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Miles Austin asked Bernie Kosar’s permission to wear No. 19

Miles AustinMiles Austin wore No. 19 during his seven years with the Dallas Cowboys, and no player wears that number with the Cleveland Browns. Austin is free to keep his same number as he begins the next chapter if his career, but he wanted to do it the classy way. That’s why he sought permission from a former Brown to wear No. 19.

The one and only Bernie Kosar wore No. 19 while he played in Cleveland from 1985-1993. Austin felt he should ask Bernie first before coming in and wearing his number as the new guy in town.

Kosar’s best seasons were with the Browns, and he appreciated the classy gesture from the team’s newest receiver.

As Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk reminded us, No. 19 is not retired by the Browns. However, former wide receiver Frisman Jackson wore the number in 2004 and was inexplicably assigned a different number the following season. He is the only player to wear No. 19 in Cleveland since Kosar retired in 1993.

I’m sure the fans will appreciate Austin’s approach until his hamstrings act up.

Cleveland Browns sign Miles Austin

Miles AustinThe Cleveland Browns announced Thursday that they have signed free agent wide receiver Miles Austin.

Austin spent his entire career from 2006-2013 with the Dallas Cowboys, but the team released him in March following three straight injury-marred seasons in order to save cap space.

Terms of Austin’s deal are not yet known, but we’re inclined to believe it’s a good signing for Cleveland. The Browns are likely losing Josh Gordon for at least part of the upcoming season because of another failed drug test, so they need more receiving options. Austin should be able to give them one for half a season or so depending on his problematic hamstrings.

The Browns did not select a receiver in the draft, which indicated to me they would bring in at least one option through free agency. Austin was the name who stood out to me because of what he’s done in the past (18 touchdowns, 2361 receiving yards in 2009-2010). He’ll be 30 for the upcoming season and he can’t stay healthy for 16 games, but he should help them for half a season, and that’s good enough.

Miles Austin marries girlfriend Stacy Sydlo; Cowboys serve as groomsmen

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Miles Austin got married to girlfriend Stacy Sydlo on Saturday night, and the fun part was many of his Dallas Cowboys teammates served as groomsmen.

As this wedding card shows, Jason Witten, Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray were groomsmen for Austin:

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Austin attended college at Monmouth in New Jersey and met Sydlo on his first visit to the school, according to NJ.com.

Sydlo played lacrosse at the school, while Austin went on to star in football. He even had his jersey retired by Monmouth during a ceremony at a basketball game last weekend.

Though Austin has fallen off the radar recently in the NFL and pop culture, we should remind you that he was once a very hot commodity. He caught 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns during a breakout 2009 season and followed it up with 69 catches for 1,041 yards and 7 touchdowns the next year. The big 2009 season allowed him to sign a huge contract before the 2010 season that paid him $18 million guaranteed.

Since 2010, Austin has struggled to stay healthy and has been an inconsistent producer in the Cowboys’ offense. The team is likely to cut him before the season.

As a reminder, Austin also dated Kim Kardashian in 2010 after his Pro Bowl season. The two broke up after a few months. As far as we can tell, Sydlo and Austin have been together for at least the past year.

Below is a picture of Sydlo:

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Miles Austin says he was not physically prepared before injury-plagued season

Of the many frustrations the Cowboys had to deal with during the 2011 season, the health of Miles Austin was near the top of the list. Austin missed six games with a hamstring injury that he suffered before the season began and was hampered by all year long. In a recent Q&A on MensHealth.com, the Cowboys star receiver admitted he was not physically prepared for the 2011 season.

“Right now I’m working with the trainers at our facility,” Austin said according to the Dallas Morning News. “I feel like last year I wasn’t prepared for the season the way I should’ve been condition-wise, even though I looked and felt it at the time. That’s one thing that I have to keep an eye on. To make sure I’m in the best physical shape I can be.”

Tony Romo will be happy to hear that Miles said his hamstring “feels good” and is no longer an issue. He is not the first player to admit he was under-prepared heading into the 2011 season, and you have to wonder if the lockout contributed to that. If you remember, Chris Cooley blamed his season-ending injury on the lockout and Dan Williams of the Cardinals said he was not in good condition because of it.

If the Cowboys want to ditch the monkey that has been on their back for over a decade, they will need a healthy Austin. If he and Bryant can stay on the field in 2012, Dallas should have one of the best receiving corps in the league.

H/T Rotoworld
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Tony Romo: Miles Austin Lost Sure Touchdown Ball in the Lights

After blowing a 34-22 lead to the Giants with under six minutes to go, Tony Romo acted like a model team leader by taking responsibility for his team’s loss. Just kidding. He threw teammate Miles Austin under the bus.

The Cowboys had the ball after allowing the Giants to score a touchdown to make it 34-29. Tony Romo felt the pressure on a 3rd and 5 and saw Miles Austin break free on a go route to the outside. He threw a perfect ball down field, leading Austin into what would have been a sure touchdown to ice the game. For some reason Austin wasn’t able to make the catch.

“Miles said it got lost in the lights,” Romo explained. “He looked up and just saw the lights. Obviously you don’t want those things to happen. Miles had a great game tonight, he did a great job for us.”

I’m sure Cowboys fans will be comforted by the Little League excuse from the offense. Romo actually played really well and made great throws all night. He was 21/31 for 321 yards and four touchdowns. I thought his pass to Miles Austin was a great read and good throw that led his receiver. Now we know why the play wasn’t made. Get on Romo all you want, but the defense gave up two touchdowns in five minutes and should have come up with a stop.

Tony Romo, Miles Austin, and Felix Jones All Hurt in Win over Niners

If the St. Louis Rams were the most injury-ravaged team in the NFL week one, the Dallas Cowboys took the unenviable honor in week two. Dallas rallied from down 14-0 and 24-14 to beat the 49ers in overtime Sunday 27-24. Tony Romo started the second half on the bench after taking a shot to the midsection. The belief is that he fractured two ribs on the play.

Romo re-entered the game at the end of the third quarter after Jon Kitna led the offense for three series. Romo went three-and-out his first series back, but he led an 80-yard touchdown drive and then a field goal drive that tied the game, sending it to overtime. His first pass in overtime went to Jesse Holley for 77 yards, setting up the winning field goal.

While Romo played with cracked ribs, running back Felix Jones played through a separated shoulder. Jones got hurt on his first run of the game, which also marked Dallas’ fifth play of the game. He was fitted for a harness and managed to carry the ball eight more times after that.

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The Miles Austin-Roy Williams Touchdown Celebration Was Worth the Penalty

The Cowboys blew two 7-point leads on Sunday against the Vikings on the road and saw Tony Romo likely throw away their season. Their first two touchdown passes went to Roy Williams — yes, that Roy Williams — who was pleased to find the end zone for the third straight game. After scoring his first TD to put the Boys up 7-0, he posed towards the crowd and then fellow receiver Miles Austin hurdled him like he was jumping a parking meter.

Keep in mind, Roy is 6’3″, so Austin has some serious hops to vault over the big man. The celebration resulted in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, allowing the Vikings to start at the 45 after the kickoff went out of bounds. Luckily Dallas’ defense forced a three-and-out otherwise they would have had another touchdown celebration penalty to blame for their problems. Now they can just focus on everything else.

UPDATE:
The penalty was actually called on Sam Hurd for flashing a Hook ‘em Horns, not Miles Austin.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Andy King