Mini-camp To Start Today Plus T.O.’s Football Camp For Kids Scheduled

Today the Cowboys will begin a mini-camp lasting until Thursday, the 19th, the only one so far that is mandatory this off season.  It will be of great interest to see who participates and who doesn’t, but only one is truly expected not to attend, S Ken Hamlin.

Hamlin has not signed his franchise offer for the ’08 season and therefore, is not technically under contract to the Cowboys.  Terry Glenn, who is also in somewhat of a contract dispute, wasn’t allowed to work with the team during the volunatary OTA’s for fear of reinjuring his right knee.  Jerry Jones wants him to sign an “injury clause” into his current contract whereby the Cowboys would only have to pay Glenn $500,000 in ’08 should he do just that.   So either the contract issue or continued concern for re-injury will most likely keep Glenn out of this mini-camp.

Other developments in Cowboy-land are Terrell Owens has completed scheduling and attendance for his third summer football camp.  Set for July 9-10 at the Duncanville High School, several big name athletes are to assist T.O. this year.  World Champion sprinter Maurice Green, Michael Irvin and possibly Pacman Jones are just some of the assistant coaches to be at the camp. 

Owens stated he is conducting the camp to be more active in the community and to solidify where he is going to be for the next several years after signing a four-year $34 million contract earlier this month.   According to the A.P., he is only charging $195 per attendee aged 7-17 which shows he isn’t out to make any money as a result of the camp.  I wish I could attend at that price just to see these guys in person!

This year’s rookie players just returned from a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH and it appears it was a huge success.  Suggested by former Cowboys receiver and Hall-of-Famer Michael Irvin and taken to heart by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, this was the first time many of these players got a first-hand look at some of the heroes they had grown up worshipping.  Rookie RB Tashard Choice grew up idolizing Emmitt Smith and wore the same number throughout his earlier career in honor of his favorite back and NFL All-time leading rusher.   Of course he won’t get to continue wearing that jersey, but will do his best to emulate Smith on the field.

Eighteen players were sent to Canton by the Cowboys and several other teams have also sent their players to the Hall in observance of Goodell’s edict. 


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