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Safety J.J. Wilcox runs away with Cowboys’ home run derby

J.J. Wilcox showed his championship form as members of the Cowboys competed in the Reliant Home Run Derby to benefit The Salvation Army at Globe Life Park.
J.J. Wilcox showed his championship form as members of the Cowboys competed in the Reliant Home Run Derby to benefit The Salvation Army at Globe Life Park. Star-Telegram

Safety J.J. Wilcox, a former high school baseball player, won the Cowboys’ fourth annual Home Run Derby sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company. The 10 Cowboys who participated in the contest at Globe Life Park raised $35,600 for The Salvation Army, and Reliant bumped the donation to $50,000.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to come out here and try and do something we’re not used to and make a little bit of a fool of ourselves and raise some money for the Youth Education Town,” center Travis Frederick said.

Wilcox easily won the contest. He had $8,000 after the first round and finished with $9,700.

“It took me back to my old glory days in high school,” Wilcox said. “I thought I was a stud, but not much of a stud. It was fun to go back and reminisce a little bit.”

Wilcox had 17 hits, including 15 “home runs,” which were hit over a plastic fence in the middle of the outfield. No one hit a home run over the Major League wall.

Jason Garrett finished second ($7,200, 27 hits, four homers) and Jason Witten was third ($6,300, 26 hits, six homers).

“It took me two swings in the batting cage to know J.J. Wilcox was going to win,” said Garrett, a former winner of the annual event. “I mean, he looks like a natural. He has such great explosiveness as an athlete, and you saw it right away. He put on a clinic out here.”

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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