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An injured Orlando Scandrick gets emotional, promises triumphant return

Jeremy Mincey comforts the injured Orlando Scandrick as he tears up as they are awarded Defensive Players of the Year at the Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon at At&T Stadium, Wednesday, September 2, 2015.
Jeremy Mincey comforts the injured Orlando Scandrick as he tears up as they are awarded Defensive Players of the Year at the Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon at At&T Stadium, Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Star-Telegram

Orlando Scandrick developed from former fifth round pick to become the Cowboys best cornerback because of the edge and the passion that he plays with.

That emotion was on full display at the 2015 Dallas Cowboys kickoff luncheon Wednesday when Scandrick was named the 2014 co-defensive MVP along with defensive end Jeremy Mincey.

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Scandrick, who is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery last week to repair torn ligaments in his right knee, couldn’t stop the tears from flowing as he explained how much was going to miss his teammates.

“I was just trying to say how much much the organization means to me and what it means to my life, the brotherhood,” a little more composed Scandrick said after the luncheon.

“I’m happy to part of such a structured and progressive group of people.”

Scandrick promises to do everything he can to support the Cowboys this season. He said the team goal remains the same.

He also vowed to come back better than ever.

“I’m going to take this time. I’m going to heal,” Scandrick said. “I’m going to support these boys the best way I know and give them all the knowledge I got. The goal should still remain the same. I’m just going to be on the sideline I promise you and I say this from the bottom of my heart. I’m going to come back and be a better football player than any body has ever seen me be around here.”

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Scandrick said he plans to stay around the Cowboys facility during his rehab rather than return to his native California so he can work athletic trainer Britt Brown, who specializes in getting injured players back on the field.

“He got the job 25 years ago and Kevin Smith was his first,” Scandrick said of Brown. “He did Michael Irvin. He did a lot of those guys. I believe in him. It doesn’t make any sense for me to hang around California. I only went to California for my kids. We just go to figure it out. I’m hurt. This is my livelihood. It’s the most important thing. Me not being here says I don’t want to play football again. Why would I go anywhere else? I’m not a free agent I’m signed for four more years.”

Scandrick also made a point during his luncheon speech to give a public nod to his fiancé Draya Michele, who was there in attendance. He said he tried to blame someone for his four-game suspension last season and thanked her for staying around while he was going through a tough time.

Draya is still around supporting Scandrick as he deals with being away from football and a teammates _ a situation that’s even tougher than what he went though last year. He is still on crutches from the surgery and she was his driver to the luncheon.

The two are engaged but no date has been set. Draya said Wednesday that they are simply taking their time.

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