Cam Lawrence can cross “riding on a train” off his bucket list after experiencing it for the first time Wednesday.
Lawrence and the rest of the Cowboys rode aboard a chartered Amtrak from Oxnard, Calif. to San Diego.
“It’s nice; it was a pleasant surprise,” Lawrence said. “I thought we were going to be kind of cooped up like we are on the planes, but this has been nice. Good sights. A lot of room. It’s been fun.”
Players scattered throughout the train and killed the five-hour ride by doing a variety of things. Jason Witten and Tony Romo played cards; Travis Frederick watched game film; others took naps.
Jeremy Mincey spent the early part of the ride scouring the internet and catching up on current events.
“I was kind of studying the Ebola virus a few minutes ago,” Mincey said.
After the train ride, the team was scheduled to go to Naval Base San Diego to meet with Navy SEALs. Several were looking forward to that.
Lawrence fondly recalled meeting retired SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the Texan whose story became mainstream through the film Lone Survivor, and he was eager to meet more.
“They’re obviously a unique breed, and it’s going to be pretty special just being able to be around them and pick their brain,” Lawrence said. “Anything I can take from the experience and apply it to football is what I’m going to try to do.”
Added rookie guard Zack Martin: “I read a couple books on them, and what we’re going to see, so I’m really looking forward to it.”