Weeden said. “I think that stuff’s extremely interesting.
“Coach [Jason Garrett] was saying, made kind of a joke, don’t ask them about their house or their car. Ask them what makes them great, what makes those teams they were on great. Because there’s a lot to learn from these guys. They did it for a long time at a high level and we’re lucky to have them around to kind of pick their brain.”