Jason Garrett Doesn’t Want Dallas Cowboys Hazing Rookies

Jason Garrett is changing policy with the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to hazing rookies. “The young guys are part of our team,” Garrett said Sunday, “and they certainly need to get themselves acclimated in a lot of different ways, and our veteran players are in charge of welcoming them to the NFL in a very positive way.”

“There’s not going to be anything demeaning in any way that a rookie has to do. We don’t believe in that.”

Garrett said this was not a response to the Dez Bryant pad-carrying incident that received so much attention last season. He said this is what the staff believes in.

Garrett’s decision is a clear departure from the previous regime. Even though he was the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys since 2007, it was not up to him to issue team-wide policies — that was Wade Phillips’ job. Phillips was known as a players’ coach so it’s no surprise he let them do their thing when it came to hazing.

Even though we enjoy posting goofy haircuts rookies receive from hazing, I respect Jason Garrett’s policy. Rookies are part of the team and the veterans should do their best to make them feel that way.

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  • Gene

    Hazing doesn’t belong anywhere. 

  • Jo Burd

    Once again we continue to foster the feeling that everyone is equal.  Hazing is a rite of passage, just like showing your child how to fish, or to hunt.  We continue to make our youth more disrespectful, and tell them that they can challenge anything.  Rookie hazing is just that.  Its the veterens of the league saying welcome to the real world to the rooks.  Damn straight you need to pick up my pads, and pay for dinner.  Instead we welcome the head cases of the future with a feeling of “you know everything and no one can stop you or your attidude”  I bet this guy gives out trophies to the kids that come in last too.  The reason sports are the way they are is because they COMPETE!  Not everyone needs a good job gift.  Sometimes when it comes to the big boys (thats us by the way) we can get by without a pat on the back saying way to go.  Long story short, Grow the $#@! up and get over the fact of hazing.  A ritual that passes from generation to generation.

  • Lew Patton

    In 1993, Garrett went to the Dallas Cowboys, where he was the third-string backup to Troy Aikman on the 1993 and 1995 Super Bowl winning teams. In eight seasons with the Cowboys, Garrett played in 39 games and completed 165 of 294 passes (56.1%) for 2,042 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. The highlight of his career with the Cowboys occurred on Thanksgiving Day, 1994, when Garrett, starting in place of injured back-up Rodney Peete, led the Cowboys over the Green Bay Packers by completing 15 of 26 passes for 311 yards and 2 touchdowns in a second-half comeback. In 2008, that game was named the fourth-best moment in the history of Texas Stadium by ESPN.[4] Garrett was promoted to second string Cowboys quarterback for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. Garrett started 5 games in 1998 while Aikman was injured (leading the team to a 3-2 record) and started two in 1999 (going 1-1). In 2000, he went to the New York Giants, where he appeared sparingly as the backup to Kerry Collins from 2000–2003. In 2004, after a short stint as a backup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he went to the Miami Dolphins.

    I think Garrett knows what to do with a football team. By the way Jo, how many Super Bowl rings do YOU have?